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: ColinJ
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 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?
This was a much lighter plot than the first book. Obviously there is less setup to be done, but conversely, it does allow for more development of character and storyline. The characterization here was reasonably well done although the core plot angle was somewhat overdone. It is certainly true that people have some bizarre beliefs and associated rationales, but to hold someone at a distance because their differences may hurt you, in the end, is a very weak trope to hang a story on, particularly when it is clearly flawed throughout. So the story does the familiar misunderstandings to and fro, but with no real tension, as all issues are simply resolved. There are side plot lines that provide a little tension, but these do not really add to the story.
The location is familiar and there is no significant development of this. Settings are used to support the plot but have no real intrinsic value.
The story is well written and it is easy to read.
The relationship between the two central characters is quite lightweight. There is an initial one-night liaison that lacks any real detail. Given that this is reflected upon throughout from a number of different perspectives, it would have been better to have had something more dramatic to make it that important. Following this, there is little for the reader in terms of passion until all other issues are resolved, which means there is quite a wait. The presentation of the sex is satisfactory but not really memorable.
There is a steady pace of the story and the plot does not drag. It is not a particularly long book and so there is little opportunity for the story to stall.
The book ends with the obvious resolution of misunderstandings and everyone is happy. As this happens quite painlessly the story is a comfortable time filler.