Review: Must Love Lycans by Michele Bardsley

Must Love Lycans
It is so hard for me to review books like this. Humor is so, so subjective. I know that I would have loved this book if it had been my kind of humor. But, alas, it wasn’t. What should have made me giggle instead left me rolling my eyes or gritting my teeth. What makes it so hard for me to write this review is that some of the things that irritated me might have pleased me in a book that I found funnier. So, as you read this review keep in mind that this humor is either going to work for you, or it isn’t.

I liked the idea of an empath psychotherapist trying to treat a werewolf with amnesia—did I mention he’s naked? ;)—when she didn’t even know that werewolves existed. The humor of her trying to figure out why he didn’t feel like other humans, and her trying to cure his werewolf delusions, appealed to me. The beginning of the book worked for me. Damian was running mostly on animal instincts, although he did have a quirk where he would back off if called rude. I found it amusing to watch Kelsey try to rationalize Damian’s animalistic behavior, especially the sniffing. Her overwhelming attraction to him irritated me a little, as it felt like too much too soon, but I brushed it off since I was mostly enjoying the rest.

My enjoyment of book seemed to wane once Damian got his memory back and they left the clinic. It wasn’t his memory returning or the change of locale that caused it, they just happened to align with the biggest cause of my biggest discontent—the heroine. She wasn’t perfect in the beginning, but she didn’t irritate me much. But once she learned about werewolves and found herself in that world, I really didn’t like her. Her behavior grated and since this is written in first person I couldn’t escape how irritating I found her.

Kelsey goes from being shocked about the existence of werewolves to being sex crazed and eager to have babies, even though she doesn’t know Damian from Adam. He may have bit her and been suffering some territorial werewolf feelings as a result, but she didn’t have any such issue. She was actually the one hoping to be together in the long run and the one primarily talking about choosing each other as mates. I’m not saying he didn’t want the same, I just found it surprising that the human in the relationship was the one pushing for it. She needed absolutely no convincing about anything. She jumped into sex, being mates, and a grim future for herself (that I won’t discuss because of spoilers) with both feet, even though they barely knew each other. It just didn’t work for me.

The whininess was also an issue for me. I know she had a bad past—that I wish was treated more seriously since it had potential—but her crying and clinginess was a big turn off for me. Probably this would come off as more cute and funny than irritating for those enjoying the humor. And I got tired of the constant sex, sex, sex, sex. Seriously, if I had to read about how horny this girl was one more time, I would have had to stab myself in the eye. Every time I turned the page they were lusting for each other in a completely over the top manner or they were just flat out having sex. Lots of sex. I felt bored for the most part.

I found the storyline kind of scattered, but I didn’t have a problem following along until the end. I’m still kind of confused about how that all worked out for Kelsey. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me and felt a bit thrown together. So, obviously this was not my style. The humor reminded me a lot Angela Knight’s Mageverse series. I think if you enjoy that series then there is a fair chance that you’ll enjoy this one as well.

Before I end this review, I just want to take the time to mention something I was impressed with. I’ve read and enjoyed this author before, and that name recognition was actually what led me to get this book. I knew Must Love Lycans and Never Again would be very different reads, but I didn’t expect the author’s voice to be so different. I’m impressed that she was able to change her writing style so much. Not a lot of authors seem to be able to do that, so it always stands out when I run across one who can. Seriously, though, if I hadn’t seen the name, I never would have known they were written by the same person.

Favorite Quote:

Then to my utter shock, she disappeared in a shower of pink sparkles. It was like Mari had burst into glitter. I looked at Damian, but he didn’t seem all that surprised. I wasn’t sure I was all that surprised, either. I fully expected a unicorn to show up next. Yeah. A unicorn ridden by a leprechaun holding a kettle of gold. Or a box of Lucky Charms.


Rating: D
Must Love Lycans by Michele Bardsley
September 6th 2011 by Signet
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  1. says

    Awesome review, Catherine.

    This is one of the many reasons why I run away from paranormal chick-lit like the genre is trying to give me the clap. More times than not, the humor in these kinds of books are a miss for me. I’m sorry you had to endure it-and a seemingly intelligent heroine going Betty Crocker on Ecstasy.

    • says

      Her flip flop from “you guys are nuts!” to “sex, sex, sex, babies, babies, babies” really bothered me. I like kids too, but I don’t want to breed with someone after a week!

  2. says

    Like LL, the humor in these kinds of books doesn’t always work for me but I keep trying because when it does, it really does. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you. :(