Man and Wolf

Title: Man and Wolf
Author: Kate Roman
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: M/M paranormal romance
Length: 226 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Jenre

Summary Review
An OK shifter romance with some good ideas but which never really engaged me.

THE BLURB

The night Rob Nichols brings his poisoned Malamute to the Lake Park Veterinary Hospital, he brings hope and chaos into Jamie Bretton’s life in equal measures. Jamie never thought his defenses would come down so easily, but there’s something about Rob that makes him throw caution to the wind. But when the two of them attract the attention of an overly curious Animal Control Officer, they have to take big steps to trust one another, and find a way to integrate an escaped government werewolf into the life of a lonely veterinarian without anyone being the wiser.

But in the end, they’ll do what it takes, because they love each other more than the moon–especially when it’s full.

THE REVIEW

Jamie is working as a vet at a veterinary hospital for dogs when one evening a man brings his critically ill dog into the hospital. Bella has accidentally eaten some poisoned bait and her owner, Rob, is distraught. Sparks fly almost instantly between the two men and they can’t seem to fight the attraction. Not even the fact that Rob is a werewolf can get in the way of their love.

I’ve liked Kate Roman’s books and stories before so I was quite excited to read this one. The story begins well, with the tense opening of Rob bringing in his ill dog, Bella, and then having to leave because it’s a full moon and the change is upon him. The way that the story stays with Rob as he changes, so we see the shift from man to wolf was very well done, and an interesting way of showing viewpoint. In fact the best part of this book was in the two sections where we see Rob shift, in this first part from Rob’s point of view, and later in the book when Jamie watches Rob shift. Often shifter books either gloss over this bit or the shift happens ‘off page’ so I was pleased that here the shifting is described in detail, and so realistically.

There were a lot of good ideas in the book, most noticeably the conspiracy theory surrounding Rob, but unfortunately many of these ideas were sidelined in favour of an insta-love plot between Rob and Jamie, and too many rather repetitive sex scenes. The insta-love wasn’t as much of a problem for me as it usually is because the story follows the pair over two months where we get to see them together, cementing that love as the book progresses, but the sex scenes became rather tedious after a while, especially as they added little or nothing to the plot. There were also a few plot holes such as the law-suit and court appearance that Jamie is dealt towards the beginning of the book which is never spoken of again, or the fact that the villain of the piece is acting way beyond his jurisdiction, which had me a little puzzled. Other than that the plot meanders gently as we are taken from the first meeting of the pair through to an end which just tails off. It was a little dull, especially as any conflict is resolved quickly, or not at all, and I was left thinking that the book had been an OK read but nothing really that special.

The characters of Jamie and Rob were just your typical nice blokes. Rob suffers from terrible nightmares and insecurity after what has happened to him in the past, and it was nice to see that although Jamie helped with that, there wasn’t an instant cure. Jamie was actually rather bland as a character, especially as he seemed to exist only in a bubble before meeting Rob, his job at the veterinary hospital having taken up all his time and having only two people he counted as friends. This meant that although there was nothing off-putting about either hero, there was also nothing particularly engaging. Once any romantic tension was resolved when they declared their love pretty early on, there wasn’t that much which held my attention, and I have to admit I had to force myself to keep reading.

One highlight of the book, apart from the shifting scenes, was in the character of the dogs and the way they add to the story. I’m not a huge dog fan, but I warmed to Bella and Mutty and liked how the author had made them just as important as characters as Jamie and Rob. I also liked Brianna, Jamie’s colleague and friend, who added interest whenever she was on page.

If you’re looking for a shifter book with nice characters, lots of sweet and tender sex and a story where the focus is solely on the romance, then you should enjoy the book. I found it a little too sweet and bland, but other readers may disagree.

14 comments

  • I actually bought this book because the Arch was on the cover, and I live in St. Louis. I was so disappointed. Although the story supposedly takes place in St. Louis, I don’t think the author has ever even been here.

    • Hi Amy
      It’s a shame when a setting doesn’t live up to expectations. Having never been to St Louis, I didn’t notice any inaccuracies, but I can see why it might have been annoying for someone who lives in the city.

  • I feel about the same Jen. When I read it I kept waiting for the men in suits from the gov’t to show up and come after them but it never happened. LOL The whole thing with the lawsuit as well, as you said just kind of tailed off. I did like the guys and it is smexy and sometimes that’s what you’re in the mood for. It fits a niche I suppose but I think had a bit more potential.

    • Exactly! I thought the big complication would be to do with Rob’s past. Instead the character of Jenkins was rather pathetic as a villain.

  • This one is on my buy list, but has been waiting for the book budget to say yes. Will probably wait a little longer now, but I will still get it.

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