Title: The Thing About Weres
Author: Leigh Evans
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Series: Mystwalker (Book 2)
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Format: Paperback, 422 Pages
ISBN-10: 1250006414 (St. Martin’s/Macmillan)
ISBN-13: 9781250006417 (St. Martin’s/Macmillan)
Reviewed by: Shirene
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…
I Am Were, Hear Me Roar.
To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.
Quick & Dirty: Heidi Peacock’s continuing story and loads of angst.
Opening Sentence: I don’t know why Weres think the moon’s so beautiful.
I have previously reviewed book 1 in this series, The Trouble with Fate and my review can be found here and book 2, The Thing About Weres is a continuation of the same story. I strongly suggest that you read book 1 prior to reading this book because many of the characters and plots are intricately woven through both books, and will allow you the best over all vision of this book. This book is definitely not a stand alone and should be viewed as such. Now on to the actual review.
After finishing the first book I was anticipating this book with some relish because I enjoyed and was fascinated by the worlds that I as the reader was thrown into. Unfortunately, most of my joy for this book left in the first 50 pages. Heidi’s story is gripping but she is so mixed up trying to choose between her Fae, wolf and human side that I began to really be annoyed by her.
One of the other strengths in the previous book was the descriptive visuals that Ms. Evans was able to paint. Unfortunately, she seems to have thrown these out nearly entirely and instead we are given angst and more angst. I find this truly puzzling because we were given all those images and descriptions in a book of 344 pages but we aren’t in a book of 422? Call me mystified and perplexed.
Now don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. We learned more about Heidi, the necklace she was entrusted to care for, Merenwyn and Threall. Not to mention Robson Trowbridge is back even if only in Heidi’s dreams. We are also given a look at Heidi’s style as the Alpha by proxie and it isn’t pretty, but I think it truly reflects Heidi as a character.
We are introduced to three new key characters in this new book, and they have direct impact on Heidi’s journey. One of them helps explain her past, one helps explain her present and the final one impacts her future. The interesting part is that this realization only came to me as I was typing this review, which is a shame because this does weave directly into Heidi’s journey and directly correlates with her actions in the present and future.
Some of the outstanding secondary characters in the first book are here, but they seem to push the story along and don’t have any direct impact on the reader, which is unfortunate. I was truly looking forward to getting to know Cordelia, Biggs and Harry, and we got glimmers instead of a vision about their past or what made them stand with Heidi against the rest of the pack.
So the final word is that if you have read book 1, The Trouble with Fate, you should definitely read The Thing about Weres, but please note that not all of your questions will be answered. In addition, there is a third book in this series, The Problem With Promises, so do not expect a happily-ever-after in this book because you will be disappointed. I do believe I will continue to read at least one more book in this series hoping that Heidi and Trowbridge do get their well deserved happily-ever-after story.
Gorgeous grimaced and pulled his fingers free from his damp locks. “Why does it always have to be water? I hate water.”
“You know, you look so real in my dreams. Sometimes I think—“
“That you’re not dreaming. Well, check the list, Heidi Peacock. Am I wearing any clothing?” Trowbridge ran his hand down his gleaming chest, sliding it along the landscape of all that lovely taut flesh, to disappear under the water. “That’s a definite no. Do you know what happens to skin when it stays in water for a long time? Things get shriveled. Important things, like—“ He frowned, his hand busy under the water. “God, they feel like stewed prunes.”
My mate pulled out his dripping paw, inspected it with a fierce scowl, and gave his hand a savage flick. Droplets of water sprayed—bulwhip of diamond beads. “Why here? We could have this conversation anywhere else. You know—“
“I know. Weres can’t swim. You hate water.”
3. The Problem with Promises (February 25, 2014)
FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s/Macmillan provided me with a copy of The Thing About Weres. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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