The beginning of The Wolf Prince was really strong - a ball to "encourage" Ruben, the son and heir, to choose a wife despite his deep-seated reluctance to do so given that he thinks he's going insane. Willow, a fairy princess (literally!), who crashes said ball. An act of terrorism against the royal family and their guests during the ball. I mean, who wouldn't want to read more, right?
Unfortunately, it goes downhill from there. The middle of the book is a bog that sucks you down and doesn't want to let go. Ruben starts as a character to root for and then turns into a raging idiot - seriously, an absolute moron - and Willow goes from an independent princess who jumps into different realms to an unobservant whiner. It's unpleasant and I really wanted to smack the both of them upside the head and scream "Talk to each other already!"
There's not much more I can say about why this book irritated and let me down without massive spoilers which I really don't like putting in reviews, so I'll just say that I was so underwhelmed with this book that if Whiddon chose to write a sequel I'd take a pass on it.
The Wolf Prince will be published by Harlequin Nocturne on April 2, 2013.
Willow was unlike any princess he'd ever met
As heir to the throne, Ruben must choose an appropriate mate to preserve his royal bloodline—despite his fear that his true nature will destroy them both. Yet the female he craves above all others is a dangerous combination of fairy and shifter, a mesmerizing creature who inspires both passion and suspicion. Then violence strikes the castle, and the two are forced to track a killer into perilous magical territory. But with treachery everywhere, will Willow and Ruben's growing bond be enough to shift the fate of their two kingdoms?