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Book Review: Silver Moon Rising & Crescent Calls, by Rosalie Spencer

This is a little awkward. Rosalie Spencer sent me a copy of Crescent Calls for review way back in…I think maybe September. I’d picked up Silver Moon Rising as an Amazon freebie and planned to read and review them. However, Amazon did a Kindle update about that time, and no matter how many times I tried, I could not get Silver Moon Rising to open. Eventually, I set it aside in the hopes that time would work out whatever glitch Amazon had going on. And then I basically forgot about it. But I finally managed to come back around to reading them.

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About Silver Moon Rising:

silver moon risingHayley is an Omega wolf. Submissive, low-ranking, and considered less than nothing by her previous pack. Which is why she ran away, fleeing their abusive Alpha. Now, all she wants is to make a life that she can be proud to live.

Cole and Ryland are two Alphas without a pack. With Cole’s unpredictable wolf and Ryland’s suspicious combination of witch and tiger shifter blood, and the fact that you can’t have one without the other, it’s too much for most packs to handle permanently. Instead, they roam from place to place as enforcers, a final solution when a wild wolf needs to be taken down.

When they find Hayley, at first they’re not sure if she’s a spy from the pack they’re trying to hunt down or a victim, but either way they need her. Inconveniently, in more ways than one.

If Hayley can be strong enough to help them, maybe she can overcome her past. And if she can be strong enough to trust again, maybe she can find a way to the life she wants to live.

my review

I think that there is nothing wrong with this book, but that it wasn’t really to my taste, which is a hard review to formulate. On the positive side, the writing is fairly pedestrian but readable. There’s an interesting world. The characters are mostly likable. The heroine has a lot of growth over the course of the book, and there is a fun side character.

On the negative side (for me), that fun side character is VERY OBVIOUSLY a crossover character from some other series. I felt that before I even went to look it up, and I’m generally annoyed by this. It always leaves me feeling like I’m missing something. The interesting world is barely hinted at. The mostly likable characters are only mostly likable because there are some aspects of them that I definitely did not enjoy. And this is where tastes come into play.

Hayley is very sweet. She is small and submissive and gentle and kind. And a perpetual victim. The plot is very much about her growing past this victimhood. But you’ll have to really like scared mouse sorts of heroines to enjoy Hayley. And I really do prefer my heroines with more grit. (But I do think the author dealt with the whole scenario well.)

Similarly, the two heroes were never particularly kind to Hayley. I did not feel the spark between them AT ALL. They’re not quite alpha a-holes, but just kind of a-holes, and I didn’t understand what Hayley was supposed to be attracted to. Even the sex wasn’t enough to bridge this gap for me since there wasn’t very much.

Additionally, never was how small and dainty Hayley is emphasized so often, as during the sex scenes, which was just a little too infantilizing for me. Add to this the fact that it is VERY STRONGLY inferred that what amounts to sexual slavery was part of Hayley’s history; her all but virginal behavior thus made no sense (other than to maintain her innocent miene).

Plus, while I liked the relationship between Cole and Ryland, why they are so bonded and loyal to one another is never really addressed. I think they had a platonic relationship or at least one that never crossed into romance between just the two of them. But I wondered what their relationship was based on before the introduction of Hayley. We’re just kind of told they met and then they’re inseparable.

The plot is also pretty cliched. You won’t find anything particularly new here. But if you like the sort of story it is, you’ll like this one. The book could also do with a little more editing.

Lastly, and this isn’t a critique, just a heads up. This seems to be one of those series in which each book doesn’t have an arc and ending of its own. The book ends on a cliffhanger with nothing of note resolved.

About Crescent Calling:

crescent calling photoHayley has been doing all that she can to not think about Cole and Ryland, the two alphas who turned her life upside down six months ago. On the whole, she’s been doing great besides from them popping into her head every time she stops for more than a second, her days a game of trying to dodge every memory of them.

Her nights, however, have been taken up by dreams of an elf she rescued, who vanished into thin air leaving her with nothing but the mark of a little blue flower on her wrist. At first, Hayley thought the dreams were just that but now, now she worries that something is wrong with her dream man. Hayley embarks on a trek through Otherland, despite her wolf having been missing for the last six months, ready to do anything to save him. Anything, that is, except for escaping the dragon.

Neosai has lived for almost a decade next to the elven capital Leith, ten long, lonely, miserable years waiting for Haladaver to wake up and realize he was there, waiting. Ten years of collecting treasure, of preparing things to say to his elven ex-best friend, ten years of pining for a future he knew they could have together if they just found a creative solution. Ten years, until a silver-haired omega wolf waltzed onto his territory with Haladaver’s mark on her wrist.

Ryland has been hunting for months, trying to finish Blake’s pack off once and for all, and desperately trying not to think of the omega wolf who he knows isn’t thinking of him, or his ex-pack mate Cole. He left them together so their relationship could flourish. Or so he thinks, until Cole finally finds him, revealing that he’s gone wild without him. When they hear that Hayley is in trouble, Cole has only one thing on his mind; finding her again. Ryland has no choice but to follow.

my review

I liked this second book in the series better than book one. Hayley is a little more established, a little less mouse-like. I thought Neo was hilarious, and I liked seeing them get to know one another. Of her four mates, he is literally the only one we’ve actually seen her spend any pleasant time with.

Honestly, that’s one of my biggest complaints about this series so far. Hayley is supposed to be falling in love with these men that we, the reader, don’t get to know. Or worse, we get to know them and wonder why she’d love them. I have not warmed up to Ryland at all. And I’m a little disturbed that he is the only obvious person of color and also so obviously meant to be disliked. Maybe I’m supposed to feel sorry for him. But I don’t. I just dislike him.

I do have to say; I love that both pairs of men appear to be queer, platonic life partners. With Neo and Hal it’s explicit. Neo, after all, says he and Hal “were as gay as anyone could be without actually desiring the male form.” It’s not stated so baldly with Ryland and Cole, but the vibe is the same. This does leave Hayley feeling a little like a tool to give these men permission to love one another rather than being desired for herself, though.

There is also just something off in the series-scale pacing. Here, for example, we spend almost all of our time with Hayley and Neo, get only spicy-time flashes of Hal, and Cole and Ryland (who we spent the last book with) are afterthoughts. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to be getting attached to here. Where the reader’s attention is directed feels somewhat lopsided.

Lastly, like in book one. The writing is simple but functional. But the whole thing could do with just a little more editing.

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Book Review: Baby & the Late Night Howlers, by Kathryn Moon

I picked up a copy of Kathryn Moon‘s Baby & the Late Night Howlers as an Amazon freebie after seeing it recommended several times on Tiktok.
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Baby’s heat is coming…

After years of assuming she was a beta, discovering her omega designation in a biker bar surrounded by alphas isn’t exactly fulfilling any fantasies for Baby. She only wanted to get laid, not get knotted, bitten, and bonded. Now Baby’s entire life is about to turn upside down.

With the sexual frenzy of her heat on its way, she needs to find a pack, a nest, and alphas she can trust.

The Late Night Howlers have given up hope…

After years of waiting for an omega to choose them, this motorcycle club of alphas is ready to move on with their lives. Until one sweet woman takes a chance on them.

A rundown bar and apartment building is no place to spoil a new omega but the Howlers are determined to do right by Baby when she needs them. All they have to do is keep her satisfied while resisting the mouthwatering temptation to bite and bond her, permanently.

When a rival MC comes sniffing after Baby, her safety is put at risk and the Howlers may be torn apart forever.

my review

I will admit that I’m always a little iffy going into an Omegaverse novel. So often, the whole idea of the omega is predicated on the submission of women. (Omegas aren’t always women, but they often are.) And that submission can be glorious, or it can be abusive, and I do not enjoy this latter dynamic AT ALL. So, it’s a bit of a crap shoot every time I pick one up.

Baby & the Late Night Howlers is explicitly a Sweet Omegaverse. And it is. Baby’s—God, I hate the name, BTW—Baby’s men worship her, and that was fun. But Moon still managed to use the same old, cliched, over-used abuse of women by patriarchal, villainous men who see women as objects as the primary tension of the book, and that was equally as disappointing.

In fact, that’s my main complaint with the book. While Moon came up with a fun Omegaverse world and likable characters, everything—EVERYTHING—about the book is 100% predictable. By the end of the first few chapters, I could have outlined how this plot would unfold and, with the baby and the late night howlers photointroduction of each character, exactly which role they’d play. Which wasn’t particularly attention-holding. Further, since Baby had so many men and each needed attention, sex, and to bond, it got redundant, and I eventually got bored with the sex.

I did like that Baby was a bit older, as were her eventual bondmates. The sweet parts of this Sweet Omegaverse were indeed sweet, and the writing is quite readable. But all in all, I’m going to call it a middle-of-the-road read for me.

Other Reviews:

REVIEW – Omegaverse Reverse Harem // Baby and the Late Night Howlers

Baby & The Late Night Howlers by Kathryn Moon – A Book Review


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Review of Fighting for Love, by Aiden & Austin Bates

I haven’t been reading much lately, not even audiobooks. But today I needed to mow the lawn and fold laundry, both great audiobook activities. So, I gave Fighting for Love, by Aiden & Austin Bates (narrated by Jamie Garrett) a chance. I received an audible code for it at some point.

Description from Goodreads:

Warrior in the ring. Submissive in the bedroom. A dark threat against a promising future. . .and a growing new life.

He trains, he fights. MMA fighter Eric lives for each match because now there’s nothing else to live for. Though he once yearned for the steady, forever kind of love. . .though he craved domination. . .he was betrayed. Walking away from the man he would have married, Eric didn’t look back. And now his future is just as empty as his past.

The day Samuel was fired for wanting to marry the love of his life wasn’t his blackest moment—his blackest moment was the night before, when Eric left him without a word. But Samuel emerged stronger, learned that to survive heartbreak he had to be true to himself. He now craves someone to share his dark desires with—a dominating self Eric never knew.

Where there are secrets, there can never be true love.

When a new client walks into Samuel’s place, he’s shocked to see that the man booking his services as a dom is Eric. Is this a cruel joke, or are they fated to be together?

The only way to find out is to follow this thing to the end. Even if that means wading through blackmail, deceit and a shocking discovery that changes their lives forever. They have no choice but to defeat their enemies and make their love work.

Eric is carrying a baby and Samuel refuses to give them up without fighting the match of their lives.


You know, what I think amazes me most about this book is that it had two authors. Two people were involved in the writing of this travesty and neither one called a halt to it. It’s a disaster in so many ways. For one, even listening to the audio version, I caught several editing mistakes. The most common (and therefore the one that annoyed me most) was how it kept saying one character’s house was color-coded, but they meant color coordinated. As this was meant to be an endearing trait it was brought up several times and it was wrong every time. But there were also just other random mistakes. At one point someone left the bathroom to go to the bathroom. (He went to the bedroom).

But mostly I hated that the whole alpha/omega trope wasn’t situated in any sort of world. I’m plenty familiar with the Omegaverse. I’m not new to m-preg stories. But you can’t just drop alpha and omega characters into an undefined world. I have no idea if this was common among all people, some people, or a secret. I have no idea if these were human people or shifters of some sort (though I assume not since it wasn’t mentioned). Why were some alphas and some omegas? What makes an alpha or omega? Are there betas somewhere?

How, if at all, do the dominant and submissive traits come into play? Because the book infers that the words aren’t interchangeable, some alphas are dominant, but not all omegas are subservient, and visa versa. I think. I’m really not sure and that’s my point. None of this is defined or explained in any way. What’s more, the dominant character got into being a dom when he lost his job and someone else took him in and showed him the ropes. It’s reiterated that it’s just a job. So, even being a dom isn’t presented as a racial trait. So, what makes him an alpha if not his dominance?

Further, there is 100% no reason both characters needed to be male for this plot to work (as poorly as it worked, but you get my point). I love gay romance. So, I’m not saying the authors needed a reason to write the characters as gay. But the m-preg felt so forced and out of place, so poorly explained (not at all explained) that I feel like it just should have been left out. The sex was abortive and uninterestingly written (how do you make BDSM sex vanilla and boring?) that even it couldn’t redeem it. At least if one had been female one aspect of the pregnancy plot would have made a modicum of sense and one fewer facet would be a basket case.

Lastly (and this is a big spoiler), the whole plot hinges on my number-one most hated trope, the “Oops it all a misunderstanding that could have been avoided with a single conversation” trope. I hate this and it was apparent that this was going to be the case from chapter one and it was dispelled literally in a single partial paragraph. They had been together for years, were engaged to be married and one ghosted on the other based on a text from an unknown person. A text they later decided was a wrong number. It’s beyond ridiculous and predictable to boot. Why didn’t they just have the conversation two years ago?

About the only positive thing I can say is that the narrator did a fine job.