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"Fast pace and very sexy alternate werewolf culture!"

Let me just take a deep breath, because that was one steamy, suspense-filled book! Keri Arthur knows how to write a sexy werewolf novel. The sensuality is definitely high in this book and combined with the mystery at hand as were-partners are being murdered in this alternate culture she has created in Ripple Creek.

Beneath a Rising Moon revolves around a culture of werewolves and their packs/families. Like any werewolf novel, these are people that are affected by the moon, as it helps to initiate their change and it definitely stimulates their sex drive. But like all good plots you can't have one with out the other. Thus there is a pack that walks in the light of day and also rules the town; just as there is a pack that lives and parties by the light of the moon. Those of the night are driven by their sexual tendencies as the moon reaches its peak. The dark werewolves gather in both human and wolf form to celebrate their uninhibited sexuality in what they refer to as the Moon Dance. But they must do this within the confines of the Sinclair Mansion as the Golden wolves that live by day wish not to be apart of such debauchery.

Neva, a golden wolf, is on a mission. Her twin sister has been viciously attacked, and almost killed by another unknown werewolf while trying to solve the murder case. All they know is there is a big silver wolf preying on the women at the Sinclair Mansion during the wee hours of the Moon Dance, but they do not know who the person or werewolf is. Driven by the anger of her twin sisters near death, Neva dares to go against her values she was raised with and goes to the Sinclair mansion to partake of the Moon Dance in hopes to find the real killer. It is Neva's hope to be claimed by Duncan Sinclair for the week of the moon's rising. He is the only one ruled out as a suspect because he has been out of town, therefore a safe target, however he is known as the wildest of the Sinclair brothers.

Duncan has returned to Ripple Creek at the request of his family. They need his help in solving this case and help clear the Sinclair name. There is a werewolf out for revenge but the primary target remains somewhat illusive. Everyone is suspect in this case and he will protect his pack / family at all costs, even if it means his heart.

Neva succeeds in hooking up with Duncan for the week and finds her nature is far more passionate and wild in his presence. She chalks it up to the influence of the moon while he wonders about the reasons an innocent has dared to come to the Sinclair mansion for a forbidden moon dance. As the book progresses the doubts and questions mount in Duncan's mind. All of this helps to generate great chemistry and frustration between our primary characters, which in turn results in some very hot loves scenes.

This book is a very fast read. I totally recommend this very sexy, very suspense-filled novel. And I truly hope Keri has every intention to continue this wonderful series, as I would love to return to Ripple Creek on a full Moon for one last Moon Dance.

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted January 7, 2004

SUMMARY

On the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek, a killer is on the loose. Three women are dead, their bodies mutilated and faces slashed. A fourth, Neva Grant's twin, lies in the hospital, fighting for her life.

Psychically linked, Neva shared the horror of her twin attack and makes a silent vow by her sister's hospital bed. She'll hunt down the killer, if Savannah finds the strength to live.

The Rangers believe the killer is a member of the Sinclair pack, but Neva knows the Sinclairs will never talk to an outsider. To begin the hunt, she first has to seduce a Sinclair -- and then she has to keep him interested long enough to find the killer. The only Sinclair not under suspicion is a wolf with a hard drinking, hard loving reputation. But has she got what it takes to attract a man with such experience? Neva doesn't know, but for her sister's sake, she has to try.

Duncan Sinclair has been called back home to find a killer, and he wants nothing more than to complete his task and get out of the town for which he has no love. Then he's approached by a wolf who obviously has more than seduction on her mind, and he finds himself ensnared in a growing web of desire and deceit.

As the murders continue and the killer's shadow draws ever closer, Duncan and Neva find themselves having to trust each other in order to survive. But can they trust the emotions flaring between them? Or will the lies of the present, the deeds of the past, and a killer's bloody intentions tear them apart?

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Beneath A Rising Moon
(Ripple Creek Werewolf series: Book 1)
by Keri Arthur

Imajinn Books
June 1, 2003
Available: June 1, 2003
ISBN #1893896382
EAN #9781893896383
245 pages
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Other Books by
Keri Arthur

Darkness Rising
Darkness Unbound
Moon Sworn
Bound to Shadows
Deadly Desire
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Destiny Kills
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
Hotter Than Hell
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances
The Darkest Kiss
Beneath a Rising Moon
Embraced By Darkness
Dangerous Games
Tempting Evil
Kissing Sin
Full Moon Rising
Memory Zero
Circle of Desire
Kiss the Night Good-bye
Chasing The Shadows
Circle of Death
Circle Of Fire
Dancing With The Devil
Hearts In Darkness 


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