May 12, 2014

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Question – How Do You like Your Werewolves?

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The inspiration behind this week’s Question is Carmel from Rabid Reads and when you see what I’m asking, I’m pretending you didn’t notice the title of this post, you will have to agree with me.

You see, Carmel is a werewolf fanatic. Fa-na-tic. There are a few books out there that feature werewolves. You know, one or two. Some are written very similarly and other are written with a very unique spin. Some werewolves are described at good guys, defenders of the paranormal world, and others are the most vile and evil beings on the Earth. Some need to strip naked before shifting while others don’t. Some shift quickly and painlessly where others take time and hurts like hell.

So many different varieties out there and I believe we all have our preference. So today, we are going to talk about that.

I tend to think of werewolves and good creatures. If they are written as evil, the author has to write her ass off to convince me they are bad. Don’t know why, that’s just how I roll. I like when they are protectors. That makes sense since they are animals and animals are very instinctual. I love it when they follow these instincts and mate or bond with someone and go a little crazy courting their future HEAs. I don’t know why but I seem to prefer if they can just shift without worrying about clothing. Not that is bothers me really if they need to be in their birthday suits to go wolf but if I were to write a were, he would shift clothed. I like a quick shift.  I love when authors talk of magic when a werewolf shifts. I don’t care how it’s in there but if there is talk of magic, I am a happy camper. And of course, they need to be sexy. Not nasty like a rabid dog. Yummy.

I think that’s about it for me. What about you? Sexy, homely, naked, dressed, hero or villain…How do you like your werewolves?

  1. I like my werewolves any way I can get ’em. LOL Now, I guess I’m going to have to come up with a better answer than that for this week’s question. Thanks for the shout out Julie!

  2. I love all kinds of shifters, not just the wolves, but I especially like the ones that get all growly and possessive about their mates. It’s funny, in regular romance, I really dislike “insta-love”, but in PNRs with shifters, I have no problem at all with the fated mate concept. I guess it’s more believable because of their animal instincts.

    As a person who gets cold easily, I also love that their body temp is usually higher than normal. I’ll take a werewolf over a vampire anytime. In fact, I was just reading a ménage (by Eve Langlois), featuring a vamp and a werewolf, and the whole time, I was thinking that the heroine should have just dumped the vamp and stuck with the werewolf.

  3. I like my werewolves BIG and STRONG and preferably from the highlands with brogue, LOL. Yay! Immortals After Dark 😉

  4. I prefer them to be the good guys, and hidden from our world. I like them to strip before shifting, and preferably by shifting because of magic and with minimal pain. The fluid Laurell K. Hamilton uses is just ick and grosses me out.
    I like them to be alpha, but the female has to give back just as good so he respects her and treats her as his equal.

  5. Hmmmm… I don’t know that I have a preference for my shifters. I like them all sorts of different ways and appreciate when an author comes up with something different. But I totally agree with aurian about LKH’s shifters icky fluid – seriously gross!

  6. I like all varieties of shifter/were-creatures. I think shifters seem to be the morally better of the two, if only because the human-animal relationship is usually more symbiotic than infectious/overpowering.

    I get a bit of a thrill out of finding a book with a new were-species/hybrid.

    The determining factor, generally, in whether or not I like a shifter (book) is rooted in whether or not it uses the “Alpha Shifter + Fated Mate = Asshole” formula. I read a few of those early on, and now I just DNF. Just because they’re fated, doesn’t mean they should skip a few steps and force a relationship that isn’t there (yet).

  7. Jessica says:

    I’m late to this party, but I loved this question, so I thought I’d answer anyway.

    I like my shifters to be heroes for the most part. And sexy for sure – I’d hate to waste all those delicious alpha tendencies on a homely shifter. I like the idea of them having to strip before shifting. It just seems like nature wouldn’t develop an organic magic to POOF clothes before shifting. I also find the idea of hot, buff guys taking their clothes off to be a bit erotic. 😉 Then we have the personalities. I like alpha men. Preferably alpha without the asshole. My idea shifter guy would be like Adam or Curren. I’m not a fan of the “insta-love” “you-are-my-mate” BS either. I’d rather see the love build up naturally no matter what supernatural species we’re talking about. Lastly, some authors go pretty deep on how close to their “wolf” the men are. With some of them having very animalistic tendencies even when in human form. I am not as much of a fan of that style of shifter. I’m thinking Written in Red/Murder of Crows here (with the licking of wounds and the like). That’s a bit too far out in left field for me.

    Oh and to JenM’s point – give me vamps over shifters any day! haha.

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