Ready to Were (Shift Happens #1) by Robyn Peterman
I never planned on going back to Hung Island, Georgia. Ever.
I was a top notch Were agent for the secret paranormal Council and happily living in Chicago where I had everything I needed – a gym membership, season tickets to the Cubs and Dwayne – my gay, Vampyre best friend. Going back now would mean facing the reason I’d left and I’d rather chew my own paw off than deal with Hank.
Hank the Tank Wilson was the six foot three, obnoxious, egotistical, perfect-assed, best-sex-of-my-life, Werewolf who cheated on me and broke my heart. At the time, I did what any rational woman would do. I left in the middle of the night with a suitcase, big plans and enough money for a one-way bus ticket to freedom. I vowed to never return.
But here I am, trying to wrap my head around what has happened to some missing Weres without wrapping my body around Hank. I hope I don’t have to eat my words and my paw.
I’ve been told repeatedly that I needed to read Peterman’s books and I’m glad I finally did.
I love paranormal books and the characters in this are fun and snarky, while also being slightly hairy…at times. There’s a smidge of sexy times but the story’s not driven by it. It’s a solid plot that’s fast paced with characters that make you want to know more about them.
I liked Essie in this. She fell into the same trap that a lot of women fall into…namely, listening to the skanks that want to bring her down when she should have known better. But, she was young and I find that I can forgive her for that, especially with how she handles it when she finds out what actually happened.
Hank was a surprise. I expected him to be the big, burly alpha who wasn’t interested in anything other than reclaiming Essie. Instead, he surprised me a number of times, and all in good ways. I did not expect him to be as level headed as he was. And while he may not be the ass that Essie thinks he was, he also has his secrets.
As for the supporting characters, they’re many and they are hilarious. My favorite here was Dwayne. I know he was probably supposed to be my favorite, but I fell in love with Dwayne. I’m hoping we get more of him in the other books in this series. And, I will definitely be reading more from this series and the others.
It’s nice to find a series that delivers romance, humor, mystery and intrigue all together in one package.