Lily`s Book Review – Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon

by lily on May 28, 2010 · 10 comments

in My Book Reviews, Sherrilyn Kenyon

Bad Moon Rising: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter World Book 18)
Lily is dancing in her underwear and talking about Fang…

Oh hello, guys. I didn’t expect you back already. Ok. Let me turn off the music, put some pants on and put these jazz fingers away. Let’s try this again, and please don’t tell her about the stain on the center pillow on the sofa. I swear that bottle of blood was empty when I fell asleep.

So anyways, Hello Maryse’s followers. Since she’s out of the house, I am going to talk about books behind her back! Muhahaha . This is a warning of sorts; we don’t review books the same way. Her’s are always pretty and elegant and NEVER anything outrageous. Mine are more rambling and outlandish. You have been warned. Now *queue theatrical voice* PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!

If you have not read the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter series you have been missing out. Bad Moon Rising is the 18th book in the long standing series and takes a spin on things. We were introduced to the Kattlatkis brothers back in Night Play, where we met Vane a wolf Were-Hunter that fell madly in love with a plus sized human named Bride. After a crushing betrayal that resulted in the death of their sister, Vane and his ever smart mouthed brother Fang are strung up and left for death. After an attack (which they barely survive) Fang falls into a coma and Vane is left with some serious problems to clean up. Including finding out Fury (a pack member that could not get along with Fang at all) is one of their brothers. In Night Play we get a glimpse of Fang in a coma and Vane’s attempts to bring him out of it. I thought Fang was being a ninny. Boy was I ever wrong.

Bad Moon Rising kicks off with the introduction of the pack to Sanctuary. Aimee Peltier (a bear Were-Hunter and the crown jewel of her family) gets attacked by some Jackal Were-Hunters. The wolf pack disregards the laws of Sanctuary (where everyone is welcome and safe, no fights ever – in front of the humans anyways. Come in Peace or leave in Pieces is the motto) and jumps to save her. Wolves are known for their protection of their females (and for having disgusting manners and being savages). To their surprise they are not thrown out but told they will always be welcome with the bears for their willingness to help save Amiee.

We also get to spend more time with Fang. He is a jerk. He is loud mouthed, quick to fight, impatient and rude. He is also tall, dark hair, beautiful eyes and a stomach you could do your wash on. The line I think of when I think of Fang is a line from Shrek 2. Donkey, Puss in Boots and Shrek have all been arrested. Donkey is screaming and carrying on and on and yelling no one told him he had the right to remain silent. Shrek replies “You have the right, what you lack is the capacity.” Fang just lacks the capacity to shut his mouth.

Aimee and Fang are finding themselves hopelessly attracted to one another and some really good scenes come of it. Tons of tension, and boy do I love tension. There are major problems with this match though. With the weres there is always a more dominant side – either human first animal second or vice versa. He is an animal first (Kattagari), which means he is more wild, more like a creature in the woods and is quick to act like an animal. She is a human first (Arcadian), which means she is more repulsed by the animal nature of him, and her human side is always running the show. Oh there is also the problem of them not even being the same species and her Kattagari family doesn’t know she’s now Arcadian.

Fangs mind:

Put her out of your thoughts. His father hated him enough. If he ever found out Fang was turned on by a bear… they’d call out a hunt and he’d be slaughtered.

Aimee’s thoughts:

Then what was Amiee? Katagari bear who became Arcadian at puberty. One with the tracking powers of a goddess who was currently attracted to only a wolf. You don’t get more unnatural than that.

We continue to travel with them on their journey to each other. Once Fang comes out of the coma (of which he only got out of by agreeing to a new job), him and Amiee are trying to ignore each other but still give us some panty melting moments with them (If this gets back to her – calm down Ma, just a hint).

Setting the beer aside, he pulled her to him until she was standing between his spread knees. Her scent wrapped around him like a warm cloak as he imagined her sliding her T-shirt over her head and freeing her breasts. “I’ve never wanted a woman as badly as I do you.”

Wow Fang, that’s hot. If the whole species thing wasn’t bad enough there is the small problem with his new boss:

I should probably warn you that I’m not real big on fairness and I have a below zero tolerance on most things. Do your job. Do it right and we won’t have any problems. F it up and I’ll most likely kill you. F up bad enough and I’ll torture you first.

Ok so I am going to take it this is not the kind of boss you can pour out your career plans too or offer a nice dental plan. This story progresses over 3 other plot lines from the series and maybe that’s what made it so special to me. We got to go back and see multiple plot lines evolving in time with each other, and some of the questions I had before suddenly were answered.

I loved Fang because of his never ending snark and mouth. He was a jerk that talked first and thought about his words second. I loved Amiee for trying to be the good daughter, without being a total martyr about it. Her choices in life were made for her at the end of the day. This book is pivotal to the plot line and if you liked the hints of Fang you got with Vane’s story please revisit him and get his side of the story with Bad Moon Rising.

Also you get a better look at the bears, with a shocker at the end that had me going “NO WAY”. This is going to change the course of the Were-Hunters in the next book, which will be the older brother and one of the quads Dev, in No Mercy.

Dev the bouncer brother is going to get a heroine, and I personally vote for myself. I mean a new vamp and a were, it’s not like it hasn’t been done people!

That’s it get out, Maryse told me I wasn’t allowed to have guests. Best get on out of here. Maybe next time we can talk about the queen – you know Betsy!

My grand-maker is coming over soon, so I got to straighten up again. Whoever brought the shifter needs to make sure he is housebroken before he comes over again too! Bye!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Mad Hatter May 28, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I think I might have overflowed the toilet. Whoops. Tell Maryse I’m sorry. K bye.

Paula May 28, 2010 at 2:22 PM

sounds like a book series I will have to check out I am always looking for a good book and this might be it. (By the way you spilled some blood on your shirt :D But I won’t say nothing!)

Jackie B Central Texas May 28, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Lily, oh Lily you fun loving girl you are after my heart here with my fave characters by Kenyon. I loved your review, I have the book but need to read it. My bad bad TBR shelves again…

jackie b

MamaKitty May 28, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I’ve never read anything by Kenyon, but with your review and checking out some of the dialogue, I think I’m gonna have to now… looks like it’s a great read!

JimiAnn May 28, 2010 at 9:48 PM

I LOVE Sherrilyn Kenyon! For those who haven’t read her, I would start with the first book and read them in order.
Oh yeah Lily… I lost my gum laughing earlier… in may be in the carpet somewhere… oops… ;)

Maryse May 28, 2010 at 11:16 PM

What’s that smell? I swear I can smell it all the way from over here! Wait…….Mommmmmm….??!! Is that your dog? Stupid Weres!! Oh god he’s humping my leg! Make him stop! The least he could do is be in man form! Wait…that would be awkward too. tee hee!!

gisele (aka Grand-Maker) May 28, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Sorry Sweetpea… Newton leave your sister alone!!! I know she’s the smallest human you’ve ever seen… but she’s your SISTER for heaven’s sake… leave her alone… and who fed you cabbage again!!!! grosssss!
hummmm… Hi Lily… just did a little hop-see to check how things are going while Maryse is busy elsewhere… I don’t know what that smell is but I sure hope you’ll be able to get rid of it before her return… you know how she is about messes and smells… not that I don’t understand you having little gatherings while she’s away… after all what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her… but I want to make sure you don’t get into troooouuuubllle when she returns… so take the advice of the grand-maker and hire someone before she returns to make sure that everything is spik & span!!! ;-) … ciao bella!

Lily May 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM


Thanks for the headsup Paula! *wipes at stain and looks for Tide pen*

JimiAnn – I still can’t find the gum….Did one of the shifters eat it?

Maryse – everything is fine. Just fine here. Have fun. Anyways I am just in love wtih the wallpaper in the master bedroom! Where did you get it and how much does it cost? Do they do express shipping? You know in case I wanted to do it my house. *nervous grin*

Grand-Maker! I think you’re right I might have to hire a cleaning service……See you later if Ma doesn’t kill me again over this mess.

tracy0330 July 28, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Nice review Lily. It’s quite refreshing. Especially the comparison with donkey. My 2 year old daughter has a full collection of miniatures of Shrek and other characters. And now when I look at them I’ll always remember fang’s mouth… Thanks :-)

Finding Bad Moon Rising was very hard in our area. My friend and I needed to visit several bookstores and different malls. We counted with the world for its release but we need to wait I think 2 months to find it and end up purchasing paperback copy just to have it. But I can say it was worth all the efforts.

Definitly a MUST HAVE book.

tracy0330 July 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I love Fang’s humor and Aimee’s forever understand on things. I am fascinated with the concept that I could communicate with my man while no one else can. I guess all lovers create their own world that will always lead them with each other. I also looove what Simi did at the last part of the book. Her “creative” ways to help others are beyond me.

There was a quote by Simi about family that I super looove:

We have three kinds of family. Those we are born to, those who are born to us, and those we let into our hearts. (Simi)”

Quite out of her character but I think eleven thousand years with Ash will grow in you. And your right, the ending was devastating. That is why I cant wait for No Mercy and see the changes in Peltier’s clan. ( This time I already made reservations on bookstores. ;-) )

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