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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Werewolf at the Falls by Marisa Chenery

A Werewolf at the Falls by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

As a cocktail waitress at Fallsview Casino Resort, Jorja has been witness to some brow-raising moments. But she’s never been part of one until a hot-as hell patron in her section pulls her into his lap and kisses her senseless. Talk about a generous tipper. Lady luck has smiled on her indeed.

What was supposed to be a weekend of harmless gambling takes a dramatic turn when Kian’s wolf scents his would-be mate. Consuming her lips as if his life depends on it in the middle of a crowded casino is bad enough—but giving in to his mating urge and claiming her before she knows his true nature is nothing short of a disaster. And when a fellow pack member shows up and lets the wolf out of the bag, Kian is forced to admit not only who and what he is, but what he did. He may need more than luck to pull this one off.

Sometimes a reader has a yen for a cute, short but hot story to while away the afternoon and A Werewolf at the Falls delivers just that.

I like a story with growly heroes and Kian has both a lusty growl and an aggressive one for defense. He covers all the bases because he has to. He has found the mate of his dreams, but he’s got some explaining to do and the poor guy isn’t sure how to do it. That’s half the fun because he flubs it so bad.

Jorja is the heroine who has to come to terms with the fact that werewolves not only exist but one has his sights set on her. What’s a girl to do when the man in question gives her the best sheet action she’s ever had? Run. And, try to figure out just what is so great about being the girlfriend of a guy that goes furry. I liked her logical thinking and it actually made the happily ever after quite plausible.

The conflict is internal and the story is character driven. It’s a story of worlds colliding and passions out of control. Ms. Chenery certainly gives readers an eyeful when Kian has his way with Jorja, and his manly action should leave readers as satisfied as he left Jorja, over and over. Lucky lady.

Kian’s buddy, Soren, is a nice sidekick. His focus on gambling was bit too intense for me; I would have gotten bored ages ago but the author used it as a convenient diversion so the action could stay focused on Kian and Jorja. The author did provide enough of a hint and details to lead me to believe that another guy is going to feel the wolf bite of love soon. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

The author threw in a quick character curve ball to get the action going in the direction she wanted it to. It was a bit pat, but it worked and the plot resolved soon after with an interesting display of a man making a goofy decision in times of crisis. Good thing the heroine has a working brain.

A Werewolf at the Falls is a relaxing and entertaining short story that has a passionate, sweet yet erotic flavor that should appeal to paranormal romance readers looking for a uplifting happily ever after. I enjoyed reading this tale and I’m looking forward to seeing just what kind of woman ensnares Kian’s best friend, Soren. I hope it’s as fun as this book.

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