Title: The Friendly Werewolf and the (Almost) Virgin Vampire
Author: Helen Louise Caroll
Publisher: Amber Allure
Characters: Alan, Eric
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Romantic Comedy,
Have you heard this one before? A well-adjusted werewolf meets a slightly neurotic vampire walking a cat…
His father thinks he should shave more often. His mother thinks he should meet someone. But all Alan wants to do is find a nice, quiet place and howl at the moon. It’s tough being a forty-something chef and werewolf. You never have time to meet that special someone who doesn’t mind your wearing a fur coat in all kinds of weather. But Alan’s on the trail of someone who might be The One—Eric, a goth moppet who smells like death and walks a bruiser of a cat named Princess.
Eric’s used to being alone. A fifty-plus vampire in a small town doesn’t meet a lot of compatible people. So he spends his time watching his favorite movies and strolling with his tomcat. But things start looking up when he runs across an intriguing werewolf in a flea collar and backpack. Could Alan be the one to help Eric with his little problem?
I had a feeling when I started to read The Friendly Werewolf and the Almost Virgin Vampire that I was in for a treat. Not only was the short story funny, it also had lightheartedness about it that I really enjoyed. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Caroll and it definitely won’t be my last. I liked her imaginative storytelling ability as well as her likeable characters.
Since I think the blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, I won’t rehash a lot of it. Alan is lonely werewolf who has a well-intentioned family that drives him crazy. Although they say they accept his furriness during the full moon, they still don’t fully understand it and to be honest, Alan even struggles with it too. One night as he’s prowling as a werewolf he comes along a nice looking, lonely vampire who he immediately feels an attraction and kinship for. As they strike up a conversation, both men are surprised by how easy it is to talk with each other as well as the chemistry between them. As they continue to hang out and discover more about each other, they realize there are some misunderstandings about the paranormal side of them and have some obstacles they must overcome if they want to start a relationship together.
I liked this book. I thought the banter between Alan and Eric was fun to read and I enjoyed every moment they had together in the story. I thought the author did a fresh and unique spin on a well used genre. There were some very interesting things about both of the heroes as well as myths about their vampire and werewolf side that I thought was enjoyable. I also liked that this author has a quick wit and humorous side to her writing that I really appreciated. I thought the chemistry between the two men was very strong and I found myself really wanting them to find a way to get together.
I do wish the story had been longer. There were many unanswered questions I had when I finished the book. This is also what I consider a sweet story. There is romance and a hot kiss, but if you are looking for some hot sex, there is not any in this book. This was totally okay with me, because of Eric’s condition and in all honestly, it’s the beginning of hopefully a beautiful relationship, so they didn’t rush into jumping into bed which I totally understood and even appreciated. In my opinion, the story did end a little open-ended, so I hope this means the author will be writing more about these two heroes and I’ll find out more about them and have some questions answered as a series progresses.
All in all it was a good story. I really loved the author’s voice and creativity, and I’m looking forward to reading more by her. If you’re looking for a sweet story about vampires and werewolves with a unique spin to it, then this would be a very good choice for you. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Caroll in the future.
Reviewed By: Gabbi