Review: Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase

Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase
Series:  Flirting with Fangs (# 1)
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 352
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That’s it—she’s officially done with men. Unfortunately, she’s just been told her “soul mate” is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.

Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she’s the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she’s about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

 

Review: I usually enjoy a good paranormal story concept. Going by the title I thought I may have found a good paranormal romance. But….

Brandee an aspiring photographer works as a waitress as Boston Uncommon. Coming from a bad breakup she really isn’t in the market for another relationship. So she decides to swear of men. Sadie the resident psychic lets Brandee know that the next man through the door is her true love. A skeptic Brandee takes what Sadie says in stride because through the door comes Nick. Or as he is known by everyone as ‘One Night’ Nick, love em’ and leave em’. Nick is also an ex-cop turned PI.

I loved the whole concept behind this story. Boston Uncommon is a safe haven where those that are paranormal have a place to hang out with others of their kind. I liked that the bar is owned by a Vampire and that werewolves, shape shifters, wizards, witches and so on could come and put things aside and be friends somewhat. What didn’t work for me was that humans worked there and were oblivious to those around them being paranormal. To me I would have thought that they could come and be safe in their own skin and not have worries. Yet things were still secretive so what it the purpose of said Safe Haven. The characters weren’t real strong in their own right. I think too many were introduced at one time therefore giving into the fact that the main ones weren’t developed that well. A brief introduction on some of the characters would have been fine than develop more in the next story and so on as the whole bar idea is definitely a winner.

I also felt that the dialogue was a bit forced and unnatural at times. Nick seemed kind of like a Neanderthal most times. What with things like; ‘hun’, ‘babe’ after just starting to form a relationship. ( I think I would punch him if he spoke to me in that manner.) For what should have been more Alpha male he wasn’t. I really didn’t feel the chemistry/spark needed to move this relationship along.

Overall I enjoyed the story line but would have liked more focus on Nick and Brandee’s relationship and less on some of the other characters and story lines that the author was trying to introduce.