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Series: Dances with Werewolves #1
Publisher: Self-Published on October 24, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance (Adult)
Rosie has met the man of her dreams... Or could it really be her nightmares? After fabulous sex, he suddenly disappears. He re-enters her life in time for her to discover he's being forced into a shotgun wedding.
Lucas finds in Rosie everything he's ever wanted in a mate. Only problem is, she's human. His werewolf parents want him to marry a nice girl with a fur coat, but the woman they've chosen is a bitch in more ways than one. When his fiancée Annabelle accidently bites Rosie she is thrown into a whole new fuzzy lifestyle.
If Lucas can just downplay the negative aspects of being a werewolf - fleas, the desire to chase motorcycles, and Uncle Harold - maybe he can convince Rosie that Annabelle's bite is actually a good thing. Now that she too is a werewolf, they can be together.
Can Lucas win back the love of his life? Can Rosie love a man who moonlights as a wolf? A sexy comedy that will have you howling...
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers because it includes one or more of the following: sexual situations, drug use, abuse or violence, or other mature subject matter.
Just One Bite by Nora Snowdon
Right around the time Rosie has a one-night-stand with the most amazing man, she’s also befriended on her morning jogs by a stray dog that seems to always be waiting for her. But her perfect man isn’t so perfect after all, as she finds out he’s apparently engaged, soon to be a father, and not entirely all human. Things just got a little crazier than she bargained for.
But… It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of novellas, and had I realized Just One Bite was one, I probably would have skipped right past it. Guess that’ what I get for not paying attention. So my obvious complaint is that the story was just to short, especially since it was so much fun and had the potential to be one of my favorites. Unfortunately, things moved a little too quickly, and it was over long before I was ready for it to end.
The second thing I had an issue with is the whole wolf vs. dog part. My understanding is that Lucas is a werewolf, as in he and the rest of his pack aren’t averse to howling at the moon. But every time Rosie sees him in his animal form, she thinks he’s a dog. A rather large dog, sure, but a dog nonetheless. And then that whole thing about the SPCA neutering one of the pack… Am I seriously supposed to believe that an organization dedicated primarily to the welfare of dogs and cats doesn’t know the difference between a wolf and a dog? Even if it were a volunteer who made that mistake, the veterinarian who performed the surgery would surely know better, since the physical differences are so blatantly obvious. *Sigh*
Judging Covers: While I normally pass right on by any books that even hint at werewolves or shapeshifters, the cover on this one made me take a second look. The cartoonish characters hint at a lot of fun, and that impression was right on the money. Glad I made an exception to my usual taste in reads!
The Verdict: Rosie gets roped into going out to a bar with her bestie, and just as she expected, nothing much exciting is happening. But then she notices the most delicious scent and finds herself dancing with a man she can’t possibly resist. Unfortunately, that dance comes to an end, as does her night, and she finds herself leaving alone — or so she thinks. A rather pushy, possibly drunk guy follows her out, but thanks to the intervention of a strange dog that appears almost out of nowhere, she’s saved from whatever that guy had in mind. That same dog doesn’t exactly stick around, but he develops a habit of showing up just in time for her morning runs.
Fast forward a day or two, and she runs into Lucas again, and this time she agrees to go out with him, even though she doesn’t really have much hope that a guy like him could really want a girl like her. She’s not a troll or anything…just not Barbie-doll pretty to go with his Mr. Perfect face and body. Their relationship escalates pretty quickly, and before she knows it, she’s pretty sure she’s just had a one night stand. But that one night turns into more, and everything seems to be going well enough until his apparent fiancee shows up. And that’s where Lucas’s true nature is revealed.
I like that Just One Bite bucked the fiction trend I’ve seen lately of werewolves having to be born that way, not bitten and changed. It’s more in line with traditional werewolf tales, and it gave Lucas and Rosie the potential to make a go of their relationship rather than spend half the book dealing with pack politics. That’s not to say they didn’t have their share of drama, but it was more about them than what everyone else might think. Rosie, for her part, is pretty much your normal woman. Sure, Lucas thinks she’s beautiful, but she doesn’t glam it up or really stand out in a crowd, and she’s terribly intimidated by his so-called fiancee Priscilla. Her reaction to the werewolf bit was pretty realistic, too, I imagine; who among us would have a clue how to deal with something like that and wouldn’t freak out at first?
Honestly, I absolutely loved Just One Bite, and had it been novel-length, it probably would have ended up in my favorites. Unfortunately, there just weren’t enough pages to fit all that was going on, and once the brilliant humor, magic of meeting, and drama of discovery were covered, there was nowhere to fit building Lucas and Rosie’s relationship. The chemistry between these two was unbelievably hot, and they obviously liked each other. But because the story was so condensed, they basically decided to get married after like three dates. It’s a fun read, and I’d definitely recommend grabbing it on Kindle Unlimited, but I’m not sure I’d tell anyone to spend $3 on it when you can get many full-length novels on Amazon for the same or less.
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