Series: Half Moon Hollow #5
Published by Pocket Books on July 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Winthrop's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.
Fortunately, Anna's dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she's stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner-or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they're not out of the woods yet...
An improvement over the THE SINGLE UNDEAD MOMS CLUB, WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE starts to bring the Half-Moon Hollow series back to where I want it to be - funny, lighthearted and a nice little escape read.
Since WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE took place mostly away from Half-Moon Hollow, the reader isn't inundated with characters from previous books (though there's a little of that at the end). We get the opportunity to know Anna and Finn on their own merits, not on what we might have known about them from previous books. Though Anna is a new character to the series, Finn has appeared before, and I'll be honest, I couldn't remember much about him. As a result, WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE felt a little like a fresh new start to the series.
There were some things that bugged me a bit about the book though - Anna's seeming knowledge of how to survive in all kinds of situations didn't manage to keep her from making some stupid decisions. And there were a lot of surviving in the woods type scenes, the kind of thing that felt a little to me like I was watching Survivor on TV, and just couldn't look away. Which is fine, but also felt seriously implausible. Basically, not only did I have to suspend disbelief that this was a world where vampires existed, but I had to suspend disbelief that this was a world where a practically agoraphobic archivist could make it in nature without any supplies (and manage to keep hold of the book the whole time? Come on).
But, all that being said, I enjoyed Anna and Finn's romance. And I liked Finn having to earn his redemption, and I thought the final scene was amusing. There were a lot of funny high points in WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE, and if you're new to the series, this might be a good place to start since there's minimal knowledge of the previous characters of the series. WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE definitely fits the bill for a cute paranormal romance, and I am looking forward to seeing the improvement in the series continue.Series Titles:
- The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
- A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses - 4/5
- The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire - 3/5
- The Single Undead Moms Club - 2/5
- Where the Wild Things Bite