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Review: Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape

29 Aug

Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape
Carina Press (Aug. 29, 2011)
e-book: $4.99 (64,000 words)
ISBN: 9781426892110

Favorite Line: “I love my wife with all my heart.” (p. 174, egalley)

Less than a year ago, Fianna Meadows was a pampered noble in the Faerie court. Then she was exiled, turned mortal and forced to work for a living—in a werewolf bar in Detroit, no less! Still, Fianna has to admit her new life isn’t so bad…particularly when it comes to Greg Novak, the bar’s sexy owner.

For Greg, keeping his hands off Fianna has been a challenge. But his sense of honor won’t let him get involved with a woman put in his care, even if Fianna is eager to explore her new feelings of lust. Resisting the temptation to claim her gets even harder when Greg’s grandfather, the region’s Alpha, orders him to marry and Fianna agrees to pretend to be his chosen mate.

Fighting his attraction to Fianna isn’t Greg’s only problem. Someone is killing werewolves and attacking other paranormal beings in Detroit. He vows to do whatever it takes protect both his pack and Fianna—even if that means giving her up…

Motor City Wolf is the third book in Cindy Spencer Pape’s Urban Arcana miniseries. I did not read the first two books and by page 10 was feeling extremely disoriented. I was missing a huge chunk of information. Eventually I caught up enough to understand, but the damage was done and I never completely relaxed enough to love the story. I think I’d feel different had I read the previous book.

One of the things I enjoyed most about Motor City Wolf  was watching the heroine redeem herself. I knew she had to become a worthy heroine to make up for past mistakes, but I wasn’t expecting to like her as much as I did. She really got her hero. She understood who he was better than his family. Fee was just an exceptional heroine.

Now to be brutally honest. Not much stands out about the story. Sure, there are a few nice action scenes, but the story didn’t mark me in any way. I didn’t cry at the loss of characters. I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters other than admiration at how far Fee had come since she was first introduced in another book. There’s one squicky discovery that I still grimace over, but otherwise I don’t see the story sticking to me as a “Go back and revisit that book” thought.