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Monday, December 6, 2010

Black Moon Rising by Eliza Gayle

Black Moon Rising by Eliza Gayle
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Paranormal, contemp
Length: Short Story (113 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

One man claims her by blood, the other by possession. One wants revenge.

At the rise of the Black Moon, Sierra is to be named the new Alpha of her pack. But first, she must take a wolf mate before she can claim the position. Problem is, she’s in love with two men, one of whom is strictly forbidden. Willing to live a lie, she publicly acknowledges one and keeps the other her dirty little secret.

Nolan and Marek understand Sierra’s needs. Nothing gives them more pleasure than to make her burn, body and soul. Until the pack is attacked and a temperamental stranger from the past threatens to send them spiraling apart. Now she must choose between love and duty, a decision with fatal consequences. Whoever said you could be Alpha without making the hard choices...lied.

I was instantly intrigued in this story when I read the synopsis and discovered that there was a female about to be named Alpha of her father's pack. Usually in stories like this the female would have to become mated and then the male becomes the Alpha, but it is deliciously not so in this case. From the cover alone, you might guess that this a menage and you would be correct, but it was a lot more than that.

Sierra takes on a lot when she takes over pack leadership. Her wolfmate and human lover are fighting her for dominance within their ménage as well as when it comes to pack business. Someone from Sierra's long forgotten past comes back to finish what was started years ago, but this secret can't get out to the rest of the pack. Unfortunately the Black Moon has different plans for Sierra. They are ruled by the Black Moon, but it presents a problem that can't be easily eliminated and for different reasons is both a curse and a blessed event that these shapeshifters desperately look forward to. A true test of strength and endurance of the new Alpha.

In a genre filled with countless shapeshifter books, Eliza Gayle has created a completely different world where a female leads the pack and is more than capable of holding her own. However this does not discount the Alphaness of both Nolan and Marek. Sierra definitely gives as good as she gets from these two as they respect her in front of the pack, but assert their dominance in the bedroom. Sierra absolutely has the best of both worlds.

Recommended reading for fans of tough chicks and the insatiable men who dominate them.

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