The Howling by Erin McCarthy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a very short story that throws us into a world where werewolves are real and not unlike those we’ve read about.
Liv is stuck in a relationship she never really wanted. Having been left suddenly and had all her money stolen by her ex-boyfriend, she stupidly accepts the offer of a relationship and housing from her ex’s brother. That should probably have been the first thing she should have fixed, but instead she doubled down and ended up somehow engaged to him. Why? We’re not really sure and the story is too short to really elaborate. Suffice it to say, Liv is a little bit broken still from the betrayal. Sebastian, said ex-boyfriend, ends up suddenly resurfacing in what Liv believes is a dream. Why else would she see him transforming from wolf to man? One thing leads to another, and, finally, Liv is forced to fight for her happiness.
As a short story, this did a good job of setting things up, but I wasn’t really in love with any of the characters. I tend to lean more towards strong female characters and Liv was decidedly not one. The elements of premonition and some more real life examples of being a werewolf in the current world were interesting, though.
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