Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden
Series: Blood and Moonlight #1
Published by Indie
Published on: October 6, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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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.
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.