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    Originality and an intriguing end

    Bad Moon Arising had an enticing hook from start and I really liked the author’s approach to lycanthropy, their community, and the way the shift/maturation of the werewolves work. I’ve read my fair share of shifter books, so I’m always excited to see new and different interpretations and this novella certainly offered up that. Despite the originality in this novella, for the bulk of it, I wasn’t sure this was a series for me. The writing throughout Bad Moon Arising was solid, but the pacing and narrative felt off at times. I’m not sure if it was too much plot in a shorter book, but it occasionally seemed big moments were glazed over rather than using them to develop the characters and relationship further. And, while the characters were okay, I never really connected with either Clay or Damian, nor did I detect a romantic bond or obvious chemistry beyond the physical lust between them. As I got to the final chapters, I suspected Bad Moon Arising would land in the okay, but not for me grouping; then some unexpected plot points turned the direction of the novella and reignited my interest. While the novella didn’t end in a cliffhanger, it did leave me with a few questions and a unique set-up for the second book, and I now plan to see where the series goes- hopefully it delivers some answers, excitement, and more of a romantic element between Damian and Clay. I think Bad Moon Arising is worth checking out if you’re a fan of shifter books, but don’t necessarily need or expect a straight forward romance in the story. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
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    The bite, the choice, the fun!

    So let’s get this out of the way first. One thing I know when I pick up a C.L. Mustafic book is I am going to be enjoying something that will push my boundaries, fall outside of regular tropes, and not apologize for any blood or hurt feeling along the way. Check. Check. Check. And mate. No pun. Since I came, basically, from a sleepy little trailer park in Minnesota this seemed tailor made to my specifications. The paranormal element takes me right back to childhood and wishes that otherworldly things were indeed true as I believed them to be in my fantasies. Along the twisted trope vine here we have the werewolf Damian being the one bitten by Clay the human. You’ll remember I said regular tropes need not apply for this authors book real estate. The 21st Century Grindr hookup was positively perfect and the drama that unfolded was both gritty and fun. Damian was a wolf who had my sympathies – obviously being in an Outcast pack left him with a story to tell and created some tension as to who he really was. Clay, who you expect to be this mild mannered DMV employee, turns out to have some bite himself and doesn’t take this whole being turned into a furry creature easily. Easily the most creative aspect is just what type of werewolf Clay becomes in the beginning. I was laughing like crazy – and so wishing I could be there to pet him! Clay, of course, has choices to make. Tension ensues. The reader wonders if the best guy will win. This was enjoyable from start to finish and kept me quite entertained along the way with more humor than I was expecting and a greater need to understand more about this pack and the dynamics. This is an author to be savored. You’re not going to get the same old book you’ve always gotten. If you like surprises, turning stereotypes on their head, heat, and some laughs this one is a great place to start to experience the author’s skill! P.S. Yep. Got the Minnesota accent right.
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