Category Romance, Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Ebook $2.99 (208 pages, COVET)
CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.
What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…
Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.
Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…
When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.
Author Site: kristinmiller.net
A Feminist PNR Lover's Dream (5 stars)
Emelia Hudson, the free-spirited owner of Seattle bar the Knight Owl, isn't about to let her struggling business be ripped out from under her by some stuffed suit who claims to now own it. Taking matters into her own hands she gets herself hired at his company with plans to get to him and convince him he's made a mistake. Alpha werewolf and CEO, Drake Wilder, gave up looking for his mate years ago... until she popped up in his life in the guise of his secretary dressed up as little red riding hood and helping herself to the good stuff in his wine cellar.
When Drake's twin brother finds out that he has found his mate he will stop at nothing to stop the pair from making a permanent bond. If Drake and Emelia sort out their differences and tie themselves together, all of their father's wealth—and leadership of their pack—will be his... and his twin won't take that without a fight.
My followers know that I'm not your typical paranormal romance fan. I don't like the alpha male type that is the standard of the genre, especially in werewolf stories. Why? I recently put my finger on it and the fact is... I'm a feminist when it comes to paranormal worlds. I want the heroine to be the hero's equal and for him to acknowledge it in some way. As soon as they heroes start saying "Mine!", I start hating the book. But Miller goes one further here. Not only is Emelia no shrinking flower against Drake's alpha werewolf personality, she's perfectly okay with wanting him while unwilling to give up what's important to her. I absolutely loved Emelia and as the climax of the story unfolded, Drake won me over too.
As far as the plot goes... it was a little cliche, predictable, and has been done enough to be the weakest part of the story. The world building is mild, no big crazy curveballs or confusing terminology, just a straight-foward what-you-see-is-what-you-get type werewolf mythos, it's perfect for a category romance offering like this. The love scenes were scorching! If you like your romance smutty you're gonna be a GONE WITH THE WOLF fan.
Overall, this is a great category paranormal romance with a strong feminist thread that really sets it apart from many of it's genre mates. It's sexy, smart, and just cheesy enough to fit nicely in the category romance niche. A RhiReading recommended read if you enjoy these elements.
Notes: ARC received via publisher.
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