Okay, I read the reviews, bad and good and decided to try it out and decide for myself. Having read a majority of the book (over 70 percent), I had to write a review of my own. Allow me to say this as a preview of my feelings for this book...Thank goodness I bought this book on Kindle and will only have to delete it off my machine.
The heroine is childish. Not only that, I didn't see anywhere were she was so-called "independent". She lets EVERYONE take care of her. Pregnant women the world over will want to just slap this character in unified protest of how she depicts a single pregnant woman. The "hero" of the book is Michael, and a more infantile, arrested-development male you have yet to meet. He doesn't know how to keep his pants zipped. Come on, women, would you really want a guy who had slept with EVERY woman in town because his life philosophy is to never sleep with the same woman again once he is done with her?
In addition, I HATE romance books where the heroine sleeps with a guy other than the hero of the book. But that was not the major flaw in this book, oh no. The major flaw was that the "other guy", Ramsey, was the BETTER MAN. He was mature, had a nice home, a good job, and didn't sleep around. He was caring, actually had conversations with the heroine (which Michael never did), and learned about her while she learned about him. He was tender, protective, nurturing, and sexy -- a real nice guy, good sex, and he was willing to take the heroine, pregnant and all and found her beautiful, inside and out. (What he actually saw in her, I will never know.)To add insult to injury, I checked and found Ramsey hasn't even gotten his own book yet. Geez!
As for the werewolf angle - well folks, I agree with other reviewers, it was just thrown in there. I believe it was to give a "real reason" as to why the heroine ends up with Michael, the man-slut jerk. (You know, the whole wolf-mate thing.)Sad, very very sad. Normally, I really like werewolf romance books. I like the werewolf element and what the characters are like when the wolf is integrated into the person, society, life, and love. In this book, it just gets mentioned occasionally that the guys are all werewolfs. La-de-da. And occasionally one of them will walk around in wolf form, to be called a "big dog". The only time I found Michael (the hero) somewhat tolerable was when he was in wolf form. He was protective, and he DIDN'T SPEAK.
I give authors the benefit of the doubt on their writing. Writers work hard to produce their work. (I know, I've published in romantic fiction from a publisher that has since gone out of business, as so many of them do.) I will offer the thought that this author is trying to find her voice and her ability to craft a plot and characters. She is struggling, and will hopefully get better with time. Hopefully, she will learn her craft and improve.
-She will learn to SHOW, not TELL.
-She will learn when you make the secondary guy better that the hero and then have the heroine chose the hero over him, you leave the reader pissed off.
-She will learn that a plot involving choosing one man over the other, but trying them both out in bed first, is ultimately unsatisfying as the only plot in the book. (And personally, I find the heroine a bit skanky for sleeping with the secondary character when she is supposedly in love with the "hero".)
-She will learn to show the hero as the better man and the better choice.
-She will learn that readers want to identify with ther heroine and want her to be like them, or better than they are in reality.
Okay, I'm climbing off my b**ch cycle now. The fact I felt so strongly about this book is, quite simply, I hate to see something with potential fail so utterly in the execution. Thanks for your time...