Beth Dranoff is back with the second installment of her Mark of the Moon series
Shape-shifting. Falling in love. Two things that aren't as easy as they look.
There are definite perks to being a shifter. Sharp claws, soft fur, sexy creature-friends-with-benefits but other things aren't so great. Like, say, being dragged into an apocalyptic war between the species, waged by a she-demon who wants to end the world.
Meanwhile, things are getting hot and heavy between me and Sam Harding, lieutenant in the local shifter pack. Sam is definitely the commitment typeif only I could be sure that I am, too. I don't want to lose him, but am I ready for forever?
Yeah, when this is over, I will absolutely get my lifelove and otherwisetogether. That is, if I manage to live through this mess.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Betrayed by Blood is book two in the Mark of the Moon series. I was intrigued on where the series would go after finishing book one. I knew I had to read more since I love all things shifter and other paranormal beings. Dana, our leading lady manages to get into trouble with every step she takes and it leads to an entertaining read. We start out with Dana Markovitz trying to do the right thing when her boss Sandor is kidnapped and she's the one contacted. Things don't exactly pan out the way she expects though and she winds up having to agree to help the kidnappers find Gus, Sandor's half brother or they'll start causing trouble. While she's wondering why they want Gus, Dana is trying to learn more about her being a shifter and how to harness her powers. We see her flex her metaphorical wings as she's getting used to pack life and the rules that come with it. When an ex-boyfriend that works for the Agency that Dana used to work for comes around with a contract job to find Gus, Dana has to question who is behind the order and why everyone wants him so desperately. A few more secrets are unraveled about Dana and I loved how we got to learn right along with her. Betrayed by Blood is an impressive sequel that really wowed me. I enjoyed book one but this one I felt like the author's style changed a bit and it suited me a lot better. I really loved the snarky wit that Dana's character had and thank goodness there were no fainting transition scenes. The only con I can see is what started as a love triangle almost turned into a love square. We have resolution on that front though so I'm actually fine with it even being in the story. Beth Dranoff is an author you won't want to miss if you're a fan of Urban Fantasy.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but had a few reservations. I still think Dana does a bit too much introspection, but its far less than in book one and the story feels as if it flows better to me. A bit more Show going on, less Tell ;-) Dana's still working out how to live as a shape shifter, how to adapt to her new life. She's still working at the bar, still having the occasional fling with Jon, and he's still close to Claude. Clearly he isn't an ex.... Sam, he's around too. He would like it to be just him and Dana, but accepts Jon, while not liking it. He can see that commitment scares Dana so for now he'll go with the flow. He's not so happy though when an ex comes back on the scene, the guy who really let Dana down. Seems the organisation she left has a job for her...but they need to get in line because a group of supernaturals also have a job for her. She's kind of in a rock and hard place though, these are the kind of offers that don't accept sorry, no can do as an answer.... Dana's learning more about herself, about her heritage, her father, the strange tatts on her back, and of course her new life as a shape-shifter. Busy time for her and means there's a lot going on. she grows a lot over the course of this novel. She adapts to what she learns, grows to trust others and there's less sex for the sake of it and more feeling comes across, though she still struggles with commitment. It made me wonder how she'd feel if she found Sam with someone else.... I found the action flowed better in this novel, that things fell into place easier, more naturally. It makes me want to know more, what's really the secret, what do the tatts mean, and who wants the info? We know some of those answers now, but there's still a whole lots we don't know. There's less Pack stuff here, more emphasis on Dana herself and the secrets that surround her, the things she needs to know but doesn't. I felt that made for an easier to follow book. I do like the Pack side and hope they feature in later books but for now keeping them as a minor side story felt right. I don't mind complex, actually I love complex, but sometimes there's a point when too much just spoils the story, just makes things confusing and that's a bit how book one was for me. The things I didn't like? Well, pretty short list, mainly the "silly" stuff that I felt dragged the story down, the names and descriptions -Squid D'Le for example, felt too YA, too juvenile. Can you imagine Mercy Thomson dealing with a weird tentacled crew, headed by a Squid D'Le? Kate Daniels slinging back Bloody Marys garnished with oil demon eyeballs, toenail clippings and frost nymph snot? Nope, nor can I... The descriptions of some of the demons feels pretty much like that too. Can they be just frost demons, tentacled land evolved sea creatures? Nope they're all kind of "pink, with blue spots, green horns, purple suckers, and six eyes, drooling acid yellow venomous slime.." kind of thing. Ditto the drinks and food. That really detracted from the story for me. Its a good story, shaping up really well IMO but those silly bits let it down and make it hard to take seriously. Stories usually have either serious drama or comedy angles, but this feels like Beth has tried to incorporate both, and for me it doesn't work. It can be done, but its not easy, and doesn't work here. Thankfully that's only a small part of the story! ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Beth Dranoff is back with the second instalment of her Mark of the Moon series Shapeshifting. Falling in love. Two things that aren't as easy as they look. There are definite perks to being a shifter. Sharp claws, soft fur, sexy creature-friends-with-benefits…but other things aren't so great. Like, say, being dragged into an apocalyptic war between the species, waged by a she-demon who wants to end the world. Meanwhile, things are getting hot and heavy between me and Sam Harding, lieutenant in the local shifter pack. Sam is definitely the commitment type—if only I could be sure that I am, too. I don't want to lose him, but am I ready for forever? Yeah, when this is over, I will absolutely get my life—love and otherwise—together. That is, if I manage to live through this mess. Review: This is the second book in this series and though I had not read the first book I was not lost thanks to the Author's descriptions, but it is the type of series that you really get the most enjoyment from reading in order. Dana, a new shifter thanks to an attack must now protect the one who, from the sound of it made her life a living hell in the first book. The book is full of every supernatural being you can think of. I loved the gangster octopi, they were a first for me. The book is full of action and there is no snails pace to it. Dana being in the middle of everything, kind of takes it in stride and is snarky throughout. I cannot count how many times she was attacked, her father comes back from another dimension and her love life is in shambles. Speaking of romance she has a vampire who she is in a friends with benefits affair, Sam who is her shifter quasi-boyfriend and then the ex shows up to throw more into the mix. I think she ended up making the best choice Sam is strong, smart, very patient with her and an all around good guy who will do anything for her. Not that they did not have some major obstacles to over come. Without giving away more of the book it comes to a sort of wrap-up ending but leaving things somewhat open for the next book. I enjoyed this story and Author and will definitely read more of her work. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*