FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON
The newest saga in Chase’s Strange Neighbors spin-off series brings back some familiar characters and settings, but the narrative isn’t strong enough for a true suspension of disbelief. Vampires, werewolves and witches are expected, but by adding dragons, brownies, Greek gods and Mother Nature, the story feels as bloated as the heroine after she unknowingly ingests lactose. While there’s no real depth to the plot or the characterization, the HEA is never in doubt.
Boston Uncommon waitress Brandee is dumped via text message, then is told by the bar’s resident psychic she’ll find true love with “one-night” Nick Wolfensen, a former cop now working as a P.I. Brandee’s not so sure, but after learning Nick is on the case to find her kidnapped cousin, she follows him and snaps a photo as he’s transitioning from human to wolf. When her camera is conveniently destroyed by Mother Nature, vampire Anthony wipes Brandee’s memory of the evening and convinces her she was on a date with Nick. With human exposure to paranormal activity growing, Nick trusts Brandee with secrets no human should have to deal with. (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 352 pp., $6.99)