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Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel by Ronda Thompson
(St. Martinís, $6.99, PG) ISBN 978-0-312-94925-9
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Don't let the title of Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel, throw you off. This reviewer did, and suffice it to say I wasnít too enthusiastic when I picked up the book. The paranormal fiction genre is spiraling out of control, and from the title I expected a fluffy, bimbo-filled comedy along the lines of what MaryJanice Davidsonís Queen Betsy series morphed into. Thankfully, judging the book by its cover this time proved the old adage true.

Thereís no way of avoiding the supermodel part, but Lou Kinipski (as she now calls herself) is no bleached blonde with fake Ö eyelashes. In fact, until her senior year of high school, Lou - then Sherry Billington - was a geek, and looked the part. Then she made the mistake of attending her prom with the cutest guy in school, and he tried to rape her. Much to Louís surprise and shock, she turns into a werewolf to protect herself. After that, she not only doesnít feel like herself, but she doesnít look like herself anymore. Not to mention, Tomís gone missing, and Sherry-now-Lou has a sneaking suspicion his hiding place is her digestive tract. So she disappears to New York and, courtesy of her new looks, makes it into modeling.

Sherry clearly didnít have the best taste in men, and thatís a trait that Lou holds onto. From the beginning, she makes it clear that she has a serious thing for one of the photographers, Stephan, but she wonít date him because heís such a man whore. When girls fitting her description begin turning up dead - mauled by some creature Lou is the only one to realize is a werewolf - she starts seeing the lead detective on the case. After she cracks a couple of his ribs with her superhuman strength, he understandably backs off also. By the end of the book, sheís also started to get interested in her sleazy-yet-sexy private detective, Morgan Kane, who is one of just a few people who knows her true identity.

Kane was hired to find Louís birth mother, who Lou is convinced must hold the secret to her condition. He eventually tracks both Louís biological mother and her adoptive mother to a laboratory in Nevada.

The book ends without delving too much deeper into the secret of Louís past, which not only leaves the reader hanging, but indicates that a second book, at least, is in the works. A second one will be well worth the read; there is Louís past and the all-important question of which man will she be with to be examined. Donít let the three men throw you off, either. This doesnít ring of Anita Blakeís many lovers; Lou just has a problem deciding whatís good for her and a habit of not acting on her instincts anyway. Although sheís a supermodel, Lou comes across as very much the normal girl with your normal problems. In her case, this is primarily due to the fact that she wasnít always the hottest girl in the world; but Thompson does an excellent job of giving facets to characters you wouldnít expect to consider much, let alone the core characters.

This book should please fans of any of the authors in the paranormal genre, lighthearted or otherwise. It is fun, with a touch of mystery and a surprising insightfulness, plus a plotline that may meander but will keep readers intrigued.

--Sarrah Knight


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