Review: Beneath a Rising Moon (2003) by Keri Arthur (#1 Ripple Creek Werewolf series)

Review: Beneath a Rising Moon (2003) by Keri Arthur (#1 Ripple Creek Werewolf series)Author: Keri Arthur
Title: Beneath a Rising Moon
Series: Ripple Creek Werewolf #1
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pages: 368
Release Date: 2012-07-31
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Keri Arthur, the New York Times bestselling author of the Riley Jenson Guardian series, takes readers to the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek—where moon fever runs high and a savage murderer runs rampant.   There’s no turning back for Neva Grant. To find a killer, she must seduce the boldest male in the Sinclair pack. Her twin sister lies in a hospital bed, fighting for her life, the fourth and only surviving victim of a vicious attacker. The werewolf rangers suspect the Sinclair pack, and the only way Neva can infiltrate their close-knit ranks is to unleash the wildness within and offer herself to Duncan Sinclair.   Duncan’s appetite for women is legendary on the reservation. But when this new woman stirs his hunger, he finds his desire for her goes deeper than anything he’s ever felt before. When he realizes that she’s playing a game and he’s taken the bait, he is determined to push her to the breaking point. As Duncan and Neva engage in a dangerous dance, they must somehow find a way to join forces—before a cornered killer bites back.From the Paperback edition.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Memory Zero, Generation 18, Penumbra, Fireborn, City of Light, Winter Halo
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five-stars

Audience: 18 and up

Sexual Content: descriptive
Tense: Past
Point of View: Third, alternates between Neva and Duncan

Basic Storyline:

Neva’s twin sister was attacked and is in the hospital in serious condition. She might not make it. Neva knows 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, and (hopefully) 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 to try to get 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.

Likes:

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.
Neva and Duncan are both likable characters.
I like that Neva tries to do the right thing and 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.
Their romance has ups and downs and it wasn’t insta-love.
I also liked the way the sex scenes were written. They didn’t feel smutty to me.

Dislikes:

I can’t think of anything I didn’t like. Keri Arthur is already one of my favorite authors, and Beneath a Rising Moon was just another reason to love her.

Overall Assessment:

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. If you like characters that have to learn to like and trust one another before they can fall in love, check out Beneath a Rising Moon.

About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs.

(bio from Goodreads)

Jen Schaper

I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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