A Mesmerizing Tale of Growth, Passion, and Preservation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Lucy Bexley’s Howl invites readers into a world where two women’s lives intertwine in unexpected ways, igniting a spark that not only helps them overcome their personal struggles but also breathes new life into a beloved and historic queer bar. This sapphic Coyote Ugly reimagining masterfully combines heartfelt emotions with a touch of humor, leaving readers both satisfied and enchanted.
At the heart of this narrative lies a story of growth in any way possible. Lou McCallister, the unwavering (some would call it stubborn) owner of Howl, and Clementine Darby, the newly appointed employee, who upon moving to Boston, had her car stolen before she even got to her new apartment, form an unlikely bond that becomes instrumental in overcoming their individual obstacles. Bexley skillfully explores their unique struggles, allowing each woman to offer valuable insights that help the other heal and evolve. It’s a refreshing and captivating dynamic that adds depth and authenticity to their journey.
Lou’s unwavering commitment to preserving the rich history and legacy of HOWL is nothing short of admirable. As readers witness her determined efforts to keep the bar alive, they can’t help but feel a surge of admiration for her resilience and unwavering devotion. Conversely, Clem’s fresh perspective and innovative ideas on how to modernize certain aspects of Howl inject a breath of fresh air into the bar without stomping on its history and “feeling.”
The palpable attraction between Lou and Clem is a testament to Bexley’s prowess in crafting compelling relationships. Their chemistry crackles and sizzles on the pages, leaving readers eagerly anticipating each interaction. Whether it’s a fleeting glance, a heartfelt conversation, or an electric moment, the author weaves their connection seamlessly into the fabric of the narrative. This skillful portrayal of raw and undeniable attraction solidifies Bexley as an author I will pick up site unseen every time.
Abby Craden, one of my favorite narrators, brings HOWL to life with her exceptional performance. Craden’s talent shines through as she effortlessly captures the essence of each character, infusing the story with emotion and depth. Her narration enhances the already great story, elevating it to new heights and ensuring that readers become fully immersed in the world that Bexley crafted.
Lou McCallister owns Howl, the only surviving queer bar in Boston.
When an investment opportunity to save the floundering bar is inadvertently sabotaged by Clementine Darby, Howl’s newest employee, Lou is ready to give up.
Now Clem will do anything she can to make it right and keep Howl alive, but will she be able to save the bar in time?
This sapphic Coyote Ugly reimagining brings the funny and the feels.HOWL: Home of the Wayward Lovers by Lucy Bexley
Narrator: Abby Craden
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Series: I Heart SapphFic Pride Collection #7
Published by Tantor Audio Genres: LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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