Long, Lonely Howl is an entertaining werewolf tale about lonely Y counselor, Casey Keller, his erstwhile boyfriend Adam, and Casey’s best friend Nathan. Casey Keller is at a turning point in his life. He loves working at the Y making a difference in the lives of young inner-city boys, but his turbulent relationship with his boyfriend Adam is about to crash and burn and he’s not even sure he cares. Adam is out and in your face proud and he can’t understand why Casey hides their relationship behind the fiction of “the girlfriend Abby”.
Feeling at loose ends after a fight with Adam, Casey heads up to the mountains for some down time with his friend. Nathan is gay but he doesn’t appear to have a problem with Casey keeping secrets since he has a few of his own. A ranger used to living in the wild, Nathan has a strong, forceful character that’s not threatened by his friend’s secrets. He respects Casey’s choices. There’s a strong attraction between these two secretive men.
Gala develops some strong supporting characters in Long, Lonely Howl. Amadi, the African with his wry wit and odd sense of humor, as well as Vince, the young werewolf with a dark history and a musical spirit, both lend color to the story. Long, Lonely Howl is a fun read worthy of 3.5 stars filled with some interesting werewolf lore and the sparking chemistry between Casey and Nathan. It would be nice to hear more about the back-stories of Amadi and Vince, and Nathan’s confrontation with the older werewolf, Wright. Perhaps there is a forthcoming sequel?
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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