Title: Pete and the Werewolf
Authors: Cassandra Pierce
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Page Count: ~68
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Finding himself at loose ends in life, Pete Maddock returns to the seaside town of Hope Harbor to look after his ailing grandfather, Elliot. He finds work at the Riptide Café, a gathering place for fishermen and sailors from various parts of the world and with wild, but entertaining stories to tell.
One day, a new guy arrives in town: Vladimir Bereshenko. He’s sexy, intriguing, and best of all, interested in Pete. The only problem is that Vladimir clearly is keeping secrets. When a series of strange wolf attacks begin to plague the town, Pete wonders exactly how deadly those secrets might be.
The story started off really well and I fell right into it. I enjoyed the town and “society” that the author developed. However, as the tale went on, the story started to lose its pull on me. First, I believe some of it has to do with how the author constructed the story, followed then by the lack of character development.
First,the author’s style. I was a bit frustrated with some of the characters actions, especially since they were not explained until the end. Wrapped up into a nice package for the reader to accept. Honestly, I found some of the explanations an easy out, and in one character’s instance there wasn’t really an explanation.
Now about character development. While I did enjoy the story between Vladimir and Pete, I didn’t really feel a connection between them. It was hard to believe they were anything more than available for one another. In addition, without a solid background, it is hard for me as a reader to invest in the characters that the author developed, much less the story she created. In the end, Pete and Vladimir get a HFN, while two of the supporting characters get a HEA.
IMO, this story does have potential. The backbones of the story are good, it just needs a bit of fine tuning.