Review: Romancing the Werewolf (Supernatural Society Novellas #2) by Gail Carriger

This should only be a short review, because this is a novella, rather than a full length book. To ensure I’m not cheating during my reading challenge, I read two of them. The second, How to Marry a Werewolf by the same author, is coming later this week. I shall link the review once it has been posted.

The distinctions between Gail Carriger’s novella series seem a little blurry to me, but I think there’s a chance that the Supernatural Society Novellas are a separate series because they’re about LGBTQ+ relationships (though these do appear in her main works, see my review of Competence for an example). Whatever marketing reason is behind the split of How to Marry a Werewolf from the Supernatural Society series, the timeline places this book just preceding that one. Because that sentence was confusing even to me, the order goes Romancing the Werewolf, then How to Marry a Werewolf. Makes sense? Wonderful! Let’s move on.


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I’ve got to be honest, I really don’t like this cover. The idea of Lyall having a ponytail makes me very uncomfortable

Werewolf in trouble…

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after twenty years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a charming love story set in her popular steampunk Parasolverse. Featuring the long-awaited reunion between everyone’s favorite quietly capable Beta and the werewolf Alpha dandy who let him slip away.

This sweet romance is full of unexpected babysitting, holiday decorations, and no small amount of pining. Look for surprise appearances from popular side characters and the occasional strategic application of italics.

The Supernatural Society novellas stand alone and may be read in any order. But if you’re a stickler, this story chronologically follows Imprudence, and ties specifically to events in Timeless.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men who love other men and have waited decades to do so

One of the best things about Gail Carriger’s work (other than all of it) is that at the end of the day, her stories are fun. The characters are nuanced and believable, with complex motivations and sometimes (usually) painful pasts, but they always end up with a family of loveable weirdos with whom to snipe and exchange banter. It is great.

Biffy and Lyall’s story was long anticipated by fans of Ms Carriger’s work, having been hinted at in ye olde days of the original Parasol Protectorate series that spawned Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse1 multi-series world. Despite all this, they don’t simply fall into each other’s arms and tear their clothes off, nor do they pine in anguish due to a series of increasingly ridiculous miscommunications2. This novella sees both Biffy and Lyall get drawn into greater focus, revealing facets of their personality, past and relationships not previously known to the reader, but entirely in character and logical in-world. Lyall and Channing’s interactions are particularly hilarious, their sibling-like rivalry drawing out an unusually hilarious side of Lyall.

The plot is moved along with typically ridiculous (in a good way) problems, the magic system remains consistent and compelling, and the found family trope (one of my favourites, if not my favourite overall) is in full swing. Readers get to know a little more about the London Pack, and see how the members respond to the new era they find themselves in. I also squealed a little at the mention of Sidheag’s new beta, and look forward to reading more about him and the mysterious Wicker Chicken in Reticence, the upcoming final book in Ms Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

Basically, if you enjoy historical romances, supernatural romance, witty characters, lovable misfits, charming rogues and respectful, believable romance, try Romancing the Werewolf. It is great.

 

1I don’t know if this is an official name, but I also don’t care. It gets the job done

2Well, maybe a teensy bit, but not in a played out, eye roll inducing way, I promise!

 

 

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