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Beauty and the Werewolf
A San Francisco Wolfpack Novel
by Kristen Miller
Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date Aug 25, 2015
Unmated werewolves don’t normally live past three hundred years old...and billionaire Jack MacGrath is cutting it close. Sure, he has almost everything—the respect of his peers, a mansion in San Francisco, a private jet, and fast cars. But without a mate, Jack's in trouble. Then he sees her. Gorgeous, proud...and his enemy.
Isabelle Connelly is good at hiding things from her father. Like her success as a painter, or the incredibly intense attraction she has to Jack MacGrath. After all, she's royalty and falling for anyone lesser—to say nothing of a rival pack—would be, er, unseemly. Now she must choose between her duty to her family and her pack...or her perfect fated mate.
I have read, and really enjoyed, several books by this author. I could hardly wait to crack this one open, especially as our heroine is an artist. I paint, too, and thought I'd really enjoy reading about a fellow artist...and shifters.
Unfortunately, that was not the case here. Not every book was written for every reader, and this book proves that for me.
First, what I liked about the book. Jack...I liked Jack a lot. He's a shifter who hasn't found his fated mate...his Luminary. He's way over 300 years old and the only way he's surviving is massive amounts of adrenaline on a daily basis. He's pretty much given up hope of finding his mate...and thereby being able to live for another 700 years or so. But he's a good guy...and he's kept searching...and he isn't a man whore. He does good things in the art world.
Then he touches Isabelle's hand...and lights flash, electricity zings up his arm and into his heart. She's his fated mate. But...she doesn't feel it. Jack has about a dozen of the paintings she's looking for; they just had a bidding war over one during an auction. He doesn't know she's the artist behind the works and she doesn't know how many he has. He uses them to entice her to stay just a little longer before she heads back to Ireland.
Isabelle has been looking for all of her sold paintings so she can have a show for her dad. He's the alpha of their pack and she's been trained to follow in his footsteps. He told her years ago she needed to leave the painting behind and focus on studying and learning all the ins and outs of pack leadership.
This is where the book fell apart for me. He tells her they are mates and that he'll DIE SOON if she doesn't accept the bond. She finally comes to believe it...but her daddy is dying and she has to leave HER DYING LOVE to put on an art show so daddy dearest can maybe give her his approval. Um...True Love is DYING...and she leaves him. Says she'll be back. But she's seen that he really is on his last legs...and she leaves. Oh, and she takes the ONE painting she gifted him...without asking for permission. She takes it knowing it gives him that little spark of life...that *might* just keep him going until she might return.
There were so many inconsistencies in the shifter mythos this author has created. They can smell really well...except for when they can't. For instance, at one point Jack is IN her home castle...she doesn't see him...and more importantly, she doesn't smell him even when she steps into the room he was just in. She can mind speak with him...except she doesn't do it when it would make the most sense.
This is a shifter book...and there is hardly any shifting and Isabelle never does.
At one point she's painting. Jack mentions all of her grand hand gestures as she paints...and then we find out it's an 8"x11" painting. With lots of stuff in it...the moon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Jack (in his fur)...as an artist myself, I went "what?" For a painting that small, there would be no grand hand gestures and wild flinging of paint. That was odd.
Daddy Alpha says she must marry in the pack. At this point they know her Fated Mate is not among the pack. So...he insists she marry one of them anyway...knowing she'll die at around 300 years. And when she says she's found her mate? Yeah, because of who he is, DA says: Nope...no marriage and Luminary Status for you! Die when you are 300...it was a total WTH moment for me.
The plot inconsistencies, the TSTL moments from both of these characters kept me from enjoying this book. There are a lot of raving reviews for this one. So the issues that bothered me could just be me, you know? You may enjoy it a whole lot. I will be looking for more from Ms. Miller...because I've really enjoyed so many of her other books. Maybe you will like this one more than me.
I've rated it 2.5...but I'm rounding it to a three at all sites.
Thank you, Entangled and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.
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