Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. – Dr. Seuss
So I have a secret, and that secret would be that I really don’t like paranormal romance stories. Please don’t tell my husband, who just recently published a paranormal romance, The Gifted One (shameless plug, I know, because his book is awesome and you should check it out), but werewolves, vampires, and demons coupled with gay romance is just not my idea of a good romance story. Yes, I love Harry Potter, and I even love watching reruns of Charmed, but these stories are founded more on the premise of the magic and the paranormal, not the romance that serves as an undercurrent in the story. I suppose that other little paranormal series that shall go unnamed with the Vampires vs. Wolves and the angst ridden boring, teenage girl has left a rather bad taste in my mouth. So when I think of paranormal, with romance being the main plotline in a story, I would rather spend my time taking my daughter prom dress shopping, which in and of itself, is a rather paranormal experience.
I had noticed Creature Feature at the top of the Dreamspinner Press bestseller list for several weeks, and because it was of the paranormal genre I kept passing it by. However, week after week there it sat at the top of the bestseller list. So I thought, “What the heck, I’m done with prom dress shopping. What do I have to lose?” Boy was I surprised! This incredible double-feature by two talented authors is a perfect afternoon double matinee to whet one’s appetite for paranormal romance. Move over angst ridden, boring teenage girl and enter hunky werewolves and demons. These two well written, character driven, paranormal romances are the perfect way to reintroduce yourself into the paranormal romance genre, or if you like the genre – a perfect Sunday afternoon, curl up on the couch, eat a bowl of popcorn, double matinee.
Diagnosis Wolf by Dennison stays strictly in the werewolf genre, and throws in some incredible romance scenes coupled with a good amount of drama and suspense.
Landslide by Mary Calmes deals with werewolves and demons and the tension between the human main character, and the demon love interest had me more than once raising my blood pressure.
Needless to say, Creature Feature is a great read and a great double-feature in the paranormal romance genre. It has certainly convinced me to read other titles in the genre and it is way more entertaining than prom dress shopping.
Reviewed by Bruce