Just because someone has supernatural abilities, it does not mean they are completely invincible. Often, these beings can be hurt yet totally recover in a short period. But occasionally, a problem arises which makes someone with these special capabilities vulnerable, and then some tough decisions might have to be made. The main couple in the third Decadent Dames story have to face several very critical matters in their relationship, and whatever choice they make will greatly affect them for the rest of their lives. I so wanted these two likable individuals to find the joy that they deserved. Michele Hauf can always be counted on to create an imaginative yet believable paranormal book, and THE WITCH AND THE WEREWOLF is convincing plus creative.
Since Mireio Malory is a witch, there is a way for her to live for many years way past what is normal. If she can obtain the heart of a vampire, she can cast a spell which would make the wish for a long life come true. One day before leaving work after her shift ended at Decadent Dames, a brewery that she owns with three other witches, a male customer starts a conversation with her. Though he looks and dresses like a big human lumberjack, Mireio gets an animal vibe from him.
With neither werewolf Lars Gunderson or Mireio in a relationship, the two begin seeing each other on a regular basis. Even when he springs a surprise disclosure, she is not put off from dating him. She then learns he is having some major personal issues, ones that could drastically alter the future between them. With the information Mireio uncovers shortly thereafter, her next decision will be the most important one of her life.
The inventive mind of Michele Hauf once again makes her Beautiful Creatures world come alive with realistic beings and an original premise. Though part of a series, this story can certainly be read first without feeling lost. While Mireio has been met previously, insight into her private life was not exposed until her own story. I got to see exactly what caused her to make specific choices, as the dreams she hoped would be fulfilled were revealed. Mireio is a water witch, and Ms. Hauf made her love for this element interesting. Whenever she and Lars are together, they made an engaging pair. Her enthusiasm helped to bring out the lively side of the shy werewolf, and I found him to be refreshingly distinctive when compared to others in this species. Dedicated when a situation calls for it and always thoughtful, Lars is the type of friend or lover who can be counted on at all times, and I so wanted him to experience his life to the fullest. One aspect of his and Mireio’s relationship which they enjoyed was sex, and they definitely had fun during any encounters.
THE WITCH AND THE WEREWOLF is amusing, poignant, and compelling. Humor can be found all through the story, and the unique wit of Michele Hauf made these moments very laughable. There are also events that truly touched my heart, as the author had me feeling the realness of the circumstances. Three of the Decadent Dames owners have told their stories, and I am eager for the fourth witch’s book to come out.
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Series: Decadent Dames
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Releases: November 1, 2017
Author website: http://www.michelehauf.com/
Rating: 4 Stars