In the words of a friend, "so now werewolf PNR is getting illustrated covers too?"
Yes, my friends, werewolf PNR is now getting illustrated covers, too. But there's a reason!
This is a paranormal romantic comedy. I have no idea if it hits the traditional movie rom-com beats, but it made me laugh several times and generally avoided the gore and violence so common in PNR. I have some content warnings, but overall I'd recommend it to people who are looking for something a little different. No private investigators, no police, no soldiers or vivisection on page.
Wolf Gone Wild is set in New Orleans and pairs Evie, a hex-breaker witch with Mateo, a werewolf with a curse. He hasn't been able to shift for three months and his inner wolf is getting more and more difficult to control. Even though witches don't fraternize with werewolves, Evie agrees to help him because well, she's not about to turn away someone who needs her particular magical specialty. But of course they have off-the-charts chemistry and fall in love despite themselves.
Both are artists. Evie works at a bar and her sister's magic shop, but in her off hours she's creating a comics series. She's a massive Marvel and Star Wars geek and introduces Mateo, a metal sculptor, to fandom. Mateo, sweetheart that he is, brings her to his friend's DC-themed restaurant and sets up a Star Wars-themed picnic for them and is generally the nicest. His inner wolf? Not the nicest. I'm sure there's something to be said for man's base urges and inner devils vs. their efforts to be better and shed the trappings of toxic masculinity, but it's also just really funny to read the internal banter between Mateo and his wolf. His struggle for self-control leads to lots of unsatisfied sexual tension, which was also run to read.
Wolf Gone Wild is the first in a series, so we're introduced to siblings and other people in the community, but it didn't feel too overwhelming. Do I remember anyone's names? Nope. But do I remember that Evie has a bunch of sisters who have love interests (I assume) for future books? Yes. I don't want to spoil the ending, so I'll just say that there's some violent stuff at the end of the book when we find out who has cursed Mateo and why. Though it ran a bit long, I enjoyed the story and I look forward to reading the next.
Note: There are some copyediting errors in this review copy, I'm not sure if they're in the final version or not. Mostly dropped words or words that appear to be auto-correct errors. Also Mateo's surname is Cruz and he's supposedly Latino but I would have no idea if not from his name.
Content Warnings: repeated use of the words crazy, insane, schizophrenic in regard to Mateo's inner struggle with his wolf, bad ex, past: parental death
Suzanne received a copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.