Paging Doctor Wolf by Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (23 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster
Trauma surgeon Dr. Dallas Olson is too busy to date. Signing up with Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand service seems like a good plan, but his plans are sidelined when he’s nearly killed by a wolf attack. While still recovering and dealing with unexplainable side effects, he nevertheless agrees to meet the woman Madame Eve found for him.
Looking forward to her 1Night Stand date, werewolf shifter Cara Johnson is disappointed when it’s canceled unexpectedly. When Madame Eve lets her know that the man she should have met has suffered a wolf attack, Cara fears he’ll become a rogue werewolf himself during the next full moon. Unless she finds him and brings him home to her pack before that happens, her Alpha will have no choice but to kill him.
With only days left before the full moon, Cara and Dallas meet. He thinks it’s a one-night stand. She thinks it’s a mission to save his life. Madame Eve has other ideas.
A brilliant doctor searching for his true love. Sounds like the perfect catch, and he was - until he was attacked.
Dallas Olson was an ambitious young doctor in charge of the trauma ward of his hospital. His divorce several years earlier left him leery of dating coworkers, and since he works every waking moment, it leaves little time for romance. That's where Madame Eve comes in. He was thrilled when he finally received word of his pending date, but an altercation with a band of wolves altered his plans.
Cara Johnson is the gorgeous offspring of a human mother and werewolf father. Her work in accounting keeps her busy and the pack on their feet, but she's regrettably alone. After all her siblings happily find their mates through Madame Eve's service, she decides to give it a shot and signs up herself. When her date is inexplicably canceled, however, she fears she's made a terrible mistake.
That's when she's given an assignment. She finds out her date has been attacked by rogue wolves and she needs to bring him into the pack before he changes with the full moon. They meet, and the fireworks ensue...
This was a hot, quick read. The pure animal attraction - quite literally - between Cara and Dallas was steaming. I had never read a werewolf tale before, and although some of the terms were a bit foreign to me, I was able to piece together what was happening by context and didn't get lost. The writing was very vivid, and the scenes came alive, despite the short duration.
There wasn't much in the way of character development, but what was included was appropriate for this particular story. The only thing I felt was missing was the reason for the jump from one night stand/casual hook up to mating (presumably for life). I felt a little sorry for the doctor, who didn't seem to have any options, but he did seem happy where he ended, so the happily ever after was satisfying enough to enjoy.
If you like a steamy hookup, even if you aren't a typical paranormal fan, this is definitely one to read!