Saturday, April 22, 2017

REVIEW for the "Dances with Werewolves" series by Nora Snowdon

*****(5) out of 5 stars!

"Just One Bite (Dances with Werewolves, #1)"

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...

Rosie and Lucas

This is a fun romantic romp with a paranormal twist.  The characters in the story are well enough developed that you want to continue reading their tale.  The dialogue is witty and funny, the storyline sufficiently intriguing to keep your interest and yet light enough to be a fun read.

Rosie is the quindecinnial every-day girl that many women see themselves as, and Lucas is the gorgeous (and also quite rich) man of her dreams, who just so happens to be crazy about her.  There are plenty of love scenes which are plenty steamy!  (Definitely intended for adult readers only.)  The relationship that Rosie develops with the dog alter ego of Lucas is absolutely precious, and all the more interesting when she chooses the wayward mutt to confide in about her romantic issues.  The actual werewolf scenes were a bit tamer than you might expect, but still they present an entertaining supernatural turn. 

Rosie and Lucas are obviously destined for one another (as is evident from the very first scene), despite a slew of obstacles getting in their way.  I did think there should have been more explanation for Rosie’s benefit about what actually occurred with Annabelle and such, in order to clear up more of the misunderstandings that occurred.  But otherwise it was a very pleasing and fun frolic, that receives the happy ending it deserves.

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and have willingly provided an honest review.

***(3) out of 5 stars

"First Bite is the Deepest (Dances with Werewolves, #2)"

Can a woman bitten by a werewolf choose not to become one herself? Ella is not persuaded by rich, handsome, and (unfortunately) neutered werewolf, Robert Colbert that his bite need change her life. Despite her annoyance with his arrogance, she agrees to let him take her to dinner if he’ll let her interview him for her gossip magazine LoveLifeStyle about his previous job as a designer/host for a reality TV show.

Trying to convince her to accept her werewolf fate before the rapidly approaching full moon, Robert finds himself falling in love with the stubborn bitch-to-be. But with some dark secrets of her own and a scarier suitor on her horizon, Ella may prove to be the one woman able to resist Robert’s wolfish charm.

Ella and Robert

While I didn’t find this story quite as good as the first edition in the series, it was still a fun tale.  The meet-cute story of Ella and Robert is definitely unique, and the reason they start spending time together even more so.  And it is fun to see more of this unique family as the story unfolds.  But since you can see the sparks fly between Ella and Robert right from the get-go, it is no surprise that they end up together.  There are some rather spicy scenes between them; but, again, it doesn't quite measure up to the first novel.  Of course, we have to traipse through the ubiquitous trials and travails before they can have their happily ever after.  Although the biggest supposed shock of the story was something you could totally see coming, if you were paying enough attention.  But Robert, of course, is blindsided by Ella’s revelation, and – mostly just due to his stubborn nature – has trouble accepting it.  He also tends to jump to conclusions a bit, which causes some related problems that could have been more easily solved.  But it does all prove worth it in the end.  

****(4) out of 5 stars

"Big Girls Don't Bite (Dances with Werewolves, #3)"

After a lifetime of rebelling against her controlling mother and over-protective werewolf family in general, Anna is shocked to find herself falling for a man her mother might actually approve of. Well, if only he wasn’t a human. And the fact that he has a weird genetic problem that could kill him if she “accidentally” bites him doesn’t help matters.

Ericson knows with his shady past, he should lay low. After his brother was murdered, he’d vowed not to put anyone else he loved in danger. Despite his best intentions, Anna Colbert somehow gets under his skin. Apparently with a woman like Anna, resistance is futile.

Anna and Ericson

This story about the youngest sibling in the Colbert clan is as fun and playful as it predecessor volumes.  This one had a little different feel to it because the primary character was a young woman.  Her brothers and parents were a bit over-protective, and her sisters-in-law accordingly acted more like aunts.  But it was enjoyable to again see other members of the family interacting together.  Getting to know the infamous were-doodle Janette was also quite entertaining.  This episode had more in the way of actual outside drama and intrigue, rather than just the usual romantic angst.  There were a bunch of twists and turns, that were fairly obvious to anyone who was paying attention, but that helped make it an interesting tale nonetheless.  The biggest shock of this book was one that nobody except the family matriarch saw coming.  But it did help lead to an eventual happy ending.    

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and have willingly provided an honest review.

*These books do contain rather graphic sex scenes 
and not considered suitable for readers under 18 years of age. 

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