Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review - Flirting Under A Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase

 Flirting Under A Full Moon
Ashlyn Chase
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
April 2014

Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase is a light-hearted paranormal romance that offers a small mystery as well as a host of comedic paranormal complications.

Brandee Hanson, a human working as a barmaid at Boston Uncommon Bar gets dumped once again and this time it's by text message. But Sadie, the bar's resident psychic tells her that her true love could be the next man to walk through the door.  Unfortunately, that man is 'One-Night Nick' Wolfensen, the hunky, commitment-phobic, ex-police officer turned private investigator.

Nick is a werewolf and he, like many other paranormal types, frequents Anthony the vampire's bar that is neutral territory where all non-human races can come and relax without worrying about their various paranormal prejudices. Nick has just been hired to locate the kidnapped fire mage daughter of the mayor. Nick has had a rule about women. He makes no promises and he wants no attachments because he's looking for his true mate. Brandee intrigues him though he isn't sure why.

A few days later, Nick is offered the job of finding the kidnapped daughter of the town mayor. The job is on the hush because the girl is a fire mage and neither the mayor nor the Chief of Police want it known that she's been taken. Nick consults Sadie, the bar psychic, who tells Nick the child is someplace in the theater district. Brandee overhears this conversation and immediately knows the missing child is her cousin, Katie. When she follows him to the theater district, she unwittingly observes him shifting to his wolf form, thus involving her in a world of paranormal creatures that she hadn't even known about.

This leads to far more complications. Among them, angering Mother Nature who is in charge of the paranormal creatures; having her memory wiped by the bar's owner Nick, the vampire, and, of course, falling for one hunk of a werewolf.

I have to admit, I was growing more annoyed each time Brandee gave one of her odd exclamations, ie "Oh my pickled herring." "Oh my heartbreak." "Oh my female gigolo." "Oh my wendigo." … You get the picture. I know it was supposed to be cute but after a short while I was 'Oh my gag me with a spoon' and 'Oh my rip my face off, stop talking like that.' Your mileage may vary.

That said, the story was interesting and fun and I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did. It also connects to Ashlyn's Strange Neighbors series since Nick is the twin brother of Konrad, the werewolf but it isn't necessary to read the other books to enjoy this one. 

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