Rhiannon Wellman – Red on the Moon

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Author: Rhiannon Wellman
Reviewed by: Eladio
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13: N/A

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

Summary: Lucas is hunting, not only for a serial killer, but for his mate as well. With the arrival of his new partner Toby, he may be able to solve both problems at once.

There is a murderer rampaging through San Francisco, killing on every full moon while under the delusion he is a werewolf. Little does this ruthless man know that the police officer tasked with catching him is a true werewolf.

Lucas Donald has one of the best solve rates in the state. He’s not happy that he’s been saddled with a new partner on such an important case. That is until he meets Toby Devin, who is possibly the most beautiful man he’s ever seen. Together they have to crack the case. Can they find happiness despite family and job stresses?

Review: Unfortunately, this book has problems. The small ones consist of multiple typos and the characters (who are all American) sounding inexplicably British with dialog like, “Spot on!” The biggest problem is that there is no tension in the story, either romantically or in terms of plot, and that is because there are no obstacles whatsoever for the characters to overcome.

Lucas is a homicide detective in San Francisco who is openly gay and secretly a werewolf, and he learns early on that his predestined mate is close at hand and will soon be meeting him. In the next scene, he learns that his mate is a human man Toby who has just been assigned to his murder case by the FBI.

This idea has promise. A story could do a lot with obstacles that keep Lucas and Toby apart and Lucas fighting to win his mate. Maybe it could generate conflict from the gay pairing with one or both men thinking they are straight. Or it could create problems from the werewolf-with-human pairing as Toby freaks out upon learning about Lucas’s real nature. Or there could even be friction between the local cops having to work with the FBI as in most mystery books. But none of these things are a problem. Lucas and Toby are immediately attracted to each other and both are conveniently gay. Meanwhile, the actual mystery gets resolved in something like two pages!

I had a feeling early on that this book wouldn’t be very realistic when Lucas invites Toby home to stay with him the first night that they meet over a crime scene. Toby, a grown man and an FBI agent who presumably made it through the grueling training program at Quantico, gets sleepy on his way to Lucas’s guest room, and Lucas actually picks Toby up in his arms, carries him to bed, and tucks him in as if Toby is a small child.

This book has elements that fans of m/m paranormal werewolf stories require such as the predestined mate theme, the jealous and possessive alpha male lover theme, the biting-to-mark-one’s-lover during sex theme, and others.


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