Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, House of the Rising Sun
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs and all.
Getting arrested wasn’t on werewolf Ivy Kincaid’s agenda when she arrived in Nocturne Falls, but her life rarely goes according to plan. The upside of spending the night in the local lock-up is finding a hotel room is no longer a worry...but the downside is the man she’s come to marry will get his first impression of her behind bars. Not exactly the way Ivy was hoping to meet her pack's sworn enemy...aka her fiancé.
Sheriff (and werewolf) Hank Merrow is the alpha's heir. Everything he's ever done, from becoming an Army Ranger to serving in law enforcement, has been in preparation for the day he’ll take over.
Getting married to cement a shaky truce is no different. Hank will do his duty, even if it means shackling himself to a woman he has no intention of liking, let alone loving.
But Ivy is nothing like Hank expected. As feisty as she is beautiful, she's as determined as he is to make a go of marriage for the sake of peace between their packs. The trouble is, Ivy has secrets that could destroy everything Hank holds dear...including his newfound love for her.
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The Werewolf Meets His Match is another great book by Kristen Painter. I swear this author has never let me down. Her creative writing and amazing storytelling make Painter an author worth noticing. Read all of her books. I have yet to find one that I didn’t like.
In The Werewolf Meets His Match (TWMHM), we meet Ivy Kincaid and Hank Merrow. Ivy’s father is a real bastard. In addition to being abusive as hell, he set up an arranged marriage for his daughter. Daddy Kincaid has given his daughter some seriously messed up rules and regulations regarding her future husband, Hank. He really puts Ivy in a tough spot as a woman and every time he was mentioned, I wanted to throat punch him. Ivy and Hank have never met, but arranged marriages are not unheard of among the Werewolf culture. Hank also happens to be the Sheriff, which wouldn’t be an issue except the Kincaid’s are not known for following the letter of the law. Hank and Ivy seem like an unlikely couple, but they do make an obvious effort to make the situation as pleasant as possible considering neither of them has a choice in the matter.
I think the characters in both this book and the story that preceded it, The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride, have very distinct personalities and are quite realistic for being obviously fictional. I hate that Ivy has so many secrets and I spent a good portion of the book worried about which secret would be the deal breaker. It’s obvious she’s not a bad person, just a product of a bad situation and I was rooting for Ivy and Hank from the beginning.
There are some predictable moments in TWMHM, but not so much that it ruins the story. Don’t let that scare you off because there are plenty of surprises as well. I honestly couldn’t believe the last few chapters. I was caught completely off guard! The situations were intense and I had no idea how things would turn out. I know what I wanted to happen, but there were so many possible ways for things to go a different way, I could only hope for the best.
What Painter has done with her world building is truly magical (pun intended). Nocturne Falls is the perfect place for any kind of supernatural type of species as well as any human that appreciates Halloween the way that I do. I love that town, and I really wish it were a real place that I could visit.
I would recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or werewolf books. Though this is the second book in the series, it can be read without having read the first book. I do recommend reading the first book, The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride first. Some of the characters from that book make brief appearances at different times in TWMHM, so while you will still understand what’s going on, you will at least be familiar with them and their stories.
**I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**
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