What A Werewolf Wants
Author: Kristin Miller
Title: What A Werewolf Wants
Series: San Francisco Wolf Pack 3
Rating: Two Petals
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Going to the chapel, and her sister is going to get married…no matter what.
Josie Cole might be unlucky in love, but she’s a pro at matching other couples. When her sister gets married to the man of her dreams, it’ll be Cole Matchmaking Services one-hundredth match, and secure Josie a television special that would boost business.
Private investigator–and werewolf–Ryder McManus doesn’t believe in marriage. Catching cheating spouses has taught him there is no such thing as happily ever after. But then he never expected to find his fated mate, Josie, at his best friend’s wedding festivities.
When Josie and Ryder are together, the chemistry heats up. While he’s trying to stop the wedding, she’ll do whatever it takes to give the couple a dream day. But the secret he’s trying to expose might just ruin everything…
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is one of those books that I didn't like, but I also didn't dislike enough to stop reading. It had an interesting, if cliche, premise that I did enjoy. Ryder is a werewolf and he instinctively knows that Josie, a human, is his mate for life. There are no other women in the world for him and he wants her desperately because of it. Yet, at the same time he's been burned too many times before to be willing to take a chance on Josie. To complicate things, Ryder's best friend who is also a werewolf is very willing to take that chance with Josie's sister, a choice that Ryder isn't able to support. The push and pull as all of those dynamics interact and battle for dominance was very interesting.
The rest of the book wasn't nearly as well composed. I didn't enjoy Miller's characterizations. I thought Josie was purposefully vapid to the point she started to come across as clownish. Ryder had a few layers to his personality that seemed interesting. His past experiences with women hating him because he's a werewolf and his job as a private investigator gave him much more interest than Josie, yet every single time his thoughts strayed to Josie he lost all of that. He became vapid, thinking with his dick to the point that his strong and assertive personality was lost amid the need for sexual gratification. Yes, this is an explicit romance book, but Miller failed to keep her characters in line whenever the romance portions began. She instead relied on the sex to carry the weight of the story.
I was also disappointed with the werewolves themselves. I kept waiting for Miller to introduce me to the werewolf society or give some depth into the mating magic that let Ryder know Josie was his. Plenty of opportunities for explanation came and went until I was frustrated every time the word werewolf was mentioned because I didn't know what Miller meant by it. Admittedly, I haven't read the two previous books in the series, so that depth might have been there and I missed it. Yet, each book in the series is sold as a stand alone set in the same world, which means that leaving out needed description in this book should not have happened.
I am actually hesitant to answer this part. This book wasn't terrible, but I found it difficult to read because of the poor characterizations and the lacking details. Readers who don't mind vapid characters in return for werewolves and romance will enjoy this book, so I'll recommend it specifically to them. I cannot recommend this book to anyone else.
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