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The Werewolf Meets His Match by Kristin Painter

Posted by Gilbert Stack on January 18, 2022 at 7:05 PM

The Werewolf Meets His Match by Kristin Painter

In The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (the first Nocturne Falls novel), Painter created a sweet and genuinely enjoyable romance that incidentally had a non-vampiric vampire as one of the destined lovers. I enjoyed the story, but I thought that the vampire aspects of the story were so weak as to be almost non-important. That’s not the case in The Werewolf Meets His Match in which pack politics, the moon, and the need to shift into another shape, form critical parts of the novel. What’s more, Painter does all of this without losing the sweet, light-hearted tone that made the first book so entertaining.


At the heart of this story is an arranged marriage which is technically supposed to bring peace between two werewolf packs, but which is actually a plan to insult the pack that resides in Nocturne Falls. The early action is highly predictable as heroine, Ivy, who is coerced into the marriage by her abusive father/pack leader learns that the hero, Hank, is actually a decent man who can be trusted. Most of the “action” comes in the form of problems from Ivy’s pack and her father, many resolving around her young son who is the “insult” intended for the Nocturne Fall’s pack.


There were a couple of small surprises in the end which I kicked myself for not predicting. That’s obviously all to the good. The novel also reintroduces characters from the first book and sets up individuals who will probably be the stars of their own romances in future stories.


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