Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Review: I Kissed a Dog (#1 Werewolves of the West) by Carol Van Atta

Reviewer: Em
Rating 3 out of 5
I like reading paranormal books and the title intrigued me, as did the blurb.  I had never heard of the author and looked forward to reading it.

I found the beginning of this book very slow in starting. I had to re-read the first few chapters as I was confused with the storyline, but decided to carry on.

Chloe has an unusual talent of being able to talk to animals (I referred to this as the Dr Dolittle syndrome|) and along comes the charming new park vet, whom she is confused by. She is shocked and flattered to find that he is attracted to her and can’t figure out why.

The relationship between Zane and Chloe starts slowly and soon develops and that’s when the storyline picks up.  I thought that Luke’s character could have been more developed and I did feel sorry for him when he discovered that Zane had swept away the woman he had been trying to take the next step with.

The plot became stronger as the story developed; it is aided by the new characters that appear.  I was lead along a twisting path of mystery. I was trying to figure out the answer to the murders that were happening and the culprit was certainly not who I had imagined.  I was shocked and pleasantly surprised, yet towards the end of the story I found that there were a lot of loose ends. I am hoping that in the next book that the ends are tied up and dealt with.  I look forward to reading the next book in this developing series, and hopefully the pace of the book stays the same as it was towards the end of the book. 
Goodreads Synopsis
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death. In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out. Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours.

Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.

With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence. Problem: She despises him.

Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract. Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe.


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