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Title: Beneath a Rising Moon
Author: Keri Arthur
Publisher: Published June 5th 2003 by ImaJinn Books
ISBN: 9781893896383
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On the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek, a killer is on the loose. Three women are dead, their bodies mutilated and faces slashed. A fourth, Neva Grant's twin, lies in the hospital, fighting for her life.Psychically linked, Neva shared the horror of her twin attack and makes a silent vow by her sister's hospital bed. She'll hunt down the killer, if Savannah finds the s On the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek, a killer is on the loose. Three women are dead, their bodies mutilated and faces slashed. A fourth, Neva Grant's twin, lies in the hospital, fighting for her life.Psychically linked, Neva shared the horror of her twin attack and makes a silent vow by her sister's hospital bed. She'll hunt down the killer, if Savannah finds the strength to live.The Rangers believe the killer is a member of the Sinclair pack, but Neva knows the Sinclairs will never talk to an outsider. To begin the hunt, she first has to seduce a Sinclair---and then she has to keep him interested long enough to find the killer. The only Sinclair not under suspicion is a wolf with a hard drinking, hard loving reputation. But has she got what it takes to attract a man with such experience? Neva doesn't know, but for her sister's sake, she has to try.Duncan Sinclair has been called back home to find a killer, and he wants nothing more than to complete his task and get out of the town for which he has no love. Then he's approached by a wolf who obviously has more than seduction on her mind, and he finds himself ensnared in a growing web of desire and deceit.As the murders continue and the killer's shadow draws ever closer, Duncan and Neva find themselves having to trust each other in order to survive. But can they trust the emotions flaring between them? Or will the lies of the present, the deeds of the past, and a killer's bloody intentions tear them apart?

30 review for Beneath a Rising Moon

  1. 4 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    This was one the first books I'd read in this genre and even though I am aware of any and all flaws it might have, it kept its magic. At least, as far as I'm concerned. I am biased, though, so take it with a grain of salt. *** Most readers have one or a couple of books one of their favourite authors has written that they know are weaker than the author's later books or series and they still love them. Ripple Creek Werewolf has only two books and I love them both. You can see the beginnings of Rile This was one the first books I'd read in this genre and even though I am aware of any and all flaws it might have, it kept its magic. At least, as far as I'm concerned. I am biased, though, so take it with a grain of salt. *** Most readers have one or a couple of books one of their favourite authors has written that they know are weaker than the author's later books or series and they still love them. Ripple Creek Werewolf has only two books and I love them both. You can see the beginnings of Riley Jenson Guardian, the customs and rules of shifter society, their sexual freedom. There aren't any other races in these two books, only wolves. Those will come in other series set in this world. A lot of people are tired of the soulmate theme, but Keri Arthur used that same theme and made it beautiful. Besides, I wouldn't mind the certainty. Both men and women in Keri Arthur's world do wait for the one, but they also have partners before that happens. All her characters are unapologetically sexual. Neva Grant's sister is in a coma. Savannah is a Ripple Creek ranger and she was hunting for a killer when she was attacked. All the evidence points to someone from the Sinclair clan, who often organize wolf dances in their mansion (where they choose partners for that full moon). Neva decides to get to the bottom of it all by seducing the only Sinclair who is not under suspicion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Neva is desperate to help her twin sister out. So desperate, she braves the "lion's den". Or should we say, the "werewolf's" den. Neva is one of the daughters of the leader for the prude old school werewolves. The Golden clan doesn't believe in the "dance". The dance is a filthy meaningless hook up for sex. The Sinclair clan practices this in excesses. Duncan is one of the Sinclair Alpha's son. Neva the good girl hooks up with Duncan because she wants to use him to help find out who tried to kil Neva is desperate to help her twin sister out. So desperate, she braves the "lion's den". Or should we say, the "werewolf's" den. Neva is one of the daughters of the leader for the prude old school werewolves. The Golden clan doesn't believe in the "dance". The dance is a filthy meaningless hook up for sex. The Sinclair clan practices this in excesses. Duncan is one of the Sinclair Alpha's son. Neva the good girl hooks up with Duncan because she wants to use him to help find out who tried to kill her sister. Duncan the prodigal son returns home to help figure out why female werewolves are being killed and why all evidence points to the Sinclairs. Their fathers are not on good terms. It's almost like a Romeo and Juliet star-crossed lover story. Except in this story, the only one holding the grudge and caring is the Montague family - Neva's father. The Sinclairs playing the Capulet role could care less about Neva's father or his disapproval. This story is very enjoyable in an angst type of manner. Duncan's reading on Neva is wrong which causes him to do things he regrets. Still, his alpha male dominance plus his sexually mastery of Neva is hot. The undertones of a D/s relationship make this story enticing. His ability to command Neva to do what he says because of a mistake she made in a promise is arousing. He has all the power in his hands. Will he abuse it or will he use it for both their pleasure? It's a hard decision. The actual mystery in this story is neither surprising or complicated. The reader figures it out early on. The focus isn't on who is doing the killing. The real meat of the story is why is there killing. The why is messed up and understandable. It seems the decisions of the father end up being consequences the child must suffer. In this, both Duncan and Neva are dealt a raw hand. Fortunately, unlike Romeo and Juliet, this ends in a happily ever after. Or at least, it is a bittersweet ending which encourages the reader to read the second book. This paranormal romance is recommended for kinky readers who love the reformed alpha male. *Review Copy from http://www.netgalley.com/*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aarann

    I had a lot of fun with this one and I have to say I definitely enjoyed it more than the second book (which I didn't dislike, but was just sort of "meh" for me). After her sister, Savannah, is attacked by a werewolf (in case the word "Moon" in the title didn't alert you, this is a werewolf book), Neva decides to go undercover in the mansion owned by the family of prime suspects so that she can investigate. She makes a "moon promise" to one of the sons of the family, the only one not under suspici I had a lot of fun with this one and I have to say I definitely enjoyed it more than the second book (which I didn't dislike, but was just sort of "meh" for me). After her sister, Savannah, is attacked by a werewolf (in case the word "Moon" in the title didn't alert you, this is a werewolf book), Neva decides to go undercover in the mansion owned by the family of prime suspects so that she can investigate. She makes a "moon promise" to one of the sons of the family, the only one not under suspicion. I guess a "moon promise" is basically something mystical that says, "Hey, we're going to bone like rabbits until the last night of the full moon." Like the second book, I'm still not sure what the point of making a moon promise is because they apparently don't mandate exclusivity or any real kind of benefit other than having a definite partner to work off a werewolf's moon-inspired hormones and, well, it sounds like they could find that pretty much anywhere. Anyway, Duncan figures out pretty much right away that Neva is some sort of spy, although he doesn't know who sent her or why, so he begins a campaign of hot-and-cold running emotions to get her to go running back to whoever sent her. He's pretty cruel to her, screwing up her relationships with her uber-conservative family, her job, and ruining her reputation around town (I really don't understand how that works either since it sounds like it's pretty normal for all of the wolves to screw around when the full moon hits and implying things about a person's sexual history seems pretty hypocritical). Meanwhile, there's a serial killer going around, murdering the sexual partners of the Sinclairs at their monthly moon-centered orgies. It's pretty clear early on who the killer is, but not what the motives are. Honestly, even after finishing the book there were a few things I'm not clear on. (view spoiler)[The main thing I'm confused about is why Betise kept insisting she and Duncan had been together for a year. That was never answered. I get her mother's motivation, but other than "she was batshit crazy," which is not a terribly satisfying reason in books, Betise's insistence that she and Duncan were soul mates was pretty flimsy. (hide spoiler)] I liked Duncan a lot more than I liked Cade -- at least with Duncan's asshattery, I could understand his motives -- and I think that had a lot to do with why I liked this book more. I will say I don't think the author had Savannah's story fully figured out when she wrote this one because some of the details alluded to in this did not match the ones in the second book. This was a library read, and while I'm not sure I would buy it, I could definitely see myself checking it out again and re-reading it someday -- not a keeper, but a fun book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Well, I tried Keri Arthur, and now I know she’s not for me. I’m sorry, but the writing was just so bad! It felt like this was churned out in a week’s time. And apparently no one edited it. There were phrases repeated word for word in multiple places (which always really annoys me); there were strange inconsistencies, like people suddenly knowing things they had specifically been kept in the dark about in previous scenes. And then the worst example: the main couple sees a Suspicious Person throw Well, I tried Keri Arthur, and now I know she’s not for me. I’m sorry, but the writing was just so bad! It felt like this was churned out in a week’s time. And apparently no one edited it. There were phrases repeated word for word in multiple places (which always really annoys me); there were strange inconsistencies, like people suddenly knowing things they had specifically been kept in the dark about in previous scenes. And then the worst example: the main couple sees a Suspicious Person throw something in the river and determine to fish it out later. But they are never shown doing this and instead break into Suspicious Person’s house and find a Nefarious Object clearly described as sitting on a bookshelf. Then in the very next chapter they confront Suspicious Person with the Nefarious Object and triumphantly declare that they fished it out of the river! The characters are physically perfect (of course), shallow and boring. The romantic couple doesn’t have a connection on any level except the physical which means the sexual tension is actually rather lacking. The hero is a jerk. The villains are obvious. The romantic lines are cheeeeesy. No one’s motivations make much sense and everyone vacillates between emotional extremes nonsensically. Here are some lines that made me giggle, after our hero is shot with a dart gun: “He glanced down. A dart was buried hilt deep in his forearm […] He lunged for her, but it felt like he was moving through glue, and his feet were extraordinarily heavy […] The dart must have been drugged.” The dart must have been drugged? This is the genius deduction you have come to? I’m really curious as to why else someone would shoot you with a dart gun if not to sedate you. Maybe hoping you die slowly of tetanus from the tiny puncture wound? Basically, this was on the level of a Harlequin romance with a few werewolves thrown in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bea Charmed

    If you’ve read Full Moon Rising or any of the Riley Jenson series, you’ll see some similarities between the werewolves in that series and this book: the wolves are out to the humans, the relationship between humans and werewolves is bumpy and the wolves are heavily regulated, the wolves have soul mates and moon dances. But, as Arthur makes sure to point out in a note at the beginning of the book, this book is set in a different world than the Riley books. It was in fact written and released, by If you’ve read Full Moon Rising or any of the Riley Jenson series, you’ll see some similarities between the werewolves in that series and this book: the wolves are out to the humans, the relationship between humans and werewolves is bumpy and the wolves are heavily regulated, the wolves have soul mates and moon dances. But, as Arthur makes sure to point out in a note at the beginning of the book, this book is set in a different world than the Riley books. It was in fact written and released, by Piatkus Books, before Full Moon Rising. This is a re-release. The werewolves in this world live on reservations, though humans also live and work with them. They have their own police force, the rangers, who handle most of the law enforcing on the reservation. One of their own, Savannah Grant, was attacked and is in the local hospital in a coma. Her twin Neva, who shares a psychic connection to her and actually saw part of the attack through Savannah’s eyes, decides to take matters in her own hands and investigate. She goes undercover to look for the killer. A local wolf family, the Sinclairs, is the main suspect. The family has a mansion outside of town where they hold monthly “dances” i.e. get-togethers where wolves can hook up and give free rein to their sexual surges which surge at the full moon. Neva is from a family that believes wolves should wait to indulge until they find their soul mate. Neva has discretely had a few lovers here and there but is fairly inexperienced. She is anxious about attending the dance because she knows she’ll have to dance, i.e. have sex, with a strange wolf to accomplish her goal. Not just any wolf, but Duncan Sinclair, a son of the Sinclair pack leader, who had been away for ten years and returned home after the first couple murders. Neva thinks he may be the safest to hook up with as the rangers don’t consider him a suspect. He has a bad boy reputation due to his actions before he took off ten years but he seems to have calmed down. Sinclair quickly realizes that Neva is there under false pretenses and decides she’s working for someone as a spy. He proceeds to treat her like dog doo that’s stuck to the bottom of his shoe and she lets him because she still wants to find the wolf that attacked her sister and is killing female werewolves. I admit, that bugged the crap out of me. Yes, Sinclair could be a nice guy but was he flat out cruel to her, coolly and calculatingly destroyed both her reputation and her relationship with her parents, and was a sexual tease. He ran hot and cold and had no problem using magic to make her do his bidding. The constant reference to the “dance” instead of calling it sex annoyed me. I understand that “dance” was the wolves’ term but it was used all of the time, which I found unrealistic. Seriously, no one ever refers to it as sex? It just felt forced and unnatural. Towards the end of the book Sinclair also makes a decision on Neva’s behalf that radically affects both of their lives but doesn’t tell her. “It wasn’t playing fair, it wasn’t giving her the choice, but in all honestly, he didn’t care.” And that is typical of his behavior all throughout the book. In my opinion, it didn’t make up for his behavior. He was very controlling and several times I wanted her to call a domestic abuse hotline. When their relationship turned “real” and not just an act to find her sister’s attacker, her tolerance of his behavior really bothered me. I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around it. Another thing that bugged me was the double standard that Arthur employed. Sinclair liked Neva for her freshness, her lack of experience with the dance and her innocence; he often and callously referred to regulars at the dance as “well-used”. So did other males in his family. Hello, Mr. Hypocrite and Double Standard Bearer. So, did I like ANYTHING? I did actually. I was sucked into the story immediately and stayed up late to finish it. I wanted to see what happened next and how things worked out. I liked Neva and I liked that Neva grew over the course of the book, a neat trick as the majority of the book occurs over a four day period. Arthur also did a good job showing us the differences between Neva and Savannah; they’re identical twins physically but different personality-wise. Arthur resisted the cliché of having a good twin/bad twin nor are they complete opposites, they both feel real. Sinclair, even with all his doucheness, also feels real and occasionally was quite likable. He and Neva both feel strong loyalty to their families and would do whatever was necessary to protect them. Savannah and Neva’s sibling relationship was strong but not perfect and I enjoyed their interactions. Their father was somewhat cardboard and could have been developed more but I did believe in his and his wife’s concern for Neva’s well-being. The conflict between their vision of Neva’s happiness and her vision was painfully real and something many readers will be able to empathize with. I did figure out who the killer was but I had the motivation wrong. Arthur sprinkled real clues and red herrings throughout but it’s not too hard to identify the killer. I would have liked a bit more depth to the killer’s characterization but it worked. Neva and Sinclair eventually work together to track the killer and they were actually pretty decent at it for being amateurs. The mistakes they made were believable and not just there to move the story along. The trick some of the wolves have with baking soda (read the story to find out, it’s a minor spoiler) is a good detail and a nice touch. The world building is well done, detailed but not overly so. I’d call the book a paranormal romantic suspense, though the emphasis was more on the sex and the relationship. I hope that Arthur will continue the series. There’s at least one more, Savannah’s story, as there was a blurb for it at the end of my book and I’ll be picking it up. This review was first published at Romance at Random: http://www.romanceatrandom.com/book-r... I received an eARC from the publisher.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melliane

    Mon avis en Français My English review And if I tell you that I was sure that Keri Arthur had only written two series? I do know the Riley Jensen one as I’ve almost finished it and I’m also curious to start the other series in this same universe. When I discovered that the author had written another series about werewolves, and when I saw this gorgeous cover, I knew I needed to read it. Neva's twin sister, Savannah was attaqued and since this event she is at the hospital, struggling to survive. Nev Mon avis en Français My English review And if I tell you that I was sure that Keri Arthur had only written two series? I do know the Riley Jensen one as I’ve almost finished it and I’m also curious to start the other series in this same universe. When I discovered that the author had written another series about werewolves, and when I saw this gorgeous cover, I knew I needed to read it. Neva's twin sister, Savannah was attaqued and since this event she is at the hospital, struggling to survive. Neva is now determined to find the killer that her sister was hunting to make him pay for what he did to her family. Even if for that she must deny everything she believes in and must enter a whole new world. However, she has to keep it secret from her parents for fear of their reaction as they’re completely opposed to the kind of practice she intends to use. In fact, having read the records of her sister, she realizes they suspect the Sinclair pack, a very liberated pack on the margins of society. And the only way to find the culprit is to infiltrate this pack that her family hates and what a better way than to seduce Duncan a son of the alpha? I must say that our heroine had everything planned from the start, how to be chosen, how to dress, how to titillate his curiosity, but she had not expected that he would realize it was a trap and that he could trap herself by tying her to him for five days to see what happens. In addition to this, the murders continue and when our heroine tries to investigate about these events, and that Duncan thinks she's a spy hired by the killer, something is created between them little by little. Our Alpha Sinclair will do everything to break her and learn her motivations while our innocent heroine will do anything to uncover the truth, even if her life falls apart a little more each time that she is close to Duncan. I loved this novel and these two characters are a delight to follow. Duncan has a totally twisted mind as soon as he decides that he wants the truth and Neva is just a naive girl looking for revenge. But she doesn't know what she is doing, nor the rules of this world. Everyone has its own idea of ​​what is happening and they don’t share any information with each other. However, they will both evolve in this first novel, Duncan will understand that nothing is what it seems and that he finally went too far in this quest, Neva meanwhile, will lose the innocence she had at first to realize that everything has consequences on her life. But nothing is more important for her than Savannah. And when Duncan makes no effort to resist to their attraction, our heroine is determined to not let him do what he wants, she is determined to not play nice after what he had done to her. This first volume is very addictive and I think this is the book by Keri Arthur I preferred. I read it in a few hours, unable to put it down and wanting to know more about the adventures of our two protagonists. After a part of the book we know about the identity of the culprit but little about his motivations, we remain attentive to every detail. A very good book and I'm curious to read the second one about Savannah now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    GENRE: Paranormal Romance THEME: Werewolves RECEIVED: Bought BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/ REVIEW: I’ve been such a big fan of Keri Arthur ever since I finished the Riley Jenson series; I was happy to hear about the re-release of Beneath a Rising Moon and picked it up immediately. The lead female character has the toughness of Riley but other than that I liked the differences in the leads and of course the romance. Beneath a Rising Moon follows Neva Grant, who has made a tough decision, inf GENRE: Paranormal Romance THEME: Werewolves RECEIVED: Bought BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/ REVIEW: I’ve been such a big fan of Keri Arthur ever since I finished the Riley Jenson series; I was happy to hear about the re-release of Beneath a Rising Moon and picked it up immediately. The lead female character has the toughness of Riley but other than that I liked the differences in the leads and of course the romance. Beneath a Rising Moon follows Neva Grant, who has made a tough decision, infiltrate the Sinclair pack and track down the person who attacked her twin sister. But she’s about to meet one man who makes her mission so much harder, the bad boy of the pack Duncan Sinclair. In the end they both are looking for the same answers and both don’t realize the connection they have. With danger, love and hunger in the midst they need to work together before the killer strikes again. Arthur created another fantastic tough and very smart female character in Neva. She has strong psychic abilities and an unbreakable connection with her twin, that makes her very dangerous. Even though this story focused a lot of Duncan and Neva as a couple, I really enjoyed the sisterly bond and love that Neva and Savannah have. They even have each other’s backs when their parents are against Neva’s decisions. Neva is a family girl and she would do anything for them even seduce Duncan who lives up to every rumor. Duncan is the type of guy that makes girls not only weak in the knees but also even want to run away from…or let chase them. He’s the ultimate bad boy in all the right ways. I loved his cocky and hardcore attitude but as always in a man, he has the soft side that I love. He too is like Neva and very devoted to protecting his family, he has many brothers who are in danger and that are very wreak less. In the end he and Neva have some extremely hot and steamy scenes together. Overall I enjoyed the mystery of the killer, even though I had a good idea about who it was, I didn’t know their reasons behind it. The pack life was discussed in a lot of depth and each pack was very different. The romance was better than ever and trust me when I say you may need a fan handy because the scenes get hot. RECOMMENDATION: This is a paranormal romance with sexual content that is suitable for adults. Fans of Karen MacInerney of Tales of an Urban Werewolf and Caitlin Kittredge of Nocturne City will love Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri Arthur.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shauni

    Beneath a Rising Moon was my first Keri Arthur book and I found myself enchanted. At first I did not want to use enchanted as to me it implies a bit more of a mystical image than I want. This book has an earthier, darker feel to it and yet.. I was drawn in and found myself falling for the characters of Ripple Creek. Neva Grant is the twin sister of the Ranger Savannah, the lead investigator in a series of killings in Ripple Creek. When Savannah herself is attacked, Neva takes things into her own Beneath a Rising Moon was my first Keri Arthur book and I found myself enchanted. At first I did not want to use enchanted as to me it implies a bit more of a mystical image than I want. This book has an earthier, darker feel to it and yet.. I was drawn in and found myself falling for the characters of Ripple Creek. Neva Grant is the twin sister of the Ranger Savannah, the lead investigator in a series of killings in Ripple Creek. When Savannah herself is attacked, Neva takes things into her own hands. Never a good thing.. *grins* Neva has decided to infiltrate the local Sinclair pack's monthly orgy (for lack of a better term) to see if she can find the killer on her own. Once there she finds herself drawn not only by the werewolf's natural instincts to the moon, but to Duncan Sinclair, the baddest of the bad. Duncan Sinclair has been called back to the pack to help investigate the killings that are being left at his packs door. Convinced that they will get no assistance from the local rangers, Duncan is committed to helping save his pack. While he has left his wild ways behind once he returns he is still a single wolf and the call of the sumptuous Neva pulls at him. Discovering that Neva had an alternative motive and not sure what it is, he is determined to keep her close at hand for more than the pull of the moon. Duncan demands Neva's attention and almost destroys her relationships with her family as well as her reputation. Convinced she is working for the killer in some way his manipulations lack all finesse. Sadly once he realizes that Neva is not the guilty party he thinks she is, things are in pretty sorry shape. With all hopes of a relationship all but shattered Duncan and Neva still must work together to find the killer. As well as trying to find mutual ground in a relationship that is all but broken. They must fight his past, her family and those that just want them dead.. This book has plenty of sultry moments, an earthy sensuous series and I can not wait until the reprint of the next book in this series.. Shauni This review is based on the ARC of Beneath a Rising Moon provided by netgalley For more reviews by Shauni check out Tea and Book and Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

  9. 4 out of 5

    HJ

    Received via FirstReads Giveaway. I really loved Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series so was very excited to get to read Beneath a Rising Moon, which was apparently written first, and has now been re-released. It's clear that Arthur hadn't matured in her writing as much as in the Riley Jensen series as there were some definite anomalies when comparing. Not that I mean to compare them; it's more of an observation to set reader expectations. The world building in this book is fairly weak. I know it tak Received via FirstReads Giveaway. I really loved Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series so was very excited to get to read Beneath a Rising Moon, which was apparently written first, and has now been re-released. It's clear that Arthur hadn't matured in her writing as much as in the Riley Jensen series as there were some definite anomalies when comparing. Not that I mean to compare them; it's more of an observation to set reader expectations. The world building in this book is fairly weak. I know it takes place in the mountains of Colorado, with a small town and a large mansion as the primary locations within that context. Try as I might, I couldn't get a real picture in my head of what either might look like. Additionally, the 'rules' of what werewolves could/couldn't do (where do their clothes go when they change, hierarchy, etc) were very vague. I had to infer most of it, and frequently, I wasn't sure if I was right in my interpretation. Also, I still don't know if this is a world that actually has humans in it. Is the setting (town) only comprised of werewolves? If humans exist in the world, are they aware of the werewolves? I did like and believe in the romance between the protagonists, Neva and Duncan, which is good, since this actually is a paranormal romance, versus Urban Fantasy. Also, this helps alleviate some of the frustration about the lack of world building, which would have been disastrous in UF. Overall, it was a pretty decent PNR, and I would recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    I am a big fan of the Riley Jensen books and was so sad to see that series end. So I was stoked when I learned that there would be a new Werewolf series from Kerri Arthur. There are only a few differences, this time our Heroine is not as sexually free and tries to resist the urges of the dance. But the sex is just as steamy. And of course this series takes place in America (Colorado) instead of Australia. Which leads to my only issue with this book. When I first started reading it I was bothered I am a big fan of the Riley Jensen books and was so sad to see that series end. So I was stoked when I learned that there would be a new Werewolf series from Kerri Arthur. There are only a few differences, this time our Heroine is not as sexually free and tries to resist the urges of the dance. But the sex is just as steamy. And of course this series takes place in America (Colorado) instead of Australia. Which leads to my only issue with this book. When I first started reading it I was bothered by the lingo of the character's, because they "talked funny". And then I remembered, duh, Kerri Arthur is Australian. The fact that these were American character's, that were in America, they should be using American word and phrases. They often weren't and it was distracting. So Ms. Arthur and editor's please watch some American TV before you publish the next book so you can catch the little things like American don't say rubbish, we say garbage. Otherwise I loved the book. Riley Jensen fan's read this book. Urban Fantasy, sexy werewolf and shifter lover's, read this book. I can't wait for the next one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenniet Galvan

    It's never a good sign when I'm skipping, not only words, but pages of a book. I'm pretty strict with my reading and if I'm going to read a book I'm going to read every single, solitary word. I couldn't put myself through that kind of torture just to finish a book that I'm totally not feeling, and yet I just couldn't abandon because even though a book is crap I still need the closure of the end of the story. I'm usually pretty good at finding books that I enjoy and therefore rarely have to give It's never a good sign when I'm skipping, not only words, but pages of a book. I'm pretty strict with my reading and if I'm going to read a book I'm going to read every single, solitary word. I couldn't put myself through that kind of torture just to finish a book that I'm totally not feeling, and yet I just couldn't abandon because even though a book is crap I still need the closure of the end of the story. I'm usually pretty good at finding books that I enjoy and therefore rarely have to give a book a bad review. This was a sad excuse for a novel. I suppose it is in the genre of romance and although I totally digged these when I was in my early 20s, now they just seem like pathetic crap. There was way too much sex and not enough story. Had the story been better developed I think it would have be an okay read, but it just contained to much romance for my taste. I wouldn't recommend this book or this author to anyone and will probably shy away from any of her books in the future. My first atrocious read of the summer and hopefully the last.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindyg

    Wow what a punch...this story got my attention right from the start and held my attention the whole way through...I loved Duncan but it wasn't at first site; he actually pissed me off in the beginning but he redeemed himself. Wow what a Were he turned out to be. Neva pissed me off too but I stayed that way for a lot of the book but she came through too. Can't say much more...wouldn't want to spoil your experience. I will say that Ms. Arthur is one hell of a writer; she just knows how to draw me Wow what a punch...this story got my attention right from the start and held my attention the whole way through...I loved Duncan but it wasn't at first site; he actually pissed me off in the beginning but he redeemed himself. Wow what a Were he turned out to be. Neva pissed me off too but I stayed that way for a lot of the book but she came through too. Can't say much more...wouldn't want to spoil your experience. I will say that Ms. Arthur is one hell of a writer; she just knows how to draw me in and hold my attention. Packed with action and passion. Actually the sex is off the charts. To bad this book one of only two. Getting ready to start Beneath a Darkening Moon. This is a fast and easy read, only took me one day to get through it. I highly recommend this book and this author. Loved It!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}

    I couldn't get past book 2 of Arthur's Riley Jenson series but this was oh so much better. I was pleasantly surprised. It's set in the same world with the same "rules" and although I believe the story to be forgettable but it was an incredibly satisfying read. The characters were well rounded and mostly likeable. When I say mostly, I mean Duncan when he turned into a bastard and started pushing Neva too far, hurting her and damaging her relationship with her parents even if she did need to stand I couldn't get past book 2 of Arthur's Riley Jenson series but this was oh so much better. I was pleasantly surprised. It's set in the same world with the same "rules" and although I believe the story to be forgettable but it was an incredibly satisfying read. The characters were well rounded and mostly likeable. When I say mostly, I mean Duncan when he turned into a bastard and started pushing Neva too far, hurting her and damaging her relationship with her parents even if she did need to stand up to them he didn't have to force her to do it in such a horrible way. The story was interesting and engrossing. I'm not usually a fan of so much sex in my books because the plot suffers more often than not. In this case it didn't. Yay!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ria

    This book was an easy read that held my interest to the end, but there were just too many moments that made me uncomfortable for me to award a third star. The old romance staple of "sure she says no, but she really ENJOYS being forced so it's all OK" was rife in the first half of the book, with the central couple being downright unpleasant to one another as they lie incessantly for reasons that aren't wholly valid. The second half was an improvement, but ultimately there seemed to be little conn This book was an easy read that held my interest to the end, but there were just too many moments that made me uncomfortable for me to award a third star. The old romance staple of "sure she says no, but she really ENJOYS being forced so it's all OK" was rife in the first half of the book, with the central couple being downright unpleasant to one another as they lie incessantly for reasons that aren't wholly valid. The second half was an improvement, but ultimately there seemed to be little connection between Neva and Duncan beyond sex and the magic of mating, which renders such trivialities as compatible personalities, interesting dialogue and an emotional connection as redundant. Not for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    I'm very much in the minority on this one. I couldn't stand the hero (and I use that term very very loosely). What an asshat! This book consists of more sex than anything. Oh there is a good murder mystery beneath the sexathon but unfortunately with stopping to have sex every five minutes the thread is completely lost. And if nothing else, Ms. Arthur seriously needed to let someone edit this disaster - too much repetition of phrases and/or words. Very annoying. I've always liked the idea of mates I'm very much in the minority on this one. I couldn't stand the hero (and I use that term very very loosely). What an asshat! This book consists of more sex than anything. Oh there is a good murder mystery beneath the sexathon but unfortunately with stopping to have sex every five minutes the thread is completely lost. And if nothing else, Ms. Arthur seriously needed to let someone edit this disaster - too much repetition of phrases and/or words. Very annoying. I've always liked the idea of mates and even of moon fever but Ms. Arthur just took it too far for my tastes. It was more mind control than anything and that's akin to rape in my book which is not acceptable on any level. Do yourself a favor and read Ms. Arthur's Riley Jenson series instead of this bucket of crap.

  16. 4 out of 5

    melissa

    Why did I let this beauty sit on my TBR for entirely too long? This was *almost* a one day read, but sadly, I got sleepy around 2AM. Holy hell was this a great read! If you've read any of Keri Arthur's other works, you know her werewolves tend to be very free with their loving during the full moon. This one gets it's claws in to you early and stays steamy throughout. While there's the lots of a skinamax lovin', there's actually a pretty great who done it plot involving Neva and Duncan both searchi Why did I let this beauty sit on my TBR for entirely too long? This was *almost* a one day read, but sadly, I got sleepy around 2AM. Holy hell was this a great read! If you've read any of Keri Arthur's other works, you know her werewolves tend to be very free with their loving during the full moon. This one gets it's claws in to you early and stays steamy throughout. While there's the lots of a skinamax lovin', there's actually a pretty great who done it plot involving Neva and Duncan both searching for a killer that is on the loose. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    GONZA

    I liked this book, even if it's about werewolves and soul mates, so nothing particulary new. I have to admit I like the stories where, from a initial misunderstanding, love is so mixed with anger and fear about the other person's feelings. So this one is a big 3 stars for me and I really liked Duncan and Neva and I'm reading the next one as soon as I finish this review. THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHING FOR THE PREVIEW

  18. 4 out of 5

    Runningrabbit

    On the whole I was disappointed with this. Guess I had preconceived expectations which included a more sophisticated approach and story than this from Keri Arthur. The story was basic, the plot predictable and the sex too much of the same. Doubt I'll bother with the second book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    This is the first book I've read by Keri Arthur and I don't think I'll be picking up another one. I felt like the first half of the book just had really strong Rapey undertones and that the author wasn't necessarily trying to romanticize sexual assault but managed it all the same. With not only the simple fact that once a female agreed to dance, the male could then force her to have sex with him even if she changed her mind, but the fact that the "Hero" used this ability on several occasions to This is the first book I've read by Keri Arthur and I don't think I'll be picking up another one. I felt like the first half of the book just had really strong Rapey undertones and that the author wasn't necessarily trying to romanticize sexual assault but managed it all the same. With not only the simple fact that once a female agreed to dance, the male could then force her to have sex with him even if she changed her mind, but the fact that the "Hero" used this ability on several occasions to force Neva into acts she had vocally stated she didn't want to do. And then the author would constantly describe Neva as being turned on by the act even as she was expressing how much she hated what he was doing. Sometimes even in the same sentence. The whole first part of the book made me very uncomfortable because with the exception of the first time Neva and Duncan have sex, it seems like every sexual encounter they had was forced upon her and she truly had no choice in the matter. And then there's the matter of their official mating. I don't understand how someone could see it as romantic at all? He basically tells her that they will role play an official mating but because it's not the night of a full moon they will be fine and won't actually be bound to each other. But then once they start he realizes that it's really working and then continues anyway, even when Neva asks to stop, he doesn't let her. Eventually she figures out that they are actually bonded but is cool with it because she loves him? He was a complete jerk to her throughout almost the entire book, constantly taking her choices away and not allowing her to do anything for herself, and yet it's okay because they are soul mates and she loves him. I'm sorry, I just can't get behind this book. It reeks of romanticizing abuse and sexual assault and just in general made me uncomfortable reading it. I can't say I will be recommending anyone this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Gries

    Technically Im giving this review a 3.5 Stars. Im going to be honest i hated Duncan. He was controlling and manipulative. I understand Neva some what liked it, but it was still slightly against her will. I am happy though in the end it worked itself out. I came to like Duncan despite his awful character at first. Also there was a lot of sex. I get it they are werewolves, but come on. I don’t think there’s anyone with that high of a sex drive. (Not gonna lie it’s pretty steamy ;)..) Overall it wa Technically Im giving this review a 3.5 Stars. Im going to be honest i hated Duncan. He was controlling and manipulative. I understand Neva some what liked it, but it was still slightly against her will. I am happy though in the end it worked itself out. I came to like Duncan despite his awful character at first. Also there was a lot of sex. I get it they are werewolves, but come on. I don’t think there’s anyone with that high of a sex drive. (Not gonna lie it’s pretty steamy ;)..) Overall it was a well written book. Kinda cheesy but that’s what i love. Love you book nerds! Time for me to go to bed since it’s 3AM. When will i ever learn?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book 1 Werewolf Series Neva Duncan Sinclair Neva’s twin sister Savannah has been attacked and is clinging to life. Neva comes up with a plan that includes seducing Duncan Sinclair, the lone wolf of the Sinclair pack, so she can try to find the killer and her sister’s attacker. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself bound to Duncan for several days leading up to the full moon. I really enjoyed this book, it is a quick read and fun read. I would read other books by Keri.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark A

    Mostly sex and romance (more of the former, less of the latter) wrapped around a murder mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mom2boyz

    The story and the writing weren't bad, the mystery wasn't much of a mystery, I did finish it, to the end of the last action scene, and then put it down. The romance was terrible... it was seriously just sex and they fell in love right away, and I had to skip over way too many sex scenes for my taste. I can't believe my library bought this ebook, when I've been waiting on much more wholesome novels but whatever.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Original Post on Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust: Beneath a Rising Moon A Re-Released Series from Keri Arthur BENEATH A RISING MOON Ripple Creek Series Number 1 by Keri Arthur (http://www.keriarthur.com/books/the-r...) Dell/Random House July 31, 2012 Book loaned by publisher via http://NetGalley.com No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise noted. On the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek, a killer is on the loose. Three women are dead, their bodies muti Original Post on Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust: Beneath a Rising Moon A Re-Released Series from Keri Arthur BENEATH A RISING MOON Ripple Creek Series Number 1 by Keri Arthur (http://www.keriarthur.com/books/the-r...) Dell/Random House July 31, 2012 Book loaned by publisher via http://NetGalley.com No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise noted. On the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek, a killer is on the loose. Three women are dead, their bodies mutilated and faces slashed. A fourth, Neva Grant’s twin, lies in the hospital, fighting for her life. Psychically linked, Neva shared the horror of her twin attack and makes a silent vow by her sister’s hospital bed. She’ll hunt down the killer, if Savannah finds the strength to live. The Rangers believe the killer is a member of the Sinclair pack, but Neva knows the Sinclairs will never talk to an outsider. To begin the hunt, she first has to seduce a Sinclair—and then she has to keep him interested long enough to find the killer. The only Sinclair not under suspicion is a wolf with a hard drinking, hard loving reputation. But has she got what it takes to attract a man with such experience? Neva doesn’t know, but for her sister’s sake, she has to try. Duncan Sinclair has been called back home to find a killer, and he wants nothing more than to complete his task and get out of the town for which he has no love. Then he’s approached by a wolf who obviously has more than seduction on her mind, and he finds himself ensnared in a growing web of desire and deceit. As the murders continue and the killer’s shadow draws ever closer, Duncan and Neva find themselves having to trust each other in order to survive. But can they trust the emotions flaring between them? Or will the lies of the present, the deeds of the past, and a killer’s bloody intentions tear them apart? http://www.keriarthur.com/books/the-r... Short take, enjoyable book with a hot romance that was at times frustrating because the characters were short-tempered (werewolves, go figure). I just plain had a good time reading it. A crazed killer, a woman way out of her comfort zone, a misunderstood man--all three are werewolves. This is one of those love stories where miscommunication repeatedly interferes in what is obviously a destined to be, fated, once in a lifetime relationship between soul mates. Arthur mitigates that with another obstacle of the crazed killer issue so, while I often wanted to slap Duncan or Neva, I was more than worried enough for the two of them because of the crazed killer. Keri creates a suburban landscape. I am uncertain whether we were in an alternate history where were-creatures are known by the the public to exist or if just government officials are aware of the supernatural creatures. Nor did I suss whether they were on a werewolf reservation or mixed in with the human population until I looked carefully at a book description on Arthur's website (see description quotation above). Arthur carefully explains the differences between the werewolves of this new series and those of Riley Jensen. And these books pre-date the Riley Jensen series. They are being reissued by Dell which acquired them from ImaJinn books. I couldn't stop reading the book, notr the excerpt that followed. Arthur is a master of spinning out the thriller aspects of her tale and mixing it with a sexy relationship. I thought I had sussed out who the killer was, but I was a little surprised and there are some great twists that develop from some unusual storylines. The characters are also different from the usual suspects. Neva reminds me a little bit of Nia Vardalos' character in MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. It may be her shy demeanor and job working with overbearing parents in a family restaurant. Duncan could be the playboy, or he could be the highly skilled MacGuyver type hero. In the end he is a little ruthless and a bit mean because of their issues. But he is also loyal and determined. When the two get together it is magic. I am really glad these have been re-released in the US by Dell. If not I wouldn't have known about them at all and I would have missed this exciting series. Highly recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    ~* 3.5 Stars *~ A Dark and Deadly Sensual World When her twin sister is viciously attacked by the werewolf who has slaughtered three women on the Ripple Creek Reservation, Neva Grant vows to kill him. She can't just let the Rangers handle the investigation. She knows from her sister's files that they suspect a member of the Sinclair pack. She also knows that only the alpha's third son, bad boy Duncan Sinclair, has an alibi that elevates him above suspicion. For the murders, anyway. Neither his past ~* 3.5 Stars *~ A Dark and Deadly Sensual World When her twin sister is viciously attacked by the werewolf who has slaughtered three women on the Ripple Creek Reservation, Neva Grant vows to kill him. She can't just let the Rangers handle the investigation. She knows from her sister's files that they suspect a member of the Sinclair pack. She also knows that only the alpha's third son, bad boy Duncan Sinclair, has an alibi that elevates him above suspicion. For the murders, anyway. Neither his past nor his reputation are in any way innocent on any other level. Now all Neva has to do is seduce the gorgeous werewolf during the moon dance, get access to his home, figure out who almost killed her sister, and end his reign of terror. Piece of cake. Well...at least it's easier than controlling her emotions around the gorgeous Duncan. She's agreed to be his mate through this moon cycle. Rampaging killer on the loose or not, a week of mating with Duncan may be riskier to Neva's life than anything else she'll face. ~*~ This is a re-release of Keri Arthur's Ripple Creek series debut, originally published in 2003. I was a little hesitant when I started reading. I knew the werewolf mythos in this book was similar to that of Arthur's Riley Jenson Guardian series, and I wasn't crazy about certain aspects of that in the two RJG books I read. Thankfully, any contentious elements remained mostly in the background in this book. I liked both Neva and Duncan as the main characters, but I do wish there had been more attention given to their character definition. The romance arc has a heavy sexual element, which was fine, but there was little in the way of significant character depth or romance evolution to balance it out. In fact, the majority of their relationship seemed based solely on lust and physical compatibility as opposed to any deeper emotions or mutual respect, and that doesn't really work for me. The suspense and mystery story elements were solid, though. The Bad Guy was pretty easy to figure out early in the tale, but I liked that the plotline got richer and more complex, piling on deadly implications and threatening dangers as the story progressed. The scope, motivation, and intent of the murders as well as the intensity level of the investigation kept me invested throughout the book. I do wish the book had begun at a slightly earlier point in the characters' lives. I would have really enjoyed seeing Duncan in his environment prior to his return, or reading about Neva dealing with her sister's attack as it happened instead of being told about it after the fact. Other than that, though, and beyond a few scenes that displayed some lapses in logic and some rather specious conclusions in the investigation, I liked the werewolf killer storyline a lot. Equally enjoyable was seeing Neva's relationship with her parents alter in the latter half of the book, and I respected the hell out of Neva when she stood up to her father. It wasn't just what she said, but how she said it that I appreciated immensely. The philosophical differences between Duncan's pack and Neva's pack were fascinating and the subsequent fallout made for some emotionally intense scenes. I would have loved to see that have an even larger role in the story. The second half of the book was stronger and more enjoyable to me than the first half. Duncan eased up just a little on the alpha male jackassery, Neva established herself more in their relationship, and some of the misunderstandings between them were cleared up. The scenes with them working together to track the Bad Guy were my favorites in the book. The read as a whole may have been a bit uneven for me, but it definitely ended on a positive note. Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by Dell Books publisher Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own. ~*~*~*~ Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/08/17/... I am a huge fan of Arthur, and have been since I picked up my first Riley Jensen book a few years back. When I saw this reissued book come up on NetGalley, I knew that Arthur would be able to satisfy my love of all things smutty werewolves, and she didn’t disappoint. Neva’s twin sister is in the hospital after an attack by a serial killer wolf. Neva decides to pick up her sister’s investigation, but in order to get access to t Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/08/17/... I am a huge fan of Arthur, and have been since I picked up my first Riley Jensen book a few years back. When I saw this reissued book come up on NetGalley, I knew that Arthur would be able to satisfy my love of all things smutty werewolves, and she didn’t disappoint. Neva’s twin sister is in the hospital after an attack by a serial killer wolf. Neva decides to pick up her sister’s investigation, but in order to get access to the places she needs to go, she will need to seduce the only Sinclair who was cleared of the murders: the wild-child Duncan. Duncan isn’t what Neva expected, but she also knows that in order to track down her sister’s attacker, she will have to put up with Duncan and all his underhanded ways. Duncan is sure that Neva is a spy sent from the killer to seduce him for information. The last thing he is going to allow is someone to play him. But the more time the two of them spend together, Duncan’s feelings begin to deepen and Neva’s motivations become less important to him. But as they get closer to finding the killer, Neva finds herself in the killer’s sights, at the same time Duncan realizes his depth of feeling for her. With the killer on the loose, will Neva and Duncan be able to survive long enough to look at their future? I was a little worried in the beginning of this book that Duncan would be too much of an ass to Neva, and then not be able to redeem himself. I’m happy to report that was not the case, although he definitely toed the line for awhile there! Poor Duncan was so convinced that Neva was sent by the killer to spy on them, that he really went out of his way to break her down and get her to talk. I will be adding Duncan to my list of alpha hole heroes who walk the line between asshat and alpha with the best balance. I really felt for Neva, being caught up in a case where she really had no experience being in. On both the sexual front and the investigative front. Not only is Duncan the wild child that has done it all, Neva is somewhat inexperienced, and given her family’s very traditional values, she is practically shunned when they find out what she is doing to try and save her sister. It had a very old-school feel to it, but I liked that Neva and her sister were willing to fight tooth and nail to go to whatever lengths need be to solve the case and catch the killer. The serial killer case was done in true Arthur fashion. It was gritty and gruesome and involved and the killer was someone that I wasn’t expecting in the very beginning. However, I was able to guess who the bad guy was fairly quickly around the halfway point. One of the things I love about Arthur is that she doesn’t hold back on the nitty gritty. The killings were horrific and not much was glossed over. The romance between Neva and Duncan was great as well. Unlike the Riley Jensen books, Neva and Duncan resolved their relationship issues within this book, and while things moved very quickly at the end, I LOVED the way it ended. With how Duncan treated Neva for awhile there, and Neva’s own issues with her parents, I can’t imagine it ending any other way. It was sweet and sexy and romantic and although sometimes the whole destined mate trope doesn’t work for me, I think Arthur does an incredible job with this one. All in all I am hooked on yet another Arthur series and can’t wait to find out more about this pack and world. I loved both Neva and Duncan as individuals as well as a couple. They were so sexy and their relationship really ended on such a positive note, I was jonesing for more! I am super anxious to find out what happens with Neva’s sister Savannah in the next book! I give Beneath a Rising Moon a B

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber at Fall Into Books

    Beneath a Rising Moon is an excellent start to a new series.The characters are complex and interesting. The plot has a lot of depth and is intriguing. My only two complaints about this novel are that the mystery wasn't that mysterious. I had it figured out when I was about 50% through the book. Also, at times Duncan was a giant ass, and I don't think that it was really illustrated how not okay some of the things he did were. Basically, if you're looking for a story with a strong, independent her Beneath a Rising Moon is an excellent start to a new series.The characters are complex and interesting. The plot has a lot of depth and is intriguing. My only two complaints about this novel are that the mystery wasn't that mysterious. I had it figured out when I was about 50% through the book. Also, at times Duncan was a giant ass, and I don't think that it was really illustrated how not okay some of the things he did were. Basically, if you're looking for a story with a strong, independent heroine, this is not a book for you. But if you're looking for a romance with political undertones, then you have found the right book. This series is set in Colorado, and is about werewolves who live on a reservation, much like American Indians do today. However, the wolves on these reservations also have to undergo a bit of forced birth control. Once a month, the men must take a sterilization vaccine before participating in the "moon dance," which is the mating practice of the wolves. It obviously occurs on the full moon, like most werewolf things do. The cool thing about this whole werewolf reservation situation is that Arthur doesn't attempt to capitalize off of indigenous rights issues. She doesn't offer any comparisons, and she does not once talk about what she may or may not understand. She avoids the American Indian reservation system all together. Also, I do not feel that she was making light of the wrongs done to American Indians. She shows the werewolf reservation for what it was. There is always an undercurrent of oppression because of the reservation system, though. Also, this story shows the dangers of extremely conservative viewpoints and how they can do irreparable harm to those around you. Another topic touched on is conservative hypocrisy. While I really enjoyed the political and moral elements to this story, there were times when I really did not like Duncan very much. He had a habit of forcing things on Neva, with or without her knowing and/or permission. I don't really mean sex (the mating ritual is very complex in this werewolf society), but there is a certain point when he does something that I would not be okay with, and she is perfectly fine with it. She doesn't even seem to notice the problem. However, part of her "growth" is supposed to come from her making her own decisions and learning to think for herself. She is supposed to be able to stand up for herself and what she wants by the end of the novel, but because this issue wasn't addressed in the manner I felt it should have been, I feel as if she is still co-dependent and a bit weak. Others may see it differently, but there was one part that just really did not set well with me. My problems with a couple of the plot points aside, I really did enjoy this book. The characters are complex and three dimensional. They are flawed and realistic. I was able to both love and hate most of them. I felt bad for them when they suffered, and I was happy for them when something good happened. I fully connected with the primary and secondary characters of this novel. Furthermore. I enjoyed learning about the new world Arthur has created. It's a unique idea and one that I look forward to explore more thoroughly in the following installments. Additionally, the romance was super hot! The chemistry between Neva and Duncan was off the charts. In all, I'd recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a romance story with some substance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (BTH Reviews)

    This review first appeared on our old site, booksthathook.com, but I have edited and (hopefully) improved it. Beneath the Rising Moon was actually one of the first books I reviewed when I started blogging. Since then, I have read a lot more Keri Arthur books. The Story Beneath a Rising Moon is written from the third-person point of views of Neva and Duncan. The story is about their relationship as they try to hunt down a killer. After Neva's twin sister is attacked and hospitalized, Neva learns tha This review first appeared on our old site, booksthathook.com, but I have edited and (hopefully) improved it. Beneath the Rising Moon was actually one of the first books I reviewed when I started blogging. Since then, I have read a lot more Keri Arthur books. The Story Beneath a Rising Moon is written from the third-person point of views of Neva and Duncan. The story is about their relationship as they try to hunt down a killer. After Neva's twin sister is attacked and hospitalized, Neva learns that others were attacked by a silver wolf near the Sinclair mansion. Like Neva, her sister, and the Sinclairs, the victims were werewolves. The Sinclairs are the prime suspects, considering their wild ways. They host 'dances' (essentially orgies) at their mansion during the full moon.   Duncan Sinclair, rumored to be the wildest of them all, is not a suspect because he was away when the women were attacked. Neva thinks that if she can get close to Duncan, she'll gain access to the mansion to find out who attacked her sister.   She does this at great risk to herself, especially since her family and pack rejects the dance. They believe in waiting until you find your soul mate before you dance. Her family would be appalled to know she was even going to the Sinclair mansion, much less what she planned to do when she got there.   It doesn't take long for Neva to find, seduce, and mate with Duncan. She doesn't know, though, that he has returned only to investigate the murders and clear the Sinclair name. She also is unaware at fist that he cast a binding spell on her requiring her to do what he says.   Duncan becomes suspicious about Neva. He thinks she is working for the killer. He decides to play games with her emotionally and sexually. His hope is he can force her to run to whomever she is working for.   Neva and Duncan have to work out their misconceptions about one another if they are going to find the real killer.   The Characters Neva and Duncan are both likable characters. What sold me on Neva is she tries to do the right thing. Plus, she isn't willing to be pushed around by Duncan. If she really doesn't want to do the things he tells her to do, she has a way to fight him.   Duncan might be playing games with her, but he's not a jerk at heart. The reason he left was he was looking for something more than the dances could give him. He doesn't like being judged by his past. So Duncan stole my heart as much as Neva.   I really enjoyed their romance. It has ups and downs, without insta-love. The Writing I loved how Keri Arthur jumped right into the action and built suspense quickly. She didn't give all the backstory first, which I appreciated. I also liked the way the sex scenes were written. They didn't feel smutty to me. Do I Recommend? I loved the characters and story in Beneath a Rising Moon, and I would read it again. If you haven't read it yet, I strongly suggest you give it a try. I would recommend this book to adults who don't mind a romance that focuses quite a bit on sex, with some mystery and action. If you want love-at-first-sight, this isn't the book for you. Beneath a Rising Moon is a book with characters who have to learn to like and trust one another before they can fall in love.  Keri Arthur was already one of my favorite authors. Reading this book made me want to read even more of her work. My Rating for BENEATH A RISING MOON: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bex

    Neva Grant, a werewolf of the golden fur pack would never, on a normal occasion, be caught seen at the Sinclair's mansion participating in the moon dance. That is because her pack is known for their almost strict lifestyles, with a heavy emphasis on correct morals. Neva's pack looks down on the silver-haired Sinclairs, who are notorious for their drinking, taking more than one mate, and of course hosting the moon dance where everyone completely throws away their inhibitions. However, Neva has a Neva Grant, a werewolf of the golden fur pack would never, on a normal occasion, be caught seen at the Sinclair's mansion participating in the moon dance. That is because her pack is known for their almost strict lifestyles, with a heavy emphasis on correct morals. Neva's pack looks down on the silver-haired Sinclairs, who are notorious for their drinking, taking more than one mate, and of course hosting the moon dance where everyone completely throws away their inhibitions. However, Neva has a reason for being at the Sinclair's mansion this night: there is a killer on the loose, who has already killed three women and left Neva's twin Savannah in the hospital. At every scene of attack, the killer has left silver hairs, which makes the rangers believe that it is one of the Sinclair’s doing the killing. The only person Neva and her sister know for sure is not the killer is Duncan Sinclair, a son of the leader of Ripple Creek's Sinclairs. Neva will do anything for her sister, so she attempts to seduce Duncan in order to gain access into the Sinclair mansion. On the night of the moon dance, she links herself to Duncan for the remainder of the moon phase. In Arthur's world of werewolves, each is subject to the call of the moon, which heats the werewolves blood and fills them with the need to mate. The moon also has a hold over the females, who, once they agree to be a male's mate for the moon phase, can be forced by the male and the moon's power to honour this agreement. When Duncan thinks he realizes her reason for becoming his mate, he decides to push and push at her until she goes running back to (as he believes) the person who hired her to snoop around. He embarrasses her in front of her parents, who are very old-fashioned, and leaves them not on speaking terms. Despite this, Duncan and Neva find themselves falling in love, even though Neva is terrified to admit it, and she has good reason: Duncan has a reputation of getting drunk, never staying with one mate for more than a week, and getting thrown in jail. Will Duncan convince Neva that she is his soul mate? More importantly, will Neva have the courage to look beyond Duncan's reputation and acknowledge her love for him before the moon phase is up and he leaves her life, possibly forever? Amidst all this is the mystery of who is committing the murders, although this becomes pretty obvious about halfway through the book. What kept me guessing was why they were doing this, and how. While I very much enjoyed this book, my one little complaint is that, for being a book about werewolves, I didn't think that Arthur went into enough detail on her idea of a werewolf. For example, she didn't describe the change from human to wolf and back again; did it hurt? Did their clothes rip off their backs when they changed? When they changed from wolf back to human, were they naked? I did like that the golden-haired pack had strong telepathic and empathic abilities and could use that as a weapon; for example, they could fling their emotions of fear and anger back into the minds of another werewolf, and severely injure them. This book was definitely worth my time and money, and I couldn't put it down. I suggest you pick up a copy for yourself.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dark Faerie Tales

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: Neva would do anything to find her sister’s would be killer, even if it means ruining her reputation by being with Duncan Sinclair. Duncan is a well known playboy who makes no promises. Will they work together to find a killer or let suspicions get in the way? Opening Sentence: The music swirled through the darkness, its beat rich and seductive. Excerpt: Yes The Review: This book is a very steamy romantic mystery. Neva Grant is a werewolf and a Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: Neva would do anything to find her sister’s would be killer, even if it means ruining her reputation by being with Duncan Sinclair. Duncan is a well known playboy who makes no promises. Will they work together to find a killer or let suspicions get in the way? Opening Sentence: The music swirled through the darkness, its beat rich and seductive. Excerpt: Yes The Review: This book is a very steamy romantic mystery. Neva Grant is a werewolf and a twin. Her twin, Savannah and she are linked and can share thoughts and feelings. It is because of this that Neva experiences Savannah’s attack. Neva makes a vow that she will find the person responsible for hurting her sister. To do so she seduces Duncan Sinclair, a renowned playboy. Duncan has his own reasons for wanting to find the person responsible for killing three women and injuring another. Neva and Duncan can either help each other or hinder each other. If they can get past appearances and reputations they may just find a killer and their soul mates. Neva Grant is a man’s dream come true. She has long golden hair, dark green eyes and a really nice figure. Even Duncan, a man who has been with many others, is drawn to her. Thankfully though, Neva has more going for her than looks or I would not have liked her. Neva is very loyal to her twin sister and would do anything for her even if it means hooking up with a bad boy and stalking down a killer. At first Neva came off seeming too timid and controllable, but as the story progresses Duncan helps bring out her wild side and unintentionally helps her stand up to her very controlling parents. As I mentioned before, Neva is a werewolf like so many others in her home town. There are two packs that are the most dominant. The pack that Neva belongs to is called the Golden Pack, and the other pack is called, the Silver Pack. If Neva is a guy’s fantasy then Duncan is a woman’s fantasy. He is tall, dark and handsome. He is also athletically built, gives off a dangerous air, and very protective of his pack. Duncan and the Sinclair’s are from the Silver pack. At first Duncan acts like a jerk and he is hard to like, but once he realizes he has made an error in judgment he becomes a different guy all together. No one can look past his past and so he tends to act like his old self to protect himself. This book was a very good book. If you love mysteries you may like this one. Of course if you do not enjoy a lot of intimate behavior then maybe this book is not one you should read. I think though that even with all of the intimate details there was enough else going on to make it an enjoyable read. The villain becomes clear fairly quickly but the reasons behind it take longer to figure out. Notable Scene: I remember that smell. It belonged to the wolf who attacked me. Fear flashed though her, spreading like fire through her body, lending her feet greater speed. He’s in the hospital with you? Not in the room. Sav hesitated. But close. FTC Advisory: Bantam Dell/Random House provided me with a copy of Beneath a Rising Moon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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