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Review: Hummus on Rye – Karenna Colcroft

Hummus on Rye

Genre: Parnormal, Shifters, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Lucy

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About The Book

A six-year-old human child, who recently moved with his single father into the heart of the Boston North Pack’s territory, is missing–and Alpha Tobias Rogan has been framed for kidnapping the boy. Meanwhile, a new pack member with a traumatic past has drawn Saul Hughes, the rogue Alpha with a grudge against Tobias, to Boston.

Kyle Slidell, Tobias’s mate, spots Saul and realizes he must be behind the child’s kidnapping. But Saul has retained his powers and uses them to erase his presence from the minds of all of the other Boston wolves. Only Kyle, with his unusual immunity to compulsion, is able to remember seeing the rogue.

To protect his mate and save the little boy, Kyle will violate shifter law and ignore direct orders from the ruler of the Northeast Region werewolves. But will he survive the fallout?

This book was originally published in 2012. This version has been revised, edited, and expanded from the original.

The Review

Hummus on Rye is the third in the Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat series by Karenna Colcroft. I haven’t read the first two books, but that didn’t ruin this story for me. There were parts of the story that I’m sure having read the previous books would have made them more meaningful but there were enough context clues about major previous events that I could still enjoy this as a standalone. 

The author gave us great characters in Alpha Tobias Rogan and his mate Kyle Slidell. They’re not the typical mated Alpha pair and have a tiny little pack to lead, but with a much larger pack as allies and neighbors.

I loved Kyle, his smartass attitude, and his willingness to fight for his mate and his pack. We saw him struggle as he learned how to navigate his place in the pack and his role as alpha-mate, and as a vegan werewolf.

I really liked that Tobias, as Alpha, was working on being a mate, and was able to rely on Kyle for what he needed, both emotionally and physically. The supporting characters were equally well-done and enjoyable. 

The story-telling was excellent. Along with well-developed, complex characters, we got an action-filled story with good pacing. The author gave us details that separate her werewolves from other versions, including pack structure and hierarchy. There are several references to various off-page, previous abuse situations, but there were no on-page, detailed descriptions. I thoroughly enjoyed Hummus on Rye and will definitely go back and read the others in the series. 

The Reviewer

I’m an avid reader who loves pretty much all genres except math textbooks. As a kid, my parents exposed me to everything from fairies, hobbits, and dragons to the biographies of interesting people around the world, interspersed with poetry, plays, and music. Into adulthood, I spent a lot of years with my nose buried in various textbooks. Now, I read whatever grabs my fancy.   

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