Review: Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler

Posted December 12, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Werewolves / 48 Comments

Review: Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler
Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler
Series: Moon #3
Published by Entangled
Published on: December 15, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Pages: 243
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A lone wolf...

Gareth Takoda is the last surviving member of his family. Guilt, grief, and bitterness have isolated him from his Pack, and driven him into his own private purgatory.

A new Pack member...

Nadya Dalca was bitten by a genetically-altered werewolf from Nero's top secret Lycan Squad, a death sentence for every wolf in the project. Her empathic abilities and fighting spirit have helped her survive her first full moon, but the poison in her veins is pushing her body to its limits.

'Til death do they part...

In an effort to save Nadya's life, the door is opened to Nero. But will the experiment save her life, or push the Pack in deeper with the enemy? One kiss and Gareth's course is changed forever. He'll face down death once more, but this time, he's planning to win.


BLOOD MOON had a lot going for it including terrific characters, innovative boinking, and a sweet romance, however it did have one significant flaw that was impossible to overlook: the rushed story. Gareth’s action/reaction turnaround time was too quick, and the mythology was glossed over which made Nadya & Gareth’s tale difficult to buy into, and as a result their HEA came off as uninspired. I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I’d hoped because Kessler wrote it as a tribute of sorts to her mother’s recovery from cancer, and that resonated with me, I just wish I could say the same about the book.

I enjoyed reading from the heroine’s POV quite a bit; Dalca’s positive attitude and courage were remarkable given her looming expiration date. Instead of dwelling on her impending doom, she’s decided to live in the moment, and to make every second count. For the most part, Nadya stayed true to her course, although she did hit a couple of emotional hurdles which was to be expected, but that only further endeared her to me. It also made her mate bond with Gareth easier to accept, and justified the rapid progression of their relationship. I was happy that she found someone to spend her final days with who would hold her hand through it all.

My issue with this novel was the male protagonist’s POV; the moment he discovered that Dalca was his one true match, he ran for the hills. I was ok with that seeing how his entire family was lost to him, and he didn’t think he’d be able to survive another death. However, he came to his senses entirely too swiftly in my opinion, I wanted to witness more of Gareth’s internal struggle. Then, he discovered that he has a rare ability, visits his godmother to gain some insight, and what should have been a lengthy dialogue was dumbed down to a few sentences. Two missed opportunities for character and world development that were very noticeable.

The plot could have used more oomph as well; it was extremely linear with no curves or surprises to speak of, except for maybe the ending, and even it was foreseeable. Also, there were a lot of sex scenes; some of them were creative, I’ll give the author that, but after a while they just screamed filler. I wasn’t a big fan of Jason either because a seemingly brilliant doctor was reduced to instigating romantic drama via a mock love triangle. I did like that we got to reconnect with the two previous couples in this series, and getting to attend Sasha & Aren’s wedding was a nice perk, their twins were cute too.

BLOOD MOON was a respectable Paranormal Romance, but nothing to howl at.

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48 responses to “Review: Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler

  1. At least there was the creative boinking. πŸ˜‰ I’m sorry this one wasn’t such a satisfying installment, Carmel. I get what you’re saying – a little more show than tell goes a long way towards believability. I like character development and plot development…a lot. I’m glad you found some enjoyment in the story though.

    Happy Friday!
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    • There’s one scene in particular where they get it on on a motorcycle, and that feat could only be accomplished with werewolf strength. I knew there was a reason why they are my fav supe. πŸ˜‰

  2. “innovative boinking”

    *dies* That might be my favorite phrase ever, I’m going to try and work it into my next review (and give you credit of course) πŸ™‚ It’s too bad Gareth’s internal struggle didn’t last as long as it should have given the weight of his issues, but I’m glad this was a fairly solid read for you:)

  3. Amber Elise  

    I stupidly thought that insta-love was only a problem in YA. Guess not. See I don’t understand how you can be told that someone if you true match and you’re okay with it. Isn’t it in our nature to fight “destiny?”

    Thanks for the review Carmel, loving the Christmas spirit on the blog!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  4. This is why I love you guys, this might sound mean but I won’t be running to see if this is on audio. I have heard good things about some of her books, sounds like this one is not her best effort πŸ™ although I have to say, I’m a little curious about the “innovating boinking” …Could I be surprised?…LOL
    Thanks Carmel πŸ™‚
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    • Hmm… I suspect that you’ve pretty much seen it all given your penchant for reading smut. LOL! I even apologized to the author on Twitter for not being able to give this novel more than 3-stars. I’m so Canadian. Hehe!

    • Unfortunately, the story just felt like it was missing a lot of somethings. It’s still getting good reviews on GR, but I’m not the type of reader that can overlook such obvious holes.

  5. Hmm, but nothing to howl at you say? Btw, lol, loved the wording πŸ˜€
    I’ve wanted to try out this series, but I somehow never get to it. I’m leaning a bit more toward the more action & building, less smexing part of PNR lately, so I’d most likely agree with you.
    Awesome review, even if the read wasn’t as exciting as it might have been πŸ™‚
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    • Thank you! Maybe I’ve just been reading too much Urban Fantasy lately, that I couldn’t appreciate this novel for what it was. *shrugs* It’s hard to say for sure.

  6. I haven’t heard of this series, but those covers seem really appealing. However I love how great the story sounds and the romance too, and it’s a shame that it was rushed. I hate it when that happens. I hope that you’re next read is much better. Great review, Carmel πŸ™‚
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  7. It’s always sad when you feel like a book could have been better even and you feel like you wanted to like it more, but somehow it just failed to really click. At least you get to see previous characters that you loved and the whole “innovative boinking” is quite interesting too! πŸ˜‰
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