Book Reviews

The Friendly Werewolf and the (Almost) Virgin Vampire by Helen Louise Caroll at Amber Allure

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Vampires / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-October-2012

Book Blurb

Have you heard this one before? A well-adjusted werewolf meets a slightly neurotic vampire walking a cat...

His father thinks he should shave more often. His mother thinks he should meet someone. But all Alan wants to do is find a nice, quiet place and howl at the moon. It’s tough being a forty-something chef and werewolf. You never have time to meet that special someone who doesn’t mind your wearing a fur coat in all kinds of weather. But Alan’s on the trail of someone who might be The One—Eric, a goth moppet who smells like death and walks a bruiser of a cat named Princess.

Eric’s used to being alone. A fifty-plus vampire in a small town doesn’t meet a lot of compatible people. So he spends his time watching his favorite movies and strolling with his tomcat. But things start looking up when he runs across an intriguing werewolf in a flea collar and backpack. Could Alan be the one to help Eric with his little problem?

Book Review

What a cute story! It is totally non-standard, and offering an insight into the "real" problems a werewolf and a vampire might have when they are attracted to each other. Each of the main characters already has some very species-specific needs and issues, but combine the two and you have a bit of a cross-cultural disaster at first. Written with the kind of humor that presents the most outrageous comments with such aplomb that it made me laugh, this story is definitely an entertaining read. And the characters clearly have enough depth for me to wish there were a novel-length sequel.


Alan is the werewolf. And he is extremely unique. As he explains, it isn’t a family thing and he wasn't bitten. So how did he become one, I kept asking. Believe me, when you find out, you will be as amused as I was. It's a great explanation for a guy with Alan's job, and that is all I will say so as not to ruin the surprise. Alan is going through his "monthly thing" when he runs into Eric and though he is immediately attracted, he holds back. He has no idea what the inter-species protocol might be and he doesn’t want to ruin his chances. Too cute!


Eric, the vampire, has a few issues of his own. Having no "circulatory system", as he puts it, causes a few issues in the are of physical arousal (there is none), and there is now only one way he can get off. He is scared to mention it, but when he does, Alan's reaction isn't what Eric feared. He also has a few other personal challenges, and I loved reading about his hesitant thoughts as he worked his way through figuring out how a relationship might work. Alan has it right: Eric is adorable. Not your typical vampire at all, but I liked that.


If you like unusual stories about paranormal beings, including all their frustrations, if you enjoy reading about inter-species problems and how to get over them, and if you're looking for something to make you laugh and cheer you up, give this one a try. You may like it as much as I did.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 10000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-September-2012
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