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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blood on the Moon by Kelly O’Donnell

Blood on the Moon by Kelly O’Donnell
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Wisteria

Gabrielle knew Shep was the sexiest shape-shifter to ever carry a badge and fill out a pair of jeans. But she couldn’t forgive his decision to turn his back on who and what he was. Even if he made her blood hum. As a guardian and a witch, Gabrielle represented everything Shep didn’t want.

He wanted a nice normal life. It was why he’d become a cop, why he denied what he was. When a lycanthrope killer threatens to destroy the human world they’ve both sworn to protect, Gabrielle and Shep must embrace their attraction if they expect to stop him.

Lieutenant Shepherd, or ‘Shep’, isn’t just another ‘dick’ with a badge - he's a werewolf. And Gabrielle… well, she’s not just another witch. The two together bring a whole new meaning to power couple.

This story starts off very dark with a series of deaths plaguing a city that is filled with all sorts of paranormal goodness. It’s from the third person point of view, so we can see the action from both Gabe’s and Shep’s sides. I liked this, and felt it added much to the story.

The only problem I saw was — this story was simply not long enough. I don’t want to give away too much, however, the story touched on so many different paranormal aspects - witches, shifters, werewolves, etc. - that it really didn’t need to stretch further than that, however, add in Greek Mythology and ‘Olympus’ references and it seems cluttered. The portions that focused on witches and their craft were beautifully written and well researched.

As for the hero - I’m a sucker for hot-wolf male leads and Shep does not disappoint. I found myself wanting more of him and his dark, brooding, self-confident side. Shep’s back-story and his seemingly constant denial of his true nature seemed a bit out of nowhere, but it did not detract from the overall flow of the plot.

Blood of the Moon is a short story, but packs a lot of larger than life characters into its plot and subplots. I think Ms. O’Donnell had an interesting premise and storyline, but I really would’ve liked to see the story be longer considering the gravity of the characters. Otherwise, the story is well written, the dialog is well thought out and the tension between Shep and Gabe makes you want to read the next page to see if either of them will give in and stop being so stubborn.

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