Crimson Hunter: A Little Red Riding Hood Reimagining Fairy Tale Fatale, Book 1 N.D. Jones African American, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Fairy Tale Kuumba Publishing October 31, 2019 284
She's not afraid of big, bad WEREWOLVES. They're afraid of HER.
The War of Eternal Hunger freed witches from the rule of werewolves, ending a patriarchy only to create a matriarchy. A thousand years later, Oriana, Matriarch of Steelcross and Crimson Hunter, is a young, untried ruler who seeks to bridge the divide between witches and werewolves. But how can witches trust werewolves not to hurt them when Rage Disrupter collars are needed to control their lust for witch's blood and magic? And how can werewolves trust witches to treat them as equals when they've built metal cities and armed themselves, literally, with iron weapons of werewolf destruction?
Marrok is a Clan of the Black Moon werewolf. When he meets and falls in love with Oriana, he knows action must be taken to stave off his lust for her blood and magic. But witches are the warm sun to werewolves' cold moon. Is it possible for them to share the same sky? Or will Marrok betray Oriana--his bloodlust stronger than his love?
Claws and fangs.
Magic and metal.
Will one side devour the other, or will they find a way to peacefully coexist?
Welcome to Earth Rift, where the moon is black, and the sun is crimson.
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
N.D. Jones took a classic fairy tale, put it in a paranormal romance blender with plenty of dystopian spices, and created an updated and a fantastic new version. The world building grabs you from the first sentence. Oriana, the witch monarch, has been battling the werewolves for as long as she, or anyone, can remember. But there are parts of their interactions with the wolves that bother her. On the other side of the battle is Marrok, leader of the Black Moon werewolves. Watching the two circle each other and navigate their growing romance is well paced and, frankly, super steamy.
The divides between the worlds of Oriana and Marrok seem so overwhelming at times. There are unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader invested. And somehow, Jones still manages to tie it all up in a very satisfying ending. This is not your average fairy tale. I highly recommend it to fans of paranormal romance.