My Goodreads friends might have noticed me gushing about a new favourite book: THE WORST WEREWOLF by Jacqueline (Jackee) Rohrbach.
Jackee was kind enough to agree to be interviewed by me, as long as I stop sending her the letters and stay at least 250ft from her or any member of her family at all times. Yay!
The werewolf said, “Race you to the road.” It was the last thing Tovin heard before his life became uncomfortably complex.
Before that night in the forest, Tovin was the type of guy to play it safe. Happy wearing the same shoes, buying the same deodorant, and eating the same meals day after day, he thought his simple existence was pretty great. At least until his boyfriend dumps him for being boring. Heartbroken but on a mission of vengeance, Tovin decides to start a new life filled with excitement, danger, and maybe a meal from a questionable food truck.
A date with Garvey would start it all. Handsome, sophisticated, the man is everything Tovin thinks he needs. It’s a pity he turns out to be a werewolf on a mission to save his pack from destruction.
Now Tovin is caught up in Garvey’s world.
Abducted and forced to be the bloodservant of a powerful Alpha, he lands right in the middle of a brewing conflict that threatens to destroy humanity.
My review: ***** (Loved it)
I thought I was done with vampires and werewolves. Then I met THE WORST WEREWOLF. I’ve given it a star for each dozen-or-so times I laughed out loud. Or one for each time my heart was wrenched. Or maybe one for each time I wanted to punch Garvey in the face.
The werewolves in this book wear T-shirts which say, “Blame Bigfoot” as an inside joke. That go to LARPing festivals in their human form wearing werewolf ears “made of plastic and sadness” for kicks and giggles.
These are werewolves I can get on board with.
Garvey is a bit of an asshole werewolf. He’s immature, impulsive, arrogant, mischievous and, well, infuriatingly endearing. His latest Happy Meal is Tovin, who has decided to Make A Change to his life and become more adventurous. Maybe try some sushi from a food tru–no, too far. But he will go on a date with a hot stranger.
Too bad the stranger turns out to be a werewolf who wants to enslave him as a bloodservant to an alpha. That’s a bit too much of A Change.
Before he knows it, Tovin is kidnapped by his would-be-boyfriend, a woman who tells her best friend, “You look like a strawberry sprouting white mold,” and the friend, who replies, “I would have gone for ‘vagina.’ But then I always do.”
I adored the first third with Garvey trolling the LARPers, Tovin being painfully socially incompetent on his big date, and Garvey generally steamrolling through everybody’s plans and leaving chaos in his wake.
Then we leave the romcom and enter new points of view within the two warring werewolf factions. Here we get true horror and sadness, which contrasts beautifully with the hilarity in other POVs. We meet Amber, a human who loses her father in the most horrific circumstances, and Lavario, who’s kind of a cross between Oscar Wilde and the ‘Grandma Finds the Internet’ meme:
“Amber simply responded by telling him to shut up and called him a psycho douchewaffle. He did not understand what a waffle made of douche contents would look like or how to take it as an insult. Google only helped him so much.”
Lavario and Amber have a complicated and touching relationship – still with laugh out loud moments, but also times when I had my heart in my mouth.
Amber: “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to kill your insane daughter. I’m going to kill that alpha whatever. You know, the guy who is pretty much one giant bad combover.”
Not only do we get non-cliche werewolves, but non-cliche vampires, too! They don’t have slick-backed hair. They don’t sparkle. They don’t turn into bats. I don’t want to spoil it but…
“Eat him,” Molly [the vampire] said.
“No, don’t eat him.”
“Ummmm,” she responded.
“Eat.” [Molly] lunged at the door again, pushing Timothy aside.
“No. Don’t eat.”
“There you go. You got it.” He watched her grin and prance eagerly. “That’s not making me feel super optimistic, Molly.”
A+, will lol many times again and looking forward to the next in the series. 🙂
And now… the interview!
1. Where did the idea for THE WORST WEREWOLF come from?