Werewolves of Manhattan Series by A.C. Katt ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

AC-KattTitle: Werewolves of Manhattan Series

Author: A.C. Katt

Publisher: MLR Press

Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/07/2014

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

His Omega (The Werewolves of Manhattan #1)
On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine by a boy who is hurt by an unknown assailant who murdered his friend. After decades of searching, Armand has found his mate. There is one problem, someone is trying to kill Sean.

Sean Quinn’s friend Leroy was gutted trying to protect him. He runs for help and stops the first car he sees.

Armand LaMarche is head Alpha of the North American werewolf council and was in his limousine on his way home to his Manhattan brownstone. When the wounded boy stops his car, Armand recognizes two things:the boy is part wolf, an Omega with a great gift, and he’s Armand’s mate. Now all Armand has to do is claim his mate and keep him safe from the murderer.

Remy’s Painter (The Werewolves of Manhattan #2)
Ian Sullivan is being chased by a mobster and has to come up with five thousand dollars he doesn’t have. His only hope is an estimate for a large house. Little does he know that the house belongs to a loup garou who just happens to be his mate.

Ian Sullivan is in trouble. His father and brother died because his brother gambled and owed money to a mobster. Now Sal Ferrara want to collect from him and if he doesn’t, he’ll take Ian as his boy toy instead. Ian’s only hope is getting a job from an estimate his father had outstanding for an seventy eight hundred square foot house. Little does Ian know that the house belongs to a Remy Clavier, a loup garou who meets Ian and knows he’s found his mate. Now all Remy has to do is take care of Sal Ferrara and convince Ian, a human, to accept both him and his wolf.

Scarred Mate (The Werewolves of Manhattan #3)
Colin Callahan, scarred as a child in a fire, delivers Chinese to supplement his income until one day he delivers to the loup garou who is his mate.

Alpha Marc Thierry was used to the North Woods of Minnesota so his elevation to third on the loup garou council necessitated a move to a Gramacy section of New York City. On Monday nights his housekeeper is off and Marc doesn’t like casseroles. He calls for Chinese and gets a musical voice on the line that calls to him. To his delight and surprise the boy on the phone delivers his food and is his destined mate. Unfortunately for Marc, Colin Callahan thinks that the only reason Marc could want him is biological, he has to like his mate. Colin has a scarred face and thinks no-one could love him as he is. It’s up to Marc to convince him differently.

My View:

I was going to review each of these books individually until I got to book 3 and realized I had the exact same things to say about each book.

 

I enjoyed the concept of this series. There was great potential for this to have been a grand series. I  enjoyed learning about the world and the shifter dynamics.This was a unique take on the Loup-Garou and the author gave the reader a lot of information to show how things worked and how the shifters interacted with humans. I liked that her shifters were so altruistic and caring of others. Each of the three books had a bit of plot that, while only a small portion of the whole, was interesting.

 

However, this series suffered from undeveloped author syndrome and could have benefitted from a good editor and beta reader. Many actions felt over the top and there was a good bit of vagueness in the facts and procedures presented. I could tell the author needed to do a bit more research into some aspects of the stories, such as Native American art and hospital procedures just to name a few.

 

In each of the romances, there was a strong power imbalance that spoiled things for me. Each of the Alphas was very forceful and had no issue taking over the lives of his mate. They established themselves as more of a caring father figure than a loving partner. And the mates all came across as immature and extremely child like. I will say that the mates got better with each book, and in the third Colin was almost his own person, but overall these romances felt very father/child to me and that didn’t work.

 

In addition there was very poor editing and technical execution of these stories. There were very awkward sentence structures, wrong words, missing words, repeated ideas. There were many inconsistent characters, behaviors, ideas, and plot elements. There was no development to the men and the romances were unbelievable in the delivery of their over the top instant love.

 

There was a formal, stilted feel to all the conversations and the word choice was very odd, as if the author wanted to use as wide a variety of obscure vocabulary as possible. I think maybe author was trying to instill current ideas and gadgets into the story but the author was not quite sure how to do so naturally because she did not have first hand experience with many of the concepts. I very often felt as if the conversations were very carefully crafted to manufacture the emotion and history of the men. Because that is exactly what happened. Everything was told to the reader in info dump style through conversations and mental thought bubbles. The reader was left to take those words as gospel because there was no emotion and no chemistry actually present in the stories at all. The sexual situations were often not needed and felt added in just to demonstrate the sexual attraction that the reader never really felt.
Overall I did enjoy reading the stories but I had to work for it. I think the editing and immature writing style needed work and I hope going forward this author gets a mentor or another publisher.   

Links

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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