To be completely and brutally honest, the only thing I liked about Ashlyn Chase’s The Werewolf Upstairs was the shade of purple on the cover. There is nothing, and I literally mean nothing, else in that book that I liked.
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 lay, 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 public defender, the quirky quotient is her life has taken a serious hit. Until her sexy werewolf neighbor starting coming around…
When I first sat down to read The Werewolf Upstairs, I was excited. I was ready to read a cute, funny romance with werewolves and witches. What I got instead was amateur style writing with a plot so dull I could barely keep my eyes open while I read.
The plot itself consisted of Roz and Konrad having sex and job hunting. Had this been an erotic novel, that kind of plot wouldn’t have been so bad; but the sex scenes were second rate and the job hunting was laughable. Who in their right mind, goes and takes a dance class with the hope that, when it ends in six weeks, they’d be able to go out and become professional dancers? It takes years and years of practice to become that good, let alone be able to teach others. There was a bit about a 1990 art theft, but that was so insignificant that Roz and Konrad usually concentrated on their job hunting more than that.
Roz and Konrad had absolutely no depth as characters, and throughout The Werewolf Upstairs, they never grew as characters. Konrad was the least alpha-y alpha werewolf I’ve ever read about! Almost every single time he thought of something, he doubted or questioned himself. He acted like a pubescent boy with his very first girlfriend when ever he was around (or thinking about) Roz. To make matters worse, he constantly went to others for advice – when alphas are supposed to be the ones who are able to give the advice. To say it simply, Roz was annoying. Her first impression of Konrad was that he was gay (which was my first impression, too), but then she basically fell into bed with him the next day. She had no depth. Nothing that made her a truly unique person.
With stilted, often times unneeded dialogue, secondary characters with more depth than Roz and Konrad, and a seriously lacking plot, I’m surprised I even managed to finish this book.
The Werewolf Upstairs
Also reviewed by: My Overstuffed Bookshelf, Star-Crossed Romance, The Good the Bad and the Unread, Fiction Vixen and Drey’s Library
I read the first book in this series and was not impressed. I love urban fantasy, I love cozies, this book was neither. The characters were to stupid to live and boring.
I had similar problems with Strange Neighbors, which ended up being my first DNF since Little Women. I was frankly surprised when I saw the sequel since it seemed that all of the characters’ stories were being crammed into SN. The hero and heroine were unlikable, wishy washy, and spineless – it sounds as if they’ve been repeated with Roz and Konrad.
I’m getting this from the library so I’ll still give it a try. If I don’t like it at least it won’t have cost anything.
Thanks for the honest and detailed review! I struggled with Strange Neighbors and only finished it because it was areview copy but just like you the only redeeming or positive quality I found about it was the cute and colourful cover. Glad to see I’m not the only one who really disliked SN, only saw positive and raving reviews about it… But it was more than enough to put me off from reading the sequel.
Sorry this is such a disappointing read! Looks like I will be avoiding this series!
I just won a copy of this book so I will give it a try, but I have to say that I’ve read a few of the author’s short stories and wasn’t too impressed. I like shifters though so I’ll approach it with an open mind.
I was disappointed with the first one, but I usually try to give the second book in a series a shot cause sometimes the author fixes the problems with the first. It is such a great idea for a series….here’s hoping
I too was disappointed in the first book and it ended up in my DNF pile.
Don’t think I’ll be giving this one a try.