Plot Summary: Elizabeth Young has an old and interesting family. Her brothers are vampires, and she's been a werewolf for nearly 200 years. She ran away from her cruel mate, Brody, and she's researching cures to her `problem,' but nothing feels right. Elizabeth has been inexplicably edgy and anxious, and when she spots Jensen Adler in a bar one night, her hormones take over. She uses this mortal man (every guy should be so lucky) and then vows to never see him again, but like moths to the flame, they both feel drawn to each other. At first, their relationship is all about physical gratification, but the romance blossoms despite their mutual reluctance. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's werewolf mate has tracked her down, and she's part of his plan to gain control of their pack.
Everything worked well here, but I just wasn't wowed into giving this book a higher rating. I enjoyed the read, but I don't think I'll remember it down the road, which puts it firmly in the category of nice, but forgettable. Based on the cover art, and the allusions to excessive body-hair problems for a female werewolf, I had high hopes that this would be a romantic comedy, but no, the humor was thin at best.
The romance took center stage, and I give Kathy Love props for keeping it rolling even though the characters did the wild monkey dance before they knew each other's names. Usually I prefer to see a slow build up to the big climax, so to speak, but this relationship was worked in reverse, and I have no complaints in this case. Elizabeth's wolf-in-heat condition literally transforms her proper good-girl personality into a wanton dominatrix, and like any red-blooded American male, Jensen's bits are along for the ride, even if his brain hasn't caught up yet.
Both characters do more self-flagellation over their respective pasts than I thought was absolutely necessary, but the story was light on angst, so I guess it had to come from somewhere. The bad guy, Brody, was too one-dimensional to make him anything more than a weak boogeyman from the past, and Elizabeth's former pack makes a regretfully brief (blink and you'll miss it) appearance. I thought a lot more could have been drawn from the evil mate and former pack material, and it felt like a missed opportunity.