After reading Not So Simple, I wanted something fun and smutty. I went to Mangago and my eye was drawn to this:
And the title Wolf in the House.
Wolf in the House is a Korean manhwa. It’s back cover copy goes like this:
I bet you can guess Bexan’s big surprise! Yep!
You’d be close. ACTUALLY, Bexan is a werewolf. Kind like the guy from the 1985 movie, Ladyhawke, Bexan is a wolf during the day and a human at night.
It takes Minsuk a bit to adjust to this idea. Even when he sees the transformation, he doesn’t want to believe in the idea that werewolves are real. Bexan convinces him in kind of a clever way. He says, “Well, but you’ve HEARD of werewolves, right?” Minsuk is all, “Yeah, but only in stories. I’ve never seen one.” Bexan counters with, “Well, you’ve only read about kangaroos, too, and you’ve never seen one of those in real life either, have you?”
I mean, it’s kind of goofy logic, but it amused me.
What follows is a slow-burn romance. Bexan is kind of a troublesome dog/wolf. He really wants to head to Siberia, because he’s heard rumors that there are other werewolves in Russia and he’s never met another werewolf besides his parents. The problem, of course, well, there are a lot of problems, including, as Minsuk points out, North Korea is between them and Russia. But, the big one, of course, is that he has no resources and half the time, he’s a wolf that looks like a dog.
Dogs without leases get picked up by animal control in a busy city like Seoul. In fact, that’s how he ended up with Minsuk. Minsuk saw Bexan advertised as in need of adoption, as he was scheduled to be put to sleep.
What becomes interesting in this story is that Minsuk likes Bexan in both his forms. Sure, as a human guy, they can haz all the sex. But, Minsuk also finds ways to include dog-Bexan in the rest of his life, even going so far as to changing his reporting beat to cover life as a pet owner.
There are some classic ‘my lover is a dog’ scenes–‘mounting’ and neck biting, and JEALOUSY, particularly of Minsuk’s editor
But, it turns out the editor jealousy bit is really just a side story (at least so far. There are only 16 chapters at this point).
The main excitement comes from an internet troll who taunts Bexan on his Instagram account.
Instagram? Really? I know, it seems like a dumb plot twist, but Bexan can’t STAND not being loved by everyone and gets all worked up and agrees to meet up with this troll in person. They have a tussle. The guy is so super-athletic that there’s something odd about him….
Yeah, you guessed this one too! The troll is another dog/wolf shapeshifter! This one a white wolf:
The white wolf and his… owner seem to have a very different relationship than Bexan and Minsuk. The white wolf’s person actually calls him to “heel” while in human form, and as Minsuk notes, they both seem very sad when the sun rises.
Earlier, we get a flashback from Bexan’s point of view in which his mother warns him that he should never fall for a human. They’ll only bring you heartache. They can only love one part of you, either the dog or the person, never both. Bexan says (and I appreciate since I feel it’s very, very true) that’s no way to live. If love means getting hurt, then he’ll take the hurt in order to have the love.
And, it’s working out for him, actually. So far, Minsuk actually seems to love both parts of him. I think it’s important that he wanted the dog first. Finding out the dog he already loved was a hot dude was a bonus for him. Or, at least how it seems ATM.
The white wolf’s lover may have falling for the man, and the dog was very much opposite of a bonus.
It’s a surprisingly good story. The smut is okay. There are no explicit bits on display, but if you really like the naked male form, you will LOVE this manhwa. Both of the werewolves spend a lot of time being undressed and stretching luxuriously. The sex involves strategically placed body parts to give you an impression of all the action, without the actual parts visible and accounted for.
So, perfect for a lesbian like me?