After a slow start and some scrambling to get necessary details that helped to clear up the question about Vivian’s bad attitude, the story moved into a fast-paced road story, light on the mystery but very heavy on action, violence and substance abuse. While I haven’t read any other books by this author, nor had I read the first in this series, all of the information needed to find my way in this story was provided, and I didn’t end with great gaps of information.
Vivian has issues, LOTS of issues: anger with her father’s desertion, hurt from her mother’s disinterest and a penchant for self-medicating with whatever is at hand. She was a difficult character to not want to shake; she should have dealt with all of these issues, and understood that singing is not a stress free career choice long ago. Instead, she seems to work to make others uncomfortable with her self-centered and spoiled reactions. Her only redeeming feature early on was the fact that she is aware of her immersion in the all things HER world, even if it took some time before she actually did anything about it.
Her kidnapper/protector on this cross country journey is her suspected stalker, Jason, a member of her father’s pack. Oh, did I forget to mention that she’s a werewolf? And that her father, the same man who deserted her as a child is the alpha, AND there is a war between two packs in which she may be the one thing to end it? Yeah. Lots going on and not enough solid information to make the story or the plot feel plausible.
Now that she knows Jason is not a stalker however, the romantic attraction between the two starts, as Vivian slowly starts to grow into a woman that one could spend time with and NOT have the urge to muzzle her. There were some ends left untied, but there wasn’t really a mystery here, and I was left rather wondering just where the story was meant to go. It was a paranormal that was leaning to the Urban Fantasy side of the spectrum, but never quite grounded itself in either.
Title: Werewolf Sings the Blues
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The last thing Vivian needs is to be thrust into a werewolf war
If Vivian Dahl's life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues. She's pushing thirty, her singing career is going nowhere, and the partying lifestyle is taking its toll. Plus, a mysterious man is stalking her. But when she's abducted from a singing gig, Vivian is surprised to see her stalker become her savior. Jason is her werewolf rescuer sent by the biological father who abandoned her as a baby. Finding herself on the run, Vivian drives across America with the enigmatic Jason and learns about the werewolf war her father's pack is caught in. Now that an opposing pack has targeted her, Jason will stop at nothing to make sure Vivian's song isn't cut short.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.