Shapeshifters

Book Review: Twice the Growl (Paranormal Dating Agency #1) by Milly Taiden

Twice the Growl (Paranormal Dating Agency, #1)

Publication date: August 29th, 2014

Format: Kindle, 110 pages

Synopsis: Talia Barca needs a date. Badly. She uses the services of the Paranormal Dating Agency hoping for a decent guy to take to a family wedding. A wedding her ex-husband has wormed his way into as a guest. Connor and Theron want Tally to complete their Alpha triad. She’s sexy, curvy and funny. But she’s human. And they’re not sure she’ll go for a relationship with two men at the same time. As if deciding to give two men a shot wasn’t difficult enough, Tally will also need to deal with a threat from the pack. She’ll either prove she’s strong enough to be an Alpha mate or find herself at the mercy of a vicious opponent.

My review: I am not a great fan of ménage à trois but damn. Not only was there enough testosterone to choke a donkey but there was oodles of dirty talk and hot sex scenes to boot.

To add to that we had a character type that – to be fair –has been coming into play more often nowadays than it has in the past.  Many romance novels tend to have the one mega hot guy with the bundles of cash to blow and a god complex the size of the UK not to mention the bad taste in women and there tends to be the really good looking, skinny poor woman who just happens to fall madly in love with the ultra billionaire playboy with arsehole all over his personality and not much else.  It’s like a bad 50 Shades of Grey re-run – which in my opinion is a bad 9 and a half weeks re-run.

In Twice the Growl – we not only have two hot men with so much Alpha it just emanates from their very core but we have an atypical lady who is the subject of their affections. She’s a BBW and she knows she’s big, she thinks that she’ll have no chance with one hot man, let alone two,  who want to do some pretty naughty things to her – both separate (aw) and together (oh yes please).

It had an interesting plot line to say the least – a pack of werewolves who, surprisingly, don’t need an Alpha to survive – they need an Alpha Triad.  Enter Theron the Alpha, Connor the Omega and then Talia their BBW with attitude and their missing piece.

Talia needs a date for a family wedding so she can prove to her ex husband that he hasn’t got under her skin despite the fact that he’s an utter sleaze ball.  Enter Mrs Wilder: shifter herself and proprietor of the Paranormal Dating Agency (which in and of itself is new for me for a plot) where she matches shape shifters with their mates and she does it on instinct and a little bit of information alone.  Nifty stuff that.

Though I liked the characters and how their story progressed, the writing style that kept it amusing despite what was happening and how things ended there was only one thing that kept putting me off – which I found in the following novels – Talia kept putting herself down and repeatedly making derogatory remarks about herself to herself and to others.

Yes she’s a woman with curves, that’s okay and yes she’s going to have some hang-ups especially when two mega hot men want her for their own.  Yes to all of those things and more but she is also a woman who has two Alpha men practically rolling their tongues back in their heads because of her natural sensuality.

So she likes cake? Big fucking deal. Who doesn’t? No need to use the fact that she loves cake as an excuse to make herself feel like shit.  All it did was irritate me. Women should feel strong enough in themselves to admit that it is okay to be curvy.

Despite this I really like Twice the Growl and I moved on to the second installment pretty quickly as I wanted to find out what happened to Nita.

My rating: 4 stars

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