Title: Under a Blue Moon (Camp H.O.W.L #2)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #22
Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 228 Pages
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Once in a blue moon, opposites find they’re a perfect match.
Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.
Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of his private practice patients threatens Drew’s life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of?
Blurb does a good job of summarizing the book, so I won’t rehash.
I enjoyed this installment of Camp H.O.W.L., I enjoyed both main characters; I thought their personalities complemented each other and the back and forth dynamic made for and engaging read.
Nick is struggling with werewolf prejudices, that humans and werewolves shouldn’t be mates because were’s have to keep their shifter side hidden. In his experience, secrets between couples never end well.
Drew is a human living in a werewolf pack. He’s well versed in all things werewolf related, respected in his pack and by those at Camp H.O.W.L. I liked how he interacted with his fellow Camp H.O.W.L. employees, and how he quietly and effectively challenged Nick’s prejudices.
Where I had a few concerns with the plot was in Nick’s prejudice after finding out Drew was raised in one of the most influential Packs in the nation AND Drew is working at Camp H.O.W.L. with full knowledge that there are wolves. I struggled with Nick’s continued insistence that being human and wolf made them incompatible [because of secrets] – but Drew knew about him being a wolf.
My other issue was in The Big Misunderstanding. I will fully admit the Big Misunderstanding is typically my least liked plot device, only because the premise of the misunderstanding is usually trite and way overblow. In this case, who in the heck crawls into bed with someone just out of surgery and kisses them? Wolf or no, when someone comes out of surgery they are pretty scanky from iodine, disinfectant, sweat, and halitosis. Plus they are discombobulated from the anesthetic. So when Nick walks in and sees the ex-boyfriend in bed with Drew, the premise didn’t work for me. At all.
I’ll stress again, while *I’m* not a fan of the B.M., I did enjoy the story. Quite a bit in fact. I’m hoping there will be more books in this series.
Ultimately, a fun and engaging read.