Howling at the Moon: Tales of an Urban Werewolf

Mass Market Paperback | February 26, 2008

byKaren Macinerney

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“A swift-paced, fun romp.”
–Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

Romance is about to get a little hairy.

Sophie Garou seems to have it all: a great job at a prestigious accounting firm, a closet that rivals a Nordstrom showroom, and a terrific boyfriend who isn’t afraid to use the “M” word. There’s just one little itty-bitty problem: Sophie is a werewolf–and her time of month has a whole new meaning.

Needless to say, life among yummy flesh-and-blood humans is no piece of steak . . . er, cake!, but regular doses of wolfsbane tea and a mother who runs a magic shop have helped Sophie keep her paranormal pedigree under wraps. Still, when a sexy, golden-eyed werewolf prowls into town, Sophie finds herself struggling to keep her animal impulses in check–not to mention trying to keep things on track with her super hot (and super human) lawyer boyfriend. What’s more, someone is threatening to expose Sophie for what she really is. And when her mother is accused of selling a poison-laced potion, Sophie must sniff out a culprit before the fur hits the fan.


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“A swift-paced, fun romp.”–Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling authorRomance is about to get a little hairy.Sophie Garou seems to have it all: a great job at a prestigious accounting firm, a closet that rivals a Nordstrom showroom, and a terrific boyfriend who isn’t afraid to use the “M” word. There’s just one little itty-bitt...

Critically acclaimed author Karen MacInerney also teaches writers’ workshops and drives a mean carpool. Her book Murder on the Rocks was selected as an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. When she’s not writing or chauffeuring children, she loves to read, drink coffee, attempt unusual recipes, and hit the local hike-and-bike trail. Sh...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.3 × 4.15 × 1 inPublished:February 26, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Howling Good Time This is the first book in a trilogy that follows Sopie, the reluctant werewolf. It definitely falls on the chick lit side of the Urban Fantasy scale providing an easy, light read with paranormal elements. Sophie Garou is half werewolf. Raised by her psychic-witch mother, she has had very little contact with other werewolves and doesn't even know the rules, or even that there are in fact rules. She has managed to live most of her life as a lone wolf, but when a sexy werewolf comes to town, it seems to be the end of her days of anominity. This book provided a fun start to this trilogy. Sophie is a highly likeable character and there are strong supporting characters to back her up. A good mix of comedy, romance and mystery Howling at the Moon is a solid start to this series. 2011-040
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable for the first of a trilogy My disclaimer for this book is that I have been hunting for it via used book stores and my library. As long time followers of my reviews you know that I am a huge library supporter, not saying I never buy books (there are some that one needs to own) but I generally like to use my library. Originally my library didn't catalog paperbacks, which meant it was a bit of a pain finding some of the lesser known authors and their works. Or you would find the second or third book in a trilogy but never the first. That was the case for this series. But I suppose being out of the reading loop for a bit was good because when I came back there it was, online and available to request. I love that they are working on cataloging all paperbacks. *content sigh* Now onto the review. The book has a sorta chick-lit feel to it, with paranormal elements. It was so easy to sink into and enjoy - always a plus. Sophie is the sort of heroine that stumbles along into the roll of hero. She didn't really set out to become one but this first book lays the ground work for the rest of the trilogy. With that said because the adventures of this book are so 'out there' from what we know of her I found at times that there was a little cheese factor to it. I could tend to overlook it but I wish MacInerney had taken a little more time to develop that while Sophie had managed to snuff her werewolf traits she wasn't completely in the dark and understood some of those supernatural abilities. At times when the situation called for it Sophie had these skills that she was well aware about but than at other times she seemed so clueless. Of course, one has to give some room when it comes to the first book of a series. Sophie and her best friend Lindsey had a fun dynamic to them, however I felt like at times Lindsey was a bit callus and didn't always show Sophie those 'have your back qualities'. On the flip side, it is sorta nice having a BFF in a book that is not the loyal, always there type of character. It makes me feel like Sophie is somewhat stumbling through all this new knowledge surrounded by friends and loved ones but at the same time doing it on her own. The book progressively got stronger, especially once Tom (a hunky lone werewolf) came onto the scene. He brought lots of answers and mystery to Sophie's life. In fact, I think MacInerney did a perfect job in bringing him into the book without making him a huge part of this first book. I want more of him and his story and so curious as to how some of the information he passed on to Sophie will affect the next two books in this series. All around this book had a few things that irked me (Sophie bouncing from having werewolf knowledge to being clueless and a few plot huhs) but overall I thought this first book has lots of potential. I think, especially with the ending, the second will be a lot stronger and dive more into Sophie trying to figure out some wolfy things. If you enjoyed Vincent's "Shifters" series I imagine you would enjoy this book as well. It was published back in 2008 so maybe many of you have already read this trilogy, if so I would love to hear your thoughts on this first book.
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Series Gets Better From Here Sophie gets a little hairy throught out the day. Unlike the rest of us she has a good reason. Sophie is a werewolf, but as she reaches her late twenties she has still not come to terms with it. No one but her Mom is aware of her little problem. As Sophie tries to keep her "condition" to herself, the secret gets out. This is not a bad start to the series. I really like Tom, the werewolf that comes to town to an assignment. However if I had not already purchased all three of the books in the series, most likely I would not have picked up the next book. This book is a little slow, but the series gets much better in the next two books.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Honestly, didn't enjoy it to much. Picked it up thinking it would be a fun, hairy read. To me, it wasn't. The righting was fluffy and predictable, there really wasn't much going on in the novel. I didn't find any chemistry between the main character and her boyfriend. Truthfully, I didn't even like the guy. Found him dull and boring. What annoyed me was that she clearly likes Tom the sexy male wolf that strolled into town and he liked her, but did they move on that. Of course not. She stuck with her 'normal' boring, human boyfriend. All in all, a disapointing read in my opinion. Nothing really happened in the novel and I will not be getting the next installment.
Date published: 2008-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start To A New Series If this is a preview of what’s to come in the series, even if it’s a short series, I think it looks very promising! So far its fun, sexy, witty and funny. The main character is sort of discovering new things about her self and along the way things get a little “Hairy”. You kind of just get to know the main characters in this one and from what I gather in the next one things get a little more in depth, I guess Ill find out when it comes out.
Date published: 2008-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Certainly this is one of the better romance novels out there. Sophie is funny, classy, and smart. There were times, however, when I wanted to reach in and shake her, demanding that she just embrace who (and what) she is. There were also (frequent) times that I really got tired of the constant brand-names being thrown into the book (I don't care what kind of shoes or purse she has). Despite these obvious nits, the book still comes above as one of the best in the genre. It's worth a read, and I look forward to the next installment.
Date published: 2008-03-03

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OneI have a secret. A big, fat, hairy secret.And I’m not talking minor-league stuff, like I once let Joseph Applebaum feel me up behind the seventh-grade stairwell or I got a Brazilian wax after work last Friday or I’m hiding a neon blue vibrator called the Electric Slide in my night table. Which I’m not, by the way. In case you were wondering.No, this is completely different. And as far as I knew, only two—well, technically one, but we’ll call it two—people in the entire world knew about it.Until this morning.Usually, I waltz into my office at Withers and Young with my skinny latte, extra foam, and find nothing but a neat stack of manila folders waiting for me. Today, however, next to the manila folders—labeled with the new apple green and pink stickers I’d bought last week—was a box.Now, I should have been suspicious right off. I mean, it was too early for the mail, and the only thing on the front of the package was my name, in swirly letters. Not your normal business correspondence, for sure. And besides, I was an auditor. Who in the world would be sending me care packages?But none of that percolated through my sluggish brain that morning. I had just picked up the box when my nosy assistant Sally walked in, wearing snug hip-huggers and a jarring floral blouse that barely contained her bosom. “Adele wants to talk to you about the Southeast Airlines account.” She gave me a tight smile, accentuating the cupid’s bow she’d drawn just outside the perimeter of her lips. Then her beady little eyes fastened on the box. “What’s that? Something from that tennis-player boyfriend of yours?”“I don’t know.” I shook the box, which had just the right heft for Godiva. “Probably chocolate.” My boyfriend Heath had a penchant for surprising me with boxes of truffles. I loved them—especially those hazelnut cream ones—but it was starting to play hell with my waistline.“Yum. Can I have one?”“Sure.” I tried to pry up the tape with my fingernail, but it wouldn’t budge.“Jeez, that’s wrapped up tight.”Sally was right; it was the Fort Knox of chocolate boxes. I ran my tongue over my razor-sharp eyeteeth, tempted to use them on the tape. But with Sally hanging over my desk, it wouldn’t be a good idea.“I’ll get scissors,” she said, heaving herself off my desk and disappearing through the door. A moment later, she returned with a pair of shears, cutting the paper off with a flourish.The box inside wasn’t gold foil. It was plain brown cardboard. And my skinny latte must have finally kicked in, because my instincts were telling me I wasn’t going to like what was inside. And since my instincts are on the strong side, I really should have listened to them.But hindsight, as they say, is always twenty-twenty.“Doesn’t look like chocolate,” said Sally, who was hovering over me like a flowery vulture, reeking of Aviance Night Musk.“Not Godiva, anyway.” A phone rang in the distance. “Isn’t that your phone?”Sally gave me a smile that told me I wasn’t going to pry her out of my office with a crowbar. “No, it’s Mindy’s.”“Are you sure?”“Positive.”She wasn’t budging, so I went ahead and opened it.Bad idea.Instead of neat rows of chocolate nestled in gold foil, inside the box was a Ziploc bag of dried green leaves.I slammed the lid down, hoping Sally wasn’t an amateur botanist.Sally’s black-rimmed eyes grew huge. “Is that pot?”“What?” I croaked. On second thought, maybe it would be better if she was an amateur botanist. Wolfsbane might be poisonous, but at least you couldn’t be arrested for having it.“The bag in there,” she said, pointing at the box. “It looks like weed.”“Oh, it’s just peppermint,” I said, tossing off a light laugh that sounded like I was choking on a chicken bone. “Probably from my mother.”Sally narrowed her little eyes at me. “Why would your mother send you peppermint?”“Peppermint tea,” I said. “She knows I like it.” Actually, it wasn’t a total lie. My mother did send me tea regularly, only it wasn’t peppermint.I moved the box to my lap, resisting the urge to panic and trying to ignore the fact that Sally was still staring at me. A phone rang somewhere in the building. “Shouldn’t you get the phone?” I suggested.“No, it’s Mindy’s again.” Sally wrinkled her nose. “That stuff doesn’t smell like mint.” She jabbed a finger at the corner of yellow legal paper that was sticking out from under the lid. “Is that a note?”“You know, I’m kind of busy this morning.”“Aren’t you going to read it?”Just then, a ring that was unmistakably Sally’s phone burbled from outside the door.“Better go get that,” I said brightly.Sally pursed her lips. “It can wait.”I raised an eyebrow and tried to look official. “I don’t think Adele would be happy to hear that.” Adele was the head of the department and had an extremely low tolerance for anything short of professional. Which had always puzzled me, because it was Adele who had hired Sally.Sally flashed me a nasty look and flounced from the office. When a few moments passed and she didn’t reappear, I tugged the note out of the box and opened it.Roses are red,Violets are blue,I know what you areAnd your boss soon will too.Well, crap.I stared at the note. Despite what Sally thought, the stuff in the box wasn’t pot. And it had a lot more punch than peppermint. Most people, in fact, would consider it poison.But I wasn’t most people.I was a werewolf.And somebody else knew it.I took another sniff, inhaling the familiar bitter scent. Since I’m the daughter of a full-blooded werewolf and a psychic witch (lucky me), I’ve had to drink the stuff several times a day for years. Otherwise, I have a nasty tendency to transform every time something scares me.Unfortunately, my mother didn’t hit on the right recipe until I was almost ten, which meant a lot of my childhood was spent packing up my Barbie dolls (I learned pretty early on that there wasn’t a Werewolf Barbie) and sitting beside my mother in a U-Haul truck. My werewolf dad scarpered before my first birthday, so my mother raised me by herself, which meant I spent a lot of time in child care.Which is hard enough if you’re a regular kid, but an absolute nightmare when you happen to be a bouncing baby werewolf. Full moons were a problem, of course—although these days, with the help of my mother’s brew, my involuntary changes were limited to four times a year—but what was worse was my propensity for sprouting teeth and fur every time something startled me or pissed me off. You can imagine what happened when I didn’t get my bottle on time.One of the more memorable episodes occurred in second grade, when a snotty little girl named Megan Soggs thought it would be fun to put a frog down my shirt at recess. I don’t know who was scared more, me by the frog or Megan by the wolf cub in penny loafers. But a week later, we were back in the U-Haul again, off to another city.Fortunately, by the end of third grade, my mother had figured out how to use wolfsbane tea to keep my issues under control without doing me mortal harm. So once we found a town that was werewolf free—which turned out to be Austin—my mother unpacked the U-Haul and bought a small house. Neither of us had moved since. I still drank gallons of wolfsbane tea, and it still didn’t taste any better. As a kid, I’d taken it with chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, and large quantities of honey, but these days I just used Splenda.I gave myself a quick shake and reminded myself that all of that was behind me now. Since Sally was still on the phone, I gave the box a quick sniff. Coffee, cigarettes, the faint aroma of a woman, overlaid with the deeper notes of male sweat. An animal smell too—cat, maybe? I opened the Ziploc bag a crack. The wolfsbane was pure, probably grown in the Alps, if the woodsiness of the scent was any indication.I fumbled the flaps closed and jammed the box into my bottom desk drawer, behind the Tension Tamer herbal tea box that I stocked with my own special tea bags. Relax, Sophie, relax. I pulled up the waistband of my panty hose and forced myself to take a few deep cleansing breaths, like my friend Lindsey had taught me. After the third breath, I gave up—otherwise, I was going to hyperventilate. Besides, I didn’t want to explain what I was doing pulling my control-top panty hose up to my boobs if Sally waltzed back into my office. Instead I leaned back and stared at the bottom left drawer of my desk.The box meant that somebody knew I was a werewolf. And that was a big, big problem.On the plus side—not that it was saying much—at least whoever it was didn’t have all the facts. The New Age books all say that if someone like me gets within ten feet of the green stuff in the plastic bag, we wilt like pansies in August. Kind of a nonviolent version of a silver bullet. Or a stake.But unless I ate an entire bag of the stuff, wolfsbane couldn’t hurt me; in fact, I drank it three times daily. Religiously. As in I set a timer and plan my days around it. Because if I miss even one dose, things can get . . . well, let’s just say . . . hairy.I gave the drawer a moody kick, scuffing the toe of one of my new Prada pumps, and sank back in my leather chair.A moment later, Sally walked back into the office on a fresh wave of musk. “Did you figure out what it was?”I shrugged. “Like I said, just a box of tea. From my mom.”Sally narrowed her painted eyes at me. “Tea, huh?”“Yeah,” I said. It wasn’t too far from the truth; since my mom did send me a box of special tea bags every month.As Sally eyed me suspiciously, the phone rang. The call was from my mother’s shop. Which just goes to show that you should never think about a psychic—particularly one you don’t want to talk to.After a pointed look from yours truly, Sally stalked out of my office. I couldn’t help noticing that her too-tight pants had given her a major wedgie. Surprising, really; I would have pegged Sally as a thong girl.I picked up the phone. “Sophie Garou.”“Sophie!”It wasn’t my mother. Nor, unfortunately, was it Heath, whose deep chocolate voice was even more delicious than the truffles he surprised me with. Instead it was my mother’s assistant. I relaxed a little and gazed out the window at the Travis County courthouse, which was glowing in the morning sunlight as if everything in the world was hunky-dory and no nut job had left a nasty package on my nice clean desk. “Hi, Emily. What’s up?”“It’s about your mom.”Of course.I don’t like to admit it—particularly not to my clients, and definitely not to my boss—but my mother is the owner of Sit A Spell, a magic shop she opened fifteen years ago smack dab in the middle of Austin.“What about her?” I asked apprehensively. The last time Emily called, I had had to extricate my mother from a snafu with the IRS. My mother was many things—a fortune-teller, a spell-caster, and a medium, to name just a few—but she wasn’t a stellar bookkeeper. And the last thing I needed to deal with right now was my mother’s crappy accounting practices.“Oh . . . it’s too horrible for words,” Emily said.“It can’t be that horrible.”“Oh, but it is . . .”“Did she forget to include the income from the mail-order spell business again?”“It’s worse . . .”I groaned. “Don’t tell me she forgot to file! After I filled out the forms and everything!”“Your mother . . .” Emily sniffled, and I could hear her trumpeting into a tissue.I sipped my latte and licked the foam from my upper lip. “Emily, just tell me.”“Well . . . you see . . . she’s in jail for murder!”