Title: Werewolves of Chernobyl
Author: K.A.Merikan and L.A. Witt
Publisher: Wing and Fang
Release Date: May 5, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal, M/M/M
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Being kidnapped by two werewolves is an adventure after all, right? Right?!
If Quinn wants to get the best photos for his travel blog, no gate is too tall, and no ‘do not enter’ sign actually means he won’t go in. What he finds in a hidden exclusion zone by Chernobyl blows his mind. Mutants? Monsters? He doesn’t know, but he is bound to find out when not one but two of them break into his hotel.
Too bad the rules and attitudes they have toward sex don’t match Quinn’s at all.
Born with a disabled hand, smaller than the other werewolves, Dima is the lowest of the low in his pack, but when he meets the loveliest human he’s ever seen, he knows his luck has changed.
The last thing he expects though is his beloved friend Nazar turning on him once Dima’s affection for Quinn deepens, and he refuses to be mounted by Nazar anymore.
Nazar is a high ranking soldier in his pack, but in his powerful body hides a gentle soul, and all he wants is to escape the pack with Dima. But once Dima claims Quinn as his, secrets Nazar has so far kept hidden rear their ugly head.
The werewolf language doesn’t have words to describe what they crave, so Quinn might be the only one to help them solve the puzzle of the desires that go against the rules of their pack
In the world of romance, there is the romance bit, where there is a bit of woo’ing, a “let’s get to know each other” dance that occurs as the characters test the waters.
Then there is the “fall into the sack” aspect, with romance happening after.
In the paranormal world, we got wolves and cats finding mates.
Werewolves of Chernobyl began by tossing the human out a hotel window, finding a secluded spot and boinking his brains out. 0-100 mph in a couple chapters. Which made this so unlike any paranormal werewolf romance I have read before, and despite the rather…rushed, beginning, I came to enjoy Quinn, Nazar and Dima’s story.
Werewolves of Chernobyl is rough and gritty, like the country and area its set in. Chernobyl has become a tourist attraction; folks are guided in, and then back out, encouraged to take their pictures and move on. Quinn, never one to let things like armed guides and “do not enter” signs hold him back, slips away into a forbidden zone and finds a bodark – Russian for werewolf, but not really a werewolf per popular media, more a cross between man and wolf.
Quinn finds himself hauled off to a secret hiding spot where he’s claimed by Dima as Nazar watches. Unfortunately, for Quinn, he doesn’t understand the full ramifications of this action and events spiral downhill and out of control for all three.
The two bodarks and Quinn must now navigate a mind field of emotions as they try to figure out where they stand with each other. Quinn doesn’t understand the pack hierarchy and rules, Nazar and Dima don’t understand Quinn. There is not a lot of trust going around, mistakes are made, and more misunderstandings lead to emotional uncertainty.
I’ll admit the beginning was a bit rough for me, when Quinn thinks he on an adventure and finds himself being claimed by Dima. It was fun and games until he finds out he’s mated.
What I really enjoyed was the following emotional seesaw as the three navigated new friendships, new lovers, new found feelings, and self-discovery. Definitely a dose of “insta-love” happening, but, it works. Quinn’s sense of humor and his quips helped to balance out what could have become a heavy story. Bringing his popular view of werewolves and being eaten made me chuckle more than once.
I particularly loved the setting against Chernobyl, and the USSR of old. Very nicely done.