Badass Best of Werewolves
In honor of the March release of Patricia Briggs’ newest Alpha & Omega novel Dead Heat, featuring our favorite werewolf couple extraordinaire Anna and Charles (not to mention Bran, Asil, Sage, and the rest of the Marrok Pack), the Badass Ladies have put together a list of some of our other favorite werewolf series. See if your favorites made the list, and if not, let us know what we are missing in the comments!
The Mercy Thompson Series
by Patricia Briggs
Of course Adam Hauptman and the Columbia Basin Pack make our list! Mercy might be the star of the series but Adam and his wolves are always there in the thick of things. We don’t always like how the pack treats Mercy, but we love her relationship with Adam and his daughter Jesse. Oh, we also can’t forget Samuel. While he isn’t really part of the pack, he has been and always will be a big part of Mercy’s life. This is a series that can be read and re-read. For audio book fans, try this series in audio (a great way to re-read this series); the narration is really fun to listen to. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…
The Women of the Otherworld Series
by Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong might have diversified her series with witches, vampires, demons, and necromancers (among other things), but it was always her wolves that stole our heart. Jeremy, Antonio, Nick, and the other werewolves started out as outsiders, but soon jumped head first into all types of supernatural politics. Who are we kidding though? It’s really Elena and Clay and the story of their love that is our favorite. From the hardships of Bitten to Elena’s rise to power in Frostbitten and everything in between, we have been captivated by these two and everything they do. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.
So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.
The Kitty Norville Series
by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty is such an interesting heroine and her evolution as a werewolf is very different from a lot of the typical UF stories. She was a regular girl who was having trouble adjusting to being turned, ranked at the bottom of the pack, and was just trying to survive the abuse from her alpha. It took her some time, but she got some distance and perspective and then returned to kick some tail. Throughout the books, she has been maturing and turning into the type of alpha that any werewolf would be proud to follow. We also love her alpha mate Ben, former werewolf hunter Cormac, and the interesting menagerie of friends Kitty collects on her journeys. Here’s the synopsis for the first book in the series:
Kitty and the Midnight Hour:
Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew?
The Psy-Changeling Series
by Nalini Singh
Cheesy covers aside, the Psy-Changeling series is the amazing story of two races at the opposite end of the spectrum: the Psy, a race with amazing psychic powers who embody the Mind and the Changelings, animal shifters who are all Heart. Because today we are celebrating werewolves, we’ll introduce you to the SnowDancer Wolf Pack, one of the most fearsome changeling packs in North America. Led by Hawke, the super sexy Alpha, he plays a pivotal part in the first book when he rescues a family of Psy on the run. With their love of family and strategy, these wolves are playful but vicious in a fight. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
Slave to Sensation:
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…
Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…
The Phoenix Pack Series
by Suzanne Wright
One of the things we love about The Phoenix Pack is how the hero and heroine are on equal footing. Alpha isn’t always exclusive to males or the head of the pack, and their wolves are always prowling beneath the surface clawing and chomping at the bit to get out. The witty banter in this series will have you howling with laughter one minute and squirming in your seat the next. The characters in this book are fiercely loyal and willing to fight to the death to protect their own. For audio book lovers, Jill Redfield does a fantastic job with these. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks.
Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.
But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.
The Jessica McClain Series
by Amanda Carlson
The werewolf pack hierarchy and structure in Jessica McClain fascinates us. Jessica’s father is the alpha of the US Northern Territories and most wolves belong to packs, although a few went rogue. The packs have human Essentials that work with them and also use witches when necessary. This is a robust world, full of intriguing characters and paranormals. We absolutely adore Jessica. The story is told from her point of view and it is easy to relate to her. She is portrayed as both human and wolf and it’s very interesting to see how she fights for dominion over her wolf and how mentally and physically strong she is. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.
After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.
But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can’t control her like he can the rest of his wolves.
When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there’s no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.
The Silver Series
by Rhiannon Held
Silver and Andrew Dare are one of the most unique werewolf couples around. Dare has the alpha strength, but prefers to follow rather than lead. Silver has been tortured and abused, but she lived through it all — only now she can no longer shift. These two damaged people come together and form a unit that is stronger than its two halves. Through each other, they realize they still have so much to live for. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.
The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.
Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.
The Heart of the Wolf Series
by Terry Spear
There’s quite a lot of books in the Heart of the Wolf series. Each book focuses on a specific couple and each book can be read as a standalone book. You don’t necessarily need to read these books in order, but after you read a few, you’ll want to catch up. And really – how could you go wrong? This series has werewolves for all tastes: skiing werewolves, military werewolves, even highlander werewolves. Lots of fun to read. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
Heart of the Wolf:
Their forbidden love may get them both killed. Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack. Devlyn is a beta male werewolf in a pack of grays. Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles to live as a lone wolf, until Devlyn, the gray male who rescued her as a pup, comes to bring her home.
When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. With the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can’t resist the pull to her destined mate, even if means Devlyn will have to face the wicked alpha male in a fight to the death…
The World of the Lupi Series
by Eileen Wilks
The World of the Lupi is one of those little hidden gems in the urban fantasy world. The series stars Lily Yu, an Asian American police detective who can sense magic and her love interest and werewolf Rule Turner. This is a wonderful series that keeps getting better and better as you read on in the series. A must read for urban fantasy fans. For audio book lovers, check out the adaptations done by Graphic Audio. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
National bestselling author Eileen Wilks draws readers into a bold new world where the magical and mundane co-exist in an uneasy alliance–and a cop balanced on her own knife-edged struggle is their only hope against a cold-blooded killer.
Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her–a were named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation–reasons he doesn’t want to share with Lily. Logic and honor demand she keep her distance, but the attraction between them is immediate and devastating-and beyond human reason. Now, in a race to fend off evil, Lily finds herself in uncharted territory, tested as never before, and at her back a man who she’s not sure she can trust.
The Naked Werewolf Series
by Molly Harper
Molly Harper is fun. Escapism. Light. Funny. Steamy. This is such a fun series. Laugh out loud funny, but not mean funny and not stupid funny – just funny. The first in this series, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, is funnier, sweeter and just a better book. But The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf and How to Run with a Naked Werewolf are still worth reading, worth listening to and a decent installment. Harper is releasing a fourth in this series this year. The audio for these books are really funny and well done. Here is the synopsis for the first book:
How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf:
Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham, who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska, has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.
For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.
If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of some of our favorite werewolf reads, don’t forget to enter our Patricia Briggs giveaway that is running all week!
We’ve told you our favorites, now it is your turn! What books would you add to our list?
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