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The Bottom Line:
Aside from my aversion to the description of pack behavior, I thoroughly
enjoyed this book.
As much as I railed on Beauty Dates the Beast, I was still
really intrigued about the next book, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter. Why?
Because I wanted to see if the protagonist’s sister, Sara, would
actually meet up with some friendly werewolves, and if she and Ramsey would
hook up. That and the little teaser at
the end made it seem possible for those to work.
In a nutshell, Sara didn’t even know werewolves existed
until an abusive boyfriend bit her up and changed her. She’s been having a horrid time ever since,
not having any guidance on how to shift and afraid of being found out by other
shifters – primarily werewolves. But
it’s happened, so now the only thing to do in order to stay away from them is
to pretend to be another shifter’s mate.
And that shifter happens to be Ramsey – a werebear. Makes perfect sense, right?
I loved the interaction between Sara and Ramsey. The tension between them was very well done
with some pretty strong reasons that they shouldn’t or couldn’t come together
in reality, and that once the ruse was over, they would go their separate
ways. That made it all the more tasty
when certain steamy moments appeared. I
also just really loved Ramsey. He’s not
your typical suave guy that appears in romance books, but instead the strong
silent type that does his thing until the right button is pushed. And extra points for being a werebear. I have never seen that before and it’s a cool
change. Especially since I’m bored with
werecougars and werepanthers always being the sexy, love you forever types.
Wild cats are loners, fyi.
Which sort of brings me to the irritation I have with the
wolf pack. I really hoped that Sara
would meet some nice ones, but ultimately those hopes were dashed. While I’m able to suspend my disbelief *just*
enough to accept that humans that shift into werewolves are probably going to
run by their own rules and humans can be jackasses, it still drives me
absolutely up the wall that there are no real wolf rules involved anytime
someone writes about werewolves that are in a pack, aside from the inclusion of
an alpha. (By the way, there’s a female and male alpha in a wolf pack –
everyone seems to neglect this. At least
here the author acknowledges that the alpha’s mate died.) Once again wolves get the short end of the
stick and that makes me nuts. I could
lay out so many reasons why the pack dynamic didn’t work for me, but that’s a
dissertation in itself. Suffice to say that people are jerks and they’re
royally screwing up whatever wolf they have in them. Granted, I shouldn’t be whining about
supernatural creatures, but if you’re going to shift into an actual wolf and
have wolf tendencies rather than into a half-man, half-wolf rage monster, then
you might as well inject the rest of the reality into it.
Aside from the fact that I’m bringing up real world animal
social behavior (because I’m like that), I had a great time reading this
book. I wanted to read it so much that when
I finally saw it at work I snatched I up, set it aside, and bought it at the
end of my shift. Then I was up until 2am reading it. I liked how Sara finally took charge at the
end and though I could have seen a different and almost more satisfying ending,
it still gives you the happily ever after that you want, and isn’t that what
matters? Besides, maybe the pair I’m
thinking of will end up in a future book...
It's a lot of fun so if you're looking for some supernatural romance goodness, this is a good place to be. There will be another book in this series, but I don't know if I'm going to read it because the focus shifts back to were-cougars and I've never been all that interested in them. Maybe because I'm not a cat person?