Review: Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper

Reviewed by Sara

Love and Other Wild Things is book 2 in Molly Harper’s Mystic Bayou series and is based on the Audible Original audiobook of the same name. This Paranormal Romance follows energy witch, Danica Teal, who has relocated to Mystic Bayou to help The League, an international body that governs all supernaturals and their relationships with non-supernatural, get more information on and calm the recently turbulent rift. The rift, a energy source that drew the first supernatural inhabitants of Mystic Bayou to the remote Louisiana countryside, has become destabilized. It’s tearing and it’s have a negative impact on the townsfolk, both supernatural and mundane. Danica has the abilities to work with the rift and she needs the funds from her work to help save her grandfather’s farm. What Danica isn’t prepared for is a potential romance with Mystic Bayou’s mayor and bear shifter, Zed Berend, or having to deal with some seriously deadly office politics.

Zed Berend loves the ladies, but he falls head over heels for Danica the first time he lays eyes on her and her collection of llama novelty T-shirts. The trick for Zed will be trying to woo Danica into more than a sex-only relationship. As if that’s not tricky enough, he’s also got a town to run, a murderer to protect Danica from and his mother has started dating again. Zed might present as a pretty and simple country bumpkin, but there’s nothing simple about his life or the lengths he’ll go to for the town and people he loves.

There are things I really liked about Love and Other Wild Things. Molly Harper writes witty and often times, genuinely hilarious dialogue. The way her characters speak and their reactions always make me wish I could hang out with them. They seem like my kind of people. I also, really enjoy her character development. Nobody’s character is perfect, but neither are they so flawed their redemption seems too ridiculously easy. Both Danica and Zed, along with the host of side characters, seem normal, like people you might know or have in your own family. They have flaws and foibles, deal with cynicism and regrets, and just want a better life for the people they love, even if one is an energy witch and the other a bear shifter.

My issues with Love and Other Wild Things are pretty minor. I found the pacing of the book to be quite quick. I’m a fast reader and when I’m enjoying a book I can go through it quite quickly, but I felt like Love and Other Wild Things had the pace of a runaway train and was almost dragging me along with it. From Zed and Danica’s first kiss to the book’s climax, events and revelations occured at a breakneck speed that left me asking, “Is that it?” when I got to the end. Coupled with this was that, for those of us reading on a Kindle,  Love and Other Wild Things finishes at the 71% mark. Again, I was “flipping” pages trying to figure out where the rest of the book was. It wasn’t that the ending wasn’t satisfactory, it was, it’s just that between the fast pace of the novel and the 71% indicator on the bottom of my Kindle app, I was expecting more.

Love and Other Wild Things was originally presented as an Audible audiobook and this may be why I had some issues with the pacing and ending when reading it on my Kindle. Aside from these minor complaints, I really enjoyed Love and Other Wild Things and the world and characters created by Molly Harper.   

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

Love and Other Wild Things
by Molly Harper
Release Date: March 19, 2019

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