Afternoon Young Delight Review: Blood Moon by M.J. O’Shea

Posted August 7, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews, Young Delight / 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Young Delight Review: Blood Moon by M.J. O’Shea
Blood Moon

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Series: #1 Insolita Luna
Genres: YA M/M Contemporary Romance, YA Paranormal Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on October 30, 2013
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I have had this book on my wish list when it was still in its first edition.  I loved the idea of a young adult paranormal reunion romance and I already adored the author’s writing.  However, it took a while for me to get around to it and now the book is in its third edition.  On a side note, I adore the new more whimsical cover that matches this light, coming of age story.

The story opens when Zack Parker returns to the lake for a summer vacation with his family like they do every year.  Only this year, he returns reluctantly.  The place is painful and full of memories for him.  He met his best friend Noah here each summer and they had both looked forward to Zack’s return since they were five years old.  Zack had fallen in love with his best friend, but after one shared kiss when it appeared Noah returned his feelings, Noah pushed him away the next day and broke off all contact with no explanation.

The return was as painful as the year trying to get over Noah had been, but now, in the dead of night, sitting on the dock which was their shared favorite place on the lake is Noah.  Zack wants to pull back and be angry, but he is equally hopeful and a little happy.  Noah wants a redo and Zack’s forgiveness.  Zack wants an explanation.

Noah gives him the clean-up explanation and then later the harder and more shocking version.  Zack doesn’t want to believe, but then is forced to when Noah easily proves to him the truth.  Unfortunately, Noah’s new situation is a dangerous one.  Zack is determined that the pair will be together no matter what.  The guys are equally determined to have each other’s backs and it may come to that.  Now, that Zack has Noah back, it will all be alright, won’t it?

Alright.  This is about two young guys who grew up best friends, got a little lost and now on the verge of college have found each other again and are tighter than ever as a result.  Noah has secrets and his secrets are life-altering and dangerous.  This plunges them on a new adventure and they have new choices to make.

For all that happens, this is a lightly developed, extremely low-angst story.  There is enough to hold interest and gather up the ‘ahs’ and ‘swoons’, but it also has a distance when it comes to the moments that could have been darker and grittier.  There are conflicts, but they are not allowed to go deep or very long.

I was definitely in the right mood for it and loved it, but I did have one niggle.  The ending didn’t cover all the factors that result from what happened.  I would have liked to see what came of how their new situation affected Zack’s relationship with his family and a bit of what it meant down the road a bit.  Now this is a series so I guess it’s possible that they will appear in other books and their story gets the more complete finish, but I would have liked it in this book.  I’ll definitely continue with the series to see where things go in the author’s world of witches, werewolves, and vampires hidden amongst the humans.

All in all, this was a sweet yet slightly spicy borderline young adult/new adult m/m paranormal romance that I can recommend to readers who want something easy and light.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

Sounds like a good story line. I don’t like endings that don’t tie everything up but glad you liked the book.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, that niggled me with the ending, but I just finished the trilogy and saw some of it tie-up with the other books so at least my curiosity was answered. 🙂

Braine TS
5 years ago

Definitely pushing the PG envelop from the sound of it.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

Haha! Yeah, these might be m/m, but they are some of the mildest NA genre books I’ve read in a while. 😉

Melanie Simmons
5 years ago

Sounds like it was a good story. I really like that cover. Glad you finally got around to it and enjoyed it. 🙂

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

It was a fun one. I’ve had this one on the list for years so was glad to finally pick it up with the rest of the trilogy.

5 years ago

I like the whimsical cover style! Caught my attention when scrolling past the posts on the home page. It sounds like a good book too with how these two have been friends and then had a falling out and now get back together. I like the sound of how it’s low on angst, but it also seems it could’ve gone a bit deeper at times. I can see why you had one niggle, i always like it when books get wrapped up well, but as this is a series maybe you see more fo their new situation in the next… Read more »

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I was pleasantly surprised by the new covers since I had the older editions on my wish list and they were on the boring side and didn’t really catch the eye.

It was sweet if one can say that about an M/M Paranormal Romance. 😉 Something a little different for this genre, I think.

Well, the questions I had got answered a bit in the next one, but not thoroughly. At least I got some answers before the books moved on to include new characters and romances. 🙂