Beneath a Rising Moon (Ripple Creek Werewolf Series #1)

Beneath a Rising Moon (Ripple Creek Werewolf Series #1)

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by Keri Arthur

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Keri Arthur, the New York Times bestselling author of the Riley Jenson Guardian series, takes readers to the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek—where moon fever runs high and a savage murderer runs rampant.
There’s no turning back for Neva Grant. To find a killer, she must seduce the boldest male in the Sinclair pack. Her…  See more details below


Keri Arthur, the New York Times bestselling author of the Riley Jenson Guardian series, takes readers to the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek—where moon fever runs high and a savage murderer runs rampant.
There’s no turning back for Neva Grant. To find a killer, she must seduce the boldest male in the Sinclair pack. Her twin sister lies in a hospital bed, fighting for her life, the fourth and only surviving victim of a vicious attacker. The werewolf rangers suspect the Sinclair pack, and the only way Neva can infiltrate their close-knit ranks is to unleash the wildness within and offer herself to Duncan Sinclair.
Duncan’s appetite for women is legendary on the reservation. But when this new woman stirs his hunger, he finds his desire for her goes deeper than anything he’s ever felt before. When he realizes that she’s playing a game and he’s taken the bait, he is determined to push her to the breaking point. As Duncan and Neva engage in a dangerous dance, they must somehow find a way to join forces—before a cornered killer bites back.

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Ripple Creek Werewolf Series , #1
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"Your mother was born on the Bitterroot Reservation over in Idaho, wasn't she?"

It felt like he'd punched her. Her breath left in a whoosh of air, and for several seconds, she couldn't even breathe. Couldn't do anything more than look at him in horror.

"Did you know," he continued mercilessly, "that as a sixteen-year-old she took part in a raid of the Sinclair stronghold over there and burned it to the ground?"


"Yes." His voice was monotone. Relentless. "Thirteen people died that night, and many more were injured. Your mother was never charged because her old man paid off the right people."

She slapped her palms on the table and thrust upright. "Get out."

His smile was grim. "She's done it once, Neva. She could easily do it again."

"I said, get out." Her voice shook with the force of the fury rolling through her.

"A good investigator considers all options."

"My mother is not an option. Now get the hell out of my house."

He didn't move. Didn't even blink. Might have been made of stone, and she was certain his heart was.

"Then perhaps you should consider your father," he said, his rich voice as cold as the storm outside. "Did you know he'd been questioning Betise about who was dancing with whom up at the mansion?"

She'd been questioning Betise--and the older wolf had certainly never mentioned her father doing the same. And she would have, if only because Betise hated Neva's father. It was actually doubtful whether she'd give him the time of day. "I said get out. I meant it."

"Your days and nights are mine, little wolf. I'm not going anywhere."

"You're a..." Words failed her. Somehow, bastard justdidn't seem strong enough.

His smile contained little warmth. "So you keep saying."

She hit him. Not physically, but emotionally. Hit him with all the anger and humiliation and pain that had built up over the past couple of days. Although his shields were up, the force of her emotive blow still leeched all color from his face and thrust him backwards, off the chair and onto the floor.

"It's not a nice feeling, is it?" His voice was little more than a hoarse whisper, and beads of sweat dribbled down his face. "Having your family as suspects?"

She met his soulless gaze and wondered why in hell this man got to her so badly. Not just physically, but emotionally. Damn it, if any of the rangers had mentioned her mother's past, would they be now writhing on the floor? Definitely not. She'd be asking them to show her the evidence to prove it. Or running back to her mother to confirm what had really gone on.

But right now, that was something she could not do.

She let the power slip away and slumped back on the chair, covering her face with her hands. After a few seconds, he climbed slowly to his feet. She could feel the heat of his gaze on her, but she refused to look up.

"I'll be back at dusk," he said softly. "And I will claim what I am owed."


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Beneath a Rising Moon (Ripple Creek Werewolf Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Ripple Creek Wolf series years ago. They were written before her other two series. Are these just new covers placed on the first edition amd remarkeded as a "New" series? I suspect they are. I love my Nook but I am getting tired of lesser known works of authors being republished as new and short stories from compilations being renamed and sold for $2.99 or $3.99. Nothing ticks me of more than buying an Ebook I already own in print! So very sneaky to not list original publish dates in description to at least give us clue because we sure know we won't get a refund! I have been a Keri Arthur fan since the first Ripple Creek story and am happy to rec her works. Her books are fun, sexy, action packed, mystery filled and Arthur keeps you guessing who the killer may be until the last pages. I just don't care for the publishers misrepresenting old works as new just because they re available on Epub. If I wat to reread a favorite author's work, then I pull it from my library (actual books on shelf library) instead of wasting $7 to have it in epub.
Guest More than 1 year ago
5 Stars for Keri's books is not enough in my mind. Her books keep on getting better and better this one had me up most of the night because I did not want to leave the story until I had read the final page, then kept me up for while thinking about it. Set on a Werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek woman are being brutaly murdered on thats critical is Neva's Sister Savanna a Ranger for the reservation. The clues and evidence lead the the hedonistic clan of the Silverback. Duncan has been asked to come home to find the killer after much distrust betrayal and tense moments Neva and Duncan find peace and love.
earthmotherNG More than 1 year ago
When I requested this book, I had no idea that it was a revised edition of an early Keri Arthur work; but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It had an excellent murder mystery plot as well as a very interesting look at werewolves Keri Arthur style. It reminded me of the better parts of Riley Jensen; but Neva, the h of this one, was not the brainless, sex-obsessed slut that Riley was. I can see where much of the background of the “Riley Jensen” series came from, though. This book had many ideas that showed up in Arthur’s later works. Neva actually reminds me much more of Risa Jones from the “Dark Angels” books; a series which I have greatly enjoyed. Neva’s twin sister Savannah is the head of the Werewolf Rangers who have been investigating a series of grisly were murders. Savannah herself has been attacked, and is in the hospital. Neva has taken it upon herself to find out what has happened to her sister. Since the murders are happening around the mansion of the Alpha of the Sinclair pack; Neva takes herself up there during the full moon when the ‘dance’ is going on; which is basically a werewolf orgy. Since her sister suspects that the murderer is one of the sons of the pack leader; Neva seduces the middle son, Duncan, to try to find out what is going on. Unknown to her, Duncan is also investigating the murders. He decides he wants to ‘dance’ privately with her during the full moon phase and take no other sex partners. They come together as lovers, then develop an uneasy trust as partners investigating the murders. Very impressive early work, I can see why it is being revamped for a new release. Well worth the read, and there is a lot of meat to this story. The next book Beneath a Darkening Moon, is about Neva’s sister Savannah. ARC provided by NetGalley
Chrisee More than 1 year ago
This is not Riley Jensen but Keri Arthur has a way of making her characters come to life. Many characters are likeable even the ones who are evil.... Very good read. I wish it wasn't 7.99. I read so much that spending that much for each book can be costly. I haven't decided if I want to purchase the second book although I really want to read it. I am sure in a moment of weakness I will give in. Try this series out.
Gator1313 More than 1 year ago
Keri Arthur knocks it out of the park again with another riveting series that delves into the realm of the supernatural.... I can honestly say I have not read one bad book by this author.... as an aspiring writer myself, this is the type of writing that I would strive to create. Vivid and compelling, the words jump off of the page and create a beautiful world in your mind.... Keri Arthur is a sure thing!!!
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Neva Grant is a werewolf on a mission. Her twin sister, Savannah was one of the women attacked by a crazed killer, but unlike the others she is still alive. Neva's plan is to continue her sister's detective work and find out who is behind the murders. She goes into the Sinclair mansion while they are having a dance (where werewolves go to find a partner) and is determined to dance with Duncan Sinclair so she can gain access to the mansion. Neva's plan works, but the attacks continue happening and Duncan is suspicious of her motives. Neva and Duncan want the same thing, to figure out who is behind the murders. I wasn't sure if they would work well together, but they proved me wrong and worked as a great team. Beneath a Rising Moon has the whole Romeo and Juliette vibe going on. Neva's father is against the dance and only believes that wolves should have relations with their soul mate. Duncan is a former playboy and used to have a different dance partner at every turn. The relationship between Neva and Duncan started off on a purely sexual basis then slowly morphed to a sweet romance. Duncan's suspicion of Neva causes distrust in both parties. I found myself rooting for their relationship since it seemed they had so much against them. I recommend this book if you enjoy paranormal books that have a who-dun-it aspect.
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If you like her Riley Jenson series, you will enjoy this spin off. Trust me.
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One of the better stories I have read in a while.
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JennaLynne_Betweenthebind More than 1 year ago
More like 4.5 Stars but leaning towards 5... *(Very Minor) Spoilers* Beneath a Rising Moon is a delicious tale of a sister seeking revenge by stepping outside of her carefully controlled life and into the pits of a life altering desire. Neva has seldom given into her desires as a young wolf, being reared in a home that prides itself on commitment and control, but that doesn't mean she hasn't wanted to. Heading into the midst of the moon dance and opening herself to her wolf, she plans to seduce Duncan Sinclair, the rebel badboy and only wolf not under suspicion for murdering several of the Sinclair pack's moon mates. Duncan Sinclair had thought to leave this life behind 10 years ago, but with murders littering the Sinclair grounds and his family under severe scrutiny from the Rangers (werewolf police force) he has returned to uncover who is behind these acts and will do anything to protect his pack. Being seduced during the moon phase wasn't in his plan but he plans to make use of the lovely little wolf intent on spying on the Sinclair family - and enjoy every minute of it. I connected with Neva right away, her determination and overwhelming strength in her belief that she would do anything to find who put her twin sister in a coma gave her an almost immediate like-ability. Although most definitely not a detective, Neva uses her instincts to guide her as safely as possible through the forbidden Sinclair mansion, picking the safest member she could to give her an excuse to navigate the forbidden parties and incorrigible Sinclair pack. But Duncan quickly discovers that Neva is there for more than just the moon party and begins breaking this new wolf to find out what she knows about the murderer. Both characters were easy to like and even when Duncan was being an ass-hat I still understood why (and enjoyed his sexy torture!). The development of the storyline was very well done, I never felt lost and always understood why something was happening. The only reason why this book isn't a 5 Star read was because of the resolution to the mystery. I am not going to give anything away, I just wasn't quite satisfied. That and a couple of repeat sections that seemed a little copy-and-pasted to me. That being said, you should most definitely buy this beauty - and the next one too while your at it! ;) I can't wait to read Beneath a Darkening Moon and learn more about Neva's twin sister Savannah and her love affairs. So much about Savannah was presented in this book and left unresolved so I am looking forward to uncovering Savannah's past and *maybe* getting a cameo from Neva and Duncan...please?! :) Overall, Keri Arthur builds a beautiful world spun with betrayal, trust, pack and growth, encouraging readers to be swept up with emotion and unable to detangle themselves from the painful mystery of love, loss, and forgiveness. **This book was provided to me via NetGalley by Random House Publishing Group in return for an honest review.** You can read this review in its entirety on my blog - Betweenthebind [dot] blogspot [dot] com.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
Beneath a Rising Moon is an excellent start to a new series.The characters are complex and interesting. The plot has a lot of depth and is intriguing. My only two complaints about this novel are that the mystery wasn't that mysterious. I had it figured out when I was about 50% through the book. Also, at times Duncan was a giant ass, and I don't think that it was really illustrated how not okay some of the things he did were. Basically, if you're looking for a story with a strong, independent heroine, this is not a book for you. But if you're looking for a romance with political undertones, then you have found the right book. This series is set in Colorado, and is about werewolves who live on a reservation, much like American Indians do today. However, the wolves on these reservations also have to undergo a bit of forced birth control. Once a month, the men must take a sterilization vaccine before participating in the "moon dance," which is the mating practice of the wolves. It obviously occurs on the full moon, like most werewolf things do. The cool thing about this whole werewolf reservation situation is that Arthur doesn't attempt to capitalize off of indigenous rights issues. She doesn't offer any comparisons, and she does not once talk about what she may or may not understand. She avoids the American Indian reservation system all together. Also, I do not feel that she was making light of the wrongs done to American Indians. She shows the werewolf reservation for what it was. There is always an undercurrent of oppression because of the reservation system, though. Also, this story shows the dangers of extremely conservative viewpoints and how they can do irreparable harm to those around you. Another topic touched on is conservative hypocrisy. While I really enjoyed the political and moral elements to this story, there were times when I really did not like Duncan very much. He had a habit of forcing things on Neva, with or without her knowing and/or permission. I don't really mean sex (the mating ritual is very complex in this werewolf society), but there is a certain point when he does something that I would not be okay with, and she is perfectly fine with it. She doesn't even seem to notice the problem. However, part of her "growth" is supposed to come from her making her own decisions and learning to think for herself. She is supposed to be able to stand up for herself and what she wants by the end of the novel, but because this issue wasn't addressed in the manner I felt it should have been, I feel as if she is still co-dependent and a bit weak. Others may see it differently, but there was one part that just really did not set well with me. My problems with a couple of the plot points aside, I really did enjoy this book. The characters are complex and three dimensional. They are flawed and realistic. I was able to both love and hate most of them. I felt bad for them when they suffered, and I was happy for them when something good happened. I fully connected with the primary and secondary characters of this novel. Furthermore. I enjoyed learning about the new world Arthur has created. It's a unique idea and one that I look forward to explore more thoroughly in the following installments. Additionally, the romance was super hot! The chemistry between Neva and Duncan was off the charts. In all, I'd recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a romance story with some substance.
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Once you start reading it you get hooked
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