Book Reviews

Midnight in Berlin by JL Merrow at Sea Singer Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-April-2020

Book Blurb

One bad decision can change your life forever.

 

It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he learns his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

 

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realizes the truth, it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

 

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

 

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

 

 

First edition published by Samhain Publishing, February 2012.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2018.


Book Review

Have you ever wondered if the paranormal stories aren't just stories? Maybe the shifters, vampires, and the like truly live amongst us, very quietly. I oftentimes will find myself eyeballing people to see if I can discover something not quite human. Crazy, right? If they do exist, I'd like to be a werewolf or a large cat breed. But, I sure don't want to experience the scary nightmare that Leon goes through just because he accepted a ride from a stranger and the stranger thought he was someone else. The description of the story intrigued me because in just about every single paranormal story I've ever read, the shifters can always spot their own kind, pretty much immediately, so discovering that J.L. Merrow had created a different world was something I had to see. That wasn't the only new and unusual thing to find in this world the author created, though.

Leon has pretty much fallen down the rabbit hole and it doesn't look like he's coming out anytime soon. Leon is a drifter, moving from place to place, working any crappy job for money and moving on when he gets bored. He got disillusioned pretty early in life and hence has real issues with trust and love. Of course, now after he's woken up and discovered he's been changed into a werewolf, he's thinking his parents had the right idea and he should've finished college and gotten a regular job. The pack leader, Schreiber, has a small pack, only seven of them, and he seems to be just a little militant. In fact, he used to be a border guard when the Berlin Wall was still up. That mentality doesn't work very well for Leon as he's pretty sarcastic, snarky, and an overall smart-aleck, at the best of times.

When Leon discovers Christoph, the man who bit him, locked in a very small silver cage with the side of his face having been destroyed by claws, punishment for having changed Leon without Schreiber's permission, Leon releases him and they escape. Christoph was changed by Schreiber because, basically, the pack needed a larger home and Schreiber liked the looks of Christoph's. Schreiber also "allowed" Christoph to keep his day job as an architect because the pack could use the extra income. Nice guy, huh?

Now Leon and Christoph are trying to stay hidden and get money to get out of Berlin, or so Leon thinks, until Christoph shows him e-mail files he hacked from Schreiber with implications that a scientist created their half man, half wolf form. Christoph wants to go after Schreiber and then find the doctor and put an end to his experimenting. Leon isn't so sure about that, he's pretty convinced he's just a coward at heart, but he also can't leave Christoph alone.

This was an interesting story. The writing was what I've come to expect from this author as was her protagonist, Leon, in that he was real. Real in the way anyone would be in this situation. The whole story is gritty and dynamic with such an unusual take on werewolves. I enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 191 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-March-2020
Price $1.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Berlin-JL-Merrow-ebook/dp/B086H3N7JJ