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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Honey, I Shrunk the Werewolf! by Dakota Cassidy

Honey, I Shrunk the Werewolf! by Dakota Cassidy
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (112 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

“I’m a what?”

“A werewolf.”

“A werewolf who can’t remember he’s a werewolf because he has amnesia.”

That pretty much sums it up. The timing couldn’t be worse, too. Just when the pain of booting her asshat of a husband to the curb has started to lessen, Ella gets stuck babysitting his hairy amnesiac ass. Well…she is a psychiatric nurse, after all. In exchange for helping Crosby rediscover his inner werewolf, Ella has the pack’s word she’ll be granted a divorce. She’ll be free to move on. Maybe continue the Twitter flirtation she’s got going with @Hairofthedog. Hey, it’s a start.

But Crosby isn’t playing fair. No longer the Grand Poobah of Douchebaggery, with his memories gone, he’s more the charming, fun-loving man Ella fell in love with. How’s she supposed to hate him when he keeps smiling and charming and, oh yeah, screwing her six ways to Sunday? Though Ella’s body is game for more physical therapy, her mind hasn’t forgotten his betrayal. Crosby will need a damn fine excuse for what he’s done.

As it turns out, he has one—and it’s a doozy.

Get ready for ear to ear grins and giggles because this story has so many clever quips, one-liners and sparky dialogue, that I was hard pressed to put it down. In fact, I couldn’t stop reading because the heroine was incredibly funny, and her comments so surprising and snarky, my curiosity would not let me.

As soon as I saw the title, I had to check out the blurb. It was that combination that helped me choose this book to read. What kept me reading was the back and forth dialogue between Ella, the heroine and Nash, the hero, in the first chapter. It reminded me a bit of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn which is classic. It also triggered my ‘fun-o-meter’ and I settled in for what I hoped to be a good story. I assure readers, it was. I had a ball and laughed out loud many times.

Ella is a shrink and she’s tasked with helping her soon-to-be ex-husband get his memory back. One of the absolutely adorable things she does with him and to him is making him watch T.V. Seems Nash was a whole different man when he had his memories and the story read like Ella was making him do things she always wanted him to do with her but he never had the time or made the time to do them. In a way, it was sad. They’re simple and small things but when we’re talking relationships, those little things can carry a lot of weight.

Nash was fun. It was awesome to finally find a guy with amnesia who really didn’t stress or have tons of emotional angst about his loss of name or memory. The author put that burden on some of the other characters. The hero was a treat in that he kicked back and enjoyed the freedom he felt. And part of that enjoyment was getting in on with Ella. He couldn’t get enough of her and was quite inexhaustible. The ‘how’ of losing his memory was funny but the ‘why’ of it was part of the drama and suspense that simmered underneath all the fun and spunky frolic.

I enjoyed Ella’s being a sexual waffle. By that I mean that she wanted to resist Nash but she couldn’t. She wanted to hate him, but she couldn’t. Instead, she wants to eat him up like ice cream and starts to fall in love with him all over again. How is she ever going to get on with her life and let him go when he’s so delicious and wonderful and everything she wanted? Especially because the man she’s falling for doesn’t remember her … or does he? I got a kick out of the things the author chose to trigger Nash’s memories. They were sweet, hot and oh, so romantic.

The ultimate conflict is fascinating. Turns out the author sets up a few red herrings early on with a few ambiguous remarks by some of the secondary characters and they kept me riveted. I didn’t suspect the truth until the author wanted me to. And there was no way I’d ever figure out the final revelation in a million years. It was powerful and made for an awesome wrap up and heightened happily ever after.

The editing was great, the story was intriguing and the dialogue totally engaging. The only thing that confused me was the explanation about Marina. I’m not sure if that character needed more development, or at least a better history or sense about her…something didn’t go with the flow of the rest of the story. It wasn’t a huge deal but I know it left me feeling like I didn’t have all the pieces. As for the rest of the story, everyone else played their roles brilliantly. And the addition of the Twitter references cracked me up, especially since they weren’t just silly fodder but actually played a role in the plot. It was a great idea.

Honey, I Shrunk the Werewolf is a fresh, unique and completely entertaining paranormal romance that will leave readers smiling. It’s a delightful tale about a husband and wife who really never stopped loving each other; they were victims of duty and pack manipulation. The book showcased a wonderful example of love needing true communication to keep things running smoothly no matter how it’s done. And it showed that when two people are as loving as Nash and Ella, their relationship is worth fighting for, even when one of them can’t remember. I was extremely satisfied with the happily ever after and thrilled that I got the chance to read this in the first place. It’s a book well worth spending time with.

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