I couldn't get into "Betrayed by Blood", but since this is the second book in the series and I knew that going in, I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt for readers who have read the first book. Otherwise I'd be rating this as a 2.5 star, as full disclosure.
For those who haven't read the first book - this does not stand alone in the slightest. I was thrown into the thick of the action without knowing who anyone was, who they were to each other other than stated relationships, and why I should care.
There's a lot of background info thrown at the reader, but a lot of it felt like being in a jittery ADD person's brain and made me more confused since it slowed the pace and I wasn't sure why I should care about all the random factoids floating about.
It also definitely reads more like urban fantasy than paranormal romance - I was about 7 chapters in before I got a firm sense of who the beau was and how their relationship was progressing. Note, not very quickly, since apparently the heroine self-identifies as commitment-phobic and doesn't appear good with demonstrations of affection or dependency. This was disappointing for me, since this was labeled as PNR, and it doesn't tick my boxes for PNR at all.
Dana seems very kick-ass and Sam seems to be a lovely person, but I won't be continuing the ride.
Beth Dranoff is back with the second installment of her Mark of the Moon series
Shapeshifting. Falling in love. Two things that aren't as easy as they look.
There are definite perks to being a shifter. Sharp claws, soft fur, sexy creature-friends-with-benefits…but other things aren't so great. Like, say, being dragged into an apocalyptic war between the species, waged by a she-demon who wants to end the world.
Meanwhile, things are getting hot and heavy between me and Sam Harding, lieutenant in the local shifter pack. Sam is definitely the commitment type—if only I could be sure that I am, too. I don't want to lose him, but am I ready for forever?
Yeah, when this is over, I will absolutely get my life—love and otherwise—together. That is, if I manage to live through this mess.
This book is approximately 85,000 words