Book: Bad Moon Rising (Anthology)
Story & Author:
Moon Dogs by Erica Kealey
The Wolf and the Moon by Kayla Bain-Vrba
A Kind of Remedy by Ashley Shaw
The Were Cure by Sasha L. Miller
Runaway Prince by May Ridge
The Wolf’s Moor by Lupin Drake
Moonwitch by M.J. Willow
Coming Home by Elizah J. Davis
The Werewolf of Grey Lake Inn by Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Fiction; M/M; Paranormal Romance; Werewolves/shifters; Vampires; Sidhe
This book was a collection of novellas (Nine stories in all). A couple stories were really great, and a couple were really bad. Most of them were in the middle range. Overall, I would give this novella a 3.5 rating because the book was pretty solid overall.
Moon Dogs by Erica Kealey (4-stars)
This story featured two detectives Cary and Grant. After an attack that would have killed an average man, Cary disappeared from the hospital. His partner, Grant, went to find Cary in order to see if he was okay and also declare his true feelings to Cary. When Grant located Cary, Cary was nonchalant and asked Grant to leave him alone. Upset and humiliated, Grant left, only to be kidnapped by a werewolf clan after Cary. After Grant escapes, he reunites with Cary who confesses a secret that has kept Cary from being who he truly is. This story was short and sweet. I liked the law enforcement background and the whole partner aspect to their relationship.
The Wolf and the Moon by Kayla Bain-Vrba (3-stars)
This story featured a gladiator themed war game with two star-crossed lovers, Dag and Myka. They met and fell in love, but were thrust into the war game and forced to fight for survival. This one was very reminiscent of the Hunger games, with the same kind of emotional anguish. This short dystopian was sad, but the end was good.
A Kind of Remedy by Ashley Shaw (2.5 stars)
This story featured a young man, Nicolaus Andren, who needed money and agreed to one of those pharmaceutical experiments for money. However, it turns out the scientist have been lying about the procedure. They were creating werewolves in the lab. Nicolaus escapes and tries to find the cure to restore him back to his human only form. His quest leads to him to discover others like him and a new way of life. I didn’t enjoy this story at all. It was a bit contrived and it just didn’t engage me at all. The lack of originality made it difficult to get through.
The Were Cure by Sasha L. Miller (3.5-stars)
This story featured Innot Grant, a wizard, who was summoned to the royal palace because the princes were cursed. According to the King, the curse will turn his sons into werewolves. He demanded Innot find out who placed the curse on his sons and reverse it. It was an okay read. The characters were enjoyable.
Runaway Prince by May Ridge (3.5-stars)
This story featured a prince, Astin Noelle du Pris, who constantly ran away from his responsibilities and a male escort, Delaney Day, who was always looking for a mark. It seemed that Noelle didn’t have good coping skills, and the expectation of being the next king made him anxious. Delaney, on the other hand, hid his feelings behind sarcasm and quips. As Noelle ran from family, Delaney was looking for something to belong to. In each other, they found the missing piece that strengthened them.
The Wolf’s Moor by Lupin Drake (2.5 stars)
This story featured two siblings that were the last of their family that had been cursed by the Sidhe to turn into werewolves. Seamus O’Malley had accepted his dual nature, but his sister Ethne hated the curse. The only way to break the curse is to kill the O’Connor family and descendants, because they were the enemies of the Sidhe, but Seamus cannot bear to murder the last descendant. His sister, on the other hand, insists on freeing them, thus began the battle between the siblings. This story wasn’t enjoyable as many people died unnecessarily and everyone was keeping some secret about who they truly were.
Moonwitch by M.J. Willow (3 stars)
This story featured Athenas, a prince, who came over to investigate strange activities that no one could account for. The king’s soldiers were being turned into wolves and no one knew why and who was responsible. This one was more of a paranormal mystery on a navy ship, and the investigation lead to some interesting revelations.
Coming Home by Elizah J. Davis (4.5 stars)
This story was my favorite. It featured a werewolf named Caleb, who escaped an attack on his family when he was young. He was adopted by humans and basically had to figure out his dual nature by himself (no one guiding him). One day at a hotel, he is found by a man named Hunter, who claims that Caleb’s family has been searching him for him for the past 20 years. Hunter and Caleb’s chemistry was smoldering. There was just something that felt so right about these two werewolves. I enjoyed this short story from the minute they met to the last word on the page. The connection with the family, the whole reunion was so touching. Great read! This one was well paced, very engaging and thorough satisfying.
The Werewolf of Grey Lake Inn by Megan Derr (3.5-stars)
This story featured a vampire Astor and his agent, Tennyson, who were snowed in at an inn, where Astor was investigating some paranormal activity. These two were victims of a lack of communication, as well as fear. Being trapped at the inn allowed them to talk and get to know each other much better.
Review by Chinyere Etufugh
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Authors: Rachel White/T.T. Kove/Sasha Miller/Liz Lambdin/Julia March/Megan Derr/Ashley Shaw
Genre: Romance F/F
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Jeanne and Angeline are both opera singers for the Celestial Theatre. The two of them despise, hate and wish each other dead, but circumstances that are out of their control shortly change all that. A new manager, Cesaire LeFevre has joined the theatre, but his purpose for being there is for much more than improving performances. The prince will be attending the opera and there is treachery in the air. Can Jeanne and Angeline put an end to Cesaire's plans? Is the saying true, love and hate are so close?
Liv is a princess who has run away before she is forced into an arranged marriage. She is living like a commoner and likes it. Along the way she meets Amala who hunts lindworms. The two women join forces, Liv using her magic and Amala using her sword. But along the way there is more to their relationship than meets the eye.
Devi is a level 8 combatant whose primary job is killing Dragons. She is always partnered with a mage who uses magic to assist the combatant. This time she is partnered with Noeme. The two women set out to complete their mission but on their way they are faced with events that ultimately will change both their lives.
Evelyn is a princess with the urge to travel and explore. Her latest exploration is a tower surrounded by a field of thickets. In spite of the danger she reaches the tower and discovers a powerful witch, Bromhilde. Hilde is in a state of depression caused by her lover Zel leaving her. Evelyn is determined to bring happiness back into Hilde's life and slowly but surely she makes changes. Evelyn and Hilde have found a good place in their relationship and Evelyn is determined make sure it stays that way. The surprise in the story was the discovery of who Zel actually was. She was a fairytale come to life.
Weather the Storm
Emily is in love and is convinced that James wants to marry her and travel the world together. In order to leave unnoticed, she dresses in her brother's clothes and cuts off all her hair. What she didn't expect was that James had no idea she took his flirting seriously. Returning home would be impossible because she would be branded a harlot. Her only recourse is to become a cabin boy on a ship. No one is aware of her true identity except for the quartermaster, William Davies. He has sworn to protect her secret, but then he has a big secret of his own.
Sophia has been disgraced. She was caught with her hand on a woman, where her hand should never have been. But that disgrace does not seem to matter to Lord Everett Dobson who has asked for Sophia's hand in marriage. Everett is the Earl of Mermaid Cove and although she knows she can never have real feelings for him since he definitely is not her type, she is still willing to give it all she has. And this is where the story gets interesting. Mermaids really exist in Mermaid Cove and Sophia's purpose for being brought there is soon explained.
Lilith is part of a band of vagabonds. She has been given a task where she is to impersonate a princess and poison the king. Isaac, the head of the clan, wants to take over the throne and needs Lilith to do what she does best, take on the role of a princess who will enter the castle and eventually poison the king. What Lilith never expected was to meet the queen and fall in love. There is betrayal and lies but who will come out the winner?
The author's names are listed above according to the order of each book. Each story was exciting and I recommend it highly.
Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team