A Werewolf in Manhattan
What the world needs is another werewolf series, right? Well, until I read Thompson’s book, I would have answered with a resounding “Not!” But having read the book, I’ve changed my mind. There’s definitely a place for Thompson’s new Wild About You series in the realm of hairy, fang-toothed literature.
Although author Emma Gavin’s best-selling novels are about werewolves, she herself doesn’t believe in them, and so she tells handsome Aiden Wallace who appears at her latest book signings and who just happens to be a werewolf. Aiden’s pack has entrusted his security firm to keep her under surveillance, trying to find the werewolf who’s broken the code and told her all the details that make her books so close to the truth.
As he watches her, Aiden, the son of the New York pack leader, is pulled in by her scent and fights his physical attraction to the petite blonde. She, on the other hand, is intrigued by his animal magnetism. When he learns she’s being harassed by a fan who wants to prove the wolves’ existence, he swears to protect her via his firm and traces the emails to the rebellious son of the Chicago pack leader.
This is a problem because Aiden is promised to the teen’s sister and his growing affection for Emma might prove disastrous if she found out the truth. What if Emma decided to out the wolves? Although he doesn’t think she would, Aiden is concerned by the pack leaders’ panic. Before he can decide what to do, however, the teen changes in front of Emma and the cat is out of the bag with chaotic results.
Through all of this, Thompson brings a down-to-earth sensibility and a low-key sense of humor to the tale and her characters, both human and were alike. Where some paranormal series are puffed up with their own importance and the scariness of the weres, Thompson sees them as a tribe of live and let live individuals.
At times, this view works against her story, especially when Emma is threatened, but reacts minimally with more anger than fear. Despite explicit sex scenes, the book occasionally feels a little monotonous as if depicting Aiden more as a wild animal would make him less acceptable as Emma’s true love. But aren’t wolves essentially wild animals? Emma and the book focus more on the human side and ignore the other side a little too much to convince me she knows what she’s getting into with Aiden and his family.
More problematic for me is that the rebellious teen is dropped halfway through the book, right after he changes in front of Emma. He was a big threat to the were community, then poof! he’s gone. Isn’t he still a threat? He promises Aiden to be good from now on, but does a rebel really mean it? I expected more from this character than a grudging acquiescence before he slinks off into the night.
So, although it isn’t perfect, Thompson’s book is still a fun, easy addition to the genre that howls in the night.