Title: Black Moon
Author/Authors: F.M. Sherrill & Becca C Smith
Series: Black Moon Saga
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Red Frog Publishing
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Shea Harper is forced to stay in boring, hot and dry Phoenix, Arizona for college. But once she meets the enigmatic yet positively egocentric Lucian, Shea’s life changes forever.
She finds out that she comes from a long line of descendants called Vessels. In her soul is the key to destroying an ancient prison protecting the world from darkness itself: Lucian’s father.
Up until now, Lucian has captured every descendant except Shea. With her powers awakening, all vampires want to drag her down to the pit. But Lucian is territorial. She’s the first female Vessel… and he’s convinced she belongs to him.
Saucy and tauntingly surprising, Black Moon captures the struggle between burning alive with desire and castrating the heart. This is a love story that will drain you dry.
Aren't author's bios boring? I always wanted to read one that went something like this:
F.M. Sherrill: recent citizen of earth. Plans on ruling the planet once she gets over the common cold. Or, F.M. Sherrill: time traveler. Decided to alter the space-time continuum by writing a novel, thus changing history slightly, which will eventually lead to the rise of a new human species.
But here it is. F.M. Sherrill is a novelist, A.K.A. an avid bullshitter; that's why she lives in L.A. She's been writing for as long as her ancient mind can remember, devouring tales like an anemic vampire roaming the streets in hot pink heels, always thirsty for more. When she's not writing, she's making steampunk weapons, sewing giant plant-eater Mario plushes, making costumes for some film bloke or cosplayer, and sculpting/casting movie prop replicas while gardening in her urban apartment. Her favorite tools? A soldering iron, a blowtorch, a band saw, a sonic screwdriver, a replicator and an active imagination.
Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Most recently Becca released Atlas, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.
Interesting vampire paranormal story with a unique twist.
This is told via dual POV from Shea (the Vessel) and Lucian (the vampire); the other key player in the story is Aidan, Shea's best friend, but he also shares a history with Lucian.
Lucian might be a 3,000 year old vampire, but he still remembers the feelings he had for his first love and how her death shattered him. When he meets Shea, his original intention was to use her to free his father, but somewhere along the way his feelings toward her changed, which I thought was interesting, that as the world's second oldest vampire, he still managed to retain a scrap of humanity and was actually able to experience the feelings he has for Shea.
Shea on the other annoyed me to no end, I'm sorry to say. I will say that she was loyal to Aidan and defended him against Lucian, until that pivotal moment that occurred in Missouri, and even after escaping, she was still devastated by the turn of events with Aidan.
It was good to see Aidan and Lucian team up for Shea's survival, although the fight scene that occurred just prior to them teaming up was good and intense until the whale scene happened (that's as much as I'll say, you'll have to read it to find out what I'm talking about); it got a bit ridiculous with the whale.
The ending was good, even with the cliffhanger, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.