Sunday, January 1, 2012

Book Review: Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising
(Dark-Hunter #18, Were-Hunter #5)
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publication: August 6, 2009
Source: Owned by Reviewer
Buy it at Amazon or IndieBound
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Adult

My Thoughts:
Fang and Aimee's story is one that Dark-Hunter/Were-Hunter fans wait for over the course of quite a few books. We first meet Fang in Night Play, his brother Vane's story. We watch the glimpses of Fang and Aimee's relationship through the eyes of others for quite some time until finally getting to this book. While frustrating in many ways, Bad Moon Rising was well worth the wait. It is a perfect example of what readers have grown to love about Sherrilyn Kenyon's books. It's an action-packed page turn loaded with quick wit, unrivaled sarcasm, and steamy romance. 

The thing that worried me, and surprised me, the most was that over half of Fang's story takes place at the same time as two of the other were-hunter books.  Because of that, there is a lot of overlap in the story. While I can see how this overlap bothered some readers, I didn't mind it at all. In fact, I enjoyed seeing what was happening on Fang's end while the other stories were taking place. It was also fun to recognize bits and pieces from the other stories while I was reading Bad Moon Rising and watching all of those puzzle pieces fit into place.

Readers who are familiar with the were-hunters and their wold know that Fang and Aimee are in many ways the Romeo and Juliet of Sherrilyn Kenyon's series. Fang is a wolf-were and Aimee is a were-bear. Fang is from the most powerful of the wolf families, and Aimee is the princess of the most powerful of the bear families. That alone should be enough to keep them apart, but something draws them to one another in a star-crossed love story hinging on a war that could destroy them both, as well as their families.

And speaking of families, Sherrilyn Kenyon does it again with rocking the family dynamics. I absolutely loved the interactions between the Peltier (Aimee's family) siblings and their parents, and the Kattalakis brothers (Fang's family). And when those two families collided, it made for some very interesting moments. There were times that I wanted to be part of both families, times they my heart broke for both families, and times that I laughed my behind off with (and at) both families. I have yet to find an author who writes family the way Sherrilyn Kenyon does.  Bad Moon Rising was definitely worth the wait!

Summary from Goodreads:
Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances.

When Aimee, the woman Fang loves, is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. The breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world for ever.

The war is one and time is running out... 

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