Wednesday, October 2, 2013

eBook Review: The Werewolf Prince and I

Broke, nerdy, and self-confessed wimp Misty Wall leads a ho-hum life as a Grammar Nazi intern, which of course earns her feelings of hate-at-first-sight from her colleagues at Ze Morgue, a.ka. Moretti Inc.'s Administration Department.

Misty has always wished for something exciting to spice up her boring-with-a-capital-B existence, but she never thought it would come in the form of a gorgeous six-foot-plus billionaire. The world knows him as Domenico Moretti, the ruthless, cunning, and aloof CEO of Moretti, Inc, a.k.a. her boss.

Gifts of (mis)fortune come in threes, they say, and it’s certainly the case with Misty, whose life is turned upside-down by Domenico Moretti’s three shocking revelations.

One, he’s a werewolf (who’s also a prince).

Two, he wants her in his bed – him, the guy who actually had to file a TRO against an obsessive supermodel.

And three, he has a proposition she never – and she means never – ever sees coming.

For some the set-up may seem familiar--older supernatural creature finds young naive human woman utterly irresistible and defies everyone for them to be in a relationship, though he's actually quite scared of his feelings for her. This is kind of the paranormal romance MO in a nutshell, but Tee pokes fun at some of those tropes while delivering an amusing, very hot romance with an unexpectedly strong female.

I admit to being uncertain at first--Misty is likeable, but Domenico is just this side of villainous creeper in the beginning. Actually I thought I had misread the synopsis altogether and he WAS the villain. Really its just arrogance and confidence, but given that he is a) her boss, b) frighteningly stronger then her and c) did alot of background research on her before even speaking to her, it gets a bit shady.

I'll give Misty credit, she's not in a great situation (what with a miserly neglectful foster mother, 4 foster siblings to care for and being the target of office bullying), but she doesn't allow herself to be influenced by Domenico's wealth. Her confidence is shaky (though there's a lot of good reason for that) so Domenico's "money and lots of great sex" strategy doesn't hold appeal for her.

This is told in third person alternating viewpoints, so we see Misty's cautiousness in regards to why Domenico chose her and we see his slowing growing more pronounced feelings for her.

As the underlying plotline of why Domenico chose Misty (largely to be a big FU to his father, though Domenico also really enjoyed her company plus he needed to unite all the Lyccan factions plus make new allies plus avoid seeming to favor one pack over another plus he really wanted to sleep with her) becomes the focus, the story falls into well-worn and at times irritating grounds.

As to the ending, while I felt Misty was justified in how angry she became, it felt contrived as a way to hook readers for the next book. With the excerpt of Book 2 included it also felt underwhelming. The reason Misty gets upset is because of one line flung out by a hateful bitca. It was honestly something that could have been resolved by communication on their parts, but it was a bit shocking given how very in love Domenico looked.

Overall I enjoyed the book. There's not a whole lot of downtime so reading is quick and well paced. I looked at some of the love scenes with a raised eyebrow (how do you "twirl" your arms around someone's neck?), but this was a delightful read.