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November 16, 2009
The Better To Hold You

Abra Barrow #1

March 2009
On Sale: February 24, 2009
Featuring: Abra Barrow; Red Mallin
336 pages
ISBN: 0345505875
EAN: 9780345505873
Mass Market Paperback

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Alisa SheckleyThe Better To Hold You
by Alisa Sheckley

Being Married to a Werewolf Gives New Meaning to the Words “High Risk Relationship.”


Manhattan veterinarian Abra Barrow has more sense about animals than she has about men. So when her adored journalist husband returns from a research trip to Romania and starts pacing their apartment like a caged wolf, Abra agrees to move with him to a rural mansion upstate in order to save her marriage.

But while there are perks to her new life, particularly in the bedroom, Abra soon discovers that nothing in the bucolic town of Northside is what it seems. The local tavern serves a dangerous, predatory underworld. Her husband has developed feral new appetites and a roving eye, and his lack of humanity isn’t entirely emotional. As the moon waxes full, Abra must choose between trusting the man she married, taking a chance on a seductive stranger, or following her own animal instincts.

An intense werewolf story with some interesting new twists.


Chapter 1

There are many different Manhattans. Which one you happen to live in depends partly on geography and partly on perception. I live on the Upper West Side, in the midst of an eccentric animal kingdom.

 In my Manhattan, people like their animals big: aristocratic hunting dogs with wide, soft mouths, overfed guard dogs and pit bull mixes, sled dogs that have kept the look of a wolf about them. These are large animals for large apartments: six- room prewars, with a couple of children and possibly a weekend home in the Hamptons. Nobody has time to go jogging with the dog anymore, and the nanny refuses to pick up feces from the sidewalk, so a walker is hired. 

 Elsewhere, on the East Side, are toy breeds Read More…

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