Series: Wild About You #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on 4 January 2011
A Werewolf in Manhattan is cute, fun read in a brand new werewolf series. Our heroine, Emma Gavin has an extremely fertile imagination which she uses to write paranormal romances about werewolves. The problem is that the books are so accurate, a werewolf pack decides she must be receiving insider information and send in Aiden Wallace, heir apparent to sniff out the truth. The humour carries the book over rough plot patches and character quirks.
The hero and heroine are quite likeable and unusually do not have traumatic pasts or angst they need to deal with. Aiden was born with a silver platinum spoon in his mouth and has a fairly enviable position within the Pack. Emma may not have the same amount of cash but she is successful enough as a writer to do what she loves full time. The biggest conflict between the two is over wasting resources and being eco-friendly. Emma reacts fairly mildly when she discovers werewolves are real and that there would be restrictions imposed on her. She is more concerned about the disappearance of her laptop than the danger she might be in. Aiden’s genetic condition which made him shift if he was aroused or frustrated provided some much needed amusement though. He struggles with his attraction for Emma as he is supposed marry for political gain, to another well-bred werewolf and not a human, let alone someone who might let their secret out.
The plot got a bit silly at times – Emma is propositioned via email by a guy who claims he is a werewolf and Aiden immediately drops his existing Head of Security responsibilities to be a personal body guard when she goes on tour. I imagine that famous authors get sent all sorts of bizarre letters and emails so I’m not sure why anyone was too fazed by this. I get that a plot device was needed to throw the two together but maybe the email could have been followed up by other harassment to justify the fear. The villain literally disappears after one humiliating incident and we are left hanging.
I enjoyed this book’s light and humorous tone but a bit more character development and tying up of loose ends would not have gone astray. It is a nice quick read that will leave you smiling.