Werewolves Only Synopsis
Werewolves Only is the first of the Crescent City Wolf Pack series by Carrie Pulkinen. One of the reasons I was so excited about this book, is that it’s in a series. I love finding a good series. Plus werewolves, hello!
Werewolves Only is a paranormal romance (in case you hadn’t guessed) with two amazing lead characters. Macey is a hard-hitting detective with a chip on her shoulder about commitment. When it comes to men, she just doesn’t. Meanwhile, Luke is about to take over the Crescent City Wolf Pack but he needs two things first, a werewolf bride, and to stop lusting after the sexy detective.
When Macey hits up the O’Maley’s Pub after a rough day she’s introduced to Blue Moon (one of my favorite beers) and Luke. Chaos ensues as the pair try to stay away from each other while hunting a group of serial rapist demons. Of course, Macey doesn’t know the rapist she’s hunting is a demon. And the case gets more and more bizarre with each new clue.
My Review 3/5 Stars
I enjoyed this book. Not as much as I’d hoped but I will be reading the next book in the series for sure. The author did a lot of things well. Including the development of the two main characters. I loved Luke and Macey was a bit stubborn as far as what was actually good for her, which made me want to smack her but in an ‘I’m your friend and I can see what’s good for you, you love the dude, be with the dude!’ kind of way.
The other characters in the book were a little flat. Some of the side characters like Bryce and Alexis were just flushed out enough to give me hope they’ll reappear in later volumes but the villain of this book was just evil for the sake of evil which made him boring. I’d love to see Pulkinen really dive into her villain next time and give us someone we love to hate. She definitely has the ability to develop that character, so I hope to see her do it soon.
The worst part for me though was that I guessed every single plot twist at the beginning of the book. This could be because I’ve read paranormal romance since I was fourteen or because I’ve written it almost as long but it was a little disappointing. There were a few things Pulkinen could have done to throw me off the scent and I think a good developmental editor could have made a real difference. Part of the issue was how the information was presented. You’d get a clue from Macey’s perspective and start to wonder and in the next scene you’d get another clue from Luke’s and know you’re right but it wouldn’t be ‘revealed’ till the chapters later.
And my last bit of criticism is the relationship between Luke and Macey. As a writer, I’ve learned that you need progressive complications in each scene and each plot and subplot. Pulkinen did this really well with the rapist and demons but the subplot was the same complication over and over again. Which made it less interesting than it should have been. The scenes where they interacted were fun and entertaining. The scenes were they both lamented about why they could never be together, got old fast.
The climax of the story was a little anti-climactic. It felt like Pulkinen was counting on us being so wrapped up on the romance that the action was forgotten. But as a romance, I knew the pair had to get a Happily Ever After or Happily for Now, or the book wouldn’t have so many five star reviews. So I found it a bit disappointing. That being said, the ending of the romance plot was definitely was satisfying.
My favorite part of this book is the world building. There is so much potential that Pulkinen has created here. I’d love to see more diversity in the cast and some more fleshed out side characters and villains but the foundation is there and I’m excited to see what Pulkinen does with it as she grows as a writer.
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About the Reviewer
Marissa Frosch loves reading paranormal romance, urban fantasy, thriller/mystery, memoir, and self-help/business books. Diversity in literature is incredibly important to her and she loves to see #Ownvoices.
Marissa is the co-founder and Head of Marketing at Amphibian Press. She got her Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University in May 2018 and is a Certified Book Launch Coach trained by Tim Grahl. Marissa created and runs Amphibian Authors, a place for authors to learn about marketing and publishing. Be sure to download your free Author Platform Guide. In addition to her Book Launch Certification, Marissa also received her Story Grid Editor Certification in March of 2019. Marissa also writes fiction under the name Cameron J Quinn.