Series: Wild About You #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on 4 October 2011
Werewolf in the North Woods is another cute and fun read just like its predecessor except there is more sex and sasquatch. Abby Winchell’s grandfather Earl reckons he has seen two bigfoot and he has taken some very blurry images to prove it. The locals have invited big-shot anthropologist and secret werewolf Roark Wallace to investigate the claims. Abby is pretty protective of her grandfather and tries to help him find better proof. Roark meanwhile wants to relocate the sasquatch before there can be any verified sightings as there is a werewolf pack nearby whose jaunts could be disrupted.
Abby is not as sweet as she may look. She loves her grandfather and can’t bear the thought he will be ridiculed. She blackmails and seduces Roark to get what she wants but doesn’t expect Roark to get to her as much as she gets to him. Roark is actually turned on by her scent just as his brother and father were attracted to their mates. The longer they are in the woods without proper showers, the hotter she is in his eyes. Roark rocks that Indiana Jones vibe as he investigates the North Woods. He relies on his keen sense of smell to get a location on the very smelly sasquatch. Despite knowing that supernatural creatures exist – let’s face it, he is one – he has to trivialise the claims of an elderly man in order to protect the werewolves. I liked that he was uncomfortable with this as it showed basic common decency. Everyone wants a piece of him and he struggles to meet their demands – Abby wants him to help her evidence for to prove her grandfather’s claims, the local werewolf pack expects him to move the sasquatch to conceal their existence, his father is relying on him to represent his pack appropriately and then there is the sasquatch pair’s needs. Faced with all of this pressure, Roark’s animal instincts take over and negates most of his responsibilities in order to have lots of creative sex with Abby. The shift in Abbey and Roark’s relationship is fairly quick. If you blink you miss the change from lust to love.
The werewolves in this series are fairly idealised and a bit like those in Twilight (shock, horror, gasp) as much of the negatives surrounding their condition have been removed. We are left with sexy, strong, possessive and charming men who are exceptional lovers. They don’t struggle with their shift, have a predilection for raw meat and the associated bad breath or even have fight to the death battles. It helps put the novel firmly in the light paranormal romance category. Including a sasquatch pair was a nice touch and made me wonder what other supernatural creatures lurk in this world.
I enjoyed this book a little more than the first as it is fun, flirty and funny. It was able to capitalise on the world building from A Werewolf in Manhattan. The plot could have been rounded out further as could the characters but sex scenes were suitably sexy (Roark’s stamina is truly prodigious) and there were sasquatch. Q.E.D. It isn’t necessary to read the first book but it will help you understand the werewolf pack customs a bit better.
Random musing – while pondering the appropriate plural of bigfoot I remembered a conversation with my old Latin lecturer who was outraged over the plural of platypus being discussed as platypuses or even platypi. It is actually platapodes and in a similar vein, more than one octopus should be octopodes. These might look like Latin words but actually stem from the Greek root -pus which means foot and the plural of that is -podes. Ha!