Werewolf in Alaska by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Series: Wild About You #5
Published by Signet
Published on: July 2, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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He’s a lone wolf—for now.
In Polecat, Alaska, Rachel Miller and Jake Hunter have a mutual admiration for each other—from across a lake. There’s nothing Rachel likes more than spying on the very fit wilderness guide when he skinny-dips each night. And Jake has always been curious about his reclusive artist neighbor. He even bought Rachel’s first wood carving: a wolf who looks suspiciously like him...
Jake is a werewolf, but not just any werewolf. He’s the founder of WARM (Werewolves Against Random Mating). And that means a human like Rachel is off-limits, no matter how attractive he finds her.
But when Rachel is threatened by a bear, and Jake shifts to save her, their lives collide with an intense passion, one that could change everything they’ve ever felt about themselves—and each other...
Generally speaking I’m not a huge fan of insta-love because the relationships that usually follow end up being less credible and feel somewhat shallow. But, the way Vicki Lewis Thompson handles quick romances in her Wild About You series is one of the main reasons why I keep coming back for more. Well, that and her werewolves of course! In this installment we visit Alaska, one of the most remote locations on the planet a.k.a paradise for weres.
As I mentioned earlier, no one does insta-love quite like Thompson. Jake and Rachel know each other but not really; they’ve been neighbours for three years and have secretly been crushing on one another without even realizing it. Because of this, it was easy to get swept away by their whirlwind romance even though their relationship went from 0 to 60 km/hr in the blink of an eye. With each new installment I read, I can’t help but marvel over how masterfully the author sets-up her main couple’s back story to help ensure that when the sparks finally do fly, readers don’t have any problem switching gears.
There are plenty of giggle worthy scenes in this novel which is yet another reason why I am a fan of this series. I’m always guaranteed to get at least get a couple of smiles out of every book. Like for instance, when Jake finally decides to put his moral qualms aside and have sex with a human, Rachel denies him because he refuses to use protection. First off, good for her! And second, I couldn’t help but chuckle at Hunter’s botched job of trying to explain to her that weres are immune to disease and can only get their mate pregnant. Yeah right! If that doesn’t sound like the werewolf equivalent of a BS line men feed women to get them into bed then I don’t know what does! Towards the end, there’s also a cute scene where Rachel is tending to Jake’s wounds while he’s stuck in wolf form and she gives him whiskey to help lessen the pain. I read a lot of werewolf fiction but this was a first for me; drunk and furry, what an unusual yet hilarious combination!
Rachel’s discovery of Jake’s werewolf side was also wildly entertaining. She’s an artist and therefore has a VERY active imagination. Hunter tries his best to keep her in the dark but her theories are far worse than reality so he has no choice but to come clean. I continue to enjoy the anti-werewolf/human mating sentiment that’s prevalent throughout this series although admittedly, I’m beginning to lose track of what all of the acronyms stand for. WOOF, WARM, HOWL… it’s all the same to me. I do love Thompson’s furry terminology though including Sniffer, the were equivalent of Twitter. It makes me smile every time.
It seemed as though Jake and Rachel weren’t going to get their happily-ever-after, which would have been a first for this series, but Vicki Lewis Thompson manages to pull it off in an unexpected way which ends this novel on a high note. Werewolf in Alaska is a great mix of humour, romance and furriness; I can’t wait to see how much trouble our lupine friends get into in a big city like Las Vegas, where the next installment takes place.