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March 24, 2014

Double Tap: Werewolf Sings The Blues by Jennifer Harlow + Drinking & Tweeting by Brandi Glanville

Series: Midnight Magic Mystery
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 8, 2014
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
If Vivian Dahl's life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues. She's pushing thirty, her singing career is going nowhere, and the partying lifestyle is taking its toll. Plus, a mysterious man is stalking her. But when she's abducted from a singing gig, Vivian is surprised to see her stalker become her savior. Jason is her werewolf rescuer sent by the biological father who abandoned her as a baby. Finding herself on the run, Vivian drives across America with the enigmatic Jason and learns about the werewolf war her father's pack is caught in. Now that an opposing pack has targeted her, Jason will stop at nothing to make sure Vivian's song isn't cut short.

Snarky, snappy, bluesy and one heck of a chase, with some bittersweet melancholic tones. This is how I'd sum up Jennifer Harlow's WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES, Midnight Magic 2, and its deeper and darker than What's A Witch To Do?. Neglected by her mother, abandoned by her father, Vivian Dahl is most definitely a wounded heroine, bobbing steadily just to keep her head above water. And just when she finally found her place, it was ripped from her forcefully and once again, Vivian is on survival mode, mourning what she lost while embracing what she just found. Too many changes in such a short amount of time but as our heroine is a trooper, I'm sure she'll make it somehow. I know I sound uncertain but you'll understand later on.
This is happening. It's true, it's all true. My father's a werewolf. My mother lied to me all my life, and I'm being hunted by homicidal supernatural beings.
Initially I loved Vivian Dahl's sarcastic outlook in life, her quips and sometimes outgrageous internal conversations were humorous in a dry kind of way and it would either shake my head or laugh out loud. Viv's wedding/bar singer with a bad habit of "powdering" her nose once in a while, with no clear shot of making it to the big leagues. Vivian's buried in debt with no career, real friends and very isolated from her family. For the first half of WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES I found Vivian's commentaries entertaining but as the novel progressed, it became more and more of a pathetic pity party and I was desperate for Viv to snap the heck out of it! Aside from rogue werewolves hunting her, Viv finally solved the mystery behind her father's disappearance! Frank Dahl didn't abandon Viv, at least not the way her mother presented it to her, the story was more complicated than that but finally he's here and Frank has a lot of to offer. But Viv stubbornly rejected her place and insists on playing the poor-bitter-me act which she regretted in the end. 

Jason, or Blondie as Viv fondly calls him, wasn't a very strong character for me. Ironic considering he's Frank's Beta and Viv's love interest. He has his strong suits, loyal, passionate, gorgeous, volatile, complete with a tragic past which primes him to be a great PNR hero. But he didn't complement Viv's vivacious character IMO, he was more of a supporting character than a main one, choosing to stay in the shadows as a follower, versus asserting himself in the situation. But I stand corrected because we might see more of Viv and Jason in the next/latter books based on the ending. If that does happen, I hope Jason's character grows exponentially as he ascends as pack Alpha.

Despite my mini-gripes about Viv and Jason, the plot of WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES was tense and full of intrigue. You have power struggles, a vulnerable pack, loyalty issues, forbidden love, and lots of secrets. The tipping point came very late in the story which affected my view of the climax, conflict and resolution. I think if the shocking ending was the climax, it would've provided more room for Viv and Jason's character to grow instead of waiting for that growth to happen in the next books. The ending wasn't necessarily a cliffhanger but it sure incited a lot of questions from me plus there are still a few threads that needs to be tied down. WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES also is sort of a prequel as the events that took place here precedes What's A Witch To Do?, so if you're thinking of picking up this series, I feel it's safe to read the series out of order or even as a stand-alone. At the same time, it's also in this book where Mona and Adam first met (MC's of book 1), and as I'm a fan of this couple, I had a bigger appreciation for this added element. 

Like I said, the ending was leading and I have a feeling that JHarlow is setting up the stage for something bigger. Hopefully my hunch is right and with a little more magic from JHarlow, book 3 will be epic. I sure love me some more tense otherworldly politics, these night creatures go for the jugular all the time and I don't shy away from blood and gore.
You can only live on hope for so long before real hunger finds you.


If Vivian Dahl’s life had a soundtrack, every song would be The Blues
  • Pushin’ Thirty (Hard Life Takes Its Toll)
  • Singer Going Nowhere Fast
  • Mysterious Stalker Got A Hold On Me
  • Bullets, Blood, and Fur
  • Long Lost Werewolf Daddy Done Me Wrong
  • Ain’t No Pack War Gonna Keep Me Down
  • Love On the Run (feat. Sexy Jason & Melting in His Icy Eyes)
  • She’s No Good (Born Under a Bad Moon)
  • Don’t Let Her Song Be Cut Short
  • Livin’ La Vida Werewolf (Bonus Track)




I interviewed Jennifer Harlow a while back and I remember asking her what she was reading and she mentioned this book. As I'm a follower of The Real Housewives, I thought it would be interesting to ask Ms. Harlow what she thought about Brandi Glanville's debut novel, DRINKING AND TWEETING

Non-Fiction
February 12, 2013 | Gallery Books






We all have our guilty pleasures. For some it’s erotica and romance novels, others it’s beer and fast food. Me, it’s The Real Housewives. I have watched this show in its every incarnation since the first season of New York. I love them all, from Bethenny Frankel’s one-liners to Theresa Giudice’s table flips. These shows add nothing to society as far as I can gauge but damn are they fun. So when I was asked to review Beverly Hills’ star Brandi Glanville’s memoir DRINKING & TWEETING I leapt at the chance. Now I may watch the show but beyond trying a Skinny Girl cocktail once I had never gone past the TV show in regards to supporting these middle-aged high school mean girls. But I like Brandi. She may not be the smartest gal but she does what she says she will, and remains honest even when it doesn’t serve her. Plus she has a hell of a Hollywood story to tell.

A little background on Ms Glanville. This self-proclaimed trophy wife was married to the actor Eddie Cibrian. One morning she woke up, took her kids to school, and by the time she got home her life as she knew it was over. Her husband of thirteen years had been having an affair with country singer LeAnn Rimes and the tabloids uncovered the fact. Suddenly Brandi also found herself all over its pages and her husband left her for LeAnn. (They have since married. Good luck with that LeAnn.) Penniless, homeless, husbandless and with two small boys to take care of, Brandi began playing the tabloid game, actually telling the truth about what was occurring behind closed doors up to and including LeAnn also stealing all her friends, staging photo ops with Brandi’s children, and even outing Brandi’s vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The book covers that fateful day up to her getting cast on The Real Housewives.  No gory detail is spared, which sets this book apart from most Hollywood memoirs.

DRINKING & TWEETING took me about four hours to complete and that was with making dinner too. DRINKING & TWEETING was everything I thought it would be: light, quick, and above all honest. Very honest. No topic was off limits with an entire chapter about why she chose to have her vagina rejuvenated and another about her DUI. She owns all her actions and emotions during this time including cyberstalking  her ex through social media to drinking too much to cyberstalking while drinking too much. There was a lot of anger filtered through the pages, understandably, yet there was also some real insight into how to deal with the new wife and navigate divorce with small children involved. I wanted an honest yet funny take on a Hollywood break-up and that’s what DRINKING & TWEETING delivers. My only two critiques are at the end of each chapter there’s a “Brandi’s Babble” as if this book were trying to become an advice book as if I needed to be told don’t drink and drive and kids only have one Mommy. I also would have enjoyed more about being on the The Real Housewives, the process of being hired and living in a fishbowl, but can’t have everything. All in all, a good guilty pleasure read. 

I sure would love to read this because I do find Brandi Glanville's unapologetic behavior highly entertaining. Thanks, Jennifer Harlow, for doing this and for sating my curiosity.


Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.


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32 comments:

  1. I'm reading this one now and now after this review I'm intrigued. I have to agree with you that I'm not really feeling Jason and I hope he man's up soon.

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    1. I'll wait for your thoughts, then we can compare notes. I hope I didn't give out spoilers!

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    2. Nope no spoilers. I will be back with my thoughts soon though asI am almost finished.

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  2. While the romance didn't rock you, I do like the sound of the overall plot. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. You should read the first book in the series, which actually takes places after this book. Jason definitely mans up. He was a far more interesting character in book one than in this one.

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  3. I'm thinking the first book probably makes a good adaptation to audio, books with humor and sarcastic heroines can make a pretty good listen, even if the book is just OK.
    Sometimes is good to get off the path with reads, in this case is your closet genre..LOL
    I've never watch a housewife show, so I can't knock it ;) sounds interesting, nonetheless.

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    1. True, snarky bitches makes for great listening... Housewives, I'm an addict! It kills some of my brain cells but we can't be serious all the time.

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  4. I know what you mean. Somethings are great in small doses, but a continuing stream of the same thing like her thoughts not changing as the circumstances progress can get old. It sounds good. I'll have to try this series.

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    1. Hopefully the next book will sort of put everything together. I do want to see Jason step up as Alpha.

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  5. I need to get back to reading my shifter stories. Even though this one is light on the romance, it still sounds interesting. I'll check out the rest of the books in the series as well.

    You want Real Housewives? say it so beautiful?...lawd, those women! lols. My mother has a fit about those Atlanta chicks.

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    1. OMG Right now the Atlanta ladies are the BEST! They make great TV!

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  6. I am an outrageous internal conversations connoisseur. I think they can so easily make a book if they are done well. But I HATE pity parties!

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    1. It was OK at first but when it got old I'm shaking VIv in my head, slapping her silly so she snaps out of it!

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  7. Oh boy, those shifter books look like a lot of fun! I think I would like Glanville's book. I used to devour those celeb books like nobody's business. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I want to read it too because she's so unfiltered, I bet a lot of what she said in that book are outrageously funny... or abrasive

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  8. I'm pretty sure she's going to write a second book about her experience with The Real Housewives, hopefully it'll be as honest as this one. ;)

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    1. The second book is already out, it's about dating now. I want to read that one too LOL

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  9. I like the shifter cover, but I do hate pity parties. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I don't think anybody likes pity parties, we all want tough strong females to inspire us regardless if its fact or fiction

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  10. Drinking and Tweeting sounds like an engrossing read, and with a title like that has some humor to live up to

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    1. Right?! It's pure entertainment, that book

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  11. I liked the first one but it took me a long time to understand where we were according to the first book. but like you I though it was nice.

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    1. I hope book will put it all together, make the series more cohesive and the books more connected

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  12. Love the cover on Werewolf Sings the Blues and I'm all for snarky and sarcastic but yeah not when it turns into the pity party. Hrm. It does sound like an interesting plot though so maybe one day :)

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    1. I hope "one day" is sometime this year...

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  13. I need to read What's a Witch to Do? Been eye balling that since it came out.

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  14. Werewolf Sings the Blues sounds like an entertaining read, Braine. I'll be sure to pick up this series since you like it :) and I'm in need of a genre shake-up, I think. I also enjoyed the review of Drinking & Tweeting. I think it would be an interesting read considering Ms. Glanville is so honest about her life.

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  15. Werewolf Sings the Blues sounds pretty good - if a book isn't fantastic, but I get to the end and can feel that the author is planning to take me somewhere, I tend to right it off as a transition book and look forward to the next one. So hopefully the next book will be even better!

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