The Hunting Moon

Evelyn Shepherd
The Hunting Moon
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Loose Id
Release Date
June 2011
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Theo Bourne, a powerful Phantom, has returned to Columbus to escape his past. He didn't plan on sleeping with it. But the one-night stand he had with Carlos is proving to be unforgettable in every sense of the word, mainly because Carlos is his new partner on the Preternatural Task Force. Theo wants to put as much space between him and the very evident sexual desire he has for Carlos, so that means immersing himself in their latest case -- the gruesome murder of two lycanthropes.

Carlos Ramirez has been pining for Theo for a very long time and he isn't about to let him go. Theo's heart is guarded by a protective ten-foot layer of ice, though. It's going to take a lot of charm and a lot of coaxing for this werecoyote to melt the ice. Especially since it feels like every time he starts to warm up to his cold hearted partner, the case takes an unexpected and deadly turn.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jul 27, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
The cover draws you in, doesn't it? Personally, I thought it was wonderful and one of the best I've seen lately. It really represents the paranormal side of this book, a part that shouldn't be missed.

Theo is a detective in a paranormal unit who has certain powers of his own. While running from his past, he stumbles onto a new partner, new case, and eventually collides head on with all the problems he had been running from. But things wouldn't be half as interesting without his new partner/one nightstand who has been pining for Theo since they were at school together.

That said, THE HUNTING MOON is packed with action and while the two have enough contact and sex to satisfy the readers, the romance part kept juggling on wobbling feet. For me, it was a solid three star rating all things considering, but still, the book is written really well and the explicit violence made me stick with it. Not a lot of books in this genre manage that and in the end I decided on giving it four stars.

Both characters are interesting and unique in their own way. The differences between them as well as the particulars about the paranormal types are thoroughly explained without overwhelming the reader. Fight scenes are some of the better ones I've read about and the characters were colorful enough to connect the events into a solid whole.

My main issue with the story was the chemistry between the characters. I just didn't feel it. Carlos kept trying too much and Theo kept rebuffing him. That would have worked for the beginning, but instead of just pulling me into the story, the conflict stayed almost to the end. It made the book drag at times and only the case pulled it back on track.

Another issue was the way the two main characters worked as detectives. Their questioning technique left me frustrated at times and frankly, I wasn't all that surprised it took them so long to find the bad guy. For those of you who pay attention to detail – there were a few instances where injuries were forgotten in the next paragraph, but that is the editing issue and not the author's fault.

In the end I do hope the author sets another story in this world and gives us more than a taste of the shifter world. I recommend this book to those who like their stories packed with action, but not really to those who like it sweet and cuddly.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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