Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Leap in the Dark

Author: Gabrielle Evans  
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-62241-783-4
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Braxton fell in love with Xander two years ago, he knew this was the man for him.  When he allowed the shifter to claim him, he knew that for all intents and purposes it was for better or worse.  He just did not realize that the worst meant he wanted to kick the shit out of his mate.

When the author started the Moonlight Breed series, she did so by introducing the readers to Xander and Braxton.  Xander was a shifter who, because of his white pelt, had a target on his head.  He is also the Alpha of a makeshift pack with a variety of other shifters, all of whom have white pelts.  Braxton, a human with an abusive ex, is also an author.  The young man falls instantly for the hunky shifter and, after many obstacles, the two finally find their happily ever after.  In Leap in the Dark, Ms. Evans brings back these two characters and introduces a whole new mess of problems.

At the end of book seven, Xander is injured during a rescue attempt. This newest book picks up shortly after, with Braxton learning to deal with Xander’s attitude surrounding his injury.  I could understand the actions and reasoning of both men and found this particular area of their relationship realistic.  That being said, I did have a little trouble accepting how fast Xander overcame his attitude after only a few words from Spiro. 

While this story is about Braxton and Xander, many previous characters show up.  I love the interaction between Keaton and Braxton, as well as his interaction with several of the new characters.  I also can’t wait until the new moonlighter’s (shifters with white pelts) get their own stories. 

Leap in the Dark was a fast-paced, fun story with many twists and turns.  Fans of this series are sure to enjoy it.

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