How to Date a Werewolf by Rose Pressey (Rylie Cruz, #1) [A-]
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Received e-book from author
Finished Reading: 5/28/2011
In six words: Rylie is my kind of girl.
1) How to Date a Werewolf
2) How to Date a Vampire
3) How to Date a Demon
Why I Started This Series and General Thoughts
Rose contacted me and asked if I would be willing to review her book. I was in need of another book to read, and I’m never one to pass up an opportunity for new books, especially when I know there is limited reading time on the horizon – new semesters wreak havoc with my reading. How to Date a Werewolf is a fun, fast-paced, and light-hearted read that would be perfect summer time reading, or any time you need a break from your own humdrum life. Rose weaves a healthy dose of humor into her writing that had my lips curling up in a smirk on more than one occasion.
Romance can be a hairy business—especially when you’re a werewolf.
As the owner of Got a Mate Dating Service, Rylie is more than happy to step in and lend a hand to lonely lycanthropic hearts all over town. No matter how hopeless Rylie might be in finding her own soul mate, she has a knack for helping others find theirs.
Convinced that she is stuck with a family curse, Rylie is positive she will never find her true love. But when drool-worthy Jack Chandler shows up at her door, Rylie wonders if maybe the curse is finally broken.
But Rylie’s life is about to become complicated courtesy of the after-dark crowd. When she begins receiving strange notes and harassment from a jilted client, events careen out of control.
Jack knows she’s more hassle than he can handle. What he doesn’t know is whether she’s seriously in trouble . . . or simply delusional.
My Thoughts on Book 1
Minus the excess hair, Rylie reminds me of myself. I read this line and was instantly sold:
I needed wine. Lots of wine. Then I might move on to something stronger. Whiskey might do the trick. Perhaps a little intravenous therapy of hard liquor was needed.
I like wine, I like whiskey, and I understand that sometimes hard liquor can be necessary, but fantastic, therapy. And I like my men with blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes, too. Go figure.
In the space of a few days, Rylie’s life goes from routine to spiraling out of her control, beginning with an irate and slightly crazy client of the werewolf persuasion. There’s something about crazy characters in books that provide not just comic relief, but a device to move the plot forward. Lily fits the bill perfectly. When we meet Lily’s failed match, Martin, I have to agree with Rylie that they are a perfect match. Not romantically, maybe, but definitely in the crazy department. When the “gifts” with notes start arriving, and strange men and werewolves start following her around, we realize that someone is working real hard at being crazy and succeeding quite fabulously. I figured out who was behind everything before it was revealed, but I never felt that the identity of the person behind it was a driving force of the story – the characters and their antics are what make this book enjoyable.
Rylie also believes she is cursed to never fall in love. This, of course, complicates matters with the new man in her life, Jack, especially since he doesn’t know about Rylie’s werewolf heritage. The ending of the book, though given somewhat of a happy ending, I think there is enough left up in the air that the second book could prove to be tumultuous on the love life front (that, or I am inherently suspicious, which is also a credible possibility). I am very interested to see what the second book has in store, and I hope we get to see more of Jack, Rylie, and Jennifer, as well as finally meeting Rylie’s parents and the other paranormal creatures she sets up.
You Might Enjoy This Book If…
Paranormal romance or urban fantasy fans looking for a fun, light-hearted read might enjoy this book.