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  • An interesting mystery that could use more meat

    BUY ME LOVE is a story following Moses Reilly, a Detective Chief Inspector for Scotland Yard, and Zelda Sachsen, a Guardian for a security company called G4S. Zelda also happens to be a werewolf. These two meet while investigating the same case, and once their true identities are revealed to one another, they find themselves falling in love. I have never read anything by this author before, and the first thing I have to say about this book is that it is VERY BRITISH. And when I say that, I do not mean biscuits-and-tea-with-the-queen British, I mean the other, rougher side of being British–the rugby side. The only reason I mention this is because this book is filled to the brim with British slang that at times I, as an American, could not even comprehend what was being said. Perhaps if the slang had been used less frequently–for example if it was only used when characters were speaking rather than throughout the narration–it would have had less of an impact. The story starts out slow as all of the characters are introduced and Zelda and DCI Reilly each try to find people responsible for a lucrative online dating scam. This goes on until 30% of the way through, when Zelda and Reilly figure out they are working the same case. That case is subsequently dropped for a more interesting one involving a murder near the G4S headquarters. The murder mystery is carried on throughout the rest of the book and it is definitely infinitely more interesting. However, with so much of the first part of the book focused on this dating scam investigation it seemed odd that it was thrown away so easily. Whenever something like that happens in a book, I like to examine why it would be. My conclusion was that essentially the dating scam investigation was the tool the author used to get the main characters together, and once they were there was no need for that tool any longer. The different POV changes were also a bit odd. Some of the characters that had a POV were only given them once throughout the whole book. Several of them seemed completely unnecessary–like when Viorica, the Romanian woman who worked in the station, managed to have an entire chapter just to have a lunch date with the superintendent, or where Susie got two POV scenes where she was in love with Reilly from afar but nothing came of it. There are times when POV changes can be useful, but these didn’t add anything to the plot. My biggest concern about BUY ME LOVE is that it doesn’t feel like a fully fleshed-out story. The bones are there, but it needs a bit more substance to it. This is especially true for the paranormal aspect of the story. There is absolutely no fantasy feeling throughout the book. We know that Zelda is a werewolf because she told us, but that is really it. There is no building of a supernatural world. We are just told that it’s there. The same is less so, but still true for the characters. They are rather one-dimensional, and none of their flaws or mistakes are addressed. Reilly starts the book in a sexual relationship with a married woman, and yet once Zelda enters his life it seems that whole situation just disappears with no consequences. It felt as though this was supposed to be viewed as harmless, but it personally made me lose all respect for Reilly within the first couple of chapters. This conflict (I suppose it would be MY conflict and not his since it is not addressed in the book) does not manage to give Reilly depth because he feels no remorse, he doesn’t have any sort of moral dilemma about it, and all it did was tell me that he had no interest in a real relationship. Zelda on the other hand was mostly the pretty, smart girl that every man wants. There wasn’t much more to her than that. I think her character had the potential to be so much more, but she wasn’t utilized to her full potential. She could have been a complete badass, but instead she was more of a follower for the men in her life. In all, I’d say that this book had potential, but unfortunately fell flat to me. However, I'd still be open to reading this author's other works. ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review

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  • Very entertaining

    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.

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  • Very entertaining

    Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite DI Moses Reilly has been on a long game sting operation involving a dating scam. Reilly attempts to break up this gang known for swindling money from love-hungry people. He begins the dating game by casting out the bait that is most alluring to the criminals - a lonely and rich man, eager for female attention. Zelda Sachsen has several side hustles. She is the perfect candidate for bringing the illegal dating ring to an end, but she keeps dating the same guy under different aliases and disguises. Reilly gets pulled from the dating scam to work an unusual murder. A man is skillfully killed and placed on a park bench in one of the most influential areas. A man with deep pockets pays to get this murder solved quickly and quietly, with one stipulation; Reilly must work with Zelda. The sparks begin to fly. There is an energetic force drawing them together but can a werewolf and a human become more than colleagues? Buy Me Love by Julie Tetel Andresen is the beginning of her Shapeshifter series. Julie Tetel Andresen draws her readers in with the sparks and unknown future of DI Reilly and Zelda, but it appears as if she is laying a foundation for other books in her Shapeshifters series. Buy Me Love has the mystique of a difficult case, refreshing new love, and the thrill of the supernatural. The author captures the shock and wariness in a paranormal romance with a captivating skill. The British background sets your fantasy running wild with historical killers, magical creatures, and uncanny skills in solving the unusual.

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  • Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite Buy Me Love: Shapeshifter Series Book 1 is a paranormal murder mystery romance novel by Julie Tetel Andresen. The first installment in the series follows Zelda Sachsen, a werewolf recently returned from exile who's currently working for the powerful and mysterious security agency called GS4 in London. When a dead body is found under unusual circumstances on a bench in Russell Square Garden, Detective Chief Inspector Moses Reilly is assigned to investigate the case. To Reilly's chagrin, however, he has no choice but to include Zelda into his unit and use her keen observational skills due to the influence of Zelda's pack Alpha, Egon Hanover. As they work together, Zelda starts to see Reilly as her lifelong mate. Reilly, meanwhile, struggles to keep a clear head as he falls head over heels for Zelda. Author Julie Tetel Andresen spins a captivating yarn full of suspense, mystery, and romance that keeps your eyes glued to the pages. Buy Me Love is a stellar start to the Shapeshifter series, which as a whole, has been one of the best paranormal crime detective series I have read in recent years. There is not a single dull moment in the entire book. The revelations are unexpected and Andresen's quick-witted dialogue keeps you entertained all the way through. The two main characters, Zelda Sachsen and Moses Reilly, have sparkling chemistry, and every scene involving them together is a blast to read. If you're a fan of werewolves and sleuth mysteries, I recommend this book.

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  • Very enjoyable

    Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Buy Me Love is the first book in the Shapeshifter Series by Julie Tetel Andresen. Zelda Sachsen does not want to be exiled from her pack once more. A pack-less werewolf is as good as dead. However, she is finally in the good graces of Egon Hanover, the Alpha, and it is enough to grant her a position in the elusive G4S. When a gruesome murder happens near the G4S headquarters and Scotland Yard is involved, Hanover gets Zelda to join the investigation team led by Chief Inspector Moses Reilly. Zelda was ready to prove her worth to the Alpha, but she wasn’t expecting to find her mate in Moses Reilly. Reilly doesn’t want to believe that he is Zelda’s mate or the fact that Zelda is a werewolf. Reilly just wants to find whoever killed an innocent person and call it a day. However, Zelda needs to help Scotland Yard solve the case and make Reilly believe he is her mate. Or else, Zelda will be exiled once more. I love werewolves and vampires. Buy Me Love is the kind of supernatural thriller that I love. There are no hyper-masculine alpha male werewolves desperate to find their other halves. I loved how Zelda was the focal point of the story, and her love interest wasn’t a werewolf. Moses Reilly is the kind of character you love right from the beginning. He is funny, smart, and hilariously focused on the job at hand. The spark between Zelda and Moses is real and intense, yet he steels himself to solve the case and not think about how perfect Zelda is. I love how this is a romance, but the author does not make it the center of the story. The plot gets plenty of spotlights, readers enjoy the murder mystery as well as an entertaining tale of romance between two very stubborn people who bicker a lot and find each other insanely attractive.

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