Monday, March 5, 2018

Book Review: San Francisco Wolf Pack Box Set by Kristin Miller

Author: Kristin Miller
Audience: +18
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Release Date: December 5th 2016
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

From "falling in love" to "it's complicated," New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristin Miller brings you three, full-length, deliciously hotparanormal love stories with sexy alpha heroes and the strong-willed women who bring these werewolves to heel.

The Werewolf Wears Prada
Melina Rosenthal worships at the altar of all things fashion. Her dream is to work for the crème de la crème fashion magazine, Eclipse, and she'll do pretty much anything to get there. Even fixing up the image of a gorgeous, sexy public figure who's all playboy, all the time. Even if he's the guy who broke her heart a year ago. And even if Melina has no idea that Hayden Dean is actually a werewolf...

Beauty and the Werewolf
Billionaire werewolf Jack MacGrath has almost everything—the respect of his peers, a mansion in San Francisco, a private jet, and fast cars. But without a mate, Jack's in trouble. Then he sees her. Gorgeous, demure, proud...and his enemy. Isabelle Connelly is werewolf royalty and falling for anyone lesser — to say nothing of a rival pack — would be, er, unseemly. Now she must choose between her duty to her family and her pack...orher perfect fated mate.

What a Werewolf Wants
Private investigator – and werewolf – Ryder McManus doesn’t believe in marriage. But then he never expected to find his fated mate, Josie, at his best friend's wedding festivities. When Josie and Ryder are together, the chemistry heats up. While he’s trying to stop the wedding, she’ll do whatever it takes to give the couple a dream day. But the secret he’s trying to expose might just ruin everything.
*Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

I loved this series a lot! It seems as if I've been on a paranormal roll these first two months of 2018 and I am very happy about that.

I loved that these stories, while connected and are part of the same world, can really be read out of order and without feeling lost in any way. There's a uniqueness about Miller's werewolves, but I'll talk more about that a little bit later.

The Werewolf Wears Prada
This story was super fun, although a bit confusing to be honest. The story starts with Melina getting ready for a hot date with a megastar, only to be unpleasantly surprised to see him on the TV with not one, but two supermodels on his arms at the event they were supposed to go together. At his invitation. So you can imagine I was already a bit put off by Hayden Dean, even if Miller does explore his side of the story and we find out why he stood Melina up.

Melina gets caught up in a brutal war inside the werewolf pack, with someone wanting to eliminate Hayden forever, even if that means exposing the existence of werewolves to the humans. Melina is hired as a fixer for Hayden, to help him clean up his public image. At the same time, though, she is determined to make Hayden pay for the way he treated her. This makes for a very interesting character development, let me tell you. While Melina is portrayed as someone good at her job and really professional, there is absolutely nothing professional about her need for revenge. What is interesting is that she probably wouldn't have been this determined to expose whatever dirty secret Hayden has, had their connection been a regular one. As I've said before, Miller's werewolves are a bit unique, in the sense that they can immediately feel their fated mate by touch. As expected, Melina and Hayden are mates, which I think is kind of responsible for how she reacts to Hayden's betrayal.

My issue was with Hayden. We start off with him being portrayed as a party animal, someone with virtually no morals and no thought for anyone but himself, but as story progressed, I realized that this image is very inaccurate. So much so, in fact, that it was like reading about two different guys. Of course, at one point he does change for the better, and he starts putting a little bit more of an effort into his work, but I still found the difference interesting. The thing that I loved about Hayden's character is that the entire thing was about perception, about how a simple scene can be twisted and interpreted in many ways, and how a single act can be seen in many different ways. I liked how Miller explored the theme of perception.
Rating: 4 cups

Beauty and the Werewolf
This was actually my favorite story of the trilogy. I loved the play on the Romeo and Juliet type of love story. The short version is that Jack is desperate to find his mate, and he finds her in Isabelle. Her family however has a long history of hating Jack's family, so when the time comes, Jack lets Isabelle go, no matter what that may mean for him.

I previously talked about the uniqueness of Miller's werewolves, and here it is: basically the lifespan of an unmated werewolf is really short. Without a mate, the werewolf will die relatively young, while finding ones mate ensures a longer life. Jack is desperate to find his mate, and he has found the perfect way to cheat death, by doing dangerous things, which makes his adrenaline levels spike. It's an interesting way to cheat death. I liked Jack. Not only is he an honorable guy, he's a guy willing to do anything for the woman he loves, even if it means he'll have only a few days left to live.

Isabelle is a woman on a mission. She's a painter, and she is trying to find all of her paintings to show them to her father before he dies. Apparently her dad doesn't approve of her passion, and that has been something she's struggled with for her entire life. She likes Jack, but her obsession to get her father's approval keeps her from realizing her connection to Jack is so much more than just lust.

This story was sweet and I really, really loved it.
Rating: 4.5 cups

What a Werewolf Wants
The last book of this trilogy was a bit funny. I had a lot of fun reading this book. Basically it's a story about love. It is real or is it fake? That's the theme of this story, and Josie and Ryder are the lucky people trying to find an answer to this question.

I liked how different Ryder and Josie are. She's a hopeless romantic, he is a jaded man who believes in lust, not love. She's human, he's a werewolf. She's looking for love, he's determined to not have to deal with that pesky emotion. Josie works towards finding someone's true love, while Ryder's job is to find out if someone is being cheated on. It was interesting to see how, despite their differences, Josie and Ryder work together. They fit each other perfectly, like two sides of the same coin, they just need to learn to accept that life isn't just black or white. There's a middle ground, a sort of compromise, that neither is acknowledging, and that they learn to do so in this book.

The story is also about honesty, something Ryder cares a great deal about. I liked how Miller addressed that in this story. It was also a fun way to end this trilogy, and I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed for more stories within this world.
Rating: 4 cups

Overall, I really enjoyed reading these books. The pace for all three was really good and once I started reading them, I was hooked. I also learned that this trilogy is connected to another one, the Seattle Wolf Pack series, and I'm definitely going to read it.

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