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She knows she shouldn't want him. But she does.Six months ago, werewolf tracker Dana Gray barely escaped from Cole Randall, the wolf serial killer who kept her in his basement torturing her. Toying with her. He almost killed her, but he couldn't. He let her live.Now, she finds herself obsessed with Cole. His voice haunts her, hypnotic and liquid, flowing through her, bothShe knows she shouldn't want him. But she does.Six months ago, werewolf tracker Dana Gray barely escaped from Cole Randall, the wolf serial killer who kept her in his basement torturing her. Toying with her. He almost killed her, but he couldn't. He let her live.Now, she finds herself obsessed with Cole. His voice haunts her, hypnotic and liquid, flowing through her, both horrifying and arousing. She can't shut him up.At her job, she struggles with a bewildering case in which rehabilitated werewolves are going astray and killing again. From his maximum security cell, Cole claims he has all the answers. But he'll only talk to Dana.Maybe Cole knows something. Maybe he doesn't. Dana doesn't know. She only knows she's grateful for the excuse to go to him. And once she hears his voice again, she'll do anything to see him, whether it helps the case or not....

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the killing moon Reviews

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2018-10-27 09:38

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest🎃 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge for the category of: a romance about werewolves 🎃As of 10/07/17, this book is FREE on Kindle!The Kindle freebie section can be a cesspool of literary garbage, but once in a while, you dredge up a total gem. THE KILLING MOON, named after an Echo & the Bunnymen song, is like a cross between one of those gritty early 00's paranormal romances and the movie, The Silence of the Lambs.Dana was kidnapped and tortured by a werewolf named Cole, but their relationship was complicated before that, and became way more complicated afterwards. Now he's locked up and she's a professional werewolf tracker, and she's forced to interact with him yet again because of information he may or may not have about a bunch of werewolf-related murders. It's painfully clear how damaged she is psychologically, and the struggle between the mind and the heart is clear as she struggles to resist the manipulative Cole.I thought the murder mystery part was very well done. The pacing was excellent and the flashbacks heightened tension and improved the storyline instead of bogging it down. Dana was a sympathetic main character and even though she made some stupid decisions, I felt like they were in line with her character and they never bordered on TSTL - because she's one seriously F'd up piece of work.Cole was actually sexy and that's testament to the author's skills, in my opinion, that she managed to turn a werewolf serial killer into an attractive love interest. The sexual tension between him and Dana was seriously off the charts. I think what makes it work is that it's clear that he respects Dana and understands her. He's not an alphahole. Avery was also a great male character and I couldn't decide whether I wanted Dana to end up with him or Cole. Hollis, on the other hand? Total slime-bucket. Hated him immediately and wanted him dead by the end. Boooo!THE KILLING MOON has some disturbing content (rape, gore, kidnapping, etc.), but it was nothing too graphic in my opinion, and it never felt gratuitous. The pacing is tight and I was actually almost late for work one morning because I just had to find out what happened next. I really enjoyed the story and the tone of THE KILLING MOON and am definitely interested in reading the sequel(s).4 to 4.5 stars

  • Sam (AMNReader)
    2018-11-03 11:44

    I read this at the prompting of several URR friends & their impressive reviews of the book...Well...hmmmm. First, let me start by saying there were parts of this book that were incredibly well done. It's dark but not in tone. It's traumatic but somehow still edges to the side of less dramallama than a Brittainy C. Cherry It's twisted AF but somehow American Queen still takes the cake for what-the-fuckery for me in the past months. Oddly, this is all good. A book about a former hostage werewolf and the serial killer she 'inexplicably' cannot stay away from better not be too serious for its own good, after all, or we'd all be laughing like I insensitively did during Titanic when the boat tipped...So, crazily, I thought the overall story was really really well done in tone, pacing, and originality. Hell, I even enjoyed the romance. Cole is pretty hot, for a serial killer..Until...BUT...Hmm.....(view spoiler)[ Apparently werewolf sex isn't my thing cause I legitimately can't get over that mating bit...I had issues with Dana as alpha and all the betas chasing her tail...that's where the romance plot just fell apart for me. That was too much. Also, of course they were mated. I thought Dana read romances in high schools(hide spoiler)]Supporting characters Avery were well done, and in many respects, more multi-dimensional than Dana. I thought Cole even had a little more depth and the whole (view spoiler)[ be who I am, embrace what I am, is sympathetic to a certain extent.(hide spoiler)] Dana was trauma upon trauma, and yes, we are seeing her shortly after her release so maybe that is kind of real, and we can tell she's headstrong from her captivity and from her persistence. Ultimately, my main issue is her character's development or lack thereof, and I'm wondering if a little extra time between this plot and the end of her captivity so she could show a different side would have benefitted the book. I thought the ending was intriguing, if convenient, and think the series shows promise. The main issue I have is very likely shifters really aren't my bag with their big packs and fur (there's a reason I like the Hidden Legacy trilogy 1,000 times better than Kate Daniels- Magic > Animals.) Despite all my reservations and issues, which are relatively minor but did keep me from 4-stars, and regarding my comma use, I'm sorry...no where was I, oh, this was a readable, enjoyable, well done series debut that's worth trying. It's got a decent anti-hero, I'm just a little iffy on the heroine.Thanks for the shove in this direction, URRers. Oh, and OMG this cover. No.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-03 08:25

    Read for the URR Halloween Challenge prompt A Romance Involving Murder13/10 - I can't believe the low rating on this one! I thought it was great. Plenty of blood and gore, but not a gratuitous amount, just right for a werewolf serial killer book; a charming serial killer who actually made me unsure who I wanted to end up with the heroine - him or Dana's much more gentle partner, Avery; and an appropriately-damaged heroine who can't resist the pull of the serial killer even though she knows how disturbed she is to want him after everything he did to her.I was impressed with Chambers' ability to write an evil mass-murdering anti hero that I actually liked - that's never happened before. I could almost understand Dana's dilemma (even without the added complication of werewolf mating instincts) of desperately wanting Cole, but hating herself for feeling rhat way about a man/werewolf who murdered a ton of people and planned to do the same to her. Plus, there's the fact that he saved her life when they were teenagers and she had a crush on him, as well. How stuffed up in the head would you be?! It's like the worst case of Stockholm syndrome, magnified X 1,000,000 by a body that won't react the way you want it to, the way you and everyone else expects it to. It would be the supreme height of unfairness.There were some editing errors (see my status updates for all that I found), but way less than your average Amazon freebie. Overall, I was very impressed with the writing and editing and will definitely be reading the sequel.

  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    2018-11-12 06:37

    I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. At first I thought it would be kind of Dexter-ish, with a serial killer love interest, but once I realized it was about werewolves I immediately put on my skeptical face. Werewolf stories are not my favorite, and lame paranormal romances even less so.But THE KILLING MOON was more like a supernatural crime thriller, with a bit of illicit romance thrown in. Cole Randall is a werewolf serial killer, in that he kills other werewolves. Dana Gray is uncontrollably attracted to him, which presents all sorts of professional problems for her since he kidnapped her, tried to kill her, and is now held in custody at her work. Unfortunately, Cole didn't wow me as a villainous love interest because 1) his dialogue kind of sucked, 2) he, along with most of the other characters, barely had any physical description, and 3) he was a little too nice, making his interactions with Dana seem creepy rather than sexy.Although Dana and her partner Avery's investigative work about the werewolf murders wasn't the greatest, and I didn't really like the romance aspect all that much, I found myself enjoying this anyway. It's one of those Kindle freebies that's well-written and engaging and keeps you downloading all those other not-so-good freebies in the hope that you'll find another like it.3.5 stars

  • katwiththehat
    2018-10-31 10:47

    Trigger Warning: (view spoiler)[ Rape, abduction, torture (hide spoiler)]This was an interesting werewolf book with some really good world-building by author V.J. Chambers. I enjoyed both the creative take on werewolf lore and the world-building/murder mystery the agents were working to solve while trying to untangle Dana from her Stockholm Syndrome like obsession with her former kidnapper and torturer, Cole.

  • Ally
    2018-10-24 11:32

    Cereal killer romance!Read for Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge - serial killer category categorySeries: Yea, and it's cliffy. Not sure I'll be moving on. Sexy times: So yea, about that (view spoiler)[there's creature sex here. As in female wolf presenting to male wolf business. Not the end of the world as it were, but you should know about that if it bugs you (hide spoiler)].Plan on reading more by the author: PossiblySynopsis Cole is just your neighborhood cereal killer - Fruite Brute being his favorite.And he's on a tear. Dana, tracker of werewolves, is kidnapped by Cole and held prisoner in his basement. After she breaks free and they catch him with cereal in hand, he's taken to the Sullivan Organization where werewolves are taught to repress their wolves and live as humans only. Dana had a previous "relationship" of sorts with Cole and now, she's super super attracted to him. As in take off your top all the time attracted. Thanks to SamIAm for pointing that out. So how is she supposed to wrap her head around his being a very bad man and her increasing desire for him? Cue the creepy music! Why it did or didn't work for me: So it worked ok. It was an interesting premise and an interesting world. In this place, being a werewolf is having a disease. Wolfy bits are to be suppressed however when wolves turn for the first time, it's not uncommon for them to kill humans in their presences (yes, family) and feast upon them. Dinner is served!The world fascinated me and this book was entirely better than I expected it to be. That said, it didn't have the leap up and grab me that I was hoping for. I cannot figure out why. I just know it wasn't there. Could be that I was left wanting. This thing did not wrap up. I need wrap up. I live for wrapping!Signed, Suddenly, I'm craving cereal!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Emily Crow
    2018-10-18 11:52

    I should confess at the outset that werewolf romance really isn't my thing. Even so, I do think there was some real potential with this story. It takes place in an alternate "now" where werewolves have always coexisted with regular humans, and there is a foundation dedicated to finding them and helping them control the wolf inside so they can be a normal citizen. Dana is one such werewolf, working for the foundation. She is captured and tortured by a rogue werewolf named Randall Cole, and even after escaping, she cannot resist her continuing attraction to him.I thought the author had several clever ideas in this novel, and the writing, while a bit pedestrian (and with some serious pacing issues; I struggled to get through large portions of this novel), was not bad. In all fairness, this book contains two elements that usually don't appeal to me--werewolves and Stockholm syndrome-type behavior--and the story just wasn't compelling enough to overcome that. Although a lot of reviewers, including some I usually agree with, really liked this, so it's probably just me.(view spoiler)[Also, werewolf sex is icky...if you've ever seen dogs mating, you'll know why.... (hide spoiler)]Read for Unapologetic Romance Readers 2017 Halloween challenge: werewolf romance category

  • Steph
    2018-11-06 09:46

    A sultry, spellbinding tale about craving that one person who is utterly toxic and destructive, yet finding that their pain makes it “hurt so good”. For Dana in The Killing Moon, that one person just happens to be a werewolf and a serial killer. What makes Cole Randall so tantalizing though (to Dana, as well as to the reader) is his charisma, his confidence, and his brute sensuality. He is the quintessential bad-boy,the Dionysian tempter, who is (ironically) outwardly torn by his emotional attraction to the object of his desire-his inability to separate the carnal from the spiritual. This, too, becomes Dana’s crisis, and the crux of the novel itself; that there is a universal, human struggle between lust and love, between the head and the heart, between what is good for you, and what you desire. Wild, heady trysts aside, this novel also provides the reader with an intensely intriguing crime thriller, combining werewolf lore with modern day crime investigating. I am a sold fan of Chambers work, and was wholly entertained by this inventive and unique tale.

  • Marsha
    2018-10-26 03:41

    For days I've struggled to get through this storyline and this read but to no avail. So, I finally asked myself why are you trying to force yourself to like this book. The answer is that I just didn't like the main characters, their bizarre love-hate relationship and the continuous murders that seem to be handled with such little regard for the victims. On the positive side, the plot is unique; but it just wasn't for me.

  • Trashy Katie
    2018-11-07 10:47

    Yeah, not a big fan of serial killer heroes. This one doesn't even kill bad guys like Dexter, just innocent people. Ugh.

  • Donna Parrish
    2018-11-05 05:45

    This was voted book of the month in my group. Just couldn't get passed the blood and gore in the first few pages. Not for me, moving on!

  • Jo
    2018-10-22 11:33

    Not for me. Stockholm Syndrome and PTSD have been done a disservice with this book. Dana is so not an alpha female, she can't make up her mind how she feels about most anything and especially Cole who is a murderer. She lies to her psychiatrist who is the worst psychiatrist ever.Cole is so unlikable I didn't care about him at all. What a sleaze. Hollis was just disgusting and one dimensional.Avery was the only likeable character but every time his full name is written I imagine that lovely African American actor of the same name and it just seems odd.The two instances of wolf on wolf sex were a strange choice and the dubious or resigned consent was very off putting. No thanks, I like my werewolves to have respect and caring for their mates not this alternate mythology. I can see what the author was going for but I think she entirely missed the mark. I usually like a different take on an old story but not this one.

  • Mei
    2018-11-12 04:45

    Sick and twisted...and not in a good paranormal way. I didn't like this story, Dana or Cole or anything else about it. It was boring and drawn out (of course to lead you to read the next book). It took me what felt like forever to finish this book! Some editing issues as well. The synopsis was intriguing but the story fell flat. Nothing killing but my wasted time. On my Were Scale of Hotness, 0 stars.

  • Imani
    2018-11-04 06:24

    3.5 "Serial Killer Wolf" StarsI found out about The Killing Moon from Nenia, another goodreads reviewer and author.The Killing Moon opens to Dana Gray, a werewolf tracker working for the Sullivan Foundation. The Sullivan Foundation was made to bring newly turned werewolves from the lupine virus to train and help them to have control over their werewolves so they won't turn on the full moons.But there is a new phenomenon going on in their town with rogue werewolves murdering large groups of people; Dana and her partner Avery have to figure out why this is happening when the SF have worked so hard to make sure things like this don't happen.While working this case, Dana cannot forget Cole Randall. Cole, the man who she shares a history with, the man who held her captive, and werewolf serial killer. After escaping his clutches, Dana still finds herself drawn to him and she doesn't know why.While trying to stay away from Cole who is locked up at the SF, Cole claims to know what is going on with these random rogue attacks. Or are they random? And does he really know what's going on? Or is he just trying to bring Dana back into his control?While reading this, I was very interested in the outcome of Dana and Cole, as well as the side characters on how and why these attacks are happening and they can even stop it. The only complaint that I have and hope is rectified is if V.J. Chambers will reveal the source of the lupine virus, the history, and how it works. In this world, it is accepted as fact and a part of everyday life, but I want more info on this 'werewolf virus'.

  • Kira
    2018-11-15 06:25

    Cole kidnapped Dana. He tried to kill her. He hurt her, but they also had a deep attraction to each other. Eventually she got away and turned him in to the Sullivan Foundation, which is the werewolf police. Dana and her partner Avery are trackers for the foundation. Some weres started killing people, and the circumstances were suspicious. She needed Cole to help her solve the current case.Since it was necessary for her to visit Cole to get information, she was attempting to fight off her attraction to him. It was understandable that her feelings for him were conflicted, but it was a bit repetitive to read about at times. She was in denial about her true feelings. It was obvious what they were, but she could not come to terms with them. Although it was a dark romance between Dana and Cole, it was appealing. Some sex scenes did border on being nonconsensual. The only disappointing aspect of the romance was the love triangle that was thrust into the story. It wasn’t necessary since Dana and Cole’s relationship was complicated anyway.It was well written. Many books from indie authors lack the cohesiveness this story had. The characters were well developed too. They each felt like unique individuals. I always think it’s a good sign when a bad character can be made to be appealing. There were a few typos, but it wasn’t anything major. It didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. I am undecided about whether or not I will finish out the trilogy. I want to because I like Cole and Dana, but I don’t want to read about love triangle drama.

  • Book Binge
    2018-10-30 07:36

    This was a free download. The premise is really interesting; werewolves are taught to suppress their wolves (they’re told they have a virus) and rarely change on purpose. When they do it’s generally to terrible results, so they’re taken to a treatment center and rehabilitated (ie, taught to re-supress their wolf). All werewolf deaths are accidental until a werewolf, Cole, turns serial killer and starts murdering other wolves on purpose.A werewolf tracker, Dana, goes after him and he kidnaps and holds her against her will. She ends up mated to him. Because werewolves have done nothing but suppress their wolves, no one really knows anything about them, which means she has no idea why she feels such a connection to Cole.Chambers did a good job with the world-building. As I said, the premise is really interesting and I had no trouble falling into the story. I wanted to know why Dana and Cole ended up mated, and how she was going to deal with her attraction to a serial killer. Unfortunately it ended in a cliffhanger and there are two more books.Though the premise was interesting and I was intrigued by the strange relationship between them, I have zero desire to read two more books about her suppressing her wolf and angsting over her feelings for a killer.3 out of 5

  • Marta
    2018-10-30 11:24

    3.5 starsI have mixed feelings on this book. It started out good. A werewolf tracker(Dana) is kidnapped and tortured by the same werewolf serial killer(Cole) she has been tracking. She learns that Cole, who survived the same werewolf attack she did years ago is this serial killer. A werewolf attack that left them with a virus which turned them into wolves themselves. After escaping, she can’t fight her attraction to Cole, even though she is repulsed by her attraction to him. She cant help herself as she yearns to be near him. (view spoiler)[Most of this attraction is that while he held her captive, they mated in their wolf forms (hide spoiler)]I am a fan of paranormal romance and to me this book was not that. There were no cute and cuddly shifters running around. It was more of a scary, Wolfman movie version type of read. I’m not complaining. It didn’t bother me that there wasn’t much romance in this book. That was ok because I enjoy horror. This book also had suspense which I am also ok with. It just didn’t rock my world. Kind of got repetitive as Dana kept battling her feelings. Feelings which usually left her in a compromising position with the people closest to her. Not sure if I will pursue the rest of the series.

  • Meg
    2018-10-21 09:32

    This book was essentially foreplay with serious consent issues. I really wanted the mystery to be more prominant in the story. I ended up skipping over a lot of the book because the whining was just too much. If you are expecting any sort of satisfying plot or character development, look somewhere else. If you are into books where chapters alternate between triggery sexual scenes and the main character whining about mental health issues which she actively hides from her therapist, this might be the book for you.

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    2018-10-18 11:43

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  • Terri Lytle
    2018-11-03 06:47

    These free books are going to be the death of me! There is so much garbage to wade through to find a rare gem or two. And this book was definitely some of that floating garbage. A total turd! The feeling this book left me with can only be described as squicky! Yuck! And ick....can't forget ick. I will NOT be downloading the further installments, even if they were free!

  • Savina
    2018-10-27 04:44

    there were a lot of erotic feelings in this book but i liked the story and i liked the best friend

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-26 11:48

    I'm glade that I give this one a chance because I loved it,its been on my nook tbr shelf since last year,can't wait to see what happens in the next one.

  • Amelia
    2018-10-17 08:43

    I really want to pretend that this disgusted me, that it was just too messed up... but god help me, I liked it. Hot stuff!

  • Skye Hegyes
    2018-11-07 10:39

    I absolutely hated this story for multiple reasons. The pairing of the cop and the murderer just never set right with me and kept my stomach twisted in knots the entire time they were together. Every time the two paired up, it made me nauseous. I had the same feelings about the pair as the partner did. I thought the female cop needed to seek psychological help and stay the hell away from the murderer. Cole and Dana’s relationship reminded me a lot of the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn. Alone, Dana was awesome. With him, she was nothing but putty molding to his desires and whims, and it made her character less and less likeable.

  • Giki
    2018-10-30 05:35

    I couldn't finish this book, that is really unusual for me. I just got really really bored. It seemed clunky and never really gripped me. I did not care about any of the charecters and by the time I gave up I did not want to spend a miniute more in their company.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-17 07:24

    Avery needs to get over Dana. She belongs with Cole. This is a very good book with a very strong female. I highly recommend it

  • Bea Free
    2018-11-04 11:33

    Interesting read. Lots of twists and turns. Uncertain if I will continue this series. But overall a decent read

  • Chantelle Larson
    2018-10-30 06:34

    This book was a freebie and this book was captivating. I could hardly put this down! First things first, as you probably know from the book description, this plotline appears slightly disturbing...I mean, she finds herself attracted to a serial killer who is in custody of the government program she works for. As if that's not enough, she HATES him. Disturbing? Yes. Totally wrong? Definitely. Hot? Without a doubt. Some of the scenes these two have together the chemistry is literally zinging from the pages...my stomach was doing flips and my conscience recoiling as even I found myself pulled to the antagonist. He's a killer...this should be black and white right? WRONG. The shades of grey here are deep and enthralling. I think this is what connected me to our heroine most, you go through this whole thing with her. As her emotions drop and rise and she is riddled with guilt, shame and confusion you can't help but feel her plight. If I were her I seriously would've had no clue what I would have done, I think its why I enjoyed her story so much. This plotline took me from all angles, did not see that coming. Or that. Oh look, where the heck did that come from?? Short of adding spoilers I'm not going to tell you what I am talking about. You'll have to read it and find out, its well worth it. I loved the mystery and suspense flying through this, it took me until almost the end of this book to figure anything out...I was connecting dots at the same speed as the heroine and THAT my friends, is writing talent. I read a lot of books in this genre so I like to think of myself as being pretty good at guessing plotlines like this, not so with this one.I raise my glass to this author...she has voice and flare, style and electricity. She really knows how to communicate with her audience and she paints an amazing picture. If you like sizzling chemistry, unpredictable twists and suspenseful mystery all with the paranormal extreme this book was written for you. I wouldn't hesitate to read her again and as disturbing as it is for my sense of conscience, the next in this series is going on my "to-read" list.

  • Tina
    2018-10-28 05:51

    No ratingI wasn't a huge fan of this story. I've liked and loved 2 of her novels so far, but this particular one didn't have me head over heels. If you're a reader who loves reading about a female lead being in control or hates reading novels involving something like Stockholm Syndrome, this book isn't for you. That being said, let's continue this review.It's not that I didn't enjoy it because of Dana's "Stockholm Syndrome" tendencies with Cole, it's just that she's in such huge denial about it. I'm not saying that she doesn't have the right to be in denial or that it's not normal to be in denial, but there were a lot of moments in the book where I was like, "JUST ADMIT IT ALREADY."...or at least do a better job of hiding it so you wouldn't have to keep denying it to everyone. However, I won't fully condemn her for it just because I do understand that if something is embarrassing/shameful to you, you don't want to admit to it to everyone. I guess I was hoping she'd be strong enough to let it all out, but that's unfair to ask someone to do that.The romance isn't really there IMO. I don't deny the attraction, but it's mostly a physical one. But where romance lacks, erotica prevails. Technically there's not a lot of sex, but that doesn't mean there are any less steamy, sexy moments that go on.Overall, the story was okay for me. I didn't give it a rating because I think my opinion is too biased to give it the rating it deserves. Things the author intentionally did in the story probably don't line up with my likes so I'd rather not give this novel a bad rating for something that wasn't even what I was looking for in the first place. If you like Paranormal Erotica with a female lead that can be both dominant and submissive and a crazy, sexy male lead, this book is for you.

  • Kera Gould
    2018-10-23 11:34

    I feel like I am one of the very few people that like Avery more than Cole. Cole is 100% not appealing to me whatsoever. He is a killer (because he wanted to be, not for self defense or any other rational reason) and he was sleazy. He constantly exploited her attraction to him and it just made me feel icky. With Avery, I get the feeling (even though he pretty much said that he just now started to have these feelings toward Dana) that he had been harboring romantic feelings for her for a long time... and I love that mushy stuff.I really thought that this book was unique in its mythology of werewolves. It was fun to read, even though there were parts that I was mentally gagging (Dana and Cole)... I am hoping that since the series is based on Dana and Cole that maybe in the next two books I will warm to Cole a little more. Because if I don't, it may just be excruciating to finish. But, enough of my griping and nitpicking... The other characters are great. I love Avery. He is tough, sweet, caring and protective. Ursula King seems like she may be the best boss in the world in a tough but fair way. She lets them do what they do and trusts. Hollis was someone I loved to hate. He was damn creeper, especially at the end. I mean seriously wtf!!??