on April 30, 2017 :
This story does work well enough for what it is. It will appeal to people who really like pure paranormal romance stories. I liked some of the story's little observations, such as the idea that werewolves would hate 'dog' jokes. This story lacked the purple prose of most paranormal romance, which is good, and it had more humor.
I liked the start of the story and was hoping that it wouldn't go in the direction that I expected. It did.
I do find it frustrating that the women in these stories often seem competent and even aggressive until they meet the male characters, at which point they seem to even lose their ability to communicate with other people. Megan is no exception. Her characterization at the beginning of the story as the typical tough urban fantasy heroine disappears the moment she meets the werewolf character, at which point she metamorphoses into a romance novel heroine.
Her romance with the hero is hugely problematic and aggressive, and her doubts about the whole thing aren't resolved so much as swept under the rug.
The heroines always react to the male characters in the same ways, using the same sort of over-the-top emotional reactions that few people have in real life. Who nearly passes out over the sight of a hot guy?
The male characters in these sorts of stories are almost always alternately bland and aggressive, and yet we're told about how great they are. They're almost always hot in that same way, and their hotness is always treated as the pinnacle of hotness, regardless of the preferences of the reader.
Giving a werewolf in particular a well-groomed stereotypical WASP look is just odd, and not subversive in an interesting way. The other werewolves were described as having a Russell Crowe look. I would personally love to see more male love interests who had more of a brawny and rough-hewn look like that.
I really hate the modern compulsion to give werewolves soulmates that they have to imprint on and stay 'mated' with for the rest of their lives. The aggression and dominance inherent in that idea and the implications of it are disturbing. The alpha wolf idea has been discredited for a while now, and werewolf writers don't seem to care.
The compulsory parenthood and the necessity of carrying on the bloodline are also usually part of the same modern werewolf package. Having a heroine just go along with something like this is horrifying, and it should be treated as such. Seeing a powerful witch in a role like this is even more depressing.
While a lot of modern vampire stories feature characters rejecting their sires and turning away from their 'bloodlines' in order to live their own lives and join the rest of society, a lot of modern werewolf stories celebrate lineages and traditionalism and separation from the rest of the world. Vampire stories often celebrate non-traditional families and focus on characters who cannot have children and who offer an alternative to most life cycles. Werewolf stories these days seem to be about a return to very conservative family structures. It's like the traditionalists migrated to the werewolf genre.
Werewolves don't have to be like this, and I would like to see more variety. This story doesn't have much in it other than these tropes, which feels like a missed opportunity. Still, the people who like these tropes will like this story.
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on Dec. 11, 2013 :
This is an extremely quick read with approximately 40 pages. It is always free, and I would say worth reading. Megan is asked to help a werewolf alpha find his mate. She is a wiccan for hire. At first it looks like the werewolf, Zack, is being forced to find a wife by his mother, but it turns out that he truly thinks that something is wrong with him. He desperately wants to find what so many others have already found. He wants his one true love, the woman that will own him and he will own. He surprised at the result of his first taste of Megan's magic, as is she. He's even more surprised when he finds his mate.
I really enjoyed this short novella. It got straight to the point. I really wish it had been longer. The author has a nice writing style and great descriptions, though they are simple. Sometimes simple is better than over explained. I would recommend it. It definitely has me wondering if Caroline Hanson has other books out there.
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