It was the revelation of the millennium witches, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals are real Fast forwardyears TV reporter Delilah Street used to cover the small town bogeyman beat back in Kansas, but now, in high octane Las Vegas which is run by a werewolf mob she finds herself holding back the gates of Hell itself But at least she has a hot new guy and one big bad wolfhound to help her out


10 thoughts on “Dancing With Werewolves

  1. Julia Julia says:

    NO SPOILERSI found this book pretty terrible, but at times key phrase here, at times in that so bad it s amusing way Some flaws amusedthan others Tense switching occurred in some scenes where I presume the author was trying to involve the reader in the action but jarring confusion was the result instead I wish the author had stuck to past tense, or at least beenconsistent in tense switching during action moments.More amusing were the eye roll inducing stereotypes and ethnic NO SPOILERSI found this book pretty terrible, but at times key phrase here, at times in that so bad it s amusing way Some flaws amusedthan others Tense switching occurred in some scenes where I presume the author was trying to involve the reader in the action but jarring confusion was the result instead I wish the author had stuck to past tense, or at least beenconsistent in tense switching during action moments.More amusing were the eye roll inducing stereotypes and ethnic fetishes The heroine is Black Irish , as the author reminds ad nauseam, even though she was abandoned as an infant and knows nothing of her heritage As part of this, the author belabours her lily white , gorgeously pale skin, her baby blues , and she is of course totally gorgeous, very slender but with cleavage, and desired by all despite lacking self confidence Mary Sue FAIL The hero, Ric, is even worse in this regard He s LATIN and epitomises every clich ever, and his coffee colored etc skin gets as much screen time as Delilah s porcelain version An excerpt of this ridiculousness The dowser was looking as dazed and embarassed as I felt, thank God His rich cocoa colored skin had an ashy undertone Tiny beads of sweat swept across his forehead, catching the twilight like a diadem.He lookeddazzling Like a fairyland lord come to take me away From the electricity I d felt between us, I was ready to go anywhere Borrowing from Twilight, I see Unfortunately, I can rarely stand to read the word dazzling or variations after the damage that series wreaked on the poor word There are countless other instances of terrible similes some of them made so little sense or were so random I just scratched my head, others were so vividly unusual I couldn t help but laugh Whatever faults the author has, she does not lack for creative description If you can overlook the bizarre and the clich , the many references to classic cinema were an interesting angle within paranormal romance, and the futuristic fantasy world was interesting, too, if somewhat shoddily and incompletely constructed in particular the CinSims, who defy known science and whose workings remained unexplained.The plot was decent although incredibly scattered, the dialogue usually bearable, and some of the ideas Delilah and Ric s powers, other supernatural creatures were creative and interesting The author possesses a broad vocabulary and isn t afraid to flaunt it, but abuses her thesaurus On the whole I found Delilah likeable other than being a virginal victim so overdone and so not appealing , she rarely annoyed me I finished the book, and it was entertaining , but I have no desire to ever readby this author, let alone further in the series


  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    I only got to page 100 before give up it was like trying to follow someone with a bad case of ADD and the writing abilities of a 5th grader By page 60, the main characters had a date go terribly wrong, sorry her henceforth undiscovered twin carved up on a CSI show had her dog die of blood poisoning effectively lost her job beat as a reporter lost her house due to the actions of her co worker a weather witch for no real reason whatsoever mentioned 45 gazillion times that her Snow White I only got to page 100 before give up it was like trying to follow someone with a bad case of ADD and the writing abilities of a 5th grader By page 60, the main characters had a date go terribly wrong, sorry her henceforth undiscovered twin carved up on a CSI show had her dog die of blood poisoning effectively lost her job beat as a reporter lost her house due to the actions of her co worker a weather witch for no real reason whatsoever mentioned 45 gazillion times that her Snow White like color makes her vampire bait and hinted at a super sikrit mysteriously sppoooky past, which of course she actually knows nothing about.Frankly, I didn t have enough energy to hope that this whole thing would sort itself out at the end, much less continue to decipher if what was going on was action, a random thought, a nightmare, or a vision something that was not always clear from the writing


  3. Deborah Deborah says:

    A strange phenomena when an author changes style or direction, there s often a violent knee jerk reaction from fans to the shift You constantly see people complaining about an author doing the same old, same old Yet, let a writer give you a fresh premise, a plot totally unlike anything she s done before and readers surprisingly scream, burn the witch I think readers fans often seek long time authors out for comfort food The books may not be exciting, but you know what your money is go A strange phenomena when an author changes style or direction, there s often a violent knee jerk reaction from fans to the shift You constantly see people complaining about an author doing the same old, same old Yet, let a writer give you a fresh premise, a plot totally unlike anything she s done before and readers surprisingly scream, burn the witch I think readers fans often seek long time authors out for comfort food The books may not be exciting, but you know what your money is going for it s safe Despite the whines of nothing new , when an author makes that about face, they nearly get stoned Carole Nelson Douglas long time author with over fifty titles to her credit in the Irene Adler series and the Midnight Louie series hops to another publisher and gives you the wildly zany Dancing With Werewolves While I love her other stories, I truly enjoyed this book, and look forward to others in the series to come It s sharply written, very witty and kept me turning pages until I read the whole book in one sitting As fans become accustomed to this new direction for this talented author, I fully expect to see praise for her new style In a genre that s quickly filling with authors left and right, Nelson brings a fresh and sassy voice to Delilah Street A woman with a dim past, she knows she was named after the street where she was found orphaned She s currently an investigative reporter heading up the paranormal beat in Wichita, Kansas The theme reminded me faintly of the movie Fred Ward did for HBO Cast a Deadly Spell, 1991 , where paranormal was normal I absolutely adored Ward s Harry Phillip Lovecraft character, so it follows I would enjoy this book, too While watching a television show, Delilah spots a cadaver being dissected and gets a chill The dead body could be her twin sister When the vampire anchorman tries to put the bite on her and she ends up fired, then she loses her dog and her home, Delilah figures someone is trying to tell her it s time to take the show on the road and find out if there s a clone who may be her sister Vegas has always been considered a bit strange, but in this alternative world, werewolves are literally running the town Besides the werewolves, there are a few witches and other not quite humans that keep the plot moving and full of surprises As in the Ward movie, it s an odd blend on urban fantasy and film noir that is brought to life under the talented penhumkeyboard of Ms Douglas My husband absolutely adored this book, so it should appeal to both sexes


  4. Cathy Cathy says:

    Very mixed feeling about this For one thing, the author has writtenthan 50 novels and wonthan 50 writing awards, yet the writing in this is pretty crummy pretty often There are many odd transitions, sudden topic changes and just weird moments that left me really confused For another thing, the author s bio at the end makes a big point about her writing about strong women Yet Del is a complete victim, from every part of her childhood, to the inexplicable beginning of this book whe Very mixed feeling about this For one thing, the author has writtenthan 50 novels and wonthan 50 writing awards, yet the writing in this is pretty crummy pretty often There are many odd transitions, sudden topic changes and just weird moments that left me really confused For another thing, the author s bio at the end makes a big point about her writing about strong women Yet Del is a complete victim, from every part of her childhood, to the inexplicable beginning of this book where she loses everything she has worked so hard for due to one bad dating moment, to the entire plot of this book where she is manipulated, blackmailed, kidnapped, lied to by ernemies and even her sort of allies Her employer is a sleezy and manipulative as her deadly enemies Sure, she bounces back a bit, but she puts up with a lot of it without complaint and even with unspoken compliance She stays in town, takes the job, doesn t even protest about a lot of really invasive and pretty horrifying things like Snow s gift Even her big romantic breakthrough is due to a psychic incident, not a willing choice on either her part or his She s a complete and total victim, mostly a willing one And the most annoying thing in the whole book is the VERY often repeated assertation that Del is Black Irish She was abandoned, found at 3 days old White skin and black hair is not exclusively reserved for only Black Irish I have a few Eastern European family members who would refute that It s just annoying If you make your character an orphan you don t get to choose her heritage and you shouldn t repeat the same stupid story over and over again, regardless End rant On the other hand, I really enjoyed the homage to old Hollywood There are a ton of great old, and even modern, references Some of the supporting characters are pretty interesting with mysteries yet to be explored the CinSims are very clever, perfect for this Vegas tale I don t really get the system of magic, but it does have some original aspects I love the dogs and want to knowabout Quick s secrets And she tantalizingly left the mystery partially solved, a smart move in the first book in a series It s enough to make me want to pick up the next book But I don t think it s enough to make me want to try some of the books the author isfamous for


  5. Janet Janet says:

    I ve enjoyed novels by Carole Nelson Douglas in her Midnight Louie series and her Irene Adler series, but her first Delilah Street Paranormal Investigator novel Dancing with Werewolves left me cringing I liked some of the characters and elements of the world building in a short story featuring Delilah Street, in a near future Las Vegas saturated with supernaturals Douglas s idea of CinSims famous movie characters personalities overlaid onto zombies was particularly original and perfect f I ve enjoyed novels by Carole Nelson Douglas in her Midnight Louie series and her Irene Adler series, but her first Delilah Street Paranormal Investigator novel Dancing with Werewolves left me cringing I liked some of the characters and elements of the world building in a short story featuring Delilah Street, in a near future Las Vegas saturated with supernaturals Douglas s idea of CinSims famous movie characters personalities overlaid onto zombies was particularly original and perfect for a glitzy, supernaturally ruled Vegas However, in novel form I didn t find the world or characters convincing in key areas While I liked the CinSims, I didn t get the sense that Douglas had well thought out cultures for her classic supernaturals her werewolves were simple thugs and her vampires were dangerous comic relief Douglas was vague about the situation that caused supernaturals to emerge into the public eye it s described obscurely as a somewhat gradual millenium apocalyptic event huh Yup, that s what I said, too I much prefer Kim Harrison s tomato plague, or Ilona Andrews start of magic tech shifts A few other plot events, such as the final event that triggers Delilah s move away from Kansas, also are poorly integrated into the story While some of the secondary characters were delightfully weird, Delilah Street herself didn t feel believable in her career, emotional reactions, and choices I had the hardest time with how Douglas handled violence Delilah is assaulted four times in the first fifty pages of the novel, andtimes after that It didn t always feel important to the plot Delilah didn t react much to these attempts, and I didn t buy it it made the violence seemgratuitous than revealing of her personality and personal history That a single paranormal encounter suddenly freed up her sexual libido after a long childhood history or the threat of sexual assault, and with constant current threats felt cheap Also, I didn t get the sense that the Vegas teeming with giggly tourists was such a dark and violent dystopia that it would justify Delilah shrugging off the number of assaults as unremarkable Both Kansas and Vegas are presented as very much a man s world every non zombie male that Delilah encounters is misogynistic, domineering and unabashedly sexually harassing, but we aren t told why the emergence of the supernatural has led to the complete quashing of everything PC Why is the world this way Why Convince me Taken together, the sensationalist and easily dismissed violence against a woman, and the strong man to the rescue refrain felt like an action B movie There are hints ofinteresting plot developments to come, though, with Delilah s newly discovered abilities, odd sightings in mirrors, and the possibility of fighting for CinSim rights


  6. Jess Jess says:

    After 65 pages of asking myself What the hell is going on I decided to abandon The storyline was all over the place, it was nonsensical, and didn t interest me at all And what s up with the 70 s cover This was just bad.


  7. Sue Sue says:

    I mpartial to werewolves than vampires, and it was great to find this book While there were a few confusing elements in the story, overall it was entertaining, and I m looking forward to the next book in the series hopefully there will be one.


  8. Deena Deena says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A tiny sliver of me would like to give this a 3, because for a few pages, it was a fun read.The rest of me wanted to give it a 1 We compromised at 2.Where to start If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would sloppy Sloppy editing typos like I don t usually see outside my own typing Not the author s fault, of course But as for the sloppy writing again where to start The protagonist Is she a split personality How can Irma be in control enough to make shopping decisions Is A tiny sliver of me would like to give this a 3, because for a few pages, it was a fun read.The rest of me wanted to give it a 1 We compromised at 2.Where to start If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would sloppy Sloppy editing typos like I don t usually see outside my own typing Not the author s fault, of course But as for the sloppy writing again where to start The protagonist Is she a split personality How can Irma be in control enough to make shopping decisions Is she a virgin or experienced Or, after only a couple of encounters, she all of a sudden knows what to do Despite the hang ups we ve been told about repeatedly The plot Too many characters You don t have to set up the entire series in the first book.Too disrupted by metaphysical prosings in appropriate places that are presumably meant to further either character development or world building These ramblings do neither Nothing gets explained, only mademurky, and in ways that suggest to my inner skeptic that Ms Douglas is covering her butt for later titles if the first was murky enough, you don t have to remember research what you already wrote You also don t have to make any real decisions, because you never settled on any real explanations anyway Inconsistencies within this single title Seeing Madrigal and mysterious assistants had made me unhappy with the status quo with Ric p 291 Ric is someone she s only known for a few weeks, of which he s been out of town for 2, and we ve been bludgeoned with the idea that she s never had real relationships with men Now she s unhappy with the status quo There isn t even a status quo yet with this guy with which to be unhappy.Another example The gown No Too Snow I didn t like to mix my encounters p 294 Two problems here The first is language That type of writing clipped phrases passing as sentences, with many in a row, recurs like a rash through the book Second, again, if you ve never had relationships or encounters, as we ve been told throughout the book, how do you even know that you don t like to mix your encounters The language What s new Kansas pussycat Really The entire book is written that way For me, that wavered between boring and annoying.There are several places where the tense changes prof past to present Not often enough to be considered a device, but just often enough to remind me of papers written by in coming freshmen.There s also the fact that this series clearly gloms on to the pre existing paranormal rage without bringing anything new There s the fact that this is clearly at best a spin off and at worst a down right rip off of Carrie Vaughan s Kitty series In other words again Ms Douglas brings nothing new.I don t think I would actually warn people off, but I d sure want someone to know how sloppy the writing was before they started I m of two minds apparently the whole Irma thing is contagious about whether to try the second one The part that wanted to give it 3 stars says I should, but the other part thinks it wouldn t be worth the penny to buy it used on


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    This book was incredibly awkward the writing was awkward, the characters were awkward, parts of the plot were awkward Most of the other 1 3 star reviews have already covered my complaints I picked this up at the library, and they have the second one, so I decided to pick that one up as well just to see if the writing gets better.I expect authors to be able to spell their own characters names consistently, and when they don t, that is a big no no to me This author had some issues in that re This book was incredibly awkward the writing was awkward, the characters were awkward, parts of the plot were awkward Most of the other 1 3 star reviews have already covered my complaints I picked this up at the library, and they have the second one, so I decided to pick that one up as well just to see if the writing gets better.I expect authors to be able to spell their own characters names consistently, and when they don t, that is a big no no to me This author had some issues in that regard, along with other editorial problems


  10. Jane Jane says:

    I liked this one a lot though it felt incomplete The mystery of who the dead bodies were wasn t wrapped up though I d guess it will be revisited Lots of action and a smart, snarky heroine.