Title: Red Moon
Series: Red Moon #1
Author: Elizabeth Kelly
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Dystopia
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Source: Amazon (currently free)
Rating: 4 Stars
Many years have passed since the Great War that destroyed over three quarters of the world’s population. Now, humans and supernaturals alike have learned how to survive in the new world. For Avery Hendrin, the eldest daughter of the man who brought light back to the world, life has taken a turn for the worse. Sold into slavery after her father’s death, Avery’s only concern is keeping her younger sister safe. Branded as a witch and rejected by her own kind because of her red hair, Avery resigns herself to a life in the slave house until a chance meeting with a powerful Lycan named Tristan Williams.
Although Tristan does not believe the human’s tales of the Reds being witches, he has no need for Avery. He’s in search of a nanny for his young children and after an impassioned plea from the redhead, agrees to hire her younger sister as his nanny. However, his beloved daughter Sophia has an immediate connection with Avery and Tristan cannot deny her request to purchase Avery as well, despite the discord it will bring to his household.
Struggling to accept her new life as a slave and to ignore her almost immediate attraction to Tristan, Avery tries to hide her healing powers from him but exposes her gift when she saves Tristan’s adopted brother from death.
Tristan believes his obsession with Avery is nothing more than lust. Determined to bed her despite her strange powers, will he convince her to accept her new life or give her the freedom she craves?
I don’t know what I was expecting going into this book, but it definitely wasn’t to be impressed. I downloaded this novel on a whim but it was worth it. The reason I don’t give it 5 stars is because I wish the author had told us more about the world. Over the course of the novel, she gives us bits and pieces and it’s our job to put them together. However, I felt there was still much more she could elaborated on. For once, I actually wanted the author to write a couple paragraphs/pages discussing the history.
I can’t say I loved the characters, but, despite their faults, I still cared about them. I felt for the female lead even when I thought that the author may be pushing it with all the trials she put her through. I also appreciate the male lead. He seemed a bit slow on the uptake but we can’t expect the characters to just do what we know is best for them. Then there wouldn’t be a story. The side characters were also interesting. I found myself waiting for any progress on the female lead’s sister and her love interest.
Overall, I thought it was a lovely story. I loved the world the author created (I mean it was a dystopia) and cared enough about the characters that I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. I am very excited to read the continuation which features their son.