Book Review – Dead Moon by Richard Amos

Four Moons #3
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 251
Characters: Akira/Gabriel
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Series

When the latest challenge life throws at you makes baking macaroons look easy, you know you’ve got problems!

Akira Murakami’s current situation is riddled with issues… Dead issues. What a seriously messy web to untangle!

Danger waits in every corner… Yeah? Nothing new there! But this time the danger is a matter of life and death like never before, and it’s going to take all of Akira’s mental and physical strength to survive (with zero possibility of stress baking to make it all better).

Talk about dangling on the edge of oblivion!


The third installment in the Four Moons series—a kick-ass Urban Fantasy tale with plenty of action, adventure, and a slow-burn MM Romance.

Dead Moon


I love this series and this latest book didn’t disappoint. And added bonus, Gabriel gets some POV scenes! I was very happy to read some of the story from his perspective as I must admit, he’s my favourite character although I love Aki too.

I love how Aki’s narrative is almost stream of consciousness, and not filtered in the slightest. Gabriel’s, on the other hand, is much more controlled which reflects his character. I like how his rose tinted glasses in regard to the Alpha are in pieces and I’m looking forward to reading how he moves forward after what happens in this story.

Aki, too, has a lot to think about. I liked how this story throws a lot of different things at him, and he finally finds out what the other half of his heritage is. It wasn’t what I was expecting either, but makes a lot of sense. I love his new katanas and how they up his game. Bob and Rose are awesome, as usual.

Catching up with one particular character of the series’ supporting cast in this story was bittersweet but she totally rocks. I liked the new characters too, at least the ones who work with Aki and G. Colin just needs to stay dead. That guy keeps turning up, and I was very happy with what is hopefully, finally, the end of him. I liked the introduction of the Sensors and how they added to the series world building.

The action in this one starts immediately, and the tension keeps rising as the story progresses. The setting is very well described, and not somewhere I’d want to go. The bad guys are nasty, and I liked that the author didn’t shy away from just how nasty they are.

And Aki gets to bake! I totally loved how, given everything going on, that is still a part of the story. Loved the almost final scene between Aki and G. Though of course they don’t get long to enjoy it. Hanging out for the next book now, and the final showdown.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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