Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Pack and Coven

Reviewed by Jen
Harry is an independent werewolf, who has no desire to join a pack. But the local female alpha has different ideas. After her husband gets carted off to jail, she tries to force Harry to step up. He doesn't have many options, until June steps forward.

June is a witch, but her kind keep their existence a closely guarded secret. In fact, she has hidden behind the disguise of an old woman for years. She and Harry have been close friends, but he had no idea about who she really was or what she really looked like.

The story basically follows the pair as they first try to escape, and then try to hide from the pack. During their time together, their long-standing affection turns into more. There's some sex to spice things up and there's some shifter violence too. But try as I might, I just couldn't connect with this story. Maybe it's because it was hard for me to believe how quickly Harry was able to shift his feelings from his elderly friend to the sexy witch he wants to get busy with. Maybe it was the way June kept acting like an old lady throughout the first half of the book, worrying about her housecleaning and clucking over bad language.

I don't know. The relationship just didn't feel real, despite the characters' history. The villain was one dimensional. The coven members came off as clumsy and stupid. They weren't likable. The pack wasn't likable. And the ending was rushed.

I'll give the author credit for an interesting and original take on the origins of her witches. But this book was just not a good fit for me. 2 1/2 stars.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

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Pack and Coven
by Jody Wallace
Release Date: February 20, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press

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At Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:19:00 AM CST , Blogger Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

That stinks. It sounded like it had promise to be good. I would probably have the same problems as you.
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At Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:21:00 AM CST , Blogger Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

On another note... how are you reading Darkest Seduction... I thought it didn't come out until the 28th? Or did I get my dates wrong?

At Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:29:00 AM CST , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I got an Advanced Reading Copy from Harlequin. It does come out on 2/28.


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