Book #102: Little Red and the Wolf by Alison Paige

Who said being eaten by the big bad wolf was a bad thing?

Maizie Hood struggles to keep her bakery turning a profit, her landlord from evicting her, and her dear Granny in a nursing facility. Wrestling with the decision to sell Gran s cottage is hard enough. The last thing she needs is her childhood big-bad-wolf nightmares turning into real-life adult fantasies. Sexy businessman Gray Lupo s sudden interest just makes matters worse. Is he the answer to her problems, or just a wolf in gentleman s Armani?

Since his wife was killed twenty-one years ago, Gray s life has been focused on two things: protecting the pack and avoiding the grown daughter of his wife s killers. When it becomes clear he can t do one without compromising the other, Gray finds playing big bad wolf to Maizie Hood s Little Red is a role he enjoys far more than he expected.

A real bad wolf s attack on Maizie changes everything. Gray can t deny the pull she has on his instincts and his heart. Suddenly he finds himself taking on a role he never thought he d want, as her protector and mate. Until the truth about his connection to her nightmarish past comes to light “

I was in need of something fairly light and I was out of harlequins. That said, I did have this erotica lying around from a random thrift store buy. Since I’m still doing Book Battle on Facebook (seriously, if you love reading challenges, check it out) and I needed a werewolf love interest, this sounded the best quick read.

I’m actually a big Little Red Riding Hood fan. I know the stories that may have inspired the original fairy tale and I know what the story could be about in general. And, I do love the idea of an adult little red riding hood with a werewolf. Emphasis on werewolf. I DO NOT condone beastiality. That’s nasty.

That said, there were moments when this book made me uncomfortable. There is a scene in the cottage where Maizie Hood meets a wolf face to face. The wolf is . . . lets just say, amorous. This wolf gets a little tongue happy. LUCKILY, it didn’t get to places that was seriously disturbing, but it was still a scene that made me a bit uneasy.

The rest of the story wasn’t too bad. There was a bunch of sex scenes, which is par to the course. The story itself was decent. Grey Lupo is trying to secure his pack’s land and the dynamics of the pack, but is having trouble with. Maizie is trying to secure her grandmother’s elderly care and her own financial troubles. These details could have made more meat for the story, but the sex and quasi-instinctual love is what takes center stage.

I mean, I wasn’t expecting more than that. So, ultimately, the book was what I was expecting. There were funny scenes and I enjoyed it enough to keep going. On the plus, it was a very quick read.

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