Title: Fangs for the Memories (Dead and Breakfast #2)
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal (Shifters, vampires)
Page Count: 222
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A Dead and Breakfast Novel
One wolf lost his memory, but they’ll both lose their hearts.
Bitten werewolf Tom owes the folks at the Dead and Breakfast big for saving his life. So when they ask for help with a rogue wolf on the premises, he’s happy to do his part….
Though he isn’t quite prepared for what he’ll find.
Werewolf Nathan lost everything to a sadistic kidnapper—his freedom, his memories, and maybe even his ability to be human. But as soon as he meets Tom, he knows he might be able to reclaim his life. And even a turned wolf like Tom feels the mating call. The trouble is, Tom isn’t the only one who wants Nathan, and they’ll need help from all their supernatural friends at the D & B to defeat a powerful enemy and keep their love—and themselves—alive.
Blurb sums up the premise of the book so I won’t rehash the plot. It does help if you’ve read book one, which explains the background.
I do so enjoy the cast of characters at the Dead and Breakfast:
Tanner – lonely bear shifter, part owner of the D&B
Fallon – vampire, mated to Connor, part owner of the D&B
Connor – cougar shifter, mated to Fallon (read book one)
Tom – newly turned werewolf, now trying to help other shifters
Ed – magpie shifter, a bit flighty, likes shiny things
Glenda – gorgon, don’t look her in the eye
Yardley – gargoyle, dating Glenda
Nathan – abused werewolf everyone is rallying around
There are a handful of others who pop in and out, making the variety of characters interesting and fun which is what kept the book at three stars.
Where the characters are the strength of the book, I struggled with the simplistic dialog style. The first half the book is establishing Tom and Nathan’s bond, with repeated declarations of:
“So sweet, Mate.”
“You can have, Mate.”
I found this – rather than endearing – to be annoying. At the halfway point, I was starting to yearn for a complete sentence and was seriously contemplating skipping to the end.
This got better once the dramatics started and our group rallied together for the climatic conclusion. But it was a bit of a trudge getting there.
The books strength, in my humble opinion, is in the delightful cast of characters and when they are all together. The overly simplistic dialog between our fated mates grated on my nerves and detracted from an otherwise enjoyable plot.