Our reader pro-noun-ces ev-er-y syl-la-ble. De-lib-er-ate-ly. Abbott's story starts explosively with a beautifully described parkour run that seems to promise that our hero will use this skill to save himself or thwart the enemy. I was with Sam Capra thru the bomb and his subsequent imprisonment (not really spoilers). Then the story developed holes large enough to drive a Hummer through. The combination of increasingly implausible plot developments and Collins's devastating reading style made me jettison before I reached the end of the first download.
If you read Harper's first werewolf book and want to try a second, consider waiting a bit before diving into this one, as the 'voice'--figuratively and literally--of hero Maggie sounds exactly like that of Mo, our hero of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. In that book, Maggie was werewolf Cooper's bitter younger sister, and while most of her issues were resolved there, here she is such a kinder, gentler version of Maggie as to be unrecognizable. For me, the plot turns were not very well done or rewarding, and the character development was minimal. Though "all comparisons are odious" (Cervantes, Don Quixote), if you like supernatural romance, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books are still, for me, far more rewarding.
As the book cover (which I failed to notice!) suggests, this novel is more romance than 'supe.' The Alaskan setting w/a southern gal hero is different. Overall, it was fun, mostly b/c of Molly Harper's gift for repartee and self-deprecating humor. The main characters are down to earth and kind, with feisty edges. Reader Amanda Ronconi is fine as our gal Mo. But she has only one male voice, and it's just a raspy gal voice.
There were several redeeming scenes (no spoilers), and if you are a mainstream romance lover, you will probably enjoy the book. Though Harper is no Charlaine Harris, this is my first experience with her writing, and I'll probably give her another read.
This is a gorgeous and generous book, highway robbery at the sale price of 5.95. It is a lush and complicated tale, with the various threads of this several-generational story drawn together into a near-perfect tapestry.
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