Review: Howling For You by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #8.5)
January 7 2014
Yummy Man – Jeff Christopher
Kick Ass Chick – Fallon Keene
From Goodreads –
Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.
For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.
But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?
Howling For You is a novella that is part of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. It is placed at #8.5 in the series. What makes this novella special is that it’s Jeff and Fallon’s story. Well, it’s sort of Jeff and Fallon’s story…
Jeff and Fallon have already met and already have a connection going. They are good friends and work well together so this is not really a ‘boy meets girl’ story. This is actually more Fallon’s story and tells how she decided to deal with her feelings for Jeff and her Pack obligations. Because we were told that this was ‘Jeff’s book’ and that Jeff is pictured on the cover, I was expecting this to be Jeff’s story and told from Jeff’s point of view. In fact, it’s not. It’s told from Fallon’s point of view, but that didn’t bother me. It surprised me but Fallon tells a good story. She is a well built character featuring many characteristics I enjoy in a protagonist so for me that this story was told via Fallon and not Jeff was all good.
Jeff! I adore him. From the very first book in the series, he has been a standout character for me even though he’s considered a secondary one. He’s very intelligent, funny, sassy (in a very masculine way) and really fun. Yet OMG after reading this book I adore him even more! We are introduced to a different side to him. He’s assertive and actually quite romantic. Who knew?! I can’t say I have ever found him sexy; he’s more of a big brother in my mind. But just because I can’t sit there and picture myself with him doesn’t mean I can’t see him with someone else. And Fallon is perfect for Jeff.
Fallon is next in line to be Pack Alpha (if something were to happen to her older brother Gabriel that is). Pack law states that she can’t be with a tiger shifter (Jeff) but has to be with a shifter of her own kind (wolf). She is really good with Jeff and she knows it but Pack law… I like how strong her character is in this book.
The story was great for a novella. What I mean is that there was a complete story here and I didn’t feel I missed pieces of it even though it’s a very short tale.
I do think you could still enjoy this if you do not currently read the Chicagoland Vampires series but you won’t feel the same ‘click’ with the characters as those who are completely familiar with the world and the people in it. If you do read the series but are not quite up to date (or have decided to purposely not be up-to-date, if you know what I am saying), if you liked Jeff and know who Gabriel is, then you’ll do fine reading this book.
I strongly recommend fans of this series read Howling For You. There are twists I never expected, a complete story and a beautiful happy ending. It is ultimately what one should hope for from a novella.