Review: Werewolf in Alaska (Wild About You,#5) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

June 29, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★

Review: Werewolf in Alaska (Wild About You,#5) by Vicki Lewis ThompsonWerewolf in Alaska by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Series: Wild About You,#5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet Select on July 2, 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars
Sexual Content: Two sex scenes
He’s a lone wolf—for now.

In Polecat, Alaska, Rachel Miller and Jake Hunter have a mutual admiration for each other—from across a lake. There’s nothing Rachel likes more than spying on the very fit wilderness guide when he skinny-dips each night. And Jake has always been curious about his reclusive artist neighbor. He even bought Rachel’s first wood carving: a wolf who looks suspiciously like him...

Jake is a werewolf, but not just any werewolf. He’s the founder of WARM (Werewolves Against Random Mating). And that means a human like Rachel is off-limits, no matter how attractive he finds her.

But when Rachel is threatened by a bear, and Jake shifts to save her, their lives collide with an intense passion, one that could change everything they’ve ever felt about themselves—and each other...

The setting is perfect for WEREWOLF IN ALASKA.  With its vast untamed wilderness it almost asks to have a bunch of werewolves wandering around it. It also does an excellent job of portraying the tiny towns in Alaska where everyone knows everyone’s business. Aside from the wonderful setting, the story is charming with a fun, light plot and really likeable characters.

While there were many fun moments between Jake and Rachel the most hilarious scenes involve Rachel taking care of Jake while he is in werewolf form after the unfortunate bear incident. Jake’s slow realization about his feelings for Rachel--which contradict his WARM organization's beliefs--was fascinating to see. Jake goes through so many mental loops denying his feelings and then feeling guilty about them that I was actually pretty worried he would talk himself out of even trying to be with Rachel.

Most of WEREWOLF IN ALASKA is about Jake and Rachel coming to terms with each other and learning about who they are (which in itself was nice to read), though I would have liked the characters to have more direct contact with WARM to get the sense that they were an actual immediate threat. When there is an actual physical threat (aside from the bear) towards the end of the book I was pretty underwhelmed by it and guessed pretty accurately that this conflict would be resolved very very quickly.

The conflict in WEREWOLF IN ALASKA isn’t particularly interesting but the getting-to-know-you moments between Rachel and Jake made up for it in spades. Like the rest of the Wild About You series, WEREWOLF IN ALASKA makes a wonderful beach read.

Series Titles:
1. A Werewolf in Manhatten 2. Werewolf in the North Woods 3. Werewolf in Seattle 4. Werewolf in Denver
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