Book review: Spell of the Werewolf by J R Loveless

Spell of the Werewolf

This was a unique take on werewolves, I thought.  This story is set in Japan, and the werewolves are the bad guys.  For three days of every month, they turn into monsters, without retaining any of their human control or compassion.  They murder indiscriminately.  Eventually, their humanity is lost and they are no longer the good people they once were.  Except for Justin.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  He changes for those three days too, and he has done things he’s not proud of, but he has found a way to control himself.  Every month, for those three days, his friend Kara locks him in a cell so that he can’t hurt anyone.  The rest of the time he spends hunting others like himself, attempting to rid the world of the werewolf monsters.

Vincent is a hybrid.  He has all the power and long life of a werewolf without the curse of turning into a mindless monster every month.  He also spends his life hunting the monsters. And that’s how Justin and Vincent meet.

I thought the introduction of the spells was really interesting, and it changed how the book played out, made it less predictable.  My interest was also piqued by the way Justin’s maker, Jake, played into the storyline, although that did feel somewhat unresolved.  The story of the horse was heartbreaking.

The book was easy to read, and I enjoyed it.  If you enjoy m/m werewolf or shifter stories, I’m sure you will too!

I received a review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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