Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.
Wolf shifter Hugh Lupine simply wants to make it through the month and win the bet he has with his best friend. He’s not looking to date anyone, or to solve a murder, but when a breath taking beauty runs him over (literally) he’s left no choice but to take notice of the quirky, sassy newcomer. She’d be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact she’s the granddaughter of the local supernatural hunter. Even if he can set aside his feelings about her family, Penelope is his complete opposite in all ways.
Penelope Messing wanted to get away from the harsh reminder that her boyfriend of two years dumped her. Several pints of ice cream and one plane ticket to Maine later, she’s ready to forget her troubles. At least for a bit. When she arrives in the sleepy little fishing town of Everlasting, for a surprise visit with her grandfather, she soon learns that outrunning one problem can lead to a whole mess of others. She finds herself the prime suspect in a double homicide. She doesn’t even kill spiders, let alone people, but local law enforcement has their eyes on her.
The secrets of Everlasting come to light and Penelope has to not only accept that things that go bump in the night are real but apparently, she’s destined for a man who sprouts fur and has a bizarre obsession with fish sticks. Can they clear Penelope’s name and set aside their differences to find true love?
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**Cait Sidhe’s Review of Once Hunted, Twice Shy**
Penelope literally runs into Huge…with her car, but it’s okay because Hugh happens to have improved healing. He’s a wolf shifter, though Penelope doesn’t know that. She’s coming back to town after a bad breakup. She left Everlasting as a child when her parents died, taken away to live with her grandparents who found her other grandfather to be a strange man. Her grandfather runs the antique store and they come from a long line of supernatural hunters. Let’s just say her grandfather’s reputation proceeds him.
Once Hunted, Twice Shy was entertaining. Of course, there is some paranormal baking involved. Hugh, who normally cusses enough to make a sailor blush, is helped along with a bet to not curse by who other than the eccentric Aunt Polly. This lead to some…er, interesting choice of cuss words. Some of them were just hilarious. Penelope who tends to be colorful in her own lack of cursing is even impressed with some of the ones that the big bad alpha werewolf comes up with.
This one is much more romance than a mystery as most of the actual action takes place off-camera. We know that as a newcomer, Penelope is under suspicion of two deaths, but that’s really all we know. Two bodies found in a cove, with no real how or why until Penelope and Hugh happen upon the erstwhile murderer by complete mistake of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As usual, they are helped along the way by the quirky and fun residents of Everlasting. Cute and light read.
I give Once Hunted, Twice Shy 3 out of 5 propellers!
About the Author
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Mandy M. Roth is a self-proclaimed Goonie, loves 80s music and movies and wishes leg warmers would come back into fashion. She also thinks the movie The Breakfast Club should be mandatory viewing for…okay, everyone. When she’s not dancing around her office to the sounds of the 80s, she’s busy writing sexy paranormal operatives. Mandy lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her husband and three boys. She has sold well over 1 million ebooks.