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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Buy Me Love (Shapeshifter Series Book 1) by Julie Tetel Andresen is a story that initially brings together two protagonists that you will grow to love. Moses Reilly is a Detective Chief Inspector for Scotland Yard, and Zelda Sachsen is a Guardian for a security company called G4S. On top of that, Zelda is a werewolf. Given that they are both in the same field, they are destined to meet when they investigate the same case—a report of a dead body in Russell Square. Two elderly people had been killed over a two-day period, and both deaths have been made to look like werewolf attacks. A blogger known as Werewolf Hunter had predicted an imminent werewolf rampage, and this news brought crowds pouring into the streets of London. This is why Zelda’s assistance is summoned, and nothing could have gratified Zelda more than the look of profound surprise and intense desire that crossed DCI Reilly's face.
Buy Me Love works well in its time period and the romantic angle is very digestible. Julie Tetel Andresen proves that werewolf stories are very much alive and will continue to give vampire tales a run for their money. Personally, I love werewolf stories—the bloodier the better. But the likes of authors like Andresen have given my taste for this paranormal genre a new twist, as I am beginning to appreciate its blend with romance. This story has a plot that is like a marriage between Sherlock Holmes and Underworld. Andresen has written this initial offering in a new series with care, where the scary and mysterious elements creep around enough to send chills down your spine. Buy Me Love is a great fusion of mystery, paranormal, and romance that will entertain you as you read.