In the mood for some werewolves?

Today, I know what I’ve read, and that’s Lonewolf by J.L Merrow. I’ve read a few Merrow books before, but it was a long time ago now. I’ve liked all of them so why it’s gone so long I don’t know, but it’s been a couple of years, at least, since I read one.

I saw Lonewolf on Amazon on a list over short reads and picked it up. It wasn’t until I went on GR after I’d read it I realised this story has upset several readers. I’ve only read the revised version, but I understand some things have been removed or at least reworded.

Carl is in Stuttgart, and there he hooks up with a guy. It turns bloody, and Carl turns furry LOL. He sees himself as a monster and isolates himself in fear of hurting the people around him.

Years later he’s going back to search for the man who turned him, but he’s coming up empty. He finds something else…or perhaps I should say someone else, though.

I really liked the ending, it left me grinning.

This is just a short little story written to give a background story to one of the characters in Merrow’s Camwolf series. I don’t think you have to have read it to be able to enjoy Lonewolf, though – I haven’t.



Sex with a stranger can be riskier than you know… particularly if that stranger turns out to be a werewolf. A companion to — or appetiser for — my novel Camwolf.

Two years ago a casual encounter in Stuttgart left Carl changed forever. He thought he could handle being a werewolf—until he passed the curse on to his English lover, Nick Sewell.

Now Carl’s come back to Germany to look for answers from the man who made him a monster. But Stefan’s disappeared, and in his place Carl finds Christian, who may have as much to hide as Carl does—or even more.

This is a short story in the same universe as Camwolf, but with different main characters. If you’ve read the novel you may recall that Nick Sewell was turned into a werewolf three years before the start of Camwolf by his then lover, Carl Fisher. This is Carl’s story, and it’s a dark little tale.

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Slow Burn Friday

I made myself laugh today. I joined on another Instagram challenge, #DiscoverMMRomance – check it out if you’re on Instagram. Today we should post Slow Burn MM. I panicked. I read short fiction, there’s no room for slow burn.

So, I hopped onto Goodreads, naturally, and went the M/M Romance Group and onto their shelves where I looked at the Theme-Slow-Burn-Ust. I spent a good amount of time oh-ing and ah-ing over books forgotten.

But which one to post on Instagram?

The first one I picked was Dance with Me by Heidi Cullinan, but then I thought it’s not that long ago I re-read it, and most M/M fans probably know of it already. Then I paused by Nowhere Ranch, but that’s equally known.

Next book I almost picked was Houseboat on the Nile by Tiennan, then Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk, and then Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton came up…

Turns out I’ve read quite a few slow burn stories and that I’ve like most of them…a lot. Check them out here.

In the end, I went with  Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis because when I read it, which is a very long time ago, I loved it. It’s one of those books I don’t dare to re-read because I fear I wouldn’t like it as much now as I did then. If I remember correctly there were tears, coming from me that is.

You have artists, you have misunderstandings, you have the building a life together without them realising they’re building a life together, and then one decision ruins it all. Tears.

This isn’t an unknown book, but perhaps not as known as the others I mentioned above. If you haven’t read it and are one of those people who can stand communication breakdowns, check it out.


7823352 Aaron has no idea what he’s walking into when he shows up to pose for a famous—and famously bad-tempered—photographer. He certainly doesn’t expect to end up working as Jake’s assistant for five frustrating, thrilling, and crazy years instead of in front of the camera.

It all works until Jake realizes Aaron has become the focus of his life, a life that’s threatened when Aaron actually leaves him to start a relationship with someone else. Though it breaks his heart, Jake realizes he has to set his beloved muse free to have any chance of winning Aaron back.

Reprint: This short story was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters.

Monster Till Midnight

Halloween! We have arrived, people.

I’ve picked stories after species up until now, but today I went with the story that had a pumpkin on the cover, and I did not regret it for a second.

Monster Till Midnight by E.J. Russell is a delight. I haven’t read anything by Ms Russell before, can’t even remember seeing her name which I must have because I realised she has quite a lot out there, but her books must have swished by in my feed without me noticing. Not any more, though. I really enjoyed this.

Brady loves Halloween, he loves haunted houses, costumes, and scary props so of course, he’s gonna have a haunted house. He spends days arranging it, advertising in town, and perfecting everything, but no one comes.

Well, someone comes. Rej, arrives and shoots Brady’s vampire. While talking to Rej and contemplating calling 911 he realises the pumpkin mask he’s wearing is blinking when he’s blinking, frowning when he’s frowning, and smiling when he’s smiling.

Rej is an Interdimensional Law Enforcement officer out hunting bad guys through different time threads…or something, time travelling is way too complicated for me LOL, and he recognises the evil mastermind behind Brady’s transformation.

I loved this story and I will head over to E.J. Russell’s website and see what else she has to offer. This will not be the last thing I read by her.

Monster Till Midnight is free to the 2nd of November here.

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42509627Brady dearly loves Halloween. But the haunted house extravaganza he staged in his new town–in a house that’s actually supposed to be haunted–is a total bust. But then, an unexpected visitor barges out of his corn maze…