Book Review: Red Moon Rising by Joy Lynn Fielding

Reviewed by Nikyta

Red Moon RisingTitle: Red Moon Rising
Author: Joy Lynn Fielding
Series: Strength of the Pack #3
Heroes: Tristan & Colby
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 45,817 words
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Available at: Siren Publishing, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Tristan Howe is abducted and imprisoned by a pack at war with his own. His future looks bleak until he finds an unexpected ally in enemy pack member, Colby Williams. A fragile bond develops between them as they escape together.

Once he’s safely back with his own pack, Tristan finds his feelings for Colby are more than just gratitude for being rescued. He’s delighted to learn that they’re reciprocated, and even more excited to realize he and Colby are mates.

But idealistic Tristan finally has to face up to the fact that even true love might not be enough to defeat the forces ranged against them—not least his pack-mates’ suspicion and hostility toward Colby, and a mate so scarred by his abusive past that he doesn’t know how to be free. All Tristan can do is try.

NOTE: Beta hero raped during the story. It is not described in detail and is not intended for titillation.


Getting off work one night, Tristan stumbles upon the scent of strange shifters. To cover their tracks, these shifters (who are part of Cale’s pack) kidnap Tristan so that they aren’t discovered. Taken to a compound miles away, Tristan is confident his pack will save him but when he meets the meek shifter Colby, he might have just found an unexpected ally who can set him free. There’s just one problem, Tristan won’t leave unless Colby comes with him. Escaping seems easy but the danger isn’t over yet especially when Colby’s ex has a possessive streak that could prove fatal.

Since I read An Impossible Mate, I’ve been eager to read Tristan’s story. The young shifter who’s curious and excited and loves to talk everyone’s ears off. He’s cute, sweet and has a soft heart but he’s not a kid anymore and this book is ultimately about how he’s grown up. Colby, on the other hand, is way more seasoned than Tristan in life, although he’s only six years older. He’s been beaten and broken to the point that he doesn’t believe he is worth anything, doesn’t believe that he is anything but stupid who just happens to have a pretty face. He’s damaged to put it bluntly and has lived so long in a savage pack that he doesn’t really understand Tristan’s at all.

In this book, we get to explore more of the motives behind Cale and his pack but it’s also about Tristan maturing and his pack members understanding that. It’s about Colby finding himself and realizing that he’s not just the stupid, good for nothing shifter he’s been beaten into and doesn’t have to live a life as the beta’s bitch. No, instead he’s strong and finally given the option to discover himself and his mate. It’s sweet and I loved that we got to see both characters grow so much.

As with the others in this series, this one had a little too much sex for my liking, although it seemed less than in previous books. Still, I would have liked to see a little more of Tristan and Colby getting to know each other to justify the love they have for one another. Plus, this book ended up leaving me with a boat load of questions that I’m really hoping will get answered in the next book, Shifting Sands.

In the end, this was a good continuation to the Strength of the Pack series. If you’ve liked An Impossible Mate and A Liar’s Moon then you’ll enjoy this one just as much 🙂

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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