Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden (@Mollykatie112, @cynthiaeden)

Posted May 11, 2016 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Werewolves / 28 Comments

Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden (@Mollykatie112, @cynthiaeden)
Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden
Series: Blood and Moonlight #1
Published by Indie
Published on: October 6, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Pages: 244
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

The world is changing—for the humans and the monsters. Hot, sexy, and intense, BITE THE DUST is the first novel in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s dark new “Blood and Moonlight” series.

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Werewolves? Vampire bad guys? Yes! Any paranormal book set in New Orleans is usually a winner for me, as well. Newly minted homicide detective Jane Hart, has no idea that her world is going to change when she is called to the scene of a horrific murder outside of a bar named, Hell’s Gate. Hell’s Gate is owned by the werewolf leader of all paranormal beings in New Orleans, Aidan Locke. Not that Jane knows anything about the paranormal in New Orleans or anywhere else. Or does she?

These two characters are attracted to each other from the start. Jane feels there’s something almost predatory about him and that’s not far off. On Aidan’s part, he is sure that Jane is “something else” due to his not being able to compel her when it comes to the paranormal murder she is lead detective on. In this author’s world building, werewolves are able to compel people and since that is a power usually reserved for vampires, I found that to be unique. When Jane realizes that Aidan isn’t being truthful with her, the two team up to solve the mystery. An ancient vampire is trying to take over New Orleans and is intent on building a vampire army to do so. And he has an inexplicable need to kidnap Jane.

I wanted to love this book, and I almost did. It had all I want in a paranormal romance. Two fairly likable characters with back stories that are well visualized by the author, attraction and sexual chemistry off the charts, an ongoing story over and beyond the romance, that is action packed and exciting-it’s all there. However, having said that, I found that Jane had a few too many too stupid to live moments. She is told all the pitfalls of dealing with the paranormal and she proceeds to ignore everything she is told and does the opposite of what she should. Sure it spurs the story on, but when I want to yell at her while reading, and on more than a few occasions, I can’t truly love her character. Not a good thing for me in a paranormal romance. I did like Aidan’s character quite a bit. He’s vulnerable for the first time because of his feelings for Jane, and it was interesting to see his character become a better, or I should say, more caring person due to it.

I did enjoy the premise and the reasons behind what the vampire is doing. I thought it was very unique and a premise I hadn’t read before, and that is always good in any read. There was plenty of violence, deaths, and betrayals to interest anyone that likes an exciting paranormal romance-as I do. Some sensual times as well, added to the story. So in the end, I did like the book and have already bought the second book. I just wished I had loved it.

Recommended to adult paranormal romance readers, due to sexual situations and violence.

Blood and Moonlight Series



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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.

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28 responses to “Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden (@Mollykatie112, @cynthiaeden)

  1. I can see why you were all set to fall madly in love with a new series, but a TSTL heroine can definitely set that back. I like all those elements, too, and I’m curious about the changes she did with the werewolves and vampires.

  2. I’ve read a few books set in New Orleans, it can be a fun setting. That’s unique in this world werewolves are the ones that can compel others instead of vampires.
    It can be annoying when a character acts stupid just to spur the story on. It’s too bad this one wasn’t as good as you hoped. It does sound like a good one overall and I hope it gets better as the series progresses!
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    • Yes, I did like it enough to already buy the second one. And New Orleans is just the best place to set a paranormal book of any sort. And one of my favorite places I have ever visited-so unique.

    • I have read the one you are talking about and loved it. New Orleans and all the above ground cemeteries and all the voodoo stores and voodoo history plus the haunted walking tours. Just the place to set a paranormal story!

  3. Ugh! Those ‘too stupid to live’ actions from an otherwise strong heroine annoy me as well, Lorna. And really? She’s a homicide detective for goodness sake! I’m glad that the story overall and Aiden kept you engaged. CEden is an author I’ve always intended to try but haven’t gotten around to yet. I feel confident that I’ll like this one, since you did, but will remember that I may want to strangle Jane. 🙂