• Written by: Mari Hamill
• Series: N/A
• Softcover: 216 pages
• Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
• Publication Date: May 19, 2014
• ISBN-10: 1457525747
• ISBN-13: 978-1457525742
• Genre: Supernatural Romance | Horror
Unlucky in love and financially struggling, a widowed baker agrees to star in a werewolf movie to save her town from ruin. As fame appears to bring love and money on a silver platter, a legendary werewolf threatens to destroy her newly found blessings.
Mari Hamill begins her career as a novelist with Werewolf Nights, a fun and kitschy foray into the horror genre with a supernatural romance. The twist on genres works incredibly well.
The adventure begins with a mythos that establishes the world building as a place wherein werewolves can and most likely do exist. This sets the stage for a modern-day extravaganza where the line between what is real and what is possible blurs considerably. Aside from some occasionally scattered narration that is difficult to follow and throws the immersion experience, Hamill sets a rich stage for her characters.
Her main characters all receive checkered and colorful pasts that bring them to life as people. Hamill skillfully uses tropes that also allow the characters to feel like old friends you’re catching up with over coffee. There’s the beautiful damsel love interest with the questionable past, the technically savvy side-kick expert on lore, the dashing actor with the mysterious past, and the thwarted lover-bad guy. Hamill throws in some twists to these so that you don’t feel the characters are formulaic within the story.
The story held a few surprises but otherwise is exactly what you think it is – a fun and supernatural filled adventure towards a happily ever after. Hamill’s story puts the characters through their paces so that you’re often wondering how they’ll ever be able to reach that happy ending though. The plot is fast-paced and the reading is easy, which makes this a great before bed or at the beach style read.
It’s pleasant and short enough to finish in a single sitting if you are so inclined, although I recommend taking your time so that you can better enjoy the journey Hamill has laid out for you in the book. The ending ties up all loose ends and is a satisfying pay off for having invested in the story.