Going to the chapel, and her sister is going to get married…no matter what.
Josie Cole might be unlucky in love, but she’s a pro at matching other couples. When her sister gets married to the man of her dreams, it’ll be Cole Matchmaking Services one-hundredth match, and secure Josie a television special that would boost business.
Private investigator–and werewolf–Ryder McManus doesn’t believe in marriage. Catching cheating spouses has taught him there is no such thing as happily ever after. But then he never expected to find his fated mate, Josie, at his best friend’s wedding festivities.
When Josie and Ryder are together, the chemistry heats up. While he’s trying to stop the wedding, she’ll do whatever it takes to give the couple a dream day. But the secret he’s trying to expose might just ruin everything…
Each book in the San Francisco Wolf Pack series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 The Werewolf Wears Prada
Book #2 Beauty and the Werewolf
Book #3 What a Werewolf Wants
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and steamy paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. You can usually nd her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.
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What a Werewolf Wants
A San Francisco Wolf Pack Novel
By Kristin Miller, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Kristen Miller
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"Cameras there ... and there. Got it." Josie Cole scanned the dark corners of Blackbird Bar for the crews who would catch the details of her hundredth successful love match. "I can do this."
Yanking up the top elastic band of her Spanx, she checked her black strapless top — to make sure the girls were in place — and fluffed her hair over her shoulder. Her chocolate-brown curls were already reduced to waves, but she couldn't do anything about that now.
Other than her hair, everything else looked perfect.
Her sister Carrie really had chosen the right place for tonight's event. Blackbird's served the best cocktails in the Castro. The place beckoned patrons to sit back and stay awhile, with dim mood lighting, comfy bar seats, and dark wood accents. Carrie and her fiancé, Mitch, who were so wonderful together, rented the place for the evening and had spared no expense. Champagne circled the room, and the bar remained open.
Everything was perfect, which made Josie so happy. She wanted this for her sister, and it was just a bonus that this was Cole Matchmaking's one hundredth successful match.
This was it. Her little sister was getting married.
Since Carrie chose to have only two people in the wedding party — a maid of honor and a best man, Mitch's best friend from childhood — the rest of her college friends huddled into a booth in the corner whispering about everyone who strolled in. She didn't know any of them. Well, she didn't know anyone, actually. A group in their fifties or sixties — Mitch's parents, maybe — situated themselves in the corner of the bar. Smiles lit their faces, and even from across the room Josie could feel their joy.
Jealousy stung hard, wiping away whatever traces of happiness she'd just picked up. She and Carrie had lost their parents five years ago, and their grandparents thirteen before that. They only had each other now, and that'd always been okay. Until nights like tonight when sentimental reminders like Mitch's loving parents stared her in the face.
Taking a deep breath, Josie glanced toward the two cameras setting up in the corners of the room. Liza, the reporter who wanted to do the story about the milestone match, peered from behind a camera and gave a quick thumbs-up before diving back into her glass of champagne.
Her sister didn't have any problems with cameras following her wedding festivities. In exchange for catching a few highlights of the week's events, Channel 10 News was donating a five-night Hawaiian honeymoon for the happy couple.
Carrie really couldn't say no to that.
As long as everything went smoothly, and the happy couple said their vows in six days, they'd get a relaxing honeymoon, and she'd get more exposure for her business than she'd ever dreamed possible.
Anxiety rippled through her as she approached the bar and slid onto the nearest stool. The place was full, except for the seat next to her.
"Three-Eyed Raven," she called out to the bartender. He nodded and then started mixing bourbon, dark ale, and coffee. Absolute perfection, as far as she was concerned. "That'll loosen my nerves," she mumbled.
But then a strange scent hit her, and her entire body went on high alert. Her neck and shoulders stiffened. Blood rushed like molten lava through her veins. The aroma — spicy, yet fresh, and deliciously male — tingled her nose and awakened her senses. She searched the bar. From one face to another. Trying to pinpoint where the scent came from.
The door to the bar had just opened, bringing in a rush of cool air, and the aroma filled her nose.
Someone had come in. He weaved through the crowd. The scent increased until she couldn't smell anything else. She spun on the stool, slowly turning his direction, the breath frozen in her lungs.
As he broke through the crowd, her heart jolted to a stop.
The stranger wore black slacks and a blue dress shirt that emphasized his mesmerizing sapphire eyes. His hair was slick and black. Long on top, tapered down the sides. Full, plush lips were set on a ruggedly square jaw. Broad shoulders gave way to strong arms and large hands — ones she wouldn't mind having all over her body later.
And then his gaze flickered to hers. She averted her eyes with a shudder, her skin chilling with gooseflesh. As he strode closer, she heated through with a combination of anxiety, hope, and dirty thoughts.
Straddling the stool next to her, he caught the bartender's eye and said, "Red Wedding."
It was a mixed drink with gin, and the only one on the menu she hadn't been tempted to try. Sampling this guy was a whole other story. He looked confident. Smooth, even. As if he owned the bar and could take all the women who were in it to bed. A shadow of stubble covered his jaw, only adding to his undeniable sex appeal.
"On second thought, what are you having?" he asked, leaning toward her.
Those stupid little things called words needed to come right about now. But they didn't. She stared. Grinned. Swallowed down a laugh. And silently begged the bartender to hurry with her drink. Where'd he go for the coffee? Colombia?
The bartender slid over a small glass moments before her throat caught fire. She tipped it back, gulping the bold liquid as if she were dying of thirst.
"Scratch my first order. I think I'll have one of those," he said to the bartender, and then set his sights back on her. "Must be delicious."
She was thinking the same thing looking at those lips.
Nerves pinballed through her, fuzzing with the bourbon in her tummy. Swallowing hard, she said, "Are you here for the bride or the groom?"
"The groom." He stared straight through her, his gaze burning deep. "Mitch has been a friend of mine since childhood. What about you?"
God, he smelled divine. She couldn't stop breathing him in.
"I'm here for the bride."
It was all she could spit out before the bartender slid over a second Three-Eyed Raven. The stranger tasted, sampling, licking droplets of moisture from his bottom lip.
His tongue lingered in the corner of his mouth. "Damn, this is sinful."
The erotic thoughts she was having about a total stranger? The feelings swirling inside her, tightening her belly?
Hell yes it was.
She went damp between the legs, quivering with want. She'd never had this type of reaction to a stranger. Not ever.
"Where are you from?" His voice was dark and raspy, calling to her on a crazy-primal level.
"San Rafael originally, but I live in an apartment in Sausalito now." She gulped down another drink. For bravery. And then another, for luck. "You?"
"I live in the city," he said, eyeing her carefully, undressing her with his eyes. "Right near my work."
Her body heated to uncomfortable levels. Was she sweating? Could he tell? "What do you do?"
"I'm a private investigator."
"I specialize in infidelity," he went on. "Cheating spouses, divorce investigations, that kind of thing. I get a sick joy out of exposing liars for what they are."
Total hottie with a moral compass?
"I'm sorry to keep staring," he said, narrowing his eyes as he moved in closer, "but I have this strange feeling that we've met before. I don't think that's possible, but I can't help it."
He felt their connection, too.
How could he not? It was palpable, sparking between them like lightning, leaving behind traces of hot electricity shooting through her middle.
"I've never met you before," she said as everyone in the bar disappeared. "I would've remembered."
She never forgot a handsome face.
He scooted closer, leaving his drink behind him on the bar. "What's your name?"
"It's beautiful." He extended his hand. "And it's pleasure to meet you."
She took his hand and shook. From the moment they touched, currents of white-hot heat snaked between them, jump-starting her heart. Electricity pulsed through her hand, warming her to the core.
"Whoa," she whispered, taking back her still-buzzing hand. "Did you feel that? It was like static electricity or something."
* * *
Oh, I feel it all right.
To the average non-shifter like Josephine, the jolt could've easily been confused with static electricity. But to him, a werewolf without a mate, it was most definitely the Luminary spark.
He hadn't been a werewolf long — the attack by a rogue wolf that turned him had happened three years ago — but he'd heard that the connection with his fated mate would be undeniable. That he'd know his Luminary from their first touch.
Before tonight, he'd accepted the fact that he wouldn't bond with his Luminary, even if he found her. Especially if she was a non-shifter. He'd gone down that road before — dated a woman who knew nothing of werewolves or the wolf pack — and it had ended in disaster. During the first full moon of his transition, he'd walked in on her cheating and shifted in his rage. He hadn't attacked her, or her lover, but that didn't mean his thoughts were pure — truth be told, they were anything but.
The horrified expression on his girlfriend's face had been enough to spook him out of wanting any kind of lasting relationship. He'd do anything to never be looked at that way again, as if he were a raging beast.
"Are you all right?" she asked, genuine concern lacing her tone.
Still, despite everything, the urge to claim Josephine as his own hit him like a sledgehammer to the gut. Fighting against the need, he winced, bowing over the bar.
"You're mine — I'm fine," he corrected quickly. "I'll be fine."
It didn't matter that the Luminary bonding process would extend his life to a thousand years, along with his fated mate. He didn't care if it'd make him stronger and faster than before.
He'd live alone rather than bond with a non-shifter who'd view him as nothing more than a monster.
He couldn't deny it, though: from the moment he sat down at the bar, Josephine had captured his attention. She was the perfect combination of sweetness and sin. Wispy brown hair layered around her face dropped to her shoulders in a soft, silky fall. Her heart-shaped face was angelic and smooth, her skin white as porcelain against the contrast of dark hair. Almond-shaped eyes stared at him innocently, yet those lips — pink and luscious, with a slight curve at the corners — gave him fantasies he shouldn't have in the first place. Fantasies that included her lips traveling over his body and circling around his cock.
Had she asked something?
"Josephine," he said finally, testing the way her name sounded on his lips.
"Yes." She looked to be pained, or biting back a whimper. "That's my name."
Grinning slowly, he turned toward her completely, until their legs were touching between the barstools. Her thigh was between his.
He couldn't help himself.
He had to get closer.
To capture her there, he brushed his hands along her knees and waited for her to tell him to move them. It was forward, even for him. And he was rewarded with the sexiest grin he'd ever seen.
"What do you do?" he asked. "Wait, let me guess ... You're either a model or a reality television star."
She snorted and then covered her mouth with her hand. She was so damn cute.
"I'm so far from a model it's not even funny," she said.
"I disagree wholeheartedly. You look like one from where I'm sitting."
Even if he refused to bond with Josephine, that didn't mean they couldn't sleep together. He wouldn't let her get too close. In the last few years, he'd become an expert at building and keeping boundaries. But there'd be nothing wrong with exploring their connection in a physical way. She was voluptuous, and curvy in all the right places. One of the most gorgeous women he'd ever seen in his life. As images of her naked and writhing beneath him flashed through his head, the air between them charged with something intense.
Her laugh died off as if she felt it, too. "What would make you guess reality star?"
"Those cameras, for one." He pointed over her shoulder, where a camera seemed to be zoomed in on the two of them. "They've been focused over here from the moment I sat down."
"Oh, those." Spinning around, she eyed the camera and then turned back to him. "They're here for me — well, for my work, actually. A few camera crews are going to follow my sister and Mitch around this week and then video their wedding."
He felt his eyebrows frown. "What does their wedding have to do with your work?"
"I'm the one who set up Carrie and Mitch eight weeks ago." She beamed. "They're my hundredth successful match. Martha Silverstone is interested in doing a piece on —"
She continued on, but he didn't hear a word of it. The temptress sitting in front of him was the matchmaker? She had no idea who she was setting up, or whether or not they'd be a perfect match. He'd planned to come here tonight and tell her so. If other people wanted to get married and then divorced, that was fine. Only gave him more business. But she had no idea what she was doing when she set Carrie up with Mitch.
Although his friend should've revealed the truth about being a werewolf to Carrie long before he proposed, the matchmaker should've known better than to set people up who didn't know a thing about each other.
"You said Josephine, so I didn't pick it up at first," he admitted, "but you're Josie Cole."
He stated it simply. Hoping she'd correct him. Instead, she nodded, grinning.
"Did you catch the show last month?" she asked. "Maybe that's where you think you know me from?"
"No, I don't think that's it." Going dizzy, he shook his head. "What made you decide to go into matchmaking?"
"I'm a hopeless romantic." She shrugged dainty shoulders. "I believe there's one true person out there for everyone."
He coughed and buried his response in the longest drink of the night.
"You don't think so?"
For non-shifters, hell no. Years of catching cheating spouses in the act had taught him otherwise. As for werewolves, the jury was still out. Maybe the whole "fated mate" thing was blown out of proportion. He hadn't been part of the San Francisco Wolf Pack long enough to know many couples, but why wouldn't it be the same as every other relationship?
"I think if we're honest," he said, "we should acknowledge the fact that the only people we can truly make happy are ourselves."
"That's incredibly self-centered." She frowned. "Look at my sister and Mitch. They're great together and seem to make each other happy."
"Yeah," he said, coming up for air. "If you only look at the surface."
She flinched as if he'd struck her. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"How can you possibly match two people together based on an application? It doesn't make any sense. Sure, you know what kind of music the other person likes, or how many kids they want to have, but you can't possibly expect to really know the people you're setting up from a piece of paper."
She stared, her brown eyes going wide. "Apparently I have my methods. Not a single one of my couples has broken up."
"I don't think Mitch and Carrie will make it down the aisle."
She fumed, nostrils flaring, lips tightening. "What on earth would make you say something like that?"
"Cynicism, I suppose."
"No doubt stemming from your job." She nodded as if she understood. "At first I thought you might've been someone who cherished marriage and monogamy, after seeing so many couples split, but I was way off the mark. You're one of those people who think everyone is destined for divorce."
"See, already you've pegged me wrong," he whispered, closing the distance between them. "I may not think monogamy is for everyone, but I don't have a problem with it, if that's what floats your boat. I simply don't think signing your name to the bottom of a marriage certificate eight weeks after you've met someone is a good idea, no matter how strong the 'match' looks on paper."
She stood, leaving her drink half empty on the bar. "It was nice meeting you, Mr. ..."
"McManus." He extended his hand, but she didn't take it. "Ryder McManus, best man in your sister's wedding."
She paled right in front of his eyes. He dropped his hand as her jaw fell open.
"You're Mitch's best friend."
He nodded. "The one and only."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read other books by this author in the Seattle Pack series and San Francisco series, loving each book more and more. This one was no exception. I loved the way they intertwined Mitch and Carrie's love story in with Josie and Ryder's romance. It was always exciting to see what each couple would do. It had a great ending and I'm looking forward to seeing what the author will cook up next. Five glittery stars!
Josie has spent her career bringing together the people she believes belong together and has yet to be wrong. Ryder has spent his career trailing cheating spouses and also has yet to be wrong. So has Fate lost her mind deciding that these two belong together or does she really know what she is doing? Sometimes life has a way of showing you that what you think you need to be happy and what you actually deserve are two VERY different things! I laughed my way through this book, as usual. I liked the friendship between the sisters and was really pleased to see that Ryder and Mitch had more than a “bromance” as the foundation for their friendship. The developing relationship between Josie and Ryder was certainly started by the electrifying sexual chemistry between them but I quite enjoyed the banter and the way they were capable of being honest with each other and not play games. Very refreshing! “The perfect matching of two imperfect hearts.” Exactly what this book was and why I enjoyed it so much.
Josie was a matchmaker and her sister Carrie was her 100th match. Josie was at a bar to get things set up as Carrie and her fiancé Mitch would getting taped during the week leading up to their wedding. Josie felt a very strong attraction to a stranger, Ryder, who was a werewolf and Mitch's best man. Ryder knew that Josie was his soul mate. I loved the ins and outs of this story with Josie and Ryder and again with Carrie and Mitch. It was a really great story with a great plot and characters. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Josie Cole is a matchmaker extraordinary. Now she's found the perfect man for her sister and they are getting married. What could top that? A lot. Neither Josie or her sister know that her fiancée is a werewolf. Ryder is going to be the best man and he's also a wolf. He's doing his best to stop the marriage. When he meets Josie, he knows they are mates, but he doesn't believe in forever. What a disaster! I loved watching Josie and Ryder. Their attraction and battle of wills was epic. Sparks flew whenever they were together. If they weren't fighting, they were kissing. Ryder is disillusioned. Being a PI who exposes cheating spouses has made him a cynic. He desires Josie but doesn't think they have a chance. What The Werewolf Wants was a romantic adventure filled with witty dialogue and sexy characters. As always, San Francisco added it's romantic charm. Kristin Miller is an excellent writer. I enjoyed this paranormal romance. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* I loved this book! It's funny, sweet, cute, and sexy. Werewolf P.I. Ryder knows Josie is his fated mate the moment he lays eyes on her and their sexual attraction is out of this world but he doesn't believe in forever love so he has no intention of letting anything happen between them even though he can't seem to keep his hands off of her whenever they are in the same room. What he really wants is to stop the marriage of his best friend, Mitch, to Josie's sister, Carrie, at least until Mitch lets Carrie in on the secret he is keeping from her. Josie runs a matchmaking service and this is her 100th match with a lot of publicity. She has no intention of letting Ryder ruin everything, no matter how hot he makes her. Kristin Miller tells a fun, sexy story in this very enjoyable read.
Sexy and Spirited PNR read Josie Cole is a matchmaker and she has a business matching other couples to their mates. She takes joy in matching up couples and showing them Her sister’s upcoming wedding will be her 100th match and her crowning moment but private investigator / werewolf Ryder McManus has different views on how Josie and her job. He plans to prove her wrong and he is going to prevent the wedding. He is the best man for the upcoming wedding and he is also best friend to the groom. He has seen, due to his job, too many bad things happen so he plans to stop the wedding and save his friend from getting married. On top of wedding going down, because the wedding will be her 100th match, Josie is being taped for a TV special so there is the added stress there. Ryder meets Josie and finds her to be his “mate”, his one and true special person to spend his life with. See there is a secret that the groom has hidden from his soon to be wife , one that will turn the wedding upside down, and could ruin everything. One that Ryder wants him to tell…even knowing this after finding out Josie is his fated mate. Will Ryder get his way or will be wise up and realize he has what he has always wanted , right there and do the right thing? Will Josie get Ryder to realize love does always win… I have to say, this was a rollercoaster of a ride story that kept me on my toes. I was rooting for all involved. I defiantly wanted the MC to get the HEA but I also wanted the supporting characters to get their marriage. I have to say, the hot scenes were great –had me turning the fan on. Ryder was on alpha wolf who was so confused about what he really wanted. Josie was one woman who knew she wanted a piece of Ryder but didn’t know if she could keep him. There was some great humor written in. The flow was great and the ending was awesome. I cannot wait to read more from this author. My rating: 4.8 stars ***** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review***
I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review! WoW!! I loved this story! I am very partial to a good werewolf story and this did not disappoint! It was very well written and flowed very smoothly. The characters were strong and developed. The chemistry between Josie and Ryder was so intense, that I got goosebumps a couple of times. This is the first book I have read from this author but believe me it will not be the last. I look forward to reading more about the pack! Highly recommended to all who love a good paranormal/shifter book..
Josie is a matchmaker that has successfully matched 100 couples, including her sister and is about to be featured in a television special about Josie and the wedding. While planning the wedding festivities, she meets Ryder, the best man. He is a werewolf, who was turned 3 years ago. He knows that Josie is his fated-mate but resists their attraction because he doesn't believe a happy romance is possible between a human and a werewolf. Ryder works as a private investigator, primarily busting cheating spouses. He is trying to stop the wedding because the groom also a werewolf, and he hasn't let Josie's sister in on the secret. Neither Ryder or Josie is prepared for the pull of attraction they feel for each other. They have a intense relationship that features the best of opposites attracting. This romance has the right mix of humor and heat and I plan on looking up the 2 previous novels in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com.
Loved it! I love romances; especially shifter romances, and I enjoy the whole scenario of a reluctant shifter finding his mate. Josie is a matchmaker, whose sister is getting married soon, and it will be Josie's 100th perfect match. During wedding events, Josie meets Ryder, who is the best man at the wedding, and they have an instant connection. Ryder knows Josie is his mate, but he doesn't want a mate, but he can't deny the pull he feels towards her. Ryder's friend, the groom, hasn't told Josie's sister, the bride, that he is a werewolf, so Ryder is trying to stop the wedding. One of the reason he wants to stop the wedding is he thinks his friend needs to come clean before making such a big commitment, and another reason is Ryder doesn't believe someone can be faithful for an entire relationship because as a private investigator, it is his job to catch cheaters, and he also had an incident in his own life with cheating, so he is sensitive to it. Ryder also thinks Josie won't be able to accept him if she finds out about him being a werewolf, so he pushes her away. I enjoyed the private investigator aspect, and I'm a sucker for weddings, so I loved that as well. I loved the chemistry between Ryder and Josie, and I liked the development of their story. There are some spicy moments, and some really sweet, heartfelt moments. This book is fun, cute, and I wanted more! I couldn't put it down till I finished the whole thing, and I am looking forward to reading more from Kristin Miller!
It has been a long time since I have read a paranormal romance but after reading the description I was so glad I was given the opportunity to read and review this story. When you have a hero who is a werewolf and he doesn't believe in happily ever after and a sassy heroine comes along and surprises him you have a wonderfully written and thoroughly enjoyable story.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is Book 3 of the San Francisco Wolf Pack Series. First time reading this author and I am loving her style; definitely going to go back and get all caught up on her books. Sooooooooo tell me...what DO you get when you cross paths with a diehard matchmaker/hopeless romantic and jaded private investigator/werewolf? You get What a Werewolf Wants by Kristin Miller. Disenchanted in love, Ryder McManus senses Josie Cole is his fated mate, and while he is drawn to her like a moth to a flame, his career of catching cheating spouses has reiterated time and again that love is not enduring; it definitely won’t last the thousand of years that bonded mates will be paired together. So grab your copy up and watch the sparks fly as this fun couple meet up and go head-to-head; you are not gonna wanna miss this match up!
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is even better when you realize you actually get two love stories/journeys in it. I always love the animal magnetism and feral hunger in the paranormal romance books. And Josie and Ryder had it in spades. Their electric shock and hungry intense gazes. Ooh momma they were hot together, right from the start. There were a few times though where I wanted to smack Ryder upside the head as he did to his friend because he was making me crazy with back and forth. It was during those times where I felt so much for Josie. She is just a beautiful hopeless romantic woman who wants what those she helps have. However, when Ryder has his moment of truth, it was inspiring. And the location of where he was, definitely heartwarming and teary eyed moment. So sweet, such perfection and true love. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the third book in the San Francisco Wolf Pack series by Kristin Miller. Josie Cole is a pro at matching other couples, when her sister gets married it will be Cole Matchmaking services on hundredth match. Ryder McManus is a werewolf and also a private investigator, his job is to catch cheating spouses. He is surprised when he sees Josie at his friend’s wedding and realizes that she is his fated mate. Ryder is determined to do everything he can to stop the wedding and Josie will do anything to give the couple their dream wedding. If you are looking for a great paranormal romance with humor then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this great series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Loved it! This is a paranormal romance novel. It's a light-hearted book with lots of quirky, funny moments. I loved all the characters, especially Josie is adorable. I recommend this book to all book lovers.
One of the things I love most about romance novels, no matter the genre, is that they all point out that honesty and communication are key in a relationship. Ryder and Josie point this out in a humorous and sexy way. The chemistry is there but secrets keep them apart. What a Werewolf Wants is a fun read that can be read standalone.
Rating: 4.5/5 What a great paranormal romance this proved to be! I am usually wary of the instant love tales but this was so much more than that. Whilst the attraction is there immediately, both are resistant, determined for much of the time to ignore it – and for much of the story when one is willing to give their relationship the other isn’t! Talk about getting hung up on themselves!!! Josie is convinced Ryder is trying to ruin her sister’s big day, so doesn’t trust him despite rampant attraction to him. He doesn’t believe any human can see him as anything but a monster and doesn’t want the heartbreak associated with that. He also doesn’t want his best friend to marry without his bride to be knowing about him being a werewolf and what that entails. Life’s complicated, adding love to the mix can make it wonderful or worrying or both for these characters. I enjoyed reading this, it was so full of twists and turns I just had to keep reading to see how things could possibly work out! A private investigator so used to finding and revealing the cheating partners, Ryder has such a jaundiced view on the possibility of him ever experiencing true love. I was delighted when he took one of his clients to confront her husband with the lady he’d been meeting – simply brilliant (no, not saying more as that would be a spoiler, but you’ll definitely know what I’m typing about if you read the story!) The plot, characters, scenarios and pace of this story makes it a delightful one to escape into and one I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who, like me, enjoys shifter romances with plenty of angst and turmoil along their journey to their HEA! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.
What a Werewolf Wants, Kristin Miller Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: fantasy & paranormal. Romance I’ve read a few of Kristin’s books, and the first one in this series, though somehow I missed book two, and this proved to be another fun, light read. Josie runs a matchmaking service, a very successful one and a TV programme wants to film her latest wedding. It just happens to be her sister, who’s been with Mitch just eight weeks but they are solidly in love. The wedding preparations are in full swing, the TV crew at every corner and Josie is very excited. Then along comes gorgeous hunk Ryder, who is best man, long time friend of the groom and ...determined to stop the marriage. His reasons are twofold, mainly that he just doesn't believe in love, but also he knows Mitch hasn’t told Carrie something very very important, namely that every now and then he turns into a big, hairy werewolf, and is part of a Pack. Ryder has his own issues about that, he feels not only is love exaggerated and doesn’t really exist, but that werewolves and Normals don’t mix. His job as a PI shows him cheating spouses every day of the week, and he’s his own traumas about revealing the wolf to Normals... Of course he can only tell Josie that he doesn't believe in love, can’t reveal anything about the werewolf side, and yet there’s a sizzle between them that he knows means she’s a match for him, his Luminary, the one person that’s just for him – he’s determined though not to give in to it. There’s an on-going battle of Ryder trying to persuade Mitch he’s wrong and not to marry, and Josie trying to get everything on track for the cameras and convince Ryder that what they have is special. Its a fun read, some great humour and a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Carrie’s new name is a case in point!!There is though a semi-serious point that relavant to real life, about not being ashamed of who/what you are, of knowing yourself, taking chances and giving yourself and others a shot at life and love. Its a fun read, one for when you want a change from the heavy dramas or the doom and gloom books, when you just want to relax and smile and enjoy a read with a HEA. Stars: Four. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
WHAT A WEREWOLF WANTS is the third instalment in the San Francisco Wolf Pack series; while I thought book 2 was a bit weaker, Kristin Miller really nails it with WHAT A WEREWOLF WANTS! Josie Cole’s sister Carrie is getting married, and this will be the hundredth successful match for Josie’s Cole Matchmaking Services, which means a huge career boost and a TV special. However, Josie is still single. Carrie is marrying Mitch, a friend of Ryder McManus, who will be his best man. Ryder has given up on love, which is unfortunate as he is a werewolf and that means a much shorter life span, without his fated mate. Ryder is a private investigator dealing mostly in catching cheaters, which doesn’t help his outlook. He thinks Mitch must tell Carrie he’s a werewolf; a few days from the wedding, and Mitch is not saying a word. When they first meet, Josie thinks Ryder is really hot, and vice versa, but worse for Ryder: Josie is his Luminary, his fated mate, the one with whom he is destined to spend his life with, and she is a mortal to boot! And Ryder is determined to stop the wedding, while Josie is adamant that it must happen, and things go from bad to worse when Ryder mentions that Mitch has not been entirely truthful… The writing is flawless, there are no lulls in the story, no filler, and the pacing is impeccable. There are a few hilarious moments as well as funny banter, and Ms. Miller adds to her already fascinating world. The characters, both principal and secondary, are all equally interesting, and I loved how the two couples handled their issues. The friendship between Josie and Carrie, as well as between Mitch and Ryder felt entirely genuine. But best of all was the way Ms. Miller dealt with how Mitch and Ryder reveal what they are; it was done very convincingly, and I felt that’s how it would happen in real life. WHAT A WEREWOLF WANTS offers an excellent look at what make relationships work, and coupled with the paranormal angle, it’s even more compelling. It was absorbing to see things evolve and watch the bond get stronger between Ryder and Josie, apart from the fated mate thing. There might have been instalust there, and again everything was entirely plausible; Ryder and Josie had to work on their issues to get their Happy Ever After, and all this was done brilliantly! Excellent read! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.