Review: Werewolf Sings the Blues (A Midnight Magic Mystery #2) by Jennifer Harlow

April 4, 2014 Review 0

Review: Werewolf Sings the Blues (A Midnight Magic Mystery #2) by Jennifer HarlowWerewolf Sings the Blues by Jennifer Harlow
Series: A Midnight Magic Mystery #2
Published by Midnight Ink on March 8, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 351
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Frequent references to sexual contact, sex scenes, references to and "off-camera" implied rape
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

If Vivian’s life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues

Pushin’ Thirty (Hard Life Takes Its Toll)
Singer Going Nowhere Fast
Mysterious Stalker Got a Hold on Me
Bullets, Blood, and Fur
Long Lost Werewolf Daddy Done Me Wrong
Ain’t No Pack War Gonna Keep Me Down
Love on the Run (feat. Sexy Jason)
Melting in His Icy Eyes
She’s No Good (Born Under a Bad Moon)
Don’t Let Her Song Be Cut Short
Livin’ La Vida Werewolf (Bonus Track)

While serving up her usual mystery, romance and humor, Harlow's second Midnight Magic Mystery, WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES, failed to live up to my (admittedly high) expectations. I loved WHAT'S A WITCH TO DO, and was hoping for more of the same here. Unfortunately, Vivian was a hard character for me to like, and I couldn't get into the developing relationship, making it hard to enjoy the book.

Part of the issue - and this is definitely a personal preference thing, in my opinion - is the relationship Vivian develops is with her adopted brother, Jason. They weren't raised together, and they're not blood related, but whenever two characters call the same guy "dad, " in my opinion they should not be sleeping together. If that kind of thing doesn't bother you, though, you will likely have an easier time with WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES. The other issue I had was that the book was divided into two sections, a road trip section and a "home" section. With the road trip being first, we didn't get the usual ensemble cast like in the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad books or WHAT'S A WITCH TO DO. The focus was nearly entirely on Vivian and Jason, and in my opinion, wasn't as entertaining as when there is a whole werewolf pack in the picture. Plus Vivian is a very multi-faceted character, which is good, but there were some aspects of her personality that rubbed me the wrong way. Sometimes she felt a little too pushy and disrespectful of Jason's boundaries, which was bothersome.

WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES definitely had its good parts. In the beginning, Vivian was a bit frustrating, but that only made her character growth that much more compelling, as the reader sees her transition from beginning to end. Her interactions with her new-found family are endearing and enjoyable to see. There was also lots of action, and I felt some of the book had a total action movie vibe, with car chases and scenes of people sneaking around armed guards.  Once the pace picked up in part two, the book didn't let up, which made the awkward moments in part one more worth it. Plus, a cameo by Mona was fun - I felt like I was in on a secret, since this book is chronologically earlier than WHAT'S A WITCH TO DO.

WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES takes place nine years before WHAT'S A WITCH TO DO, and the series coexists with the F.R.E.A.K.S. series, so I'm really curious to see where Harlow goes next with both series. While this installment of the Midnight Magic Mystery series may not be my favorite, Harlow's writing doesn't disappoint, and I'm still solidly a Harlow fan.

Series Titles:
  1. What's a Witch to Do? - 3/5
  2. Werewolf Sings the Blues
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