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Howling on Hold

(Mythmatched #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Sometimes it’s harder to teach a young dog new tricks.

That’s why werewolves embark on a Howling: a three-year rite of passage in which they’re sent to a group residence to wrestle with their wolfy instincts and assimilate into the Wider World. But Tanner Araya’s Howling is almost over, and he could be called back to his remote pack at any moment. His twenty-first birthday
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Published January 13th 2020 by Riptide Publishing (first published January 8th 2020)
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☆ Todd
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

This latest E.J. Russell shifter story was fun, but sadly didn't totally blow my skirt up around my ears for prolonged periods of time.

had secretly been in love with his RA at the Doghouse, a place where young shifters were sent to be "housebroken" to live in or around the human world, for the past 3 years, but he'd just turned 21 and might have been sent back to rejoin his pack at any moment.

And Chase had been immediately attracted to Tanner from the very beginning, although he couldn't
4.5 howling good stars rounded down to 4 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR...full review to follow soonish...

Hide your frisbees boys and girls...Jordan's on the loose...

So the lovely Ms Sandra says to me..."I read this and liked it, want the audio?" of course I scampered off to audible to listen to the audio clip for it and saw that the narrator was none other than Greg Boudeaux, skipped the audio clip because...Greg Boudeaux need I say more? scampered back to my e-mail and said 'Yes ple
Joyfully Jay
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

While Howling on Hold could definitely be considered a standalone, I do think that having read both of Russell’s previously published series, Supernatural Selection and Fae Out of Water, would be a huge help. I mention this because one of the main characters seeks out help from a few of the characters in those books and they end up playing a pretty important role in the last third of this novel. I feel skipping them would make a reader feel a bit lost as to why thes
This book, possibly the first in a new series, is somewhat tied to the Supernatural Selection and the Fae Out Of Water series as some of the couples from those books make an appearance here. I haven't read those books, but that wasn't detrimental to my enjoyment of it.

Young Werewolves, upon turning 18, have to go to Howling, a three year live away from home (think of it as college for humans) to teach them how to live and work in a world full of humans and still keep their supernatural nature se
This was a good book and definitely well written with great characters that were quite interesting.

Why 2-Stars then? Although this book has a blurb that makes you assume it can be read as a stand-alone. It. Can. Not.

There was virtually world building, no explanation of how the paranormals (known as "Supes" in the book) are organised socially, economically or even physiologically. There was also no reason given to why they were hidden and governed by such strict monitoring bodies. Nothing. It was
Rachel Emily
I'm SO glad EJ Russell is back to writing in this 'verse - it's the start of a new series that follows the Fae Out of Water series and then the Supernatural Selection series. While you might be OK if you start with this one - fair warning, there are a LOT of characters from these two previous series that make appearances in this book. (I was so happy to see Ted and QBert! And Rusty and Casimir! *happy sigh*). They also mention things that happened in the last series that have changed the world f ...more
2.75 stars

Although I adore the author, this story did not work for me. It simply wasn't up to the quality of Supernatural Selection or Fae Out of Water. If there are more of these coming, I won't be reading them.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I admit, I was attracted to this story by the cover and the blurb—and the fact that it was a standalone since I haven’t read any of the author’s other stories and I don’t like starting in the middle of a series. I should learn the lesson: Never judge a book by its cover. I was disappointed in that there were multiple characters from previous books who played a strong secondary role in this story. There were also references to situations and past events that those who’ve read the other books woul ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quirky. Original. Hilarious.

All described Howling on Hold. I might as well add, entertaining and cute story.

#BooksILove #Kindle #GRR #EJRussellBooks #Amazon #Read2020 #LOLBooks #FunStories #HowlingOnHold
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a little hokey, but still enjoyable. I really wish there was a time line for the universe so I knew which books came first. I am not a fan of reading about characters from previous books that I haven't read yet. I have stopped reading the current book in the past to read the other books to catch up so I know about the characters. I mean is it necessary for most people, not really but it niggles at me something fierce.

The MCs were ok and the storyline was ho-hum but it was still enjoyabl
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So when I read the blurb for this, I was naturally excited. You know...paranormal, duh. Lol. And I’ve really grown fond of E.J.’s characters. So naturally, I figured I would love this one and I do. But what I love even more, is there are some surprise visitors in this book. ALL in this book and that just made my day even better. To see them all and how things have changed and how they’ve grown, just made my day. And I’ve got to say, even though I love Chase and Tanner, (the MCs), what made this ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a sweet and sometimes silly story about the relationship that builds between two young wolf shifters. In parts, it’s a fun new adult romp. At other times, it’s a wild and slightly confusing whirlwind of events.

Chase, Tanner and the shifter storylines are the best parts of this story. Tanner’s fear of returning to his pack is heartbreaking - even if we don’t understand the fear until later. Chase’s sense of responsibili
michaela ⚘
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2020, arc
Tanner has been pining after his RA Chase for years and now that he’s twenty one he may finally have his chance at something with his...but, a impromptu kiss and the spotting of someone he’d rather not see has Tanner running...but Chase feels the pull too and between this thing growing between them and pesky werewolves the future looming over their head might just give away and they’ll get their HEA. Maybe.

I had such a hard time finishing this which for me is weird because I did enjoy this a lo
Karma♥Bites ^.~
25 Feb 2020: NetGalley audio sample

On mini-break (espresso & chocolate croissant… yum-yum) & noticed audio excerpt for HOWLING ON HOLD on NetGalley.

PNR + MM + NTM author = I’ve been eyeing this title for months. So clicked & lo! narrator is Greg Boudreaux 😍😍😍

Tanner may be MC & yes, I’m definitely hooked re: story/characters, but for me, 18yo Jordan *totally* steals Chapter 1. LOL, can literally see him wiggling & bouncing like eager pup 😄

FWIW, audio excerpt is generous @ almost 20mins. As usual,
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was perhaps one of the most enjoyable paramormal/shifter books I have read in a quite a while. The idea that young wolves on the cusp of maturity (their 21st birthday) are required to attend a Howling – a wolfy residential schooling program to work on impulse control, how to fit in in the Wider World, and become productive members of their packs – was a delightful and unconventional setting. I loved it!

I thought the cast of characters varied and engaging – Jordan who has no impulse control
Natalie panda eyes
Cute story but needs to be read after the Fae out of water and Supernatural selection series, otherwise there are way too many characters. I haven’t read the first series but the Supernatural selection series was cute and it was nice to see the couples again. The Doghouse was mental and I loved Jordan’s antics.
Jenn (not Lily)
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to the Fae Out of Water and Supernatural Selection universe! These stories are adorable, funny, and mildly heartbreaking. I love the chaos of the Twenty-Oner celebration, and I'd love to see more of these wolves (hint hint hint)! ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 2.5⭐

To be honest, I was not sure what I expected. Reading the blurb, I guess I was expecting a simply light hearted romance but it got all this heavy and unnecessary plot that even confused me at times. The 'villain' presented himself as one only for a couple of pages and the rest of the story was a bit of a mess. Not to mention that the world building really confused me. I expected this to be just a standalone but going through other reviews, I realised that all these characters I could
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This will definitely make more sense if you read the Fae of out of water series. I was familiar with it generally while not having read it and that helped. Most of the couples from that series play a role here, some quite large. In this world young (18-21) werewolves are sent to a training camp where they learn to control their impulses. Tanner is "graduating" but does not want to go back to his conservative pack and has been crushing on RA Chase and now that he's 21 there are no limits. He make ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5⭐

To be honest, I was not sure what I expected. Reading the blurb, I guess I was expecting a simply light hearted romance but it got all this heavy and unnecessary plot that even confused me at times. The 'villain' presented himself as one only for a couple of pages and the rest of the story was a bit of a mess. Not to mention that the world building really confused me. I expected this to be just a standalone but going through other reviews, I realised that all these characters I could
Altivo Overo
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, endearing, tradition breaker

Tanner is the alpha who doesn't want to be leader of his tradition bound pack. Chase is his RA at the Doghouse, a residential school for young werewolves where they prepare for adult responsibilities. For them to be attracted to each other, much less fated mates is unthinkable. Yet they have both been thinking of it for three years. Without admitting it to each other. The pile of supernatural characters is astounding, but it all falls together in the end, aided
♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️
Overall book rating: 3 Stars
Audio book: Yes
Narrator: Greg Baudreaux - 4 Stars
Book cover: 3 Stars
MC1: Tanner Araya Alpha student
MA2: Chase Denney RA of the Howling Residence

I was in the mood for an audio done by Greg Baudreaux and this one was on the list so ....

I was not blown away by this story but I must say there were some special moments in this book.
and Greg did a fabulous job as always.
DNF 30%
There is way too much world-building that isn't explained (such as species names and supe hierarchies) and there are way too many characters from previous books set in prominent positions in this one for me to know what is going on. I thought it was just really poor writing, but upon researching the issue, I discovered that all this stuff is from two other series the author has written, which still makes it really poor writing. This book was presented as a standalone, but it's very much d
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I was so exited to get my hands on this book and ... and it did not work out for me. I was underwhelmed by the story, main characters and the pacing somehow.
This book had all the elements I should have been crazy about and I patted myself on the back when I have figured out this books is loosely linked to Supernatural Selection and Fae out of Water series... but I felt too many events were not conducive to the plot moving and some of the "extra" characters were actually detracting my attention
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was a lighthearted and fun story.. it was different and unique in so many ways.. i really liked how it was written and kept me on the edge of my seat.. very good!
OK - got to about 53% and just gave up. Not my cup of tea!
Emily Ozuna
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was ok


⭐️: 1.5

Even I am surprised with the low rating, I have never put such a low rating for a book and that makes me somewhat anxious, especially for this review that I am writing, but I will be completely honest: I didn't expect anything of what happened in the book.

You see, the story is about Tanner, a werewolf from a distant and very traditional pack, who has spent the last three years of his life on Howling, where all junior wolves learn to control their instincts and th
Mari  Cardenas
4.25 Stars!

So, first thing first, while Howling on Hold is book 1 in the series, it can't be read as a standalone. There are a lot of recurring characters from E.J. Russell's Fae out of Water and Supernatural Selection series and you'll be lost and/or confused over who is who if you haven't read those before. I've read all the books in both series and even I found it difficult to keep up a couple of times, and frankly, they're so good, that you don't want to miss out on them.

I really liked Tanne
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Nothing to write home about. I expected it to have more supernatural elements, however, all that jazz was set in the periphery.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tanner, a werewolf, has spent his last three years in what amounts to finishing school for young weres. They learn to get by in the human world without revealing themselves to humans. His twenty-first birthday means he will returning to his pack soon. He is in love with Chase the RA, (basically mother, father, and deportment coach) to to a group of (almost) out of control weres. When he finally gets the courage to make his feelings known, he is shot down. Starting an adventure he doesn’t really ...more
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E.J. Russell –grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.

Reality? Eh, not so much.

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