Excerpt from Amazon
The last thing Colin McDowell wants is to inherit his Aunt Geraldine’s mansion in the San Juan islands off the coast of Washington. As the pack leader of the Trevelyans in Scotland, he had little time to travel halfway around the world to take care of his inheritance.
But the trip takes a pleasant turn when he meets Luna Reynaud, the young secretary his aunt hired shortly before she died. He isn’t sure which surprises him more -Luna’s clever plan for turning the mansion into a resort of the fact that she’s drop-dead gorgeous. Both intrigue him-until he learns that Luna is only a half-breed. There’s no way a pack leader can mate with a woman who’s partly human…or is there?
Before I Proceed
One of the things I like about book club is that each month a new person picks a book, so we always get something different. This month’s pick was definitely that! The friend that picked it tends to pick books set locally (which I love), and ones that are a little more lighthearted (which I also love). She had no idea how lighthearted this one would be, and I think she was thinking it would be more Twilight less..um..Harlequin Romance. What do you get when you mix a bawdry romance novel with a Werewolf Tale? Our deep and complex January book club read! :). In all seriousness, with what life has thrown me this last couple of weeks I don’t think I could have handled our usual sad-yet-meaningful novels. This one got me out of my head a bit and worked out just fine:).
I feel like it’s a stretch discussing plot and themes but away we go!
- Let’s just go ahead and state the obvious, sex. This is a romance novel. The twist? Some of the scenes may have been in werewolf form :-o.
- The need to belong /what is family
- Prejudice/belief systems
I think that’s about as much as I can stretch it:).
Crazy enough, there were no discussion questions to go along with this book ;). Jennie did a great job of making up her own, and my favorite was the use of this visual aide below.
If you had to pick a Werewolf, which one would you choose?
Deep questions for a deep book!
In discussing the questions we were pretty much all in agreement that a lot of the main character’s actions were completely unrealistic. That leads to the point or problem of reading these type of novels at a younger time in life, because they can set up impossible expectations. I remember going through a romance novel phase (until my mom confiscated them all) in 6th grade, and although they seemed to have more of a plot to my 12-year-old mind than this book, they definitely set me up for disappointment. Then again, most romantic comedies, fairy tales, and our culture as a whole does the same thing.
We also agreed that the book seemed pretty choppy, the author would spend a lot of time on something and then seem to abruptly drop it. I thought that the climax of the book (no pun intended) felt rushed, and the least amount of time was spent on the most important parts.
We really didn’t spend a lot of time discussing the werewolf aspect :).
A fun departure from the norm, but not enough to throw me back into the realm of romance novels. Although I do have a sudden urge to watch Twilight…:)
Angie grants 2 out of 5 Halos to this book!