March 28, 2012
Review: Blood Harvest Moon by Kelly Abell
Author: Kelly Abell
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: kNight Romance Publishing (Sept. 21st 2010)
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NOTE: Story is for mature readers due to some sexual content.
Only a few days from the Blood Harvest Moon a coven of witches must have a sacrifice in order to maintain their immortality.
A prophesy to fulfill...
Shaelyn, a beautiful Irish witch believes a prophesy that will bring her love and destiny. Little did she realize what it would cost her.
A destiny of greatness...
Derek Panthera, a sexy but mild mannered college student has no idea how an unexpected car accident will change is his life forever. It not only leads him straight to a coven of witches who need a blood sacrifice, but will enact a change in him he is totally unprepared for.
As the destiny of Shaelyn and Derek intertwine, a battle is on to save Derek's life from a treacherous and evil curse. As the attraction between the two becomes heated, it's Shaelyn who brings out the animal in Derek he didn't know existed. She must help Derek become the Powerful Shifter she knows he is and struggle to keep her own power intact. The two have only a few days before The Blood Harvest Moon wanes, to save his life and end the curse.
Derek Panthera is headed home one night to see his family but when he unexpectedly sees a figure of a man standing in the middle of the road, he loses control of his car, in an attempt to avoid hitting the man, and crashes into a tree. But when he gets out of the car, there is no one there. The damage to his car's headlights prevents him from attempting to continue on his journey so he heads for the nearest house.
Shaelyn greets Derek at the door, having been expecting him. She is a witch who had seen a vision that Derek would come into her life during a Blood Harvest Moon. She knows that Derek is part of an ancient Prophesy, one that will bring her great Power. She rules the coven of witches that live there. But the Shadow Demon chose Derek as the coven's next sacrifice for the Blood Harvest Moon. If the sacrifice is interfered with, another must take his place for if there is no sacrifice, the entire coven will lose their immortality thus causing their deaths. Shaelyn knows that Derek is her intended mate and doesn't understand why the Shadow Demon would choose him as the sacrifice. She has to help Derek learn of his true heritage, hope that he falls in love with her, and protect him from being sacrificed.
Blood Harvest Moon is an enjoyable read. I love books with shifters in them, whether werewolves or not. In this case, a panther shifter. Then throw in a coven of witches, a demon of death, and some backstabbing, and you've got a very exciting story! I will admit that some of it was predictable for me but there are definitely some interesting twists and turns in the story, that I didn't see coming, which kept me glued to the pages.
I found the interaction between Shaelyn and Derek to be, for the most part, lighthearted and fun. Derek is naturally confused but he can't deny the attraction he feels for Shaelyn. She is very patient with him, even though she doesn't really have the time to be.
This was my first book by Kelly Abell but I would definitely be interested in reading more of her work. I thought the story was very well written, though a quick read. I think when you enjoy a story you always want more and even though I loved the outcome, I certainly wouldn't be opposed to reading more about Derek, Shaelyn, and the coven of witches.
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