The Werewolf Upstairs
It’s been a long time but I’ve finally read a book that deserves an F grade. Based on the cover and the blurb, I thought The Werewolf Upstairs would be a light paranormal and a fun read. Well, it’s light and it’s paranormal, but reading it was painful.
Rosalind Wells’ best friend Merry has recently married, and Roz has just moved into her old apartment. Roz suffers from low self esteem since she’s a tad plump, so when she meets her neighbor Konrad Wolfensen (one guess as to what he is), she just knows that he won’t even notice her, but to her surprise he finds her very attractive. When Konrad is charged with theft of a food locker, he turns to Roz for help (she is a lawyer) and it doesn’t take long for sparks to fly between them. They find they can read each other’s minds (this means that they are destined to be mates) and they bond closer and closer as the sex gets hotter and hotter. When Konrad is charged with art theft, it takes all of Roz’s lawyerly skills and a lot of help from their various paranormal neighbors to clear things up.
After I finished The Werewolf Upstairs, I thought a bit – was there anything I liked about it? Well, the sex scenes were well done, but that’s it; Roz was silly, Konrad suffered from a bad case of beta-wolfhood, and the plot meandered all over the place while various characters popped up expecting us to know who they are and how they fit into the grand scheme of things. (This is a loose sequel to Strange Neighbors). I could have put up with all the problems I had with the book if it hadn’t been for the absolute lack of dialogue tags. I think I counted one. I’m not asking the writer to “he said, she said, he blurted, she cried” all the time, but when there was more than one person in the scene and when I was unsure as who said person was to begin with, I was up in the air and lost at sea if you don’t mind me mixing my idioms. I had to constantly backtrack and backtrack some more just to try and keep up. Finally I quit, and finished the book only because I had to.
I suppose if you’ve read the first book in the series, you might not be as lost as I was, but I have no desire to go back and read it. I have books on my table, books on my kindle, books on my i-pod, books in my car’s CD and books waiting for me at the library. What I don’t have is time to waste on books I don’t care for.
|Review Date:||March 10, 2011|
|Book Type:||Paranormal Romance|