Review – Louisiana Moon by Lani Rhea

 Louisiana MoonLouisiana Moon
(Rising Currents, Book 1)
 Lani Rhea
March, 2014
Lyrical Press, an Imprint of Kensington Publishing
Paranormal Romance
233 Pages

Reviewed for The Book Breeze by Abby Rose / Magic & Mayhem

From the description: After losing her parents to vampires, werewolf Kristina Knight spends her life protecting humans from the bloodsuckers. Saving Darin James from the Truce Brotherhood adds fuel to the vampire coven’s wrath. When Ryant, her former lover, appears under the pretext of protecting her, Kristina isn’t ready to trust him again—especially not after he made his choice clear years ago. 

As leader of the vampires, Ryant Starga is driven to protect Kristina not only because of their past connection but because, now, the Soulscapes are out for her blood. If they succeed, the soul demons will rule the Darkworld—and no one will ever be safe. Ryant has a plan to convince Kristina she needs his protection, but it all goes badly awry when, in spite of the years separating them, he’s unable to keep his hands and mind off her—or the human Darin James out of the picture.

With Darin overstepping boundaries, will Kristina and Ryant rekindle their love only to lose it again?

I’m not a huge vampire fan—I really can’t get past the sucking of blood—but I enjoyed reading Louisiana Moon because of Kris, the heroine. For me, she was a lot of fun as she didn’t take any guff from anyone least of all Ryant. I also enjoyed their relationship as both struggled with the events of the past and what the future meant for them. Especially Kris as she had reasons to suspect the vampires were responsible for the death of her parents. Who wouldn’t have an issue with vampires after that?

What made this one a different turn on vampires was the addition of a war with the Soulscapes, demons that can animate cement—statutes mostly. So cool!

Now, for those who are not fan of the love triangles, despite the description, let me assure you Darin is not a love interest. He’s a human at the wrong place at the wrong time and Kris saves him. Their relationship is more of a mentor/mentee as he travels with her and learns more about the other world than he ever wanted to know (or dreamed of). And what an interesting world. If vampires and cement demons aren’t enough, how about a spooky hell house? This book has a lot going on but it doesn’t feel like too much is being thrown at the reader.

I hope Ms. Rhea writes book 2 soon as I really want to see how Kris and Ryant deal with the destiny thrust upon them—and have them seriously kick Soulscape butt.

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