Book Review: Black Moon Rising by Melody Lane

Black Moon Rising by Melody LaneTitle: Black  Moon Rising
Author: Melody Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
Published: February 21, 2014 by Ellora’s Cave

Steve enjoys his day job as a shapeshifting bounty hunter—but his personal life is a mess. Nightmares of his father’s death and fantasies of a lost love torment him each night. Until he responds to a bail bondsman’s request to pick up a bail jumper and gets the shock of his life—the presumed murderer is Herman, his long-lost love.

Muscular firefighter Herman never expected to see the man he shared unbelievably hot chemistry with ever again. After all, he’d ditched their relationship and his lifestyle for a chance to reconcile with his estranged father. Could Steve possibly forgive that?

When the Merlotti crime family—all vicious, remorseless werewolves—get a sniff of Herman, the situation becomes desperate. What do they know about Lawrence Fleming’s death, and can Steve save the only man he’s ever loved before it’s too late?

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Liked the concept but the romance was beyond cheesy and the plot was full of holes like Swiss cheese.

The Set Up: Steve is a shifter and a bounty hunter on the trail of a bail jumper. But the accused murderer is Herman, the man Steve shared an intense affair with five years before. Herman is in hiding until he can figure out who killed his father and set him up but he’ll make the time to reconnect with Steve. But the werewolf mob is after Herman and will stop at nothing to get him.

What I Liked: Steve’s shifter nature is interesting and unique in shifter books but I won’t ruin what that is. I also liked Steve’s mother and brother who run the bounty hunting business with him.

What I Didn’t Like: This is the most plastic romance I’ve ever read. Herman doesn’t recognize Steve because his hair color is different but he claims Steve is the love of his life. The sex was totally awkward with phrases like “pummel his ass” and “I want your fireman’s pole to disappear in my ass” mixed in with purple prose of “riding the swell of the sea in a perfect storm.” The emotional and sexual connection was forced between the men as they said they were fated soul mates instead of showing the reader.

Furthermore, the plot was just as bad with a witch showing up for a reason not really related to Herman’s issue. How Steve saves Herman still has me scratching my head. The plot seemed more a backdrop to keep Steve and Herman having awkward sex than a story.

IMO: This is an all around awkward book with a cheesy relationship and a plot that didn’t make a lot of sense either.

J9’s Rating:
1 Frog

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About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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