Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night. When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she's investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can't end well.
Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It's his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it's time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane.
One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She's important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can't keep her at his side, if he can't stop the darkness from descending on the town then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.
And Jane is more than prey. Far more.
©2015 Cindy Roussos (P)2016 Cindy Roussos
This is the first book in the Blood and Moonlight series and Audible does not have the rest of the series and it doesn't look like they will.
Aidan Locke is the unseen force behind New Orleans, a city that’s home to werewolves. Nothing happens in his city that he doesn’t learn of. He’s alpha of his clan, responsible for keeping his race hidden from the human population and keeping vampires, their mortal enemies out of the city. When vampire deaths start turning up he seeks not just the culprits but the victims they’ve turned. The city’s newest detective intrigues him, she’s not as easily controlled as other humans and there’s something about her that draws his inner wolf. She’s a challenge and a mystery he plans to solve.
A woman is murdered one night and Detective Jane Hart, new to the city’s police force, is called to the gruesome scene. There’s something very odd about this murder and the sexy dark and deadly man she sees in the surrounding crowd staring at her, the owner of the bar across the street. When the murder victim disappears from the morgue later and then shows up dead the next day from different wounds she demands answers from her watcher even as she finds herself attracted to him.
This was not an enjoyable paranormal LISTEN, but is very sexy with lots of action and suspense and an engaging storyline. The author’s take on werewolves and vampires is a unique spin in this world she’s created. You have a city rich in culture where not all humans are clueless to the paranormal presence amongst them, working together to hide their existence.
Aidan is a wonderful antihero, a strong protector of his people and city not above deviousness and manipulation to obtain his objectives. Jane is an enigma to Aidan and to herself, there's so much more to her than even she realizes. She’s a gutsy lady, a fighter immune to werewolf control which brings up so many questions. There's a reason that some of us are not shocked by monsters for somewhere deep inside we know that they do exist.
A war is brewing between werewolves and vampires and Jane is caught in the middle. I loved the banter between Aidan and Jane, she fought him at every turn until she accepted the reality she was faced with. Their chemistry was palpable. I look forward to more of this story, though the ending is satisfactory for now you are left knowing there is more to this tale.
I'd previously read Bite the Dust in ebook and love it, it was even better in Audio.Aidan is as Alpha as they come, he's use to being in control, but Jane keeps him on edge. He wants her to be safe, but it is not in her nature, she wants to protect everyone even if it may cost her life. Aidan is determined to protect her even from his Pack.Throughly enjoyed this!
Aidan never doubted that Jane was his. He loved her and that was all he needed to know.
Jane, she made you like her even when you knew what she was doing was going to get her hurt.
I got half way through the book and decided not to waste anymore time. Jane is TSTL. She constantly makes dangerous and stupid decisions. Then it's up to Aiden to try to fix things. The problem being that no matter how many times he explains things to her she goes out and makes the same mistake. I couldn't listen anymore. I seriously do not recommend this book.
I gotta’ tell ya” I wasn’t crazy about Jane, the heroine. She was TSTL. She’s upset over the death of the blood-sucking murderous Melanie Wagner and when another one turns up she wants to save her. It’s like she doesn’t even care how many people the vampire kills as long as she doesn’t die. WTH? How stupid was that. I normally love Ms. Eden’s books but sometimes she makes her heroines so stupid.
Taking away Jane’s stupidity, I really liked Aiden, Cole, Paris, Garrison, Annette, Dr. Bob, even the traitor until he chose to turn on Aiden and the pack. And, Virginia and Johnny? Wow, what a twosome. Fortunately, they both got what they deserved. But Thane was the worst! You’d have to read the book to find out what happened to him.
As much as I enjoyed the storyline I can’t see myself moving on to book 2. One book of a TSTL heroine is enough for me, and the next book is about Aiden and Jane, too. I’ve read about 15 of Ms. Eden’s books so I won’t give up on her, but I just can stand a human surrounded by werewolves and vampire talking and acting so tough, as if she can take them all on with just her measly gun. That’s what makes her TSTL.
Anyway, there really isn’t any sexual tension in this book, just Aiden talking about it once in a while, but no actual thoughts or feelings of desire or want in the story. However, there are some really explicit sex scenes.
AND there’s swearing, as well as the F-bomb being dropped 84 times.
As to the narrator: As I’ve said before I like Sophie Eastlake because she does a good male voice, and that’s good, considering how awful some female narrators suck at men’s voices. Unfortunately, Ms. Eastlake isn’t so great at doing what the book says as she reads. She doesn’t laugh or cry and only sometimes whispers, not much emotions at all. This book was narrated 5/17/16 so I would have thought she’d be better. The old narrations are mostly horrible but I expected more from the recent ones.
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