Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey
Shades of Grey by EL James
Beast by Judith Ivory
Medusa the Mean by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin
Horns by Joe Hill
Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren
Castle of the Wolf by Sandra Schwab
Little Red and the Wolf by Alison Paige
Where to Go When ed by Joseph Rosendo
Monica Bellucci ed Monica Bellucci
Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
Vampire Art Now ed by Jasmine Becket-Griffith & Matthew David Becket
Yeah so there's a pretty clear general theme here this month, well for the most part anyway. I don't deny it: I like werewolves. Not as much as vampires--(my one vampire novel Pretty Dead was pretty awesome)--but in general nowadays I find werewolf "romance" more interetsing than the vampire kind, more intense. Or maybe I'm just tired of the drink from me/don't drink from me/cold penis debate.
Anyway. Thoughts. I should sue Dahlia Black for false advertising. Her short stories were subtitled 'Were Hardcore' and my friends, that's just not true. They're just...messy. Mercedes Lackey's tale was definitely lacking sexual tension; I think the romance was tacked on, at least that's how it felt, and the story would have been fine without it since it had plot. However the villian was no surprise no matter how her heroine tried to convince the reader otherwise. Castle of the Wolf was probably the standout of the 'wolf porn' though it had nothing to do with werewolves/wolves in any way, shape or form, except in a vague "Oh the castle is protected by wolf spirits" kind of thing o_O"" A little repetitive, but hey it's romance in Germany and I haven't seen that in a while. Beast was good too. Again, it had nothing to do with werewolves, more of a modern-ish take on the Beauty/Beast tale, but the plot was different and the characters--if not entirely loveable--were funny/interesting.
What is the big hairy deal people are making over Shades of Grey? Yeah, it's Dom/sub. Who the hell cares? That doesn't make it a good book. Yes, the sex was hot, or in my opinion it was hot, but I was too pissed off at the female lead to want to go pay for the next two books in the trilogy. I hate, hate, HATE when sex automatically equals love. From the get-go our protaganist was in love with Mr Grey, or believed herself in love, was upset with herself for being in love. And I just. Don't. Get it.
I won't say a word about ADWD in case you haven't read. But you should read it. And if you aren't reading Joe Hill by now, go forth and BUY! Horns was flipping amazing. It took some tropes from his father Stephen King's work, but the storytelling is wonderful, there are no useless tangents, and the horror is truly made from real life no matter what supernatural elements appear. The book was recced to me from a friend and then my sisters had to read it too and now I'm telling all of you to read it as well!