Dear Ms Cassidy,
My bio states that I’m currently sort of paranormaled out but I will make an exception for authors known to me. After reading and enjoying your werewolf series last year, I was happy to try “The Accidental Werewolf” and delighted it gently skewed a few of the standards of the genre.
Some readers might not like Marty Andrews. At first she kind of comes across as, well let’s not beat around the bush, a dumb blonde who’s way to interested in makeup and selling of makeup. Her sarcasm might grate as well. But as I was reading her, I wasn’t bothered by that. I could see the initial denial and sarcasm as her way of coping. What she is told, from out of the blue, is a life altering change plus not something you hear every day and this is Marty’s way of dealing with it.
Once she got used to and accepted the idea that the chance encounter while getting her teacup poodle away from the large dog in the alley had made her a werewolf, she handled it fairly well. She didn’t get snippy with the evil other woman/werewolf. She tried to make it on her own in her new world. She didn’t want Keegan to try to smooth her way or lay down any edicts about her with the other pack members and I admired that. I also liked how she got away on her own from first two kidnapping attempts. Okay so maybe she didn’t dial 911 on her cell phone but she was in shock at the unexpected event. The twist on her not being able to change totally and on the pack being reluctant to admit her were things I’d not seen before and which I appreciated.
Keegan Flaherty is very alpha, though fairly patient with explaining her new life to Marty, but then since he is the alpha it makes sense and I could deal with it. I agreed with his brother and sister that he should have gone to Lunar Council earlier. But that is addressed at end. His constant efforts to get the pack to accept Marty are, I suppose, a function of how seriously he takes being the head of the pack and of his desire to try and make amends to her for what he did by turning her.
But why did he shift in NYC which started whole thing? I thought they only shifted on family owned ground near Buffalo? You know, to keep humans from finding out about them? And a whole lot of people learn about werewolves by end of story — Nina, Wanda, Terrence, Donald… I do like how you set up Bobbie Sue cosmetics with the color wheel emphasis though they do come across as sort of cult like in their sales techniques and meetings. Did you infiltrate any Mary Kay events to research this?
The book was headed for a solid B grade until Marty does the thing that was sooooo stupid. Even she admitted that she wasn’t sure why she did it and after 2 attempts on her life why on earth would she? She’s being smart and taking Keegan’s very good advice then suddenly – wham! – el stupido move on her part. I also felt that Alana was very two dimensional. There really wasn’t much to her beyond being an evil biotch.
I think you’re setting up for a series but I deeply appreciate that you didn’t spend a fourth of this book doing it. The upcoming characters were in this book for this book and not just as bait for future novels. So outside of the TSTL thing that Marty did and the evil other werewolf, the book worked fairly well for me which is saying something. B-