Review: To Catch a Wolf (The Jamesburg Shifters #1) by Lynn Red

January 14, 2014 Review 0

Review: To Catch a Wolf (The Jamesburg Shifters #1) by Lynn Red

Sometimes a wolf's gotta fight and growl and bite. But Erik? He just needs a mate.

Erik Danniken is the alpha of Jamesburg, a small town hidden from the world and full of shifters of all stripes. But underneath it all, he's just a muscled-up, rough-shod bad boy of a werewolf with a tattoo that goes all the way up his chest and sticks out the collar of his shirt. He's down to his last nerve, but he's willing to fight one last time... for the woman he loves.

Sometimes a girl needs romance and wine and sweet kisses. But Izzy? She just needs a job.

Isabel Taylor was more than a little frustrated when she answered a very vague job ad to be the personal assistant of a mayor in a town she didn't know existed. That was two years ago. Curvy, tough and with more than a little bit of a naughty streak, Izzy has long since gotten used to the weirdness of everyday life in Jamesburg... but she's fallen hard for Erik's rough charm.

Erik wants to claim her forever, marking Izzy as his honest-to-goodness mate. Izzy wants him to quit being such a coward and just come out and do it, but will a good old-fashioned small town scandal make them keep their love a secret, and in the process, kill it before it can grow?

Title: To Catch a Wolf
Author: Lynn Red
Series: The Jamesburg Shifters
Published by Yellow Moon Press
Source: Publisher
Published: January 1 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 128
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Stars: two-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

From the first page we are thrown into the world of shifters, witch doctors, zombies and more.  Izzy and Erik are already in a relationship when the story begins, in fact they have been in one for over a year.  I felt like I was starting the book a few chapters in.  I was a little confused about if the shifters were ‘out’ although I got the impression they weren’t.  Izzy also took most things with a grain of salt, like the shifter that uses his tongue to lick his eyeball, it don’t even phase her, and I couldn’t help but wish we were reading the story from when she moved into the town and learned all the stuff about the shifters.  I just felt a bit left out.

There is a lot of sex.  Izzy and Erik can’t keep their hands off each other and often close themselves off several times a day to indulge themselves. The first half of the book is just sex with small scenes thrown in to build the sexual tension and then more sex. When we finally get some plot happening it is pretty anti climatic. Erik won’t mark Izzy as his mate but he won’t explain why and then the ‘other’ plot pops up and Erik doesn’t take it seriously and then more sex followed by intense scene with Izzy and Erik. Then Izzy has a random heart to heart with a secondary character that came out of no where.  The subplot is eventually brought to a happy conclusion and Erik and Izzy work out their issues but the whole thing felt a bit off.

I think what I missed was the character development.  When the characters are literally ripping each others clothes off in the first chapter I don’t feel very connected to them or their future happiness.  The sex was very hot, Red can write a sex scene that could make a sailor blush but I wanted more from the story. The town was interesting, shifters of all kinds living together under one Alpha is an intriguing concept but I didn’t feel there was enough story to back it up.  I may try to read the next book in this series when it comes out.

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