I didn’t ask to read Moon Fever by Ileandra Young when the ARC books first came out at NetGalley. The blurb really sounded interesting, and the cover is gorgeous, but this book is the second in a series, and I haven’t read the first novel yet. Then I watched an author reading panel put out by BSB and heard Ms. Young read an excerpt from the tale. I was hooked. I went back to NetGalley and asked for the book. Thankfully, the folks at BSB were kind enough to let me have the novel at bit late. I’m really glad they did.
It probably took me a little longer to get into the story than it would for someone who has read Both Ways, the first novel. I had to quickly learn about characters and setting that had already been established. Ms. Young did include some back history that helped me, but I still wish I’d had time to read the two books in order.
Having said that, I did enjoy this book. The story is definitely action packed, from the first page to the last. What else can you expect with rioting werewolf packs, vampires, and other paranormal creatures in the tale? The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. Ms. Young did an exceptional job at world building and character and story creation.
I connected fairly quickly to the main characters, SPEAR Agent Danica Karson and her vampire girlfriend, Agent Rayne. They go through some relationship problems as they have to contend with all those rioting werewolves, which adds a touch of romance to all the action in the tale.
I admit to having a few problems with Danica. I’m not sure if she acted the same way in the first novel, but in this one, she ended up causing a lot of the problems by not listening to the advice of her friends and teammates. She kept opening her mouth at the wrong times and saying things that just made matters worse. I began to wonder when her friends were going to try to gag her. I even became frustrated with her as a reader. She just couldn’t seem to stop saying and doing things that made everything worse. This seems to be an odd behavior for a character that has just been promoted to team leader at the beginning of this novel.
Other than the character glitch with Danica, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I’ve also bought Both Ways, the first novel, and plan to read it as soon as I can. If you really love action packed paranormal stories with a touch of romance, then I think you will like Moon Fever. But I also think you should read both books in order. In other words, do as I say, not as I did. I’m a parent. I can say this. 😉
Thanks to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for giving me the chance to read and honestly review this novel.