Dink by Melody Knight & N.D. Hansen-Hill
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (76 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern
James Oberon Trask, AKA Jot, is a werewolf with a problem. His temper is as ferocious at moonrise as his size is diminutive. If all this weren't bad enough, Jot is also living in a dangerous place. Somewhere in the community, a serial killer is at work, enacting werewolf slayings under the full moon. Werewolf expert, Polly Merriworth, has been called in to find the Were psychopath. Polly remains skeptical about the existence of werewolves, but she can't help but wonder, given so many traditional tales, whether there might be some fact behind all the fiction? Or is the dark lore of lycans, the promise of passion and the bloodlust, merely an excuse for some misguided soul? When Jot encounters Polly, it takes considerable finesse to woo her without revealing his lunar affliction. Especially since it may well require the talents of his Were side to prevent her being the next victim of the lycan slayer.
Dink is a werewolf tale of a different sort. From the moment it begins, you know you’re getting something that is apart from the rest in the genre. Oh, sure, there is fur, teeth, and fangs – but they aren’t nearly as deadly as you might think.
When Jot and Polly meet at a restaurant following the full-moon, their attraction is immediate…if not comical. He’s just come off a shift (literally), and she’s eating something that makes his mouth water. Joining her to eat, Jot is shocked when he inquires about her profession and she informs him she researches werewolves. He can’t figure out if she knows his secret, and she can’t figure out if he’s dangerous, adorable, or just plain strange.
From this point forward, the laughs don’t stop.
Jot and Polly’s chemistry is both funny and sweet, and I loved Jot’s need to please even as he worries that Polly is onto him. Adding to the confusion is Polly’s worry that Jot might be the very criminal she’s been hired to locate. The subplot adds a bit of tension and forces Jot and Polly to enter into a quasi relationship with a thin layer of trust. When sparks fly, so does a bit of fur, and it’s a delight to witness. The romance is both sweet and spicy, and the characters are engaging and entertaining.
Wonderful writing and a steady pace make this a novella you’ll read quickly, which is fantastic for those times you want something unique but are short on time. I’d recommend Dink to any werewolf enthusiast who enjoys things that are off the cuff, yet provide just enough heart and heat to satisfy the romantic within.