Series: Flirting with Fangs Trilogy #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 2 April 2013
Flirting Under a Full Moon is a paranormal romance with a temperamental heroine, a highly possessive hero and plot lines flitting off in different directions. Private investigator Nick Wolfensen who specialises in supernatural cases, has been hired to find a missing girl. He makes the mistake of discussing the case with the resident psychic in the supernatural bar he frequents. Brandee, nosy waitress and wannabe photographer insists that he let her help. I found it difficult to engage with this novel as it was all over the place.
Despite telling Brandee to butt out, she follows Nick and snaps photos of him transforming which is enough for Mother Nature to get involved and threaten him. Nick however after just one kiss has just decided that Brandee is his life mate. He develops some very stalkerish behaviours and possessive tendencies. He gets his friend to wipe her memory and when he gets a chance to have sex with her, he bites her to mate with her without explaining what he’s doing. Brandee acknowledges the creepiness of this but still ‘loves’ him. Why? She is a bit TSTL when it comes to dealing with the supernatural. When she finds Nick naked after a shift he tells her that he stripped so he could cover himself in baby oil to get through a window. FYI worse excuse ever!! She actually buys it though. Nick impresses on her the importance of keeping his secret actually secret but she makes a poor job of it and the cat is soon out of the bag. The missing girl is actually her niece but she finds it hard to concentrate on someone other than herself for too long so we lose a potentially interesting plot line. Brandee has a really irritating habit of replacing “oh my God” with “oh my something or other”. It isn’t funny.
If the kidnapping and finding the person behind it had been the focus, then the book would have been far more interesting. Alternatively, time could have been spent rounding out the characters in a more meaningful fashion so that their relationship was remotely believable. I’m glad that Nick made his money before he became a private investigator as he is pretty dodgy at investigating. He’s lucky that every single clue comes to him courtesy of Boston Uncommon, the supernatural bar he hangs out in.
I’m going to finish with questions that were never really answered. Why does Anthony hire humans if the supernaturals are trying to stay under the radar? What was the baddie’s big plan? Why are do so many characters refer to events that probably should have been covered in an earlier novel? Why couldn’t we stick with just one main plot line? Why is Brandee cool with Nick having her brainwashed? Why couldn’t we have a HEA ending that didn’t rely on magic to just sort everything out?