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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A London Werewolf in America by Pat Cunningham

A London Werewolf in America by Pat Cunningham
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (229 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

British werewolf Roderick Chase has been sent to Philadelphia to get married. Instead he finds himself the target of werecoyote assassins. His only hope: Darinda Lowell, a witch with a low tolerance level for arrogant alpha males. She agrees to act as his bodyguard and use her magic to find out who’s trying to kill him.

There’s no way the pushy wolf and the vegetarian witch can get along, or so Darinda tells herself. However, love tends to work a spell even a witch can’t ignore. Can she claim the wolf who’s won her heart, or will she lose him to a murderer?

Who knew that a simple trip “across the pond” to marry your appointed mate could be life threatening? British werewolf and alpha male, Roderick Chase, arrived in The City of Brotherly Love to meet and marry his chosen mate, Coraline. By fate or just good luck he meets Darinda Lowell at the airport. Darinda is a witch with some respectable powers and an instant connection to Roderick. Even the cards agree.

It’s too bad witches, or at least this witch, is committed to a life of solitude. I don’t think Ms. Cunningham ever explains why a witch, any witch, would want or need to live in solitude, but it works for this story so I didn’t dwell on that minor detail too long.

Roderick exudes the typical alpha male behavior for the most part. He’s very self-confident and commands respect, which is freely given by most underlings he encounters. You do get the sense that he is more of a beta when compared to the “Queen Mum”, Burnadette, back in England. In the beginning I got the impression that he fears her or maybe he just chooses to appease her to keep from fighting. By the end of this exciting story, Roderick has grown as a man and as an alpha wolf. Which was something I was very glad to see.

I really enjoyed Darinda as the heroine of this story. She has a great sense of humor and even though she is a pretty powerful witch the power doesn’t control her. Rather, it’s a part of who she is inside and out. Darinda has strong convictions and doesn’t allow those convictions to be swayed even if it meant giving into her heart's desire to have Roderick.

There are several twists and turns within the story that keep it moving smoothly towards the climax as well as a very satisfying HEA for Roderick and Darinda. I think you’ll enjoy the chemistry between these two. I really liked the way Roderick’s view of Darinda evolves throughout the story. You are left with a sense that he respects her as a witch, as a woman, and as a mate. All in all, a great story I enjoyed.

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