Book Review: How to Date a Werewolf

Gotta Wonder how she fits in those pants with a tail
Cover – stolen from the Kindle edition

 

 

How to Date a Werewolf has a lot going for it. That being said, The few fumbles
that the book makes detract, sometimes quite seriously, from the rest of the
story. If you are looking for a quick fairly fun read, this is the book for
you.

The premise of the story is simple – Rylie Cruz runs a match making
service for supernatural beings out of New Orleans. Her job is to pair up the
folks and help them avoid the chaos of having to ‘reveal’ themselves to the
population at large. Unfortunatly, one of her more recent customers is not happy
with her match. At the same time, threatening notes begin to show up at her
business and a human psychologist moves in accross the hall from her office /
apartment. There are a number of strong set-ups here and, for the most part,
they pay off.

We don’t see a lot of Rylie as a match-maker. Her office is really more of a
backdrop for events as well as a ‘meeting’ place for the characters. It does set up
some tension with the romantic interest when he begins to sort through her
papers and starts to ask odd questions, but it doesn’t really pay off. On the whole,
she could have just as easily been a supernatural librarian and it would not have
had a significant impact on the plot – which is sad since there was a lot of potential
in the premise.

We do see a lot of the consequences of Lily and her threats however. The main
conflict of the book comes from Rylie trying to sort out Lily and the backdraft
from her failure to match the woman up. The threatening notes, weird followers,
and other items of ‘tension’ are all resolved – at least in Rylie’s mind – as
being from Lily. This sort of makes sense, given how Rylie portrays herself as a
werewolf and the hints we get about werewolf society, but it quickly becomes a
real stretch. When someone starts mailing you threatening letters, you call the
police. Her love interest is quick to point out that it is a federal offense to
do such a thing and, really, I cannot fathom how Rylie is stupid enough to
ignore such a thing. Given that part of her job is being able to read people she
somehow misses that the threats are more than what she sees in Lily.

Most of the book deals with Rylie and her efforts to hide her Lycanthrope from Jack –
the ever perfect love interest of the novel. A lot of her interactions with Jack
are clever, as are a number of her monologued thoughts. A lot of the dialogue is
worth a good quick laugh out loud, and those that aren’t are generally worth at
least a chuckle. The only part of the relationship that isn’t particularly
enjoyable is all of Rylie’s whining to herself about lying to Jack and worrying
about the relationship. To put it bluntly, Rylie spends A LOT of time worrying
and self monologuing for us to follow. It makes for a good establishment of
character at the beggining. After three times, it gets to be a bother to read.
After six, it is just plain annoying. It’s the one part of the novel that I
didn’t really enjoy.

On the whole, it was a good, quick read. I’m told there is a sequel to the book
and, assuming it is reasonably priced in the kindle store, I will probably pick up
a copy. On the whole, 4/5 stars.

 

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