Series: Flirting With Fangs #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 2, 2013
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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This book had me wavering back and forth between like and… well not exactly dislike but more of a kind of apathy. I like the characters, but many of them didn’t seem to have much depth and while there are two major issues that the characters must work on throughout the book, many other small ones crop up… and are almost too easily taken care of. It seemed as if the author wanted them to have a turbulent ride but didn’t want them to fully work for it.
A few things I noticed as I read the book though:
I, at first, hated the way “Brandee” is spelled. With few exceptions, I’ve never been a huge fan of odd spellings of what should be straight forward names… but then you meet characters who are as old as the world itself, and the difference between the names drives home the fact that Brandee is a modern-day woman. There are all sorts of odd spellings of names, so who am I to judge?
Secondly, I am still not sure if I like or dislike the fact that Brandee makes up her own phrases, mainly consisting of “Oh my (enter in relevant word here)” — i.e. “Oh my werewolf”, “oh my kidnapping”, etc.
I like the character of Nick, however. I don’t know why his character is more likeable to me than Brandee’s, but maybe that’s simply because, in real life, I tend to get along better with males more than females. Perhaps it’s because I just read a different book where the heroine I loved so much, and Brandee is quite different. You would think that I would relate more to Brandee due to her love of photography (a hobby of mine) but that wasn’t really delved into — it was more of a partial afterthought, such as “Hmmm, she needs to be more than a waitress… what can give her depth? I know! Photography!” which works out, as that’s how she first discovers that Nick is a werewolf — but even then, her camera is confiscated and her memory is erased — see what I mean? Trouble, small hurdle, quick resolution.
It just seemed as if there was too much going on at once yet not enough — if that makes any sense. Either way, I did enjoy the book, but more as a breezy-read. Something to read to pass the time but doesn’t get you too attached. I was fond of the ending, and some of the characters that show up there. So 3.5 out of 5 for this book.