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Review: Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase

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Flirting Under a Full Moon
Author: Ashlyn Chase 
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Flirting with Fangs Trilogy #1
ISBN: #978-1402275692
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Chic-Lit
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley

About the book:

If Brandee Hanson ever wants to go from waitress to photographer, she’ll have to take some once-in-a-lifetime shots. But when she catches the gorgeous private investigator, Nick Wolfensen, on camera— transforming into a werewolf—she is thrown into a world of vampires, shapeshifters, and other paranormal misfits.

In order to keep his secret and stay clear of the supernatural council, Nick will have to convince Brandee not to release the photo. Fortunately, he was looking for an excuse to spend more time with the beautiful waitress anyway.

What I’m Talking About:

Brandee, a wannabe full-time artist/photographer, waitresses in bar secretly known as a safe haven for paranormals of all types, yet Brandee has no clue about the beings she calls friends. One day, Brandee was told a prediction by local psychic Sadie that the love of her life is Nick Wolfensen… aka one-night Nick.

After his twin brother was busted for biggest art heist in history (and later proven innocent), werewolf Nick quit his job on the police force to open up his own PI business. His first case, brought to him by a wolf friend from force, Captain Hunter, involves locating the mayor’s twelve year-old daughter who was kidnapped. Not only is the missing girl, Katie, Brandee’s cousin, she is a fire Mage but doesn’t know yet.

After I started reading this story and recognized the style, I realized that Flirting Under a Full Moon is a spin-off of Ms. Chase’s Strange Neighbor series. The tie-in is that Nick’s twin brother is Konrad, the hero from the second book in that series, The Werewolf Upstairs. There are other characters who make an appearance in this book; however, there is no need to have read the earlier series to enjoy this book. Although the feel and style are the same, there are new characters and a different over-arcing plot line with the introduction of the Supernatural Council and its assumed leader, Mother Nature.

Flirting Under a Full Moon is what I would classify as “chic-lit.” Although it is paranormal romance, the overall feel is very silly and light, the humor is more goofy than witty. At times I enjoyed this style of story-telling, but at other times, it annoyed me terribly. During what I would label “serious situations,” the story was told with cliches and goofy attitudes, which didn’t fit the seriousness of the circumstances. It’s like the book is trying to be slapstick, and it just didn’t always sit well with me.

While Brandee could be sweet and smart, I generally wanted her to disappear. She came off as a stupid idiot too many times for my enjoyment. On the other hand, Nick usually acted rationally and I mostly liked him, but he too had what I would call lapses in judgement, especially when working on his cases. Together the pair had good chemistry, and while I did find them and their conversations to be either simplistic or over-the-top, they had sweet and romantic moments as well.

My suggestion when reading Flirting Under a Full Moon is to suspend all realism and preconceived notions of what a “paranormal romance” should be. This book is the opposite of urban fantasy: you have to let go of set rules and seriousness. The humor is goofy, not dry wit. If you can do this, you may enjoy the light-hearted fun of the Flirting with Fangs series.

Overall, I liked the story but sometimes the dialogue and situations were too campy or corny for my enjoyment. At times, people or situations are introduced to create a scene but aren’t important to the storyline, which generates contrived action for the sake of creating conflict. However, I liked the concept of the bar for paranormals, the idea of an all-knowing goddess in charge of everything, and the locale is entertaining. If you are open to whimsical fun, pick up Flirting Under a Full Moon.

My Rating:

 
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)
 

Purchase Info:

Flirting Under a Full Moon
Reviews in the Series:
The Werewolf Upstairs (Strange Neighbors Book #2)

The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors Book #3)

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