The Werewolf Meets His Match, Book 2 in Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls series – here we go! Some of the sections below are pretty much the same as those in my review of Book 1 (Genre, Intended Audience, and Setting), because, well, what I’ve written applies to the entire series (with some minor adjustments). Just FYI 😊
Also, because each book in the series contains its own start-to-finish plot, you can safely read this review without running into spoilers from Book 1. However! You should most definitely read the series in the proper order. More on that in the “What I Liked Section” below.
Read on for my spoiler-free review of TWMHM!
Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance 🎵🎶 these are a few of my favorite things 🎶🎵
I wouldn’t describe this as a YA novel, since the main characters are in their mid- to late-twenties (or early 30s?), but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it should be restricted to adults-only either… so perhaps mature YA
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Also – Instalove disclaimer! This book has high-levels of instalove. Deal with it. Or not, whatever 😜 (No, but really, you should read this book/series).
Overview (from back of book)
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.
Nocturne Falls!!! 😍🙌 Like it says above, a town that celebrates Halloween every day to safely accommodate its supernatural citizens, allowing them to be themselves out in the open. Yes, please!
As with Book 1, the main characters’ strengths, as well as their vulnerabilities, were showcased through their development as the story progressed. Ivy’s fierce and badass 💕 And I loved getting to see a different side to Hank – werewolf pun not intended.
What I Liked
I absolutely LOVE the way Painter included the characters in this series. The main characters in the second book were actually minor characters who were introduced in the first book. And! Some of the characters from the first book are now minor characters in the second book. And so on and so forth throughout the entire series 😆🙌 Which is why you should read the series in the appropriate order.
I also mentioned this above (and will most likely continue to mention it in subsequent reviews), but I really liked that the story was resolved in one book. Again – no cliffhangers! Woot-woot!
This book was also just as sexy as the first one ❤️
What I Liked a Little Less
I felt the supernatural stereotypes even more in this book – because werewolves. But! I loved that Painter applied them to both main characters; as opposed to what I’ve seen in a lot of tv shows, movies, and some other books where certain werewolfish aspects seem to be displayed by the men more than the women.
TWMHM was also a tad bit darker than the first book due to certain elements of the story (which shall not be named because they’re spoilery). Just a smidge. Not a deal breaker by any means, but I thought I should mention it.
I’m giving TWMHM 4.5/5 stars ☺️
My remark from my previous review about making a Halloween Hallmark movie still stands. For this entire series. Better yet, make it a Hallmark TV series 🎃 Trick or Treat! I mean- Please and Thank You!