Type: Paranormal Romance Novelette
Publisher: Lyrical Press
My Copy: Sent
The child of a gypsy and fey, small-town veterinarian Dr. Anastasia Brannon has always hidden her magic for fear of ridicule. A red-hot encounter with the new PI in town makes their attraction impossible to deny. Throwing caution to the wind, she indulges her desires but keeps her secrets close.
A man with a shady past and secrets of his own, Howl Raven uses his feral talents and tracking skills to make a living, doing his best to lay low and hide the curse that haunts him every month. So far, so good…until an uncontrollable shift outside the full moon leaves him the victim of a werewolf hunter.
When she finds the enigmatic investigator wounded in the woods near her cabin during a storm, Ana provides medical care on instinct. She may be the only one who can banish the wolf from Howl’s blood, but at what cost?
I went into this book expecting a quick read about a shifter finding his mate. Claiming Ana is exactly that. Brynna Curry is a new to me author and her writing style took some getting used to. I thought the story was good and she can write an alpha character the reader can easily fall in love with. There really wasn’t much back story to this book…we learn about Ana’s and Howl’s secrets as they learn them about each other. I had no problem with that and actually enjoyed how quickly they fell for each other.
Ana is a small-town vet with hidden talents. Thanks to her gypsy ancestors, she has magical powers but she keeps them to herself, knowing how people would react to a “witch”. She is smart and down-to-earth and, and like me, shares a weakness for strays and bad boys, both of which describe Howl Raven.
Howl is a newcomer to town, working as a private investigator to help the chief of police with a case. Unknown to everyone else, he’s also a werewolf being hunted by his cousin. It is through his connection with the chief that he meets Ana. Ana grew up with Chief Cade Murphy and his brothers, and even had a high school love affair with Jace Murphy. The minute he meets Ana, Howl knows she is his mate. He knows nothing about her other than the instant attraction he feels, but with his wolf driving him, he will stop at nothing to have her.
I thought the first half of this book was really good. I liked the way the author developed enough of a supporting cast to make Howl and Ana’s meeting believable. Unfortunately, much of the initial storyline disappeared midway through. There was a lot of emphasis placed on Ana’s history with the Murphy family and her connection with Jace, to the point of Cade warning Howl away from Ana because of his brother’s feelings for her. I didn’t really understand the importance of the Jace-Ana connection. Also, the whole reason Howl came to town was to help Cade investigate his father’s death. Once that was introduced, the author never really touched back on it.
I liked the idea of the werewolf and the gypsy getting together. I could see why each of them would fall for the other, and I’m always a sucker for a hero that instantly knows his mate. I
think Howl and Ana accepted each other’s secrets so easily because of what they each knew about themselves, but I do wish we were given more of their thoughts and feelings instead of just, “Oh, he’s a werewolf.” I thought the part about Howl’s curse was an interesting twist on a shifter story, but I feel like the author never really explained things all that well. The second half of the book was a lot of jumping around between Ana’s magic and Howl’s shifting and the curse that threatened their newfound love, and there wasn’t really enough detail given for me to grasp exactly what was happening.
The chemistry between Ana and Howl was scorching, but I didn’t feel like their romance conveyed enough passion or emotion to the reader. I would have liked the author to continue her writing style from the first half and maybe even make the book a little longer so I would have more time to become invested in the story.
I give Claiming Ana by Brynna Curry 3 stars!