Book Review – Night of the Blood Red Moon by Patricia Logan

Prosper Woods Wolves #1
Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Pages: 183
Characters: Caster/Emory
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Blurb:
An old-fashioned britches ripper with a tooth and claw twist.

Being the prince of all werewolves sucks.

Almost ten years ago, I did my duty and married a female even though I was desperately in love with an older man. When she died giving birth to a child who could never take the throne, I ran. I left home, shirking my responsibilities, knowing eventually they’d catch up to me. Well, they have. My father now insists I marry a female half my age so I can father a proper heir and secure our rule over the First House for several more generations.

Being chosen to serve the king is a dream come true.

Even though I grew up poor, I worked hard to support my mother. When my mentor chose me to travel to America with the king, I was unbelievably honored to meet his son, the future ruler of all werewolves. I didn’t know how to react when I first laid eyes on Prince Caster, but he cast a spell over me with a single glance, and my life changed forever. I was not only looking at my future king, but the man made just for me. The moment his lips met mine, I knew this story would end horribly…in either heartache or death.

Denying destiny is a terrible idea.

As desperately as I want to ignore my attraction to the common brown wolf, I cannot. The moment I saw the warm glow of his amber eyes, the need to take him into my arms and drag him off to my bed was overwhelming. Alas, I have a duty to perform, and it doesn’t involve the man Mother Nature made only for me.

This story won’t end well…I just know it.

(Night of the Blood Red Moon is a paranormal gay romance with an HEA ending)

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Review

I loved The Prosper Woods Chronicles, and had been intrigued by Caster and his sister, Violet, so was very happy to revisit that world in this spin off series. I enjoyed the mix of romance, politics, and worldbuilding in this story, read it in one sitting, and am already hanging out to find out what happens next.

Poor Caster has had a bad run with having to do the right thing. I loved how he tries to follow his duty only to have nature decide a different, better, course for him. Emory’s had a rough path too. I was cheering for them to have their HEA as soon as they met.

One of my favourite parts of this story was how no one ended up being entirely what they were originally portrayed to be. Despite being set up as poor Caster’s love interest, I liked how Penelope is set up as poor Caster’s love interest then defies the stereotype when everything hits the fan. I loved Oliver, and seeing Hannibal and his family again. Teo is a piece of work. I was very happy with the resolution of that part of the storyline. The showdown is tense, and I loved the plot twists.

The worldbuilding is rich and detailed. I liked that the royal family is Persian in origin, rather than Western. Politics play a huge part in the story, which is one of its strengths. I suspect the matchmaker has been up to more no good than anyone suspects, so I’m interested to see how that plays out.

I also loved the role of friendship, family, and found family, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. I suspect their enemies have taken on far more than they realise.

The letters at the beginning of each chapter are fun. Crabby is the worst advice columnist ever.

And I hope Claudio finds his own HEA.

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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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