October Releases

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Release Day Review + Giveaway: I Kissed A Dog (Werewolves of the West #1) by Carol Van Atta

Author: Carol Van Atta
Series: Werewolves of the West
Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC PDF/Paperback
Release Date: October 20, 2012
Pages: 446
Publisher: Charles River Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Mystery

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Synopsis from Goodreads 

Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death. In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out. Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours. Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach. With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence. Problem: She despises him. Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract. Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe.


      I Kissed A Dog is definitely a Paranormal Romance that tickled my fancy. Werewolves, vampires and whatever you can think of in between, I had a blast with this book. Quite the page-turner for this Urban Fantasy nut.

     The characters in this book were so different and a lot of fun. No dull moments that is for sure. Our main character Chloe has a special ability. She can talk to animals through telepathy which is why she works at the zoo. But she can only do it with animals, so she finds it extra weird that she can hear the thoughts of the new hot vet that comes in to work with her. I really liked Chloe, but she could be a bit confrontational at times. Chloe snaps at Zane sometimes when he does something that seems a bit jerk-worthy. She was quite the feisty one, but it she wasn't annoying and that is what matters. Zane was delicious as hell. Book boyfriend worthy. I do like the mystery of why he was working at the zoo. There is a lot more that meets the eye.

      I also enjoyed Zane's sexy friends as well especially the vampire Alcuin. He made me giddy. I loved the friendship they all have. Not like the usual vampire vs. werewolf Actually, it isn't the usual anything. Atta does a great job putting her own spin on vampire/werewolf mythology which I love. Another thing to love were the villains and Atta gave us plenty to choose from. You have Jazmine, who from the first sentence you can tell would be the mega-b****. And boy, that is not even the half of it. Zane was promised to her as a mate and with Chloe in town, that messes up whatever plans she has up her sleeves. Zane doesn't trust her because she craves power and Zane can give that too her. Not to mention, he feels she may be behind the murders that have been going around town. But he has no proof.

      The story is action packed and very thrilling. There seems to always be a bump in the road and the further you go, that bump gets bigger. I love the supernatural mystery Atta gives us. You think you have things figured out, but there is much more to it than you think. That is especially true given the ending of the book. It is not over, boy it is not over. What a rush.

      This is a wonderful read. The story was suspenseful and full of mystery. I couldn't put this down. Although the only complaint I do have is the cover. It is a beautiful cover, but Chloe should be darker. Her and the wolf actually. I am just saying. Nonetheless, this was a page-turner. I am uber-excited for book 2. I Kissed A Dog has definitely left an impression and I have every intention on getting book 2 the moment it comes out. One of my favorite reads of 2012!


*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012

BCC's Speculative Romance Reading Challenge 2012 


About Carol Van Atta:

Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12 (somewhat frightening illustrations included) and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper. 

Devouring books from numerous genres, she developed a deep thirst for more reading materials, and could almost always be found with her nose in a book. 

CAROL has contributed to several popular anthologies and devotional books, her first novel, Slaying the Shadows, a spiritual thriller, was selected as one of Christian Women Today’s Top Summer Reads 2005. 

She lives in the rainy wetlands of Oregon with her terrifying teens and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. It’s been rumored this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered two suspicious red marks on her neck.   

As a result of this genre-jumping, she has completed, and is awaiting publication for I Kissed a Dog, Book One in the Werewolves of the West Series.

In summary: Carol is a cross genre author with a wide ranging style for a wide range of readers. 

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Giveaway Time!!!

One lucky winner will get the paperback copy of Carol Van Atta's I Kissed A Dog. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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*Contest ends October 28th!
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*Book provided by Carol Van Atta


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  1. Diana, I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for all the time you put into your reviews. I have good news to add. I Kissed a Dog is now in Kindle format. Nook any day.

    Here's the link to Kindle:

  2. I enjoyed the review. I wasn't sure about this book just hearing the title, but after reading your review I have a much better understanding of what the book is about and I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.

  3. @Carol - Thank you hon. I am so glad you liked my review. I do my best to put in as much as I can without spoiling LOL! That is awesome, thank you for the link :)

    @Barbara - You are so welcome. I am happy you enjoyed my review and glad you are interested in the book. It is a great read. Good luck with the giveaway hon.

    Thank you ladies for the comments :)

  4. Sounds like a great book!! Look forward to reading it!

  5. @Amanda - It is. Good luck hon. Hope you get the chance to check it out. Thank you for commenting :)


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