More Bark Than Bite by Melissa Hosack

More Bark Than Bite by Melissa Hosack
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Reporter Morgan Phillips jumps on the opportunity to further her career when a killer plagues her city. Under the guise of needing assistance, she places herself along the predictable route of police officer Graham Audrick.

Knowing that Graham is attracted to her, Morgan attempts to charm information out of him. She gets in way over her head when her sly flirtation turns into a full out seduction by Graham. Not only is she now emotionally involved in the case, but she also discovers that the killer she’d desperately wanted information on is a werewolf bent on revenge against humanity.

This supernatural murderer also has an abnormal obsession with Graham. Now worried about simply staying alive another day, Morgan learns that Graham has a few secrets of his own that may be just as dark as the killer’s.

Morgan Phillips is in a bind. Her story reporting about a tap dancing St Bernard didn’t go down well with her boss. She needs a big, meaty story and soon – but the only thing worth reporting is a series of grisly murders and no one is talking. Officer Graham Audrick had helped her out of a few scrapes, and frequents a small diner Morgan knew. The fact the police officer ais drop dead gorgeous only helped Morgan convince herself he’d be the perfect man to try and seduce a few juicy tidbits out of. Feeling guilty about taking advantage of such a sweet guy, and pleased to find he’s as attracted to her as she is him, Morgan lets Graham take her home. When one thing leads to another all too soon she learns she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

This is a fast paced, exciting paranormal story. I really enjoyed the interaction between Graham and Morgan and was delighted to find Graham was far smarter than he’s initially portrayed. I loved how he played Morgan – even when she thought she was the one in charge and playing him – and I greatly enjoyed the twists he put on her, getting the upper hand even when she had no clue. I found it a little unrealistic that Morgan took so long to even guess that Graham might be a shape shifter. When he starts talking about scenting her, marking her and the fact she’s his mate – not to mention biting into her shoulder with “animalistic teeth” and saying he’s possessively marked her as his – and she still appears clueless. I wondered how on earth she could not have put things together quicker.

I also found it a little unrealistic that she felt so guilty for weaseling a few hints about the case Graham’s working on. She’s a reporter. I felt the fact she wasn’t some hard-nosed, heartless bitch was great and refreshing, but it was difficult for me to imagine a reporter who feels guilty using a sexy outfit and a smile to get a story. I mean, how could someone like that actually make it in the real world? I have to admit though, I thought it really was good, though, that Morgan didn’t fit the regular mold of a “will do anything for a story”. In my eyes it made her a far more relatable heroine – just not particularly realistic.

The chemistry between Graham and Morgan was explosive, and the sex well written and hot. I enjoyed the ruse Morgan had for Graham and found their coming together to be believable and exciting. I also was pleasantly surprised by a twist near the end, which I totally didn’t see coming. Any time a book surprises me with turns in the plot I find that’s wonderfully refreshing.

If you’re looking for a story about a sexy werewolf cop and a rogue killer, this is a good book to try. I enjoyed the mystery, the paranormal side of the world was well built and interesting and while Morgan wasn’t always the sharpest knife in the drawer, she added to the plot and helped round the story out. I found this to be a good book that ticked a number of boxes for me and would happily read more set in this world and by the author. Recommended.

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