Title: Dark Side of the Moon
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter, #10
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: May 30th, 2006
Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up … for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.
And if that isn’t bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she’s allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. her first thought: seek professional help.
But as Susan’s drawn into Ravyn’s dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there’s a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it’s no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it’s a matter of saving their very lives and souls.
Ravyn’s life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he’s forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.
In the world of the Dark-Hunters, life is always dangerous. But never more so than now, when a very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is … will she?
In Dark Side of the Moon Sherrilyn Kenyon takes us back into the world where the war between the Dark-Hunters and the Daimons has gotten even more dangerous. This time, we jump into the minds of Ravyn and Susan. Ravyn is a Were-Hunter gone Dark-Hunter so he’s an interesting mix of vampire (Dark-Hunter) and Were-cat. Susan is a reporter for a cheesy tabloid magazine and one of the stories she’s assigned to write is about to get all too real.
As always, Kenyon has created two wonderful characters who I fell in love with quickly. My favorite thing about Susan and Ravyn was that they seemed to really become friends before entering to romantic zone. Although the time frame is fairly short (like always), it still felt pretty gradual between them. I loved that Susan acted as a really true friend to Ravyn when he needed her and I think that really helped him to open up to the idea of loving someone again.
But whereas I did love the characters, the story left a lot to be desired. Some interesting things were going on in this book — both with a change in the Daimons’ strategy an with Acheron — but it felt very slow going and frankly a little boring. There just wasn’t enough action and the pace was a bit too slow compared to the previous books. So that’s the main reason that this book fell below the four star mark for me. It was still written well an the characters were really likeable though.
A couple other things that bugged me were that there wasn’t as much humor in this one. In fact, there were some things that made me kind of sad.
Nick’s return being the biggest one. His choices and attitude in this book really broke my heart, especially considering how much we already know that Ash loves him. So I really hope that changes in the future because he’s one of Ash’s best friends.
The other thing is that while I did really like both Ravyn and Susan and I liked their relationship, which seemed realistic and loving, the sexual chemistry between them was a little lukewarm. I could tell they cared about each other, but it wasn’t as steamy as some of the previous DH romances.
So overall this was still a good book and I enjoyed being back in the Dark-Hunter world after being gone from it for so long, but it certainly wasn’t my favorite Dark-Hunter book. I’m hoping the next one has a bit more action and steaminess that’s more up to par with the majority of books in the series.