Series: Wild About You #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on 2 July 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 Bachelorette Challenge
Jake Hunter has had feelings for local artist Rachel Miller for some time. He bought her first ever wood carving of a black wolf which just happens to resemble him and often trots around to her side of the lake to catch a glimpse of her. When Rachel inadvertently comes between a mama bear and her baby, Jake shifts into a wolf to protect her. She is determined to take care of the ‘wolf’ and Jake can’t risk changing back.
Jake is firmly against interspecies sex as he is afraid it will lead to were/human mating and a diluted bloodline. He founded Werewolves Against Random Mating (WARM) and travels around America trying to drum up support. He’s a bit of a hypocrite though as the only woman he is drawn to, Rachel, is decidedly human. Much of the tension in the novel comes from Jake trying to deny his feelings or rationalise them. Rachel on the other hand accepts Jake’s nature exceedingly quickly and wants to mate with him. The scenes where Rachel took care of the ‘wolf’ had me giggling.
Jake and Rachel are fairly normal people like most other Wild About You couples even though one has a tendency to turn hairy. They don’t have traumatic pasts, get sullen or riddled with angst. Having Jake isolated from his pack was an interesting move as it placed him firmly in the human world rather than the werewolf one. Jake was the odd one out rather than Rachel, something that was rammed home repeatedly when Rachel’s assistant tried to protect her from the ‘wolf’.
I didn’t like how two large complications were thrown in towards the end. They seemed to come out of nowhere and were resolved very quickly. I think only one such device was really needed and either of them could have easily been expanded. I’m sorry I’m being oblique but I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Werewolf in Alaska was a light and enjoyable romance. It is fairly obvious how things will end up but the journey along the way was fun which is what matters.