Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri Arthur
Genre: Werewolves, Paranormal-Romance, Adult
Series: Ripple Creak Werewolf #1
Publication: July 31st 2012 by Dell
There’s no turning back for Neva Grant. To find a killer, she must seduce the boldest male in the Sinclair pack. Her twin sister lies in a hospital bed, fighting for her life, the fourth and only surviving victim of a vicious attacker. The werewolf rangers suspect the Sinclair pack, and the only way Neva can infiltrate their close-knit ranks is to unleash the wildness within and offer herself to Duncan Sinclair.
Duncan’s appetite for women is legendary on the reservation. But when this new woman stirs his hunger, he finds his desire for her goes deeper than anything he’s ever felt before. When he realizes that she’s playing a game and he’s taken the bait, he is determined to push her to the breaking point. As Duncan and Neva engage in a dangerous dance, they must somehow find a way to join forces—before a cornered killer bites back.
So begins the tale of the werewolves… Although we don’t really get the howl at the moon, the shot by silver bullet, we get more of wereshifters that can change at will. Still, this has to be one of the better wereshifters/wolves tales that I’ve read. Still not the blow my mind paranormal-romance I’ve been searching for from the shifters genre, but brilliant enough to keep me hooked and reading.
Another surprise about this novel is although within the first 20% you begin to wonder about the plot, but there is a complex, exciting and engaging plot to be discovered as you delve further into the novel and really uncover the layers beneath the romance. I found Arthur to have developed an intricately woven tale of romance and mystery that induced enough excitement and anticipation to engage your attention enough to keep reading.
Duncan was certainly an enigma all on his own. He was a brute, harsh and a total gentleman all in one, but he could make any woman weak at the knees and he had me melting in a puddle at the thought of him. At times he took on the brooding aura and complex, frustrating male character that we tend to find appear often in paranormal-romance novels who are obnoxious and demanding.
“While it was a female’s right to pick and choose as she pleased, once she had said yes to mating, the male had the right to enforce it.”
Duncan takes on this role very seriously and a times it can really offend the feminist inside me, but then if you take it as part of the culture, it became easier to take and whilst Duncan may have been an ass, he knew how to become a gentlemen when the time was right and his behaviour was fully motivated and supported by his own assumptions—however wrong—within the first phase of the novel.
Neva is a head-strong and non-nonsense woman. For much of the novel, she shelters beneath the demands and morals of her parents and their strict social conventions, but with the aid of her sister and Duncan’s pushing she blossoms into a woman of her own.
We get quiet a few sex scenes, but I didn’t feel they were over done or crash and we recognised a change in the scenes as the characters matured and adapted to their relationships over time.
I liked the wereshifters set up of different “packs” that depended upon their colour and family. The Sinclair pack are definitely the wild bunch and the moon phase and dance they hold is frowned upon by Neva’s parents and it makes for an interesting development in the plot. In addition to this, we have the complexity of the murders and events that follow certainly push the packs and test their bonds. The Sinclair pack and Neva’s family are the main pack focuses in this novel, but it would be interesting to discover a greater range of the wereshifter community and their culture. After all, parts were hinted, especially where they talked of the locals recognising them, but not really accepting them which is why they had so few children. So more in-depth exploration of the history and world surrounding the shifters would add to more enjoyment for this novel to develop the background more.
There is very little focus on lots of flowery descriptions to create strong visual descriptions, but Arthur’s drive to keep the pace strong and flowing really take away the necessity and it’s easy to visualise most of the scenes and events. My only desire would have been a little more description to embellish and really fulfil all my thoughts in certain parts of the novel so I could feel entirely absorbed in the world and feel the snow surrounding and encasing her in the storm and the desperation Neva felt to get back to her home, rather than the distance Arthur seemed to put between us and the main character and her setting.
Overall, I felt like Arthur delivered us a solid novel to add to the paranormal-romance genre, and I don’t think this one will disappoint. Although if werewolves/shifters aren’t your favourite paranormal creature, I’d probably stay away from this novel. For me, I’ll be coming back to Keri Arthur in the future because she seems to hold promise.
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