Bewitching the Werewolf

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When witch for hire, Megan Stephens, is assigned to help the local werewolf pack leader find a mate, she thinks the job will be easy. Get in, get it up and get gone. But when she meets Zack Connor, she realizes her future might have a lot more dog jokes in it than she ever imagined. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466047303
About Caroline Hanson

Caroline Hanson grew up in California and moved to London in order to dance and go to pubs. Eventually, she matured enough to marry and imported an Englishman, returning to the United States.
After passing the bar, she had two children and now tries to parent, read, write and play tennis. She's heard rumors that other mothers clean and cook but is putting in serious effort to make sure those rumors don't reach her family.

Caroline grew up listening to Brit pop and reading about vampires. As a teenager her favorite authors were Anne Rice and Jude Deveraux. Now she loves Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Nalini Singh and JR Ward-- that's the short list.

She is also the proud owner of a WWJD t-shirt, (What Would Joss do?) which she hopes is apparent in her books.

She loves to hear from fans and her second book in the Valerie Dearborn Series, Love is Fear, will be published in December 2011.

A free short story called Bewitching the Werewolf was released in September.

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Reviews

Review by: Mike White on April 30, 2017 :
This story does work well enough for what it is. It will appeal to people who really like pure paranormal romance stories. I liked some of the story's little observations, such as the idea that werewolves would hate 'dog' jokes. This story lacked the purple prose of most paranormal romance, which is good, and it had more humor.

I liked the start of the story and was hoping that it wouldn't go in the direction that I expected. It did.

I do find it frustrating that the women in these stories often seem competent and even aggressive until they meet the male characters, at which point they seem to even lose their ability to communicate with other people. Megan is no exception. Her characterization at the beginning of the story as the typical tough urban fantasy heroine disappears the moment she meets the werewolf character, at which point she metamorphoses into a romance novel heroine.

Her romance with the hero is hugely problematic and aggressive, and her doubts about the whole thing aren't resolved so much as swept under the rug.

The heroines always react to the male characters in the same ways, using the same sort of over-the-top emotional reactions that few people have in real life. Who nearly passes out over the sight of a hot guy?

The male characters in these sorts of stories are almost always alternately bland and aggressive, and yet we're told about how great they are. They're almost always hot in that same way, and their hotness is always treated as the pinnacle of hotness, regardless of the preferences of the reader.

Giving a werewolf in particular a well-groomed stereotypical WASP look is just odd, and not subversive in an interesting way. The other werewolves were described as having a Russell Crowe look. I would personally love to see more male love interests who had more of a brawny and rough-hewn look like that.

I really hate the modern compulsion to give werewolves soulmates that they have to imprint on and stay 'mated' with for the rest of their lives. The aggression and dominance inherent in that idea and the implications of it are disturbing. The alpha wolf idea has been discredited for a while now, and werewolf writers don't seem to care.

The compulsory parenthood and the necessity of carrying on the bloodline are also usually part of the same modern werewolf package. Having a heroine just go along with something like this is horrifying, and it should be treated as such. Seeing a powerful witch in a role like this is even more depressing.

While a lot of modern vampire stories feature characters rejecting their sires and turning away from their 'bloodlines' in order to live their own lives and join the rest of society, a lot of modern werewolf stories celebrate lineages and traditionalism and separation from the rest of the world. Vampire stories often celebrate non-traditional families and focus on characters who cannot have children and who offer an alternative to most life cycles. Werewolf stories these days seem to be about a return to very conservative family structures. It's like the traditionalists migrated to the werewolf genre.

Werewolves don't have to be like this, and I would like to see more variety. This story doesn't have much in it other than these tropes, which feels like a missed opportunity. Still, the people who like these tropes will like this story.
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Review by: Bege on Oct. 14, 2015 :
An enjoyable read.
I would have liked to have known more about Megan before she took this gig. We learn about the years' searching for a mate done by Zach, whose alpha status means other wolves can't conceive as long as he is unmated. He does finally find his mate, helped by the witch,
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Review by: Aria on Feb. 26, 2014 :
Great shor story
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Review by: Phaedra Seabolt on Dec. 11, 2013 :
This is an extremely quick read with approximately 40 pages. It is always free, and I would say worth reading. Megan is asked to help a werewolf alpha find his mate. She is a wiccan for hire. At first it looks like the werewolf, Zack, is being forced to find a wife by his mother, but it turns out that he truly thinks that something is wrong with him. He desperately wants to find what so many others have already found. He wants his one true love, the woman that will own him and he will own. He surprised at the result of his first taste of Megan's magic, as is she. He's even more surprised when he finds his mate.

I really enjoyed this short novella. It got straight to the point. I really wish it had been longer. The author has a nice writing style and great descriptions, though they are simple. Sometimes simple is better than over explained. I would recommend it. It definitely has me wondering if Caroline Hanson has other books out there.

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Review by: sunita thapa on May 20, 2013 :
i had to put down my lunch before i choked on it.. from the first page of the book -it's hilarious.. love this writer.. i haven't laughed this much while reading books since
"choosing riley" by smith s e
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Review by: C B on May 07, 2013 :
A cute, quick and easy read
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Review by: Steph Anne on March 22, 2013 :
Loved everything about this story. Will be looking up more from this author. I enjoyed every second I was reading, and kept wishing it was a series.
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Review by: Malinda Barfield on Jan. 23, 2013 :
Great read really enjoyed it
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Review by: Louise Findlay on Jan. 01, 2013 :
Great short story I have read it about 5 times
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Review by: hrhsophia on Oct. 12, 2012 :
great short story.
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Review by: Mary on Sep. 26, 2012 :
Love how this writer puts it gud story n yes very to short want more ware stories pls !
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Review by: Sammi Cox on Sep. 15, 2012 :
A fun little read. If you want a book that brings together the paranormal and humour, this is it. I Loved it and would read it again.
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Review by: Christyn on Sep. 06, 2012 :
If you want a quick, laugh-out-loud romp this story is for you. It was a fun, quick read. The only complaint I had is a common one with short stories, I wished there was more!
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Review by: Carol on Sep. 02, 2012 :
This is a fun short. It would do well as a longer book but is fine as it is.
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Review by: saadet karabulut on May 23, 2012 :
Loved it... You should really read this story if you want to laugh..
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Review by: Becky Swan on April 20, 2012 :
I loved this story. It would make a great full length book.
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Review by: Monica Molina on April 05, 2012 :
Great book! I was laughing out loud through most of it. Really cute love story.
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Review by: Laura Young on April 03, 2012 :
I loved this story it ended well although there could have been more story if needed.
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Review by: auntyrob on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Loved it, wish there was more.
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Review by: ladydelight on Nov. 17, 2011 :
I loved this story!! it had me laughing and hot for the sexy werewolf all at the same time! :)
A MUST READ!!
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Review by: Christin Lovell on Nov. 16, 2011 :
I absolutely loved this story! My only complaint: I wish there was more! Humor was around every corner, as well as a strong chemistry between the main characters. It was the perfect blend of everything in my opinion. I will definitely be recommending it!
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