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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 3, 2013
Whimsical title and cover art captured my attention first and I was delighted to give this paranormal romantic comedy a go. I knew from the moment I started this book that it didn’t take itself really seriously though underneath the zaniness there is a plot, some intrigue, endearing characters and a heated romance. This is book eight in the series, but I had no trouble plunging right in though I hadn’t read any of the books that came before it.
The story opens when brainy scientist and werewolf, Mara Flaherty, determines that she will make her own fate instead of having it dictated to her by werewolf tradition. She hasn’t seemed to draw any werewolf male’s interest and they certainly haven’t drawn hers. The human guy from work, Harry, she has crushed on for some time was oblivious to her until she got drunk and embarrassed herself at the company Christmas party so that dream will just have to stay safely tucked away while she watches him from a distance. In the meantime, she desperately wants a child- someone to love and nurture of her own. Her solution? To invent a baby making formula. Unfortunately for her, Hottie Harry accidentally drinks it and mayhem ensues.
Harry Emerson, the accountant for a big cosmetic firm has a bit of a problem, a very hairy problem. He could be going out on a limb, but he thinks he’s turning into a werewolf or maybe just going crazy. He finds the number for a paranormal crisis hotline and gets a cranky female vamp who says she’ll send help and he’d better be on the level. And help comes in the form of a cluster of women who try to give it to him straight. One of those women, a scientist in the building, admits that he might have accidentally drank an experimental formula of hers that she kept in a vitamin water bottle that he mistook for his own. He now has a name for the blame and he has no trouble letting Mara know just how badly she messed up his life just when he became the guardian to his deceased sister’s small children. Even so, he can’t help, but notice she has many redeeming qualities.
Mara feels all kinds of guilt and now wants to make right if she can just get the stubborn Harry to let her help and also convince him that he needs to accept what he now is and that its a wonderful thing to be a werewolf. She and the other OOPS ladies have taken him and his family on as a special case and plan to stick around the irascible Harry whether he wants them or not when an unknown enemy threatens the safety of his kids and other people close to Harry. Mara has to figure out how to keep Harry’s new status from the Were Council who will put her away for life for accidentally turning Harry into a werewolf. Through it all, she finds the new Harry even more attractive than the old.
I had a good time with this book particularly when the vampire Nina was in a scene. What a hoot and a howl! I laughed so hard. The female has no filter on her mouth and she’s lethal so quite the devastating combo. I loved the whole OOPS team when they were interacting. And Harry was a great geeky, bumbling and loveable hero. The side characters like Carl the Zombie and Darnell the Demon were scene-stealers.
The part that didn’t work for me was Mara. It was sort of funny about her crush on Harry and her wild idea to mix up a baby-making potion, but her issues and reactions also annoyed me. I actually shut this book and set it aside for several months because I wasn’t into her. At first she couldn’t own up that she was in the wrong and screwed up some poor man’s life. Then she does, but she gets snippy because Harry isn’t digesting all the new cray-cray at the rate that she wants him too along with the fact that he isn’t wowed by his new werewolf status. She was funny, but self-absorbed so it took about three-fourths of the book before she got a clue and started to really own her mistakes and really see stuff from Harry’s perspective.
To bring it altogether, I had a fun time with this story that was just pure entertainment from cover to cover. I would definitely go back and read the books I missed and other books by the author. Those who love paranormal romantic comedy should definitely give this one a try.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.