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Wolfsbane

(Werewolves of Boston #1)

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Introducing a new series, Werewolves of Boston, set in the same universe as The Beacon Hill Sorcerer!

Rael Morrow is a human-werewolf hybrid, and he's about to be kicked out of his pack. Unable to transform, Rael is left with few options. He can accept the Alpha's ruling and be banished, pulling his mother with him—or agree to a courtship with Jameson Mercer, heir presumpti
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Kindle Edition, 129 pages
Published July 25th 2020
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* A Reader Obsessed *
4 No Brainer Stars

This is werewolf mates done right, capitalizing on alpha dominance in the kind but powerful Jameson, who only wants Rael to be his despite being only half wolf. Rael has a bit of a disadvantage, never having shifted fully, but what he doesn’t realize is that he’s half mage as well.

This was basically a fabulous tease to what’s surely to come, and Himes hits a home run with this new spinoff to one of my favorite urban fantasy series. Love the shout out to Angel and company! More
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Jilly
A cute romance set in the world of Angel Salvatore - so you know what that means? Yes, our favorite tiny dragon makes an appearance!


Not you.

In this book we have Rael, a human/shifter hybrid who can't shift, who has been in love with an alpha in his pack forever. The alpha, Jameson, steps in when their pack alpha tries to kick Rael out of the pack for being too human and says he will mate with him. Of course, there is then a romance, and magic, and attempted murder. You know, like the usual stuff
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Had Potential, I Guess*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

I wanted to like it, I really did, but something was missing here. It had little to no depth and I didn't really feel any chemistry or love between them; probably due to the lack of depth. The story didn't make me feel anything, nor did the characters. I wish Jameson was more alpha, more dominant and I wish it wasn't so predictable. While I can see the potential for this spin-off series, this first book in the series didn't do much for me. It was good to
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M.I.A
2.75
Cute little novella.
Unfortunately, I'm left dissatisfied when S.J.Himes writes anything less than a full length novel. It's just not enough. >_<
If you're looking for a quick read and Himes usual effortless skill with fantasy/paranormal work, you'll enjoy it.
For me, this left me pining for Himes' longer work and it lacked the depth I need to connect with the characters.
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Eugenia
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNF @57%

This was a painful excersise in repetitive, simplistic retelling. Boring & superficial. Can this really be Himes’ work?
Bev
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick, cute and sweet and a great intro into this new series and I rather liked it. That said, it didn't quite feel like a SJ Himes book at times, but that's probably me and the mindset I'm in lately 🤷 ...more
Meags
4 Stars

This is the first book set in S.J. Himes’ new Werewolves of Boston series, and it was a pretty damn fun and sexy series starter, in my humble (and possibly slightly bias) opinion.

This novella length story follows human-werewolf hybrid Rael, as his suppressed werewolf genes finally result in his jackass of a discriminatory and unworthy Alpha trying to kick him out of the pack, soon after his eighteenth birthday, for presenting as predominantly human.

Thankfully, and perhaps surprisingly f
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I don't like novella's, there is never enough time for character development and often times the characters just fall flat. That's what happened in this book. I didn't really connect to either of them, Rael was boring, Jameson was also boring. The sudden magical ability which I thought might make thing more interesting, didn't. An entirely forgettable read, I can't even remember if they had dual POVs for my shelf. ...more
Deborah
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.75*

I absolutely loved this book.

Rael is a member of the Boston Southside Pack. The problem is he’s eighteen and can’t shift. He’s a human-werewolf hybrid and it appears his human side is dominant. But his pack alpha is prejudiced and bigoted. And wants him out of the pack. Rael’s longtime secret crush Jameson offers a solution.

This book ticks all the boxes. Plus it features a cameo appearance from Angel and Eroch. So what’s not to love?

It was also interesting seeing Angel through Raels eyes.

Th
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haletostilinski
3.5 stars

Gotta say, I hate rounding down to give this 3 stars, because it's SJ Himes and I adore Himes, but...I guess sometimes even with our fave authors we might read one that we don't love.

I know this was quick, it was a novella, hence giving it 3.5 stars instead of just 3 stars. Like you can't put a ton in such a short length.

But even for the length it was...I was just a little disappointed. I felt like there wasn't much of a focus on Rael and Jameson, the main characters and main romance,
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Barbara➰
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, sweet, pnr, low-angst, shifter
This was sweet and pretty low-angst but it just didn't live up to Himes' previous works. It was cute but left me wanting more, like it was rushed. I will definitely read more in the series and I hope we get to see both Jameson and Rael again. ...more
Gerbera_Reads
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute novella. It's low steam, low angst short with likable characters, predictable villain and a sort of HEA. The best part was reading about Angel Salvatore from another character's POV. ...more
Tammy
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great start to this series, Rael had a surprise I hadn't expected. I was glad the author included Angel and his dragon 🐉. 😁 ...more
Jesslan
Wolfsbane
By SJ Himes

Rael is half werewolf and half human. As his 18th birthday draws nearer he knows his Alpha will banish him as he has yet to transform into a wolf.

At the moonrise pack meeting that he is required to attend after his birthday that is exactly what happens. Rael has always had a crush on the Alpha's nephew, Jameson. When Alpha Bertram gives his command Jameson surprises everyone by announcing his intention to court Rael for a month and then mate him if they find they are compatib
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Lori¸¸¸.•*❀Ɍɛɑɗs̱LɪƙɛIʈs̱H̱ɛɍJɔɓ  유❤유
I am very excited for this new series! I love the Beacon Hill series and I am thrilled this is set in the same universe. Rael and Jameson were a great couple. I loved that Jameson stood up for Rael when the alpha was trying to kick him out.

I know Rael was insecure esp. about Jameson, but also about being a hybrid. I am glad Jameson took it slow to let him realize that he was serious about him. Rael's mother, who was a secondary character, was a spitfire and she adored her son

It was great to see
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I don't normally rate SJ Himes' work any lower than four stars...

This is a good read. Good. Not great. I probably won't ever even reread it, and that's saying something since I've reread the Beacon Hill Sorcerers series too many times to count. But this was just... Not on. It didn't really engage me, I couldn't connect well with any of the characters, and the attempted chemistry between Rael and Jameson fell flat. I'm also a little annoyed that this went through edits and no one caught the flubs
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CottonCherry
As a fan of the Beacon Hill Sorcerer Series i just had to read this spin off. And (as expected) i really liked it. A light, fun and sweet short story about two very likeable wolves in the same universe as my favorite necromancer (who has a cameo in this book).

I really liked Jameson. He is not your usual overbearing, possessive alpha werwolf, instead he is caring, understanding, never demanding. He would do everything to make his boy happy.

*Jameson knew how he felt about Rael. Falling in love for
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Kathleen
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this, but...

That said, I really hope the author’s new series is successful.
~nikki the recovering book addict
3.5 stars

Not bad. Definitely great to be back in this universe. Except it’s a little too predictable 🙊 what’s it with me and having such snobbishly high expectations all of a sudden?? 🤦🏻‍♀️
Achim
3.5
It surely works as an enlarged teaser for a new series but I miss what makes S.J. Himes S.J. Himes - no character development, only a straight forward plot and a romance that feels more like a crush than love but there's a cameo of Angel and Eroch and there are enough untapped ideas that I still believe the next part could get the attention from the author which it needs.

Or in more detail and better English: same as haletostilinski
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Susana
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rael Morrow knows he is not wanted in his pack, but his Alpha’s rejection hurts him anyway. Luckily, there are those willing to stand for him, and protect him from becoming a lone wolf. But Rael is soon to discover that he is not as defenceless as everybody thought he was…
What a great first book in a series! I love the Beacon Hill Sorcerer series, and I jumped at the chance of another series in the same Universe. And it did not disappoint. The characters, the plot, the stellar appearance of our
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Quaint
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
A bit disappointing

The story is undeniably tedious and overused. I expected more from this book because I love the author writing style and imaginary world, but this book was anything but. It was predictable.
Leigh
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love 💜

So happy to meet other characters in the BHS world. And that Angel plays a role. I can't wait to read more.
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Claudia
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the series and therefore this spin-off. Rael and Jameson are a great couple and although I think they would have been fine with a whole book, this was a good read and a good story.
Can't wait to read more about them and really hope they still get to have more of Angel and his crew
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LexiLovesBooks34♡
3.5 stars. Great start to a new series. So fascinating seeing Angel from an outside pov. Really liked the characters. I just wish it were longer.
Layla
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest interview.

Who woke up to an ARC of this book? Me!
You has ignored everything and everyone to finish reading the book. Also Me! #SorryNotSorry

I am a HUGE Sheena fan, and I was waiting (im)patiently for this book. Not only is it set in the BeaconHill Universe, but it has wolves!
And who wrote one of the most beautiful wolf-shifter stories ever... aka Wolfkin Saga? That's right! Sheena. So you know going in that you will be reading someth
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Elithanathile
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was just okay for me and I think I can attribute that to the fact that novellas are just not my thing and I always feel like there’s always something missing (which was certainly the case here as well)!! NO hate for this story ... it just wasn’t for me in such a condensed format (and it would be great if these guys get a full length book sometime)! I just feel like this author does her absolute best work when she writes a full length big book; therefore I’m just gonna focus on this author’s ...more
jaxnsmom
Fun, but everything happened too easy.
Joyfully Jay
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


Wolfsbane is the first book in S.J. Himes new Werewolves of Boston series, a spin-off of her Beacon Hill Sorcerer series and part of her expanding Infinite Arcana universe. I am a HUGE fan of the Beacon Hill books (one of my top all-time urban fantasy series), so I was really excited to see Himes not only writing a spin-off, but building a whole universe of series that will fit into this world (these two, plus more coming). This book totally stands alone (though
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Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 stars - I'm rounding down but I still love S.J. Himes (and I feel a little bad about rounding down). This was a short book but there was just too much missing for me. I didn't feel the chemistry between Rael and Jameson and the I Love You's came much too quickly. The villain was obvious and things were "fixed" much too easily. But then again when you only have a little over a 100 pages you can't help but make everything happen quickly.

I enjoyed the pack politics, I liked both Rael and Jameso
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