Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rosy's scrawled book recommendation: The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase

The Werewolf Upstairs
Ashlyn Chase


Petty crime never looked so good...
Alpha werewolf Konrad Wolfensen sees it as his duty to protect the citizens of Boston, even if it means breaking into their businesses just to prove their security systems don't work. But when his unsolicited services land him in trouble with the law, he'll have to turn to his sexy new neighbor for help.
She should know better...
Attorney Roz Wells is bored. She used to have such a knack for attracting the weird and unexpected, but ever since she took a job as a Boston public defender, the quirky quotient in her life has taken a serious hit. Until her sexy werewolf neighbor starts coming around...

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Rosy's scrawlings on The Werewolf Upstairs
Okay, time for another ladies only romance recommendation. Actually, not ladies only but pretty close to it as there aren't that many gentlemen who'll pick it up, of that I'm sure. I bought this book on a whim, mainly for the blurb, as I'm not really all that into romance as a genre. And when I do delve into romance I like it quirky, based on crime or thoughtful, which happens to be harder to find than steamy romances involving gods, angels and devils. So, in one of my more soppy moments, rare but they do happen, I picked this book for the quirky and the crime as well as the comical aspects. I was not disappointed as The Werewolf Upstairs is a really fun and fast paced read, addictive enough that I ended up buying the books that follow. Speaking of which, the books that follow introduce new main characters within the same apartment block and so a little world made of the tenants and an apartment that guarantees romance builds up.
Roz Wells, one half of the romantic pair, has recently moved into a particularly special (unbeknownst to her and most others) apartment and soon after is contacted by her neighbour from the top floor. Roz is a plain old human being but Konrad, the man in trouble with the law, isn't. He's a werewolf. Also unknown to Roz is the fact that none of the others in the apartment block are what could be called plain old human either, although they aren't werewolves like Konrad. What Roz has done is move into an almost private apartment block for those who could be classed as supernatural. And with this simple action her life takes an unbelievable and romantic turn.
Normally when approaching paranormal romance you'll find ever increasing worlds that begin from a single encounter but before a single book is over you've found you're dealing with Heaven and Hell, alternate planes and everything in-between. The Werewolf Upstairs and the books that follow though, start with an apartment block and rarely takes you into a wider world, except through a small case involving one or two other supernaturals only. The enclosed world becomes quite comfy and enjoyable, creating a relatively stress free read that's perfect for lazy weekends or when you're feeling overworked.

I'd recommend this book to: women mostly, particularly those looking for a light romantic read that's a little unusual. 

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