Book Review: Werewolf Sings the Blues by Jennifer Harlow
Werewolf Sings the Blues
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Series: A Midnight Magic Mystery, book 2
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Source: From publisher via NetGalley
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Vivian is getting close to thirty and her singing career is at a standstill. She does little gigs, but they’re just getting her by. She thinks she’s developing a stalker when a tall blue-eyed man shows up everywhere. After singing at a wedding she discovers he’s protecting her. Bullets, car chases and werewolves fly as the two race across the U.S. before the they’re caught. Along the way the chemistry between the pair builds.
Werewolf Sings the Blues is the second book in A Midnight Magic Mystery, only it’s not a mystery. While not a mystery it is skating the line between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, and it does it very well. The events in this novel happen years before the first novel, What’s a Witch to do? Reading the first novel isn’t a requirement for the second. It deals with mostly all new characters that have their own plots. It’s told in Vivian’s POV, but broken into two parts. The first part is the race across the country. The second is dealing with Pack problems.
Vivian was by far the most interesting character in the novel for me. Vivian is the female character I’ve been waiting for. She’s rebellious, fun, and usually knows what she wants. In short she’s my kind of girl. She’s the playboy type character put into a woman’s body. Unfortunately I still have a couple ‘buts’ for her. She’s witty, which is great, but sometimes it feels forced and unnatural. This is also true to some of her responses, examples- When her drugs are thrown out of the window and she swears not to touch them again, really? When she adapts and plays with children, this totally didn’t seem like her wheel house for me. She was edgy, but some of that edge was forced or not enough, and then taking that character and putting her in a mother-hen role, that doesn’t happen overnight.
Her counterpart, Jason the werewolf, is another beast entirely. Starting out in the novel he goes from seeming stoic to broody to loveable to utterly amazing. This happens naturally because of seeing him through Vivian’s eyes. He makes her want to change, and we see this organically and it’s beautiful. Jason has a childlike quality that makes him vulnerable, which seems so strange considering his life. Yet he complements Vivian in a way I didn’t expect, and while I hate the shining white knight characters and usually find them too good to live, Jason was an exception. I’ve seen characters paired like this before, but it’s never worked for me. Not like this one did.
Then there are the other relationships. Like Vivian’s to her family. And here I’ll say it. I cried a little and it had nothing to do with the love story or lack of a HEA. It had everything to do with Vivian and her father. I don’t want to ruin it and say anything more, other than this novel is worth it.
I want to bring up one negative here. The plot is under assumption that Vivian is doing something wrong. Her lifestyle is one of sacrifice for her dreams. She hasn’t settled down, hasn’t had children, and hasn’t done anything because she does have a dream. This is my only hang up, because I want Vivian to have her cake and eat it. I don’t want her to be “fixed” when I don’t think there is anything wrong with her.
This brings me to my next point. I’ve read Harlow for a while and I really think she made something great in these pages. It seems to me like each book is getting better and better. That means I can’t wait to see what she turns out next. From Urban Fantasy focused on action, to mystery, and now to a nearly straight up romantic adventure she’s showing a fantastic range all in a shared world.
Elizabeth is a constant reader from down south. If she doesn’t have a book open she can often be found behind the computer or with a gaming console. She is an eccentric bookworm who enjoys all types of genres: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, and Horror.