The Hunting Moon
Title : The Hunting Moon
Author : Evelyn Shepherd
Series: Theo Bourne, Book 1
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Fantasy, Paranormal
Length : 254 pages (e-book)
Published : June 28, 2011
Theo Bourne, a powerful Phantom, has returned to Columbus to escape his past. He didn’t plan on sleeping with it. But the one-night stand he had with Carlos is proving to be unforgettable in every sense of the word, mainly because Carlos is his new partner on the Preternatural Task Force. Theo wants to put as much space between him and the very evident sexual desire he has for Carlos, so that means immersing himself in their latest case — the gruesome murder of two lycanthropes.
Carlos Ramirez has been pining for Theo for a very long time and he isn’t about to let him go. Theo’s heart is guarded by a protective ten-foot layer of ice, though. It’s going to take a lot of charm and a lot of coaxing for this werecoyote to melt the ice. Especially since it feels like every time he starts to warm up to his cold hearted partner, the case takes an unexpected and deadly turn.
Theo Bourne has moved back to Columbus. It wasn’t something he ever wanted to do but staying in NY wasn’t an option. Theo has run out of place to which to run away. He has a fantastic one night stand with a very sexy werecoyote he meets at a night club the night before he’s supposed to report to his new job on Columbus’ Preternatural Task Force. When he goes into work the next morning he meets his new partner, Carlos Ramirez, the werecoyote with whom he had a fantastic one night stand then ran out on while he was sleeping. Awkward! They don’t really have much time to bicker as they have a murder to solve. The body of a were was found with it’s throat torn out. They don’t know much. It was a were killed by a were and the body was dumped. It’s not long til they have a second victim. Then a third. Amidst what appears to be the work of a serial killer Carlos refuses to allow Theo to put space between them. Every night he angles his way into Theo’s home then his bed. They don’t have sex, but Carlos is there for the nightmares. Theo really hates that he is beginning to appreciate that.
Theo goes home to find his apartment completely destroyed. There is a picture and note from the perpetrator, Jason Devereaux. Jason is the serial killer who brutally murdered several girls in NY as well as Theo’s partner, Charlie. Theo now finds himself living with Carlos. Theo also finds himself falling in love with Carlos despite the fact it’s the absolute last thing he wants in his life. He’s stunned when he learns they have actually known each other for years and Carlos has held a torch all this time. They find themselves investigating the murders as well as the reappearance of Jason Devereaux. With tips from a somewhat unwelcome, for Theo at least, source he and Carlos are able to home in on the real crime. Then friends and family begin to disappear. Theo and Carlos find themselves in the basement of their prime suspect. Then things take a turn for the worse.
Theo is an ass. One of the more realistic and believable asses I’ve encountered in a book in a long time. He doesn’t actually like people. They are rather inconvenient when he’s trying to do something for the greater good. He’s been wounded. Really wounded. It’s just a lot easier to not allow anything or anyone into his world, so it can’t hurt him or leave him. Of course Carlos is totally NOT on board with that. Theo’s inability to control any of the situation with Carlos is kind of hilarious. There is a part of Theo that doesn’t actually want to control it, but he’s just so damn scared of being hurt. His fear is manifest as aggression. It was refreshingly believable.
I liked the world building. I guess I’d call it subtle. It’s essentially modern society with some paranormal or preternatural spice thrown on top, like mango with Tajin. I can never decide if I prefer a full blown abstract society to an enhanced reality. I guess I like ’em both. Having said that there was some stuff I didn’t love. The torch Carlos carried seemed a bit over the top. Waiting your whole adult life and eschewing other relationships for a guy who barely noticed you in high school seems kind of unrealistic. I guess it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Anyway, I really enjoyed the book. Thankfully it didn’t seem to suffer from any kind of first-in-a-series kind of syndrome. It was just a good solid read.
Rated 4 stars by Faye