Werewolf in Las Vegas
Paperback: Mass Market/E-Book/Audio
ISBN 9780451415684 | 336 pages | 04 Mar 2014 | Signet | 6.49 x 4.29in | 18 – AND UP
E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as needed.
Win it all, or lose it all…
Giselle Landry is in Las Vegas to haul her wayward brother back home. But casino owner Luke Dalton is also looking for her brother, who has run off with his little sister. The two should join forces, but Luke is unaware that Giselle’s brother is also fleeing his duties as the future alpha of the Landry werewolf pack—which includes his Were bride.
The Landrys don’t believe in Weres mating with humans, and Giselle is no exception. Though Luke is wealthy, gorgeous, and protective, Giselle can’t let herself get close to him, even to solve their shared dilemma. But the tension wears away her resistance, and after a wild night with Luke, she is shocked to find she’s fallen for him.
But Luke still doesn’t know Giselle’s true identity. And once their siblings are found, Giselle must return to San Francisco. Can they overcome the odds—or will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas? Penguin Book Page
Try as I might I didn’t fall for this book’s plot or characters. I did not realize it was part of a series, but the book stands well on its own as the paranormal elements are pretty straightforward if you read much shifter romance. The back-story about the family and business history is well laid out too, so I didn’t feel as if I walked in on the middle of a story, nor did I feel as if I was getting a deluge of information to catch me up.
My biggest issues were with the characters, who are all very individual and fairly well developed, and situations:
The concept that in this day and age Luke would be so blinded by a vague deathbed promise to “watch out for your sister” that you’d try to direct your own sister’s future felt ridiculous, like something from the nineteenth century. And, the idea that Cynthia couldn’t wait one semester to finish her degree before taking up her dream of being a Vegas showgirl is ridiculous. But most ridiculous is the idea that two bright, well-educated individuals wouldn’t be able to sit down and talk about it. And, why she wouldn’t audition for a job at a different establishment to prove her point is beyond me.
Giselle trying to get to speak with her wayward brother, Bryce is actually normal. His behavior of an Alpha on the lam is not as normal. I liked that she just wants to talk with him, at this point and not tell him what to do.
And, the pranks that are played by Cynthia and Bryce as they leave riddles trying to show Luke what her dream means to her are so childish that it does little to bolster my confidence in her maturity. Maybe Luke is right after all. But, I kept thinking, where is the harm in letting her take a shot?
In the end, the story is about both Luke and Giselle giving up long held notions of what’s right for others and themselves. They do this through talking to each other where Giselle’s wisdom is certainly deeper than Luke’s. She shows him the errors in his logic, and he shows her a good time and considerate nature he would be wise to show others. The concept of betting one’s business concerns (“the farm”) in a grudge card game is sheer, unrealistic fantasy. In any corporation, even in a family business, power is not absolute and that kind of recklessness would be unconscionable. I know of other family, or closely held, companies where the CEO going off the rails a bot like this resulted in the rest of the board members removing her as CEO. On the other hand, I didn’t believe people were so mean to each other in business that they would try to hurt others through acts affecting a company’s bottom line.
The hook ups are interesting, if a little messy. I liked that Giselle felt bowled over by Luke’s thoughtful behavior to her. There was a scene involving chocolate that will either turn you on or help you on your diet.
In short, if you have liked this series and the families and characters are familiar then you will likely enjoy WEREWOLF IN VEGAS. I do think one needs to go into it with a very elastic suspension of disbelief as far as relationships and business situations are concerned. Although the book feels like it can stand alone, my ambivalence may be due to not having read any of the prior six books. SO, while it wasn’t my personal floatation device, what felt silly to me could be just from a lack of immersion in the series.At B&N