"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
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
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