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Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
Getting arrested wasn’t on werewolf Ivy Kincaid’s agenda when she arrived in Nocturne Falls, but her life rarely goes according to plan. The upside of spending the night in the local lock-up is finding a hotel room is no longer a worry...but the downside is the man she’s come to marry will get his first impression of her behind bars. Not exactly the way Ivy was hoping to meet her pack's sworn enemy...aka her fiancé.
Sheriff (and werewolf) Hank Merrow is the alpha's heir. Everything he's ever done, from becoming an Army Ranger to serving in law enforcement, has been in preparation for the day he’ll take over. Getting married to cement a shaky truce is no different. Hank will do his duty, even if it means shackling himself to a woman he has no intention of liking, let alone loving.
But Ivy is nothing like Hank expected. As feisty as she is beautiful, she's as determined as he is to make a go of marriage for the sake of peace between their packs. The trouble is, Ivy has secrets that could destroy everything Hank holds dear...including his newfound love for her.
This is the second book in the Nocturne Falls series. I loved it!
Ivy Kincaid is a wonderful character. I liked her spunk. She has not had an easy life being the only daughter to the alpha of the Tennessee pack. Sent to Nocturne Falls to marry the alpha's son, she is determined to make a new life for herself away from her abusive father. However, she's also hiding a huge secret. One that could ruin her chance of a happily ever after. Getting arrested was not meant to be on the cards, but when she finds out the sheriff is also her intended and is deeply attracted to him, Ivy is torn between telling Hank the truth and keeping silent.
Hank Merrow is also a wonderful character. I liked him a lot. He has a typical alpha personality - protective, loving and loyal, but this is no surprise considering he's the sheriff of Nocturne Falls, who also happens to be a werewolf and the first born son of the alpha of the pack. Knowing that he may have to agree to an arranged marriage to solidify ties between packs, he has avoided emotional entanglements. Until now. When a rival pack leader demands that he marries his daughter to satisfy a life debt, Hank is determined to do his duty. However, when he meets Ivy Kincaid, he's blindsided by his instant attraction.
I came across this series through the recommendations from Amazon due to my reading/browsing history. I loved the first book and couldn't wait to read this one. Luckily, my sister and I share the same taste in books and, since we also share our Kindle libraries, I was able to read this from her account.
I started to read and didn't put it down until I had finished it. In fact, it felt like I'd only just started it when I finished. I flew through the story I was that absorbed. I fell in love with the description of Nocturne Falls. Who wouldn't want to live in a town that celebrated Halloween all year round? I enjoyed meeting the various residents and getting to know them better. Birdie is Hank's aunt and receptionist at the sheriff's office and is a wonderfully quirky character; I really liked her. Bridget is Hank's sister and owns Howlers, the bar/pub that most of the shifters frequent, and Titus is Hank's brother and the town's fire chief. The reader also meets characters from the previous book, mostly Hugh and Delaney, though Sebastian also makes a cameo. Other characters are mentioned but not directly involved in the storyline as such, like former Army Ranger and gargoyle Nick Hardwin. We also get to meet Ivy's brother Sam, her mother and father, as well as Charlie, Ivy's son.
The story is told through the eyes of both Ivy and Hank. There is slightly less humour in this story compared to the first book, but it was no less enjoyable. The story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I found myself in tears on more than one occasion. I was extremely touched by a few of the scenes, though the one between Charlie and Hank in the forest tugged at my heart the most.
I must admit that I'm not a huge fan of insta-love, three days seems a little unbelievable. Insta-lust, on the other hand, is a different matter. Though, having said that, the story is a romance and I enjoyed watching Hank's and Ivy's relationship grow. I reached the end of the book and was left with a warm fuzzy feeling as I enjoy a happy ending. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Gargoyle Gets His Girl.
Kristen Painter has written a wonderful paranormal romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. The flow was wonderful too. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.
Although there are no scenes of an explicit sexual nature (the scenes fade or are implied and not shown), there is some bad language. Therefore, I do not recommend this book to younger teens. However, I highly recommend this book to readers who love paranormal, supernatural or urban fantasy romances. - Lynn Worton