Werewolf boy next door – check. Big girl who happens to be a werewolf – check. Friends to lovers – check. Convenient marriage – check. Psycho ex-girlfriend – check. These are all the makings of a fun story except somewhere along the line, I didn’t like this story as much as I anticipated. This is the 3rd story in the Seattle Wolf Pack series and my first story by Kristin Miller. Even though I didn’t read the first 2 stories, I thought the blurb interesting enough that I would take the chance and just do it. It read fine as a stand-alone because the entire story line was about this couple, no side stories or parts of the story that I didn’t understand. I just didn’t find the story to be all that much fun and it was all because I didn’t like either of the main characters.
Carter Griffin is an enforcer for the Seattle Wolf Pack and he’s up for a promotion for the second time. This time he gets the heads up from the boss that the only way he’s going to get the promotion is if he’s married (to his mate preferably). His competition for the position announces that he’s getting married the following weekend so Carter does the only thing he can think of – he lies. Faith Hamilton is a dog trainer and lives next door to Carter. They’re the best of friends and Carter spends a lot of time over at Faith’s house. She’s just found out that her brother wants to transfer to Yale and there’s no way that she can put him through that post graduate program on her salary as a dog trainer and the piddly funds she gets from her dog training advice blog. Her only solution is to accept Carter ‘proposal’ to get married after which he’ll give her the money for Yale.
I wanted to like these two, but they don’t talk. If they had said out-loud what they said inside their heads, the chemistry would have worked much better for me. Faith’s constant acceptance of anything Carter told her was annoying. She would internally question what he had to say then she would do what he wanted anyway. There were moments where I thought she wouldn’t, but then those were short lived and my frustration with her continued to grow.
The amount of devotion she had for him was undeserving as I didn’t see what he’d done for her that was so special. Yes, they were friends and I didn’t see where he went out of his way to be anything other than a friend to her. But if I listened to Faith, he was the best thing since sliced bread – except for the amount of women he dated and slept with. How was she in love with this guy when he couldn’t keep his fly zipped?
And let me not get started on her brother – total jerk. How could you not know that your sister didn’t have the financial means to put you through Yale?! How caught up in your own world are you that you don’t see that? How about you just man the f-up and get loans and jobs like the rest of us and put yourself through school – I hope he’s book smart because he’s dumb as hell when it comes to common sense. And Faith’s an idiot for letting him do that do her. That storyline really got my goat.
There was nothing about Faith and Carter’s chemistry that I found romantic. Carter had a lot of misgivings about another marriage because his first wife cheated on him and he was understandably worried about that happening again. What I didn’t understand was why he would think that Faith, who didn’t even date, was just like his wife. She gave absolutely no signs of being that way. Those inconsistencies threw me off. But again, I think those things could have been addressed as a couple but the inner dialogue kept coming and the misunderstandings kept coming – especially from Carter. He was the more immature of the two even though he was much older than Faith. There was a specific scene when Carter rejected Faith (I don’t care what excuse he had) that made me actually put the book down for a while.
I expected some mystery or suspense but there was none of that just these two and their issues. For as long as this story was, the ending happened really quick and left me feeling ‘meh’. Like I said, I wanted to like this story much more that I did.
Happy Reading folks!
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So I Married a Werewolf
by Kristin Miller
Release Date: July 28, 2014