This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Fasten your safety belts, kids! This is going to be a wild, zany, flirtatious ride. If it’s a paranormal, it’s in this book- or so it seems. I picked it up because it sounded like a fun paranormal romance from a new-to-me author that I decided to check out. I can best describe what I read as light-hearted paranormal romantic comedy that seemed to offer a nice little mystery to solve while poking a bit of fun at its own genre of stories.
Poor Brandee, a human girl working as a barmaid until she can set enough money aside for her dream career in photography, gets dumped once again and this time its by text. Brandee doesn’t get the opportunity to let the pain of rejection sink in before Sadie, the Boston Uncommon Bar’s resident pyschic does a reading for her and the cards promise true love will be the next guy to come walking through the doors. The first thing through the doors is ‘One Night’ Nick Wolfensen. Brandee somehow doubts the cards on this one.
Nick Wolfensen is a werewolf and he, like many paranormals, frequents Anthony the vampire’s bar that is neutral territory where all non-human races can come and relax without worrying about their various paranormal prejudices. Nick’s just quit his police job and turned to Private Investigative work. His first case is the kidnapped fire mage daughter of the mayor and Brandee’s niece. Nick has had a hard and fast rule about women. He makes them no promises and he wants no strings or attachments because he’s looking for his true mate. For some reason, his eye keeps straying to Brandee Hanson.
Things get really interesting when Brandee goes moonlighting with her camera and catches more than a hot looking PI on film. Brandee follows Nick to ‘help’ find and rescue her niece and ends up spying him change into his wolf. Paranormals have one rule and Nick accidentally broke it. Don’t get discovered by the humans. Brandee’s discovery leads her and Nick onto quite the adventure trying to stay one step ahead of an angry Mother Nature who police’s the paranormals and trying to figure out the attraction and relationship that’s sprouted up between them.
This story went all over the place. My head spun as the plot seemed to constantly shift between perspectives and plot lines like the kidnapping investigation, Brandee’s discovery of paranormals, Brandee and Nick’s relationship, Anthony’s relationship, the Mother Nature and other gods thing, Nick’s other investigations and Brandee accidentally outting the paranormals. By nature of all these shifts in plot, I found it a bit choppy at times. It was a fun story and I do appreciate that the mayhem and madcap feel to it was intentional, but I also felt that it would have been improved by focusing on maybe just a few of the many elements included and saving some of it for another book. I also felt that the main line of the story, Nick and Brandee’s romance needed more development. I wasn’t convinced they were in love when they both felt they were. They spent much of the time in a back and forth thing. Nick knew exactly what and who he wanted and went about pursuing it while Brandee was flighty. She tended to jump without much thought into things and think about the consequences later usually getting all sorts of trouble stirred up in the meantime.
All that being said, I did have a good time reading this story and I think the author has hit on a great backdrop in the creation of Anthony’s Boston Uncommon Bar with all the interesting characters that come and frequent the place.
Those who enjoy a light-hearted paranormal romance romp should give this one a try.
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for providing this book for review purposes.
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