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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
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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.

Tanner
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
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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
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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 ...more
Becca
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
Charlotte
Tanner Araya is staying at a group residence as part of his "howling". This is basically a training period for young werewolves so that they learn to control the various urges they must overcome to exist in the world. From day one Tanner found himself interested in Chase! But Chase is off limits because he's a RA...that is until the night of Tanner's twenty-first birthday. A series of misfortunate events that begins with a mistimed kiss... ends with Tanner's disappearance and Chase's removal ...more
Jenn
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.75 rounded to 4.0 stars

A fun, coming of age story about finding yourself in a crazy shifter world. ; )

Tanner is a young werewolf shifter currently in residence at the 'Doghouse" during his Howling (kind of reminiscent to a Rumspringa, sort-of). A Howling is the shifter rite of passage where you spend 3 years learning to manage your primal instincts (learning to properly shift, fight, not sniff butts - lol-, mark all the trees, bury things in the backyard, etc...) in an out of town college
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Xanthe
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Howling on hold is a wonderful coming of age, supernatural, action romance with a host of great characters, several known from the Supernatural Selection series.
Tanner is coming of age as his Howling nears its end. This is where young wolves go to a residence to learn to, basically, hide from humans. At 21, he’s graduating and will be able to go back to his pack at the end of the school year. His crush on Chase, his RA, will carry on forever even though he’s never made a move and romance between
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Roger Hyttinen
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Howling on Hold is a fun gay shifter story that takes place at a group residence for werewolves called the Howling (aka “The Doghouse). Young werewolves need to spend three years at the residence to help them to control their instincts so they can seamlessly blend into the ordinary world. The story follows two main characters, Chase, who is the RA at the Howling residence, and Tanner, a young alpha-in-training who is nearly the end of this three-year stint, after which he must return to his pack ...more
R
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
Kathy Johnson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a MM paranormal romance. This book was set in the world as the authors Fae out of Water and Supernatural Selection series. It was great to see all the characters from those series interact with the new characters in this book. The characters in the story were well developed and the pace was great. This was a great story!
Shirley
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 - 5 stars - I love this world - and so many cameos <3
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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.