Pete and the Werewolf
Author: Cassandra Pierce
Title: Pete and the Werewolf
Rating: Three Petals
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Summary:Finding himself at loose ends in life, Pete Maddock returns to the seaside town of Hope Harbor to look after his ailing grandfather, Elliot. He finds work at the Riptide Café, a gathering place for fishermen and sailors from various parts of the world and with wild, but entertaining stories to tell.
One day, a new guy arrives in town: Vladimir Bereshenko. He's sexy, intriguing, and best of all, interested in Pete. The only problem is that Vladimir clearly is keeping secrets. When a series of strange wolf attacks begin to plague the town, Pete wonders exactly how deadly those secrets might be.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Pete is living an ordinary life working as a waiter in a small town while taking care of his aging grandfather. Then Vladimir walks into Pete's life. He's instantly smitten, but when strange things start happening around town and Vladimir also starts acting strange, Pete can't help wondering just what he invited into his bed and his life.
This was definitely a good read. The idea of werewolves and their watchers was an interesting one and I enjoyed the way it played out in this story. (I can't go into too much detail without giving away the plot.) I also really liked the characterizations: Pete just trying to figure his life out, Vladimir also trying to figure out life, but in such a different way, and then Pete's grandfather, whose changing dynamics were so interesting.
While I did like all of that, the problem I had with the story was everything happened too quickly. The entire book felt rushed. There was very little build-up of Pete and Vladimir's relationship, not enough time given to explain the supernatural aspects of the story, and the ending happened so abruptly it felt like it all came out of left field. If Pierce had taken a little more time to let the story flow at a better pace, this book could have been marvelous.
The world-building and characterization aspects to this story were very interesting to read, but I felt the plot was very rushed. This story had all the potential to be marvelous, however without a good flow it struggled for me. I do recommend it because overall I did enjoy reading.
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