Monday, April 29, 2013

eBook Review: Gone with the Wolf

CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life

Overall I enjoyed this book, but it didn't leave much of an impression. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the charade had gone on a little longer, mostly because I think it would have made the 'Drake stole my bar' plotline a bit less...annoying.  It was a little unbelievable that Emelia, who owned her own business, would blame Drake for personally stealing her bar out from under her.  She shows more common sense then that throughout the book.

Since this is a werewolf paranormal it of course means that there is a 'predestined mate' (called 'Luminaries') and I'll give Miller credit Emelia doesn't take the pill and swallow it.  Things get a bit muddled (continuity wise) for Drake though since he grows steadily sicker the longer he's away from her, but promises to let her go if she really doesn't want him (and he's good on his word).

Emelia for her part isn't a shrinking violet.  She's not as well defined as a character as Drake is, but she holds her own and doesn't come across as a damsel in distress.  I particularly enjoyed near the end when Drake is all happy puppy about a present for her and she's like 'Are you effing serious? Have you not listened to me at all?' and makes him figure out what he did wrong.  Though since it takes him rather longer than you'd think it led to other complications, but there you have it.

At some point the book became too heavy with too many different plot points.  We had Drake trying to woo Emelia, Emelia fighting her attraction, Emelia trying to figure out what happened to her bar, Drake fighting his brother, his brother wrecking havoc, Emelia trying to figure out what being mated to Drake is about--while all the threads fed into the same problem (Emelia and Drake are mated), they jostled for position and kept things from being fleshed out.

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