Wild Card (Down & Dirty #1) by Moira Rogers

April 16, 2013 2.5 stars, alpha male overload, damsel in distress, ebook, erotica, Paranormal Romance, prickly pear heroine, Romance, series, short story/Vignette, weres 0

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As alpha of the Lonely River Pack, Jack Owens is responsible for keeping the peace between what’s left of the human population and the wolves who have taken over since the War. All wolves are his responsibility, even the ones who don’t necessarily recognize his authority, like Virginia Howard. Ginny’s been a thorn in Jack’s side since she took over her parents’ operation and established herself as one of the area’s premier ranchers. The fact that she’s everything he wants in a mate makes it hard to stay away from her? but any good hunter knows how to bide his time. Ginny fights hard to maintain her independence from men, human and werewolf alike. When a group of angry wolves, determined to see her submit, threaten her operation, she’s forced to accept Jack’s assistance. But in saving her ranch, Ginny runs the risk of losing something far greater–her heart.

I’ve read at least five of Moira Rogers’ short stories so I know she writes a damn good short…but this one left a lot to be desired.

The heroine, Ginny, has very big issues regarding relationships at the beginning of the book. She’s over it by the end of the book…due to hawt loving? No reason was given as to how she was able to get over it so fast. One night of magic dong and everything is ok? The hero, Jack, is pretty consistent, at least.

The world-building was…close to nonexistent. I didn’t really understand what happened and why. There are references to a great war, nanotechnology killing off humans and the abandonment of technology. In the midst of all this the werewolves were able to “go public.” The references were rather vague and didn’t help set the sense of place.

The plot circles around Ginny and the harassment of her and her cattle ranch. The reader is told that Ginny is being harassed because she’s a lone female wolf the males want to see submit…but that’s not really explained. The “whole town” knows the Alpha is very interested…so what? It would seem – to me – that the rest of the wolves would be waiting to see what the Alpha did regarding his standoffish “mate to be.” IDK. The whole thing is just so inconsistent. The plot and very beginning of the story is makes a big deal both of Ginny’s desire NOT to mate and of Ginny’s desire NOT to join the pack. Both of which she does without any real soul searching or internal monologue. The issue that spawned the plot – Ginny’s harassment – the conflict portion of the issue is all resolved rather quickly and without much fanfare. In fact, the author took that portion of the conflict to help set up book two in the series.

All in all…unsatisfying.

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