Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review ~ Wolfmanny by Julia Talbot

Release Day Review ~ Wolfmanny by Julia Talbot

Title: Wolfmanny

Author: Julia Talbot

Release Date: February 6, 2017
Category: Paranormal: Werewolves/Shifters, M/M/M or More
Pages: 216

Three hot werewolves, sexual tension thick enough to cut with a knife, an impending Colorado winter, and a rambunctious pack of werewolf pups. Stand back and watch the fur fly.
When Kenneth Marcon loses his nanny to a bite from one of his inherited kids, he knows he needs someone strong to contain five werewolf children. What he finds isn’t a stalwart nanny, but a werewolf manny named Jack. Kenneth and his assistant, Miles, aren’t sure if Jack is what they need, but he’s what they have to work with.
Jack’s got what it takes to keep the kids busy—and attract both Miles’s and Kenneth’s attention. The two old friends have been circling each other for years, but with Jack as the final piece to the puzzle, it’s time to finally act on those urges. When Kenneth is forced to travel instead of solidifying the bond with his new mates, Jack and Miles take desperate measures to get him back, even as they save the kids from one disaster after another. Amidst the chaos, they have to learn how to become not just a pack, but a family.

2.5 Stars! 

So is it weird for me to admit that I did not get this book? I'm not sure what to even say because, honestly, I was confused by the story, the characters, by pretty much everything.

Kenneth is Alpha of a pack in Aspen (not sure if the pack is all wolves or if it contains the menagerie of shifters that worked in Kenneth's home). After the death of his sister, his brother in law dumped his 5 children on Kenneth's doorstep and disappeared. 3 years later Kenneth is in need of a new, stronger and more adaptable Nanny to take care of the rambunctious brood of young wolves. Enter Jack.

Jack is the end all be all of mannies, think a cross between Military Sergeant and Mary Poppins. Immediately he takes the pups in hand and is able to win them over and handle their behavior issues. Of course, his magic doesn't stop with just the children, Kenneth and the rest of the household fall for him immediately as well.

We also have Milo. Milo is Kenneth's Assistant/Beta and second in command. He is also Kenneth's best friend. The kids love him and for all intents and purposes, he seems to be a second parent at times when dealing with the children. Now with Jack there, an immediate attraction flares between the men and Milo finds himself wanted by both Jack and Kenneth.

Unable to even consider denying they want each other, the three men sleep together and are now mated and in love. But things get tough when Kenneth's business takes him and Milo away for long periods of time. Even after Milo comes home, Kenneth's absence is felt by all in the household.

So here is where I got confused. I did not see even a glimmer of chemistry between the three men that would lead me to believe that the were in love so quickly. It felt forced to me and to make the situation even worse was the fact that it's ménage. When you have 3 men in a relationship, I like to see passion and undeniable chemistry. It can be hard to pull off when it's ménage but it's doubly hard if I didn't even believe 2 of the characters were hot together.

As for the storyline itself, I felt as if there was too much to focus on. We have all the children which I loved. They were all cute and precocious and had some major teenaged angst going on. But most of the time spent with them became almost mundane. Then combine that with the various shifter staff that ran the household and business and it was all too much to completely keep up with. I felt I needed a lesson in the shifter world dynamics because I couldn't grasp it all.

Ugh, I feel like such a tool doing this review because I truly wanted to love this book. I mean, come on, how exciting does a Wolf Manny sound? 5 young shifters, a sexy and very competent Alpha wolf and his equally charming Beta. This is a recipe for an outstanding story in my eyes. In the end, it just didn't do it for me, though.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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