Blood Moon Rising, Book 2

“Bloodright” by Karin Tabke is ‘A Blood Moon Rising’ novel that continues the complicated tale started with “Blood Law”. Lycan Lucien Mondragon finally has revenge upon his twin Rafael Vulkasin for killing Lucien’s mate, Mara. The council, Amorak, has assigned Rafael’s mate Falon to Lucien in restitution for the killing that took place 16 years ago, despite the fact that Rafael and Falon have marked each other. Each brother’s clan will be needed to fight in the major battle being waged in two months and Rafael will have to learn to wield the Ring of Fenrir successfully if the Lycans are to survive the attack. Falon is an alpha herself, an equal match to each brother but must decide if her personal sacrifice will be required to save the clans. She has given her heart to Rafael but Lucien finds a way to force her body to respond to him and demands her respect and her mark. Startling discoveries about individuals once thought lost forever result in even more upheavals and all three of the star-crossed lovers must find a way to get past their stubborn determination and make the decisions that will best allow their people to survive.

This had a good premise but a very tangled state of affairs that is somewhat troubling to read. The obtuse heroine is too wishy-washy, especially for an alpha, and her actions are terribly inconsistent, ranging from a dramatic life-threatening gesture to avoid her fate to an abrupt reconciliation and back to rejection. It was frustrating because actions did not match what was being said and the animalistic natures seemed to overrule the reasoned human actions in several instances, both during the fights and bedroom scenes. Then there is the problem with Falon developing some invulnerability complex that she constantly felt the need to test. There are very well-written intimate encounters and some of the developments were a nice unfolding of the mysteries behind some of the events that have occurred but overall I was left feeling a bit appalled and frustrated by the story.

Book Blurb for Bloodright

The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.

One woman stands at the center of it all...

After years of waiting, the Blood Law is at last avenged. Lycan Alpha Lucien Mondragon takes revenge on his brother, Rafael. Lucien is poised to slay Rafael's life mate, the Lycan/Slayer half-breed Falon- but cannot complete the kill. For Falon's mystical powers and fiery nature awaken a heart Lucien thought long dead. Instead of ending her life, Lucien defiantly marks Falon as his own, tormenting his brother to insanity and spurning Rafael's blood thirst for his own revenge.

Though terrified by the savage Lucien, Falon finds herself inexplicably drawn to his primal rage and strength by a desire she cannot resist. Torn between the true love she has for Rafael and the burning hunger she holds for Lucien, Falon knows that the will of her heart will lead her to her destined life mate. But it may also doom the Alpha brothers-and the Lycan race-to extinction...

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 3.00