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Review: A Werewolf in Manhattan

January 6, 2011

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A Werewolf in Manhattan
Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson
Publisher: NAL Signet Eclipse
Pub. Date: January 4, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0451232472
Retail: $7.99

Emma Gavin writes bestselling novels about werewolves, but that doesn’t mean she believes in them — and she certainly doesn’t think she’ll meet one. But that’s exactly what happens when her books catch the attention of a rich and powerful pack of Manhattan Weres, who have kept their existence hidden for centuries. Alarmed by the accuracy of her novels, they’re determined to find out if a renegade is acting as her informant.

Aidan Wallace, the pack leader’s son and heir, knows he’s the wolf for the job, but when he gets close to Emma, they are both surprised by an attraction too strong to deny. To surrender to it, Aidan will have to risk everything— including the security of the pack he’s sworn to protect…


“Wanting her was dangerous. She was not of his kind, and if she learned what he was, she could put the pack at risk. Yet desire waylaid him each time he caught her scent.”~ book excerpt

Emma Gavin writes about werewolves. Her novels are so close to the truth that they’ve garnered the attention of Aidan Wallace, werewolf extraordinaire. When a renegade werewolf sends suggestive messages with an underlying hint of violence, Aidan acts as Emma’s bodyguard to send a warning to the errant wolf with ties to Aidan’s family.

Things go awry when Emma incites Aidan’s mating urge. Aidan is betrothed to another by means of a treaty between packs. He can’t risk breaking the engagement for a joining with a human without jeopardizing the peace. Besides, Emma doesn’t know that he’s exactly what she’s been writing about.

Aidan captured my heart with his fierce loyalty, torn between his obligation to his pack and loving the woman who should be his mate, but cannot. He’s indulgent and protective of Emma and clearly makes some decisions based on emotion rather than logic.

As for Emma, I didn’t fall in love with her character because she was a bit stereotypical– an introverted writer with a love for chocolate and coffee, and not as dimensional or multi-faceted as Aidan. However, Emma is spunky, quirky. Not much else in the way of personality, except for her sincere compassion for Aidan’s predicament.

A Werewolf in Manhattan is definitely Aidan’s story. His character is the one who grows and matures. There wasn’t much development in Emma. Her character remained static as the story progresses. I realize that generally only one character undergoes considerable change, but I would like to have seen Emma experience some transformation in her journey. After all, I would imagine that finding out werewolves are “real” would inspire some sort of character change since it challenges a belief system.

Despite my initial reservations about a romance writer heroine, this story was engaging enough that I forgot about my initial prejudices. And all though I longed for something more substantial from Emma, A Werewolf in Manhattan was an enjoyable, sometimes laugh out loud, comedic read. I went through it in one sitting and was smiling when I reached The End.

NYT bestselling author, Vicki Lewis Thompson kicks off her new Wild About You series with A Werewolf in Manhattan’s debut. A snippet of what’s to come in the second installment was included in the ARC and of course I couldn’t resist the teaser. I’m happy to say that the series definitely appears promising.

Rating: 7 (Good)

Heat Level: 5 (Scorching)

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Reviewed by: Kristal Lee

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  1. I enjoy Vicki Lewis Thompson’s books, she has a great sense of humor in her stories. I’ve been looking forward to the release of the first of her new Wild About You series, I know I’ll love it.

  2. I’ll try just about any werewolf story so I’m definitely interested in reading this one, especially if it is a lighter read.

  3. I have never read any of Vicki’s book but this sounds really good.

  4. Ooooh, I love these kinds of romances! Thanks for the were-giveaway!

  5. I have never red Vicki’s books either. I love paranormal romance and this one sounds like the exact type I like! I’m adding it to my list! Thanks!

  6. I love her books, I’ve been anxiously awaiting this one coming out. I can’t wait to read it.

  7. This looks like a great book. I love the conflict of love versus duty especially when it involves paranormal-human relationships. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I enjoy Vicki Lewis Thompson’s books. Although I enjoy the darker paranormals, it is nice to read something a bit lighter at times. MS. Thompson writes with a sense of humor I enjoy. It is too bad you don’t feel Emma grew enough. I’ll have to read it to see if I agree.
    Thanks for the review.

  9. I haven’t read any of Vicki Lewis Thompson’s books, but I’d love to read this one! The paranormals I read are usually not so lighthearted, so I could use a change of pace. 😀 Thank you for the review!

  10. I love Vicki’s books so I’m looking forward to this one, especially after your review.

  11. I’ve read several Thompson contemporaries (DRIVE ME CRAZY, WANTED!, CLAIMED!, NOTORIOUS) and enjoyed them. This one sounds interesting and would be a departure from my usual reading.

  12. This review really captured my attention and I loved the premise of this book. I am getting this book.

  13. I heard about her Nerd series but haven’t read them. Vicki is a new to me author but this book sounds amazing!
    I really love werewolf stories so please, count me in. Thanks.

  14. Sounds like my kind of book. Would love to read it.

  15. This book has been on my radar. I’d want to read it!

  16. It sounds great and I adore the cover

  17. I have to say this is definitely not a book that I would have picked up for the cover or title. I am not overly drawn to either, but your review has definitely sold the book to me…adding it to my long growing list.

  18. I’ve always enjoyed Vicki Lewis Thompsons’ sense of humor and this one looks like it will be a wonderful read. I haven’t read that many books about werewolves so would like to give this one a try.

  19. I love Vicki. Can’t wait to read “A Werewolf in Manhattan”.

  20. Vicki does, indeed, write some good stuff and this book is no exception. Would love to have a copy in my hot, little hands! LOL

  21. Kristal great review! Sounds like an interesting read!

  22. I love all of vicki’s book. Can not wait to get this one.

  23. I haven’t read any of her books. This one definately seems up my alley. Would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. I’ve also enjoyed everything that I’ve read by Vicki Lewis Thompson! Your review sounds like this is another winner.

  25. Werewolves… Manhattan… two things I love. Sounds good to me :)

  26. I love werewolves and this books is right up my alley. I look forward in reading it.

  27. I love this author. I’m looking forward to this one.

  28. Thanks fr the review. Sounds really good. Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. I’ve always wanted to read a Vicki Lewis Thompson book because alot of her books look really funny and enjoyable. A WEREWOLF IN MANHATTAN looks like a great book. I like the idea of a romance writer heroine. And I like Manhattan too!

    Thanks for the review Kristal Lee!

    And thanks for another great giveaway!

  30. Every time I look at that cover I think there is a ghostly guy floating where the lamppost is. I have to do a double take.

  31. Me, too, Brandy! This book doessound good.

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