Where we left off: There is going to be a first ever conference of all were’s, to be held in Denver at another were-only vacation spot. Expect to see the heads of packs from the previous books and any other important player, attached or otherwise. We are set to see Duncan (Colin, from the last books, is his brother) and Kate Stillman. They are on opposite sides of the mate-with-humans-or-not debate.
Duncan McDowell – A member of the Trevelyans in Scotland and younger brother to the head of that pack. He’s an author and blogger, and fully believes that mating with humans is the best choice for the future of his kinds. He’s started a group called WOOF (too ridiculous to explain, even in relation to this genre) whose members all believe in the same cause.
Kate Stillman – Founder of HOWL (again, too ridiculous) who believes in only were-were mating and total secrecy from humans. Has a sister who married a human and the hubby doesn’t know. She has a blog and a wolf only dating site. While her sister is older and would therefore be next in line for pack leader, the sister has left the werewolf community behind. Kate therefore is next in line.
Neil Stillman and Grandma Elizabeth Stillman – relatives of Kate. Grandma is the current pack leader. Neil is ver envious of Kate.
Penny Stillman – Kate’s sister who lives with her human husband away from the shifter community.
Angela Sapworthy – Think Rita Skeeter. Nosy, gossipy, annoying. And she (like our two love birds) loves to “sniff” (aka tweet).
We briefly see Knox, the helicopter pilot from Seattle, Emma and Aiden Wallace from Manhattan, Quentin from Greenwich Village, Nadia, Cameron Gentry and a few others. Howard Wallace gets a little more page time since he is chosen as the chair of WOW.
Location: Denver (obviously!)
Main Premise: Kate is sent to pick Duncan up at the airport to bring him to the conference. They have been exchanging barbs online for some time and their groups are positioned as the two sides to a war, with each the general of their respective side. But on the way back to the lodge, they become snowbound. They spend a hot night together and start to fall in love. Meanwhile, they still need to marshal their sides of the debate.
Neil Stillman, a relative of Kate wanted to be pack leader so he attacked Kate and Duncan and tried to eliminate Kate and take over. But, as typical with all of these books, Kate and Duncan manage to get together and Kate will be pack leader – they aren’t going to let their differences stand in the way of the relationship.
Other Important Things to Remember for Later: Some of the folks at the conference didn’t like how the Council shaped up so Jake Hunter from Alaska started his own group – WARM (geesh! With these acronyms…!). Neil is going to be “tried” by the Council (called WOW). Jake is going to get visibility for his organization and is starting in Alaska where he’s from. And from the preview at the end of this installment, looks like Jake is the subject of the next book.
Vicki Lewis Thompson has provided us with another Wild About You novel. I read most of the latest installment over my lunch hours, so it seems fitting I take a lunch hour to do this review!
The latest installment takes place where? Well, like with all the books in this series, the title gives it away. We find ourselves and our supernatural cast in Denver at a resort where there is a conference about to begin. It will be historic (or so Angela Sapworthy, reporter and Rita Skeeter wanna-be tells us in one of the few really annoying aspects of this installment)! It is the first get together of international Werewolves and they are going to discuss things like working with humans and mating with humans. Kate Stillman, leader of the group that believes in were-only coupling is at odds with Duncan (I always want to say Duncan MacLeod) McDowell the leader of the group that is pro-intermixing with humans. They get snowbound, have a steamy night together despite all the cold snow, and we go from there.
Very formulaic in nature from the romance perspective. Boy meets girls, they have some sort of obstacle to overcome, they get together anyway because true love trumps all.
I have appreciated Thompson’s sense of humor and light hearted approach to even the obstacles. They aren’t usually the life threatening issue (at least not what is keeping the couple from coupling) that are in some of the other PNR books, and they aren’t the save the world scenarios either. While there is action, which is sometimes life threatening, there is still humor and a lot of chuckles balanced with the steam. This book continues that trend. But…
I was not a fan of all the buzzing, barking, howling, woofing, or what ever the “tweet” equivalent was supposed to be (Sniffing apparently, yikes! That’s just an awful “equivalent”). The blogging by the nosy reporter got old fast. I am not saying an author should ignore the world they live in and not adapt and use lingo or acknowledge or reference the current state of technology. But if I wanted to read a blog, I would read a blog (and the irony of the fact that I am blogging about this is not lost on me!). I sat down wanting to read a book – wanting to get away from the blogging, tweeting (which in concept annoys the daylights out of me). And the characters obsessive need to bark (again, or what ever it was) made me roll my eyes and lead eventually to me skipping some of the book because I didn’t really need to read the Wild About You version of Rita Skeeter’s ramblings. And I certainly didn’t needs all those ridiculous “Sniff” hash tags – which were just as silly as all the acronyms. And they were silly – not funny or humorous – just silly and not worth the effort to read.
Where does that leave me? Hoping that my lunch time reading (which is when I read this book) Summer of 2013 when installment #5 comes out is free of this silliness. Occurring in remote Alaska, where Jake has already said internet coverage is spotty, leaves me hopeful that it will be Sniff-Silliness-Free!