Waking up Were by Celia Kyle

Waking up Were by Celia Kyle
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (55 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

What’s a gal to do when a dog bite isn’t a dog bite and her boss makes her want to howl at the moon?

When her ex dumps her, the only thing Brenna Davis can think to do is drown her sorrows in a margarita—or ten. So she does, and all that got her was a serious headache and some weird bite on her arm. For some reason, she isn’t convinced it came from a dog…

Alpha of the Swan Mountain werewolf pack, Declan Ross, has two things on his to-do list:

1. Kill the damned rogue wolf in his territory.

2. Find the damned rogue’s newest victim before it chews its way through half the mountain.

Of course, when he finally finds the tempting, deliciously curved, blue-eyed woman he adds a third item to his list: keep Brenna Davis all to himself…forever.

What a cute and sexy story! I laughed and giggled at the heroine’s internal dialogue. With such phrases as “Go team furry!” and mentions of butter cream frosting and cake, there’s such a lighthearted tone to this tale, even when the claws and fangs come out to do serious wolf protection stuff, I had no worries that the book would go dark. The force of nature that was Brenna wouldn’t allow for it.

This novelette was the perfect size for me to enjoy while I had an hour or two to fill. I wanted something breezy, enjoyable, entertaining yet sexy and steamy and I got all of that from reading Waking up Were. I was left feeling happy and satisfied by the end.

Yes, things happen kind of fast in the story, relationship wise, but that makes perfect sense since it is a short. And, since the author slid in the fact that Declan and Brenna knew each other for a good length of time previously, it made the pace of their accelerated relationship more believable. The paranormal aspect certainly sealed it.

For erotic romance readers, this book is on the light side. It has plenty to satisfy but the sex scenes do not take two or three pages to describe. The author gave me just the right amount and balanced it wonderfully with Brenna’s coming to terms with her now being a werewolf, and the fact that her yummy boss, Declan, is not only a wolf but is determined to claim her as his own. That push pull was further complicated by the demands of her own horny wolf. I grinned a lot while reading even while appreciating the heat between them.

Waking up Were is a rollicking good time and I’m really glad I picked it to read. Ms. Kyle has a reputation for clever quips and cute sayings throughout her books and this one is no exception. It’s light, it’s fast paced and, it’s romantic and fun at the same time. This is the kind of story a reader picks if they want to just sit back and be entertained for a bit. I recommend Waking up Were for that reason and more.

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