Author: Felicitas Ivey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 51 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Shifters, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Werewolf PTA suffered from lack of development and too many conflicting plot points.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Dr. Malak Shahzed moved to the small town of Goodfields for a quiet practice and a chance to leave his other life behind. Finding kind and handsome Sheriff Shiloh Payne is a bonus. Their relationship is mostly stolen glances and innocent meetings, but Malak wants to play doctor with Shiloh—if the sheriff feels the same.
All is not well in Goodfields. After each PTA meeting, the body of a single man is found torn apart by a wild animal, and the town is getting nervous.
Murder is complicating Malak’s seduction of Shiloh, especially since he knows more than he is willing to admit. Because sane people don’t believe in werewolves…. Do they?
Review: Author Felicitas Ivey offers up a paranormal short story replete with were-creatures and snake shifters all coming together in a small, sleepy town. A new doctor has come to put down some roots and is attracting a lot of attention. But it is the Sheriff that has spiked his interest the most. Unfortunately, not too soon after Malak’s arrival, strange killings begin to surface—all timed to the local PTA meeting schedule. But these are not typical murders; instead, each victim is viciously torn apart–with various body parts and organs missing. When the sheriff and doctor realize that each of the men had at one time approached Malak for a date, the revelation that the good doctor is the common denominator leads them to a most dangerous conclusion.
Werewolf PTA is an action packed story that keeps the reader guessing right to the end. With multiple layers of secrets and surprises, it would have been great if this story could have delved a bit deeper into the paranormal aspects it delivered up. Needless to say, the mysterious Malak and his “brother,” who comes into the story more than half way through, share a history that we merely get glimpses of as the plot unfolds. Couple this with the sheriff, Shiloh Payne, who seemed to change rather rapidly from a quiet, blushing “aw shucks” kind of man to an incredibly self-assured and aggressive bed mate in the blink of an eye, and one can see how desperately this story needed to slow down and spend time developing its characters.
This was a solid plot that needed a lot more page time to evolve and make sense. When Malak’s friend, Faysal, interrupts Shiloh and Malak’s first date the morning after, he brings with him such hostility toward Shiloh that it automatically made one think he was jealous, and yet the character swears he is not. After that the story took such rapid twists and turns that it was hard to understand the real purpose of Faysal at all, especially since Malak was quite able to subdue the killer were all by himself at story’s end.
Werewolf PTA suffered from lack of development and too many conflicting plot points. Still, Felicitas Ivey is a good writer and this story certainly had some compelling moments that I would’ve loved to see expanded into a longer novel.
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