Series: Billionaire Wolf #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Incorporated on July 5th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kim
First in a BRAND NEW SERIES from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear, queen of shapeshifter romance. Real estate mogul werewolf Rafe Denali didn't get where he is in life by being a pushover. When sexy she-wolf Jade Ashton nearly drowns in the surf outside his beach house, he knows better than to bring her into his home and his heart. But there's something about her that brings out his strongest instincts...
Rafe has good reason to be suspicious. Jade Ashton and her baby son are pawns in an evil wolf's fatal plan. How can Jade betray the gorgeous man who rescued her? But if she doesn't, her baby will die, and her own life hangs in the balance... To get to the truth, Rafe is going to have to gain Jade's trust. If he can do that, he just might be her last-and best-hope...
This book was almost entertaining, but between the blatant use of romance tropes and the saccharine quality of the plot with made my stomach turn, I was annoyed with it by the time I put it down. If this was the first paranormal romance book I’d ever read, I would have never picked up another.
Werewolves not necessary to this story, and it would have probably been an okay suspense romance without it - in fact, it probably would have been better for me. The key mythology issue was so badly introduced that I didn’t really understand any of the characters’ motivations for the first half of the book. The mating and shifting rules were also odd. It felt to me like the author was trying to be original, but original doesn’t always mean it makes any sense.
There were so many tropes that you could see coming that it made reading predictable and really hurt the experience. Introduction of 4 other charming bachelor werewolf millionaires? I get it, it’s a series, they’ll all fall in love in the next books. They all love the little boy instantly? I get it, kids are adorable. Does he cause trouble that could seriously injure everyone he lives with and get himself killed? Oh, he thought he was helping, how cute, let’s not shout at him.
The author tries to convince us that Rafe is a normal guy despite all his money, but the second half of the book is devoted to Rafe buying all sorts of super expensive things for Jade and her son, He takes them to Disneyland and to zoos while there is active threat on the child’s life. It was honestly distracting after the third or fourth shopping trip; oh, is Jade is arguing that she doesn’t need it but he buys two of them again? Of course. Is she going to decide that he was right, it’s gorgeous and she should keep it? Of course.
They set up her son’s room with a crazy bunk bed, and buy him all the toys he wants, in a way that would create a spoiled terror. The other guys, all bachelors who overnight became the most awesome babysitting uncles ever, kept plying him with promises of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoons and ice cream to keep him busy while his mom went and got busy.
Writing children’s dialogue that is believable isn’t easy, and writing a toddler must be even harder. The really jarring and annoying about Jade’s son was that his voice wasn’t consistent. He sometimes sounded like a real three year old, but more of the time he just gave me the impression of a whiny six or seven year old.
BILLIONAIRE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING was basically a single mom werewolf fantasy: she finds a guy who loves her almost instantly, who marries her, who accepts and loves her son, and then he buys them all sorts of stuff and takes them on fancy trips. In the space of a couple weeks. Oh, and he’s a werewolf with hot werewolf friends. Only worth reading if you have a few hours to kill on the beach. It won’t be something you think about the next day.More Reviews:
- For exciting modern werewolf suspense stories, try the SWAT (Secret Wolf Alpha Team) novels by Paige Tyler or the Moon Shifter series by Katie Reus instead.