Book Reviews

Bad Moon on the Rise (Dark Hollow Wolf Pack 7) by Shannon West at Secret Cravings Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-March-2013

Book Blurb

Living on the Gulf coast of Florida, Detective Tucker is investigating a series of strange, violent murders. Encountering a gorgeous stranger named Gavin in a bar, his attraction is powerful and immediate, but he learns the man is somehow involved in the savage killings that have already taken three lives. After an argument with Gavin sends Tucker to the beach to figure things out, he is attacked by a savage creature, and almost killed except for the intervention of a fierce animal that looks like a wolf. When he wakes up in Gavin’s hotel room he’s told that he’s not who he thought he was all his life, but a natural pet of the Dark Hollow Wolf pack. He wants to run, but if Gavin catches him, he’ll be taken away from everything he’s ever known and thrust into an alien world to become the mate of a powerful alpha.


Book Review

After the Hunters had been dealt with by the end of the previous book in the series, I was curious what new evil would raise its head to make life difficult for the Dark Hollow pack. And, not surprisingly, there was plenty that came up. There were also a lot of links to some of the earlier books, tying up some loose ends and adding pieces of the puzzle. At the same time, it is clearly the start of a set of new stories, with the focus on one of the other pack branches, the one in Tennessee. All in all, a very interesting volume just from the point of view of the continuing story. Adding the story around this particular couple just made it even better.

Tucker is a detective, and he may be tough but he is also lonely. One-night stands are it for him though, he cannot imagine having a relationship. Not least because some of his colleagues are somewhat homophobic. All that changes when he meets Gavin. Considerable chaos ensues as he learns about himself and tries to maintain some sort of independence in the face of being the alpha's mate and a "pet". It's quite a challenge, but Tucker is somehow better equipped  to deal with much of it than any of the previous mates.

Gavin is as macho, stubborn, and narrow-minded as any of the other alphas and dominant wolves we've seen. Different from them, he is able and willing to learn much faster, but then, he also has a far more resistant "pet" on his hands. The standard approach just doesn’t seem to work, and he gets extremely frustrated – and nasty. Not that it works, and Tucker's counter-measures made me laugh. In the end, and deep-down, Gavin is a nice guy though, so there is hope.

If you like stories that mix the romance with quite some mystery and suspense, if you enjoy reading about two stubborn men trying to out-stubborn each other while dealing with their raging libidos, and if you're looking for another story about the Dark Hollow wolf packs, then you will probably like this novella.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 139 pages/51171 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-February-2013
Price $4.99 ebook
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