I realize I have been on a bit of a G. L. Drummond binge lately, but is it my fault that she writes short and addictive supernatural novellas?
Moon Children: Dark Cravings by G.L. Drummond
At 20,000 words, this entertaining dark fantasy romance novella is solid popcorn reading for those seeking a quick fix.
In a world were female werewolves are rare, Chelsea is a coveted prize, forced to hide from others of her kind who simply want to mate with her. She builds a life amongst humans in isolated Alaska, but the arrival of a male werewolf — and the return of her primal mating instincts — may destroy her first good relationship. Yet a far more dangerous enemy is lurking out in the snow….
Amidst the ongoing literary vampire-frenzy, Dark Cravings is a breath of fresh air. G.L. Drummond loves her werewolves and makes them the sexy good guys (as in her ebook Deadlands Hunt). And, thankfully, these werewolves do not sparkle, nor are they vegetarian. They kick some ass!
But there is depth to this novella as well. Other than the vampire/werewolf conflict, Chelsea faces serious relationship difficulties, torn between her ongoing sweet relationship with the human Will, and the new primal relationship with werewolf Rance. And, dear romance lovers, there’s some fun steam in this love triangle!
Perhaps my only nitpick is that by keeping this a novella, we are only able to skim the very surface of what is no doubt a fascinating world. There is much potential for expansion in this novella, particularly considering the potential conflicts which are mentioned but never occur (e.g. Chelsea’s old pack coming to hunt her down). I assume these may be covered in Moon Children sequels, but I’ll admit to being a little disappointed by the limited focus of this story.
Actually, I think this small complaint of mine applies more broadly: having now read a wide range of Drummond’s work, I am beginning to feel that she is a tease, forever offering me tantalizing glimpses into vivid supernatural worlds, but never letting me sink fully into them. Consider it a back-handed compliment of sorts — the fact that she continually creates places I want to explore is testament to her world-building talent. If only she would build up some meaty novel-length plots to go along with them!
In sum: if you love werewolves, love romance, and are looking for a quick fix, this is the book for you.
This book is one of my 100+ Reading Challenge!