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Review: Werewolf in Alaska by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Title: Werewolf in Alaska

Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Wild About You (Book 5)

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451415671 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451415677 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

He’s a lone wolf—for now.

In Polecat, Alaska, Rachel Miller and Jake Hunter have a mutual admiration for each other—from across a lake. There’s nothing Rachel likes more than spying on the very fit wilderness guide when he skinny-dips each night. And Jake has always been curious about his reclusive artist neighbor. He even bought Rachel’s first wood carving: a wolf who looks suspiciously like him…

Jake is a werewolf, but not just any werewolf. He’s the founder of WARM (Werewolves Against Random Mating). And that means a human like Rachel is off-limits, no matter how attractive he finds her.

But when Rachel is threatened by a bear, and Jake shifts to save her, their lives collide with an intense passion, one that could change everything they’ve ever felt about themselves—and each other…

Quick & Dirty: Jake Hunter is a werewolf who believes that werewolves should never mate with a human. Unfortunately for him, he himself is attracted to his very human neighbor Rachel. Will Jake be able to stick to what he has always believed or will Rachel help show him he was wrong?

Opening Sentence: Lurking in the grocery aisle of the Polecat General Store, Rachel Miller pretended to shop while she eavesdropped on the conversation between the store’s owner Ted Haggerty, and the broad-shouldered customer he’d called Jake.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This is the fifth book in the Wild About You series. The nice thing is that you do not have to read them in the right order. This is the only one I have read and I was able to follow along easily. Rachel Miller is a wood carver, who owes all to one man. Jake Hunter is a wilderness guide in Polecat, Alaska. But Jake is more than just a wilderness guide he is also a werewolf, the werewolf that Rachel catches on camera and has based all her carvings on. At least he looks a lot like the same wolf. The other reason he is responsible for kick starting her carving career is because he bought her original carving of the wolf. From the moment he buys the carving and meets Rachel there is an instant attraction, one that Jake fights for three years. Jake belongs to an organization he has started called WARM (Werewolves Against Random Mating). This means that werewolves should never mate with humans. Unfortunately, Jake is fighting a losing battle when fate intervenes to bring them together.

Rachel is very likable. Even though she is a world famous artist she is still a very down to earth person. She likes her privacy and still lives in a log cabin near a lake. As you would expect from an artist she has a wonderful imagination and because of this she is able to accept Jake for what he is easier than most would be able to. Also, she is wonderful with people and animals alike. She has a nineteen year old assistant, Lionel, who she feels bad about because she cannot pay him more for the work he does. To try and help him earn more money she encourages him to try carving on his own and even gives him the wood to use. Then when Jake shifts to save Rachel from a mother bear and gets injured in the process, Rachel helps tend him and tries to make him stay so he can heal because she believes he is just a regular wolf and would die if left on his own. Jake I liked for the most part. Jake is very good looking, he is built like a lumberjack, has black hair and very green eyes. Even in wolf form he has black hair and green eyes and the way his fur falls into a diamond on his forehead. The same as Rachel’s carving.  In this series werewolves can only be born, no human can just be bitten and turned into werewolves. Because of this some werewolves believe that humans are lesser beings and that they should never become mates to werewolves. Unfortunately, Jake is one of those werewolves in the beginning so he fights his feelings for Rachel throughout the book. Even after they start getting close he is willing to leave her. He is the perfect hero though. When Rachel is in danger he leaps in to save her even when it means risking injury or exposure to him.

I truly enjoyed this book, it was going along at a regular pace with no major dramas beyond Jake’s wrestling with his beliefs until the end. Then wham they hit you with a major development that has you sitting on the edge of your seat to see how Jake handles the situation. I liked this story so much that I want to go back now and read the other four books. If you are a werewolf fan you will enjoy this book and most likely the series in general.

Notable Scene:

No Condoms. But she found a notepad, a couple of pens, and underneath that, a slim paperback titled Down with Dogma: Benefits of Were-Human Cooperation. She held the book for several seconds as her heart thudded wildly and her brain struggled to make sense of what she was seeing.

With trembling hands, she opened the cover and scanned the first page. The word werewolf leaped out at her as if surrounded with blinking lights. She seemed to be holding a treatise of some kind that had been written by a werewolf.

Wild About You Series:

1. A Werewolf in Manhattan

1.5 Werewolf in Greenwich Village

2. Werewolf in the North Woods

3. Werewolf in Seattle

4. Werewolf in Denver

5. Werewolf in Alaska

FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Werewolf in Alaska. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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