Someone give poor Kitty Norville a hug! Her name smacks of porn stardom. After being raped, she's turned to a werewolf against her will. Alpha Carl has a serious douchy streak, including a propensity for rape. Natural and supernatural beings seem to enjoy trying to kill her. And flossing sometimes involves cleaning human flesh out from between her molars. Life as a werewolf hasn't been easy for Kitty.
Similarly, reading "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" was not easy for me. Sure, I read it in less than a day, and I found myself enjoying some of the action sequences. But I'm no fan of the dominance theme throughout the book. Kitty is dominated physically, sexually and mentally by a number of folks. I appreciate her grit in refusing to submit without a fight. But really, pack dynamics and instinct are no excuse for rape by an Alpha male. (Where is Lord Conall Maccon when you need him?)
Additionally, I found Vaughn's writing style to be a bit awkward. There's at least one mistaken shift in point-of-view (page 155 of the mass paperback). And the dialogue! Here's Kitty's first moment on the air: "Good evening to you, Denver. This is Kitty on K-Nob. It's twelve-o-twelve in the wee hours and I'm bored, which means I'm going to regale you with inanities until somebody calls and requests a song recorded before 1990." Then there's Kitty's on-air response following a strange conversation: "What an intriguing call." So stiff! Not to mention Kitty's "Paradise Lost"-inspired theology lesson on pages 7 and 8. Chapter One felt forced to me, not the best way to start off a book series.
On the good side, I've already mentioned the entertaining action sequences. There're also the tongue-in-cheek references to "praying the supernatural away" and "coming out of the closet" as a supernatural being. But these moments of humor and violent action aren't enough to save the book for me. I can't bring myself to go higher than two stars.