Pete and the Werewolf, by Cassandra Pierce
Published by: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Finding himself at loose ends in life, Pete Maddock returns to the seaside town of Hope Harbor to look after his ailing grandfather, Elliot. He finds work at the Riptide Café, a gathering place for fishermen and sailors from various parts of the world and with wild, but entertaining stories to tell.
One day, a new guy arrives in town: Vladimir Bereshenko. He’s sexy, intriguing, and best of all, interested in Pete. The only problem is that Vladimir clearly is keeping secrets. When a series of strange wolf attacks begin to plague the town, Pete wonders exactly how deadly those secrets might be.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of wasted potential in this book.
While the author did a good job of evoking a , it seemed to come at the expense of character development. From the first page I could almost smell the coffee in the air and practically hear the bacon sizzling on the grill at The Riptide, the small but busy diner that that takes center stage in this story. It’s too bad that the characters populating this story didn’t make quite the same impact.
Pete has returned to the small, coastal town of Hope Harbor to look after his grandfather. When a mysterious new guy named Vladimir arrives in town, Pete is immediately attracted to him and they dive headfirst into a relationship. But Vladimir isn’t just in town for a good time; he’s got a dangerous mission to perform. And if he fails, the lives of all the townspeople might be at risk.
Here’s the main problem with this book: Pete and Vladimir had zero chemistry together. Like none. Nil. This was exacerbated by the…I can’t call them fade-to-black scenes, because that would suggest there was actually fading going on…so maybe jump-to-black scenes would be more apt description.
Take, for instance, the lead up to their first kiss –
“Vladimir was grinning again. Pete tried to think of a witty response, but as it turned out, he didn’t have to. Vladimir stepped forward, pushed him against the wall, and kissed him hard.”
Aannnnd, that’s it. That is the sum total of their first kiss. We get absolutely no details. Nothing. Nada. I was left with so many questions! Was it passionate? How long did it last? Where were their hands? Did anyone groan? Was it even a good kiss???
You know, it’s not as if I really need all the smutty parts, but you have to give me something – anything – to make me believe in their feelings for each other. This is a romance, for crying out loud! We need to root for an HEA and in order to get there, we need to believe that the relationship between the MC’s is worth rooting for. In this case, it just wasn’t.
The storyline itself wasn’t bad, per se, but again, I just didn’t feel invested in it. There is a rogue werewolf that Vladimir is tasked with finding before they kill someone, and for a while, it seems there are a few suspects in town, with people acting mysteriously for a few different reasons. But all is neatly tied up in the Scooby-doo like epilogue where everything is neatly explained in flashback fashion, which leaves Pete and Vladimir with an HFN and a the merest hint of possibility that there may be a book two.
Unfortunately, this just wasn’t the book for me.
Cassandra Pierce has been a fan of Gothic literature for most of her life, even studying the origins of the genre in college and graduate school. Before long, she got the urge to create paranormal romances of her own and is now hard at work on several new projects. When she is not writing, she teaches English at a small New England college and is active in a charity that rescues and rehomes abandoned pets.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.