Book Review – Wolfsbane by SJ Himes

Werewolves of Boston #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 131
Characters: Rael/Jameson
POV: 3rd
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Series

Rael Morrow is a human-werewolf hybrid, and he’s about to be kicked out of his pack. Unable to transform, Rael is left with few options. He can accept the Alpha’s ruling and be banished, pulling his mother with him—or agree to a courtship with Jameson Mercer, heir presumptive of their Boston Southside Pack and the object of Rael’s longtime unrequited crush.

If he mates with Jameson, he can remain in the pack, and he and his mother won’t have to suffer the indignity of being forced to uproot their whole lives.

Rael reluctantly agrees to the plan. He’s been in love with Jameson since he was a kid, and there’s no way Jameson cares about him in the same way. Rael is afraid he’s setting himself up for a lifetime of misery.

But then begins a seduction that breaks down every preconceived notion that Rael had about Jameson, and he dares to hope.

Of course, things are never that easy. Jameson is the perfect alpha, and Rael’s human heritage hides a secret that threatens his life. The Southside Pack is primed to fracture as power dynamics shift. And Rael is forced to reconcile who he always thought he was with who he could become.

WOLFSBANE is a 37,000 word novella set in the Infinite Arcana, an expanded universe shared with The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, but can be read as a standalone.

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I’m already a huge fan of The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series, and loved addition of the werewolves, and their lore, to this world. The world building is fabulous, and I liked how Rael, although unable to shift, still feels the call of the moon. The details make everything very real, and I also liked how the negative pack politics drove a lot of the story.

I loved Jameson and how he stands up for the people he cares about and for what is right. He and Rael together are very sweet, and I love how their relationship grows as the story progresses. I thought Rael grows a lot as a character through this, especially once he finds out the truth about himself. The final scenes with the wolves who had come after him were very satisfying. As an aside I do wonder if Rael’s father’s death is as accidental as it’s made out to be.

His mother, Scylla, totally rocks. She’s a very capable intelligent woman, and a kick arse wolf. I loved the cameos by Angel and Eroch, and the conversation between Angel and Rael. I was very amused by the conclusions and scents Jameson picks up from Angel’s business card.

This is a wonderful start to a new series and I’m very much looking forward to reading more.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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