I am not looking forward to this book. I know bad things happen in this book. Well, bad things have happened in all of the books so far, but this one is about sexual assault explicitly. And I think no good can happen from the 418 pages and forty six chapters of Blue Moon.
I mean, you can smell the bad on this one. Just look at the cover.
Yeah, that just screams ‘gritty UF thriller’ don’t it.
What does the blurb promise us?
Richard was an alpha werewolf. It was his only flaw. We’d broken up after I’d seen him eat somebody.
Well, that’s broadly speaking true, but it wasn’t really his fault.
You never forget your ex-fiancé. And when the call came at three in the morning. I thought for a moment it was him. It wasn’t. It was his brother. And it wasn’t good news. Apparently, the former love of my life had got himself thrown into jail for assaulting a woman.
Since I make my living as a preternatural expert, I tend to believe almost anything’s possible. But though he may be one of the monsters, Richard would never harm a woman.
I have to disagree, Anita. Remember in The Killing Dance when he punched a woman half of his size across a room and into a wall? Or when he got so aroused by a video of a woman being eaten by werewolves he had to lock himself in a bathroom rather than rape Anita? Or when I read back my reviews of The Lunatic Cafe recently, it was implied that werewolves – and Richard himself – tend to go a bit weird and rape women, habitually?
So yes, Richard is capable of harming a woman. There has been a lot of evidence for this.
So it’s Anita to the rescue. I’ve got just a few days to spring Richard and find out who framed him – and why. There’s a full moon coming, and if my werewolf love is still behind bars when it rises, he’ll be facing a lot worse than an assault charge…
What will he be facing? This is a world that knows about werewolves. The prospect of a werewolf being a werewolf should not shock people.
So, yes, I am not predicting good things. In fact, I’m predicting that there will be a lot of discussion about rape, and the issues of consent. Chapters will be tagged with trigger warnings, and I hope when things arise, that we can all have mature and informed discussions. That’s a polite way of saying no trolling, no victim blaming, and be ye forewarned. I like my followers, you’re a great bunch, but I hope you can understand why I’ve had to say that before we burrow for two months into this book.
Right, let’s start.
The book opens with Anita having a wet dream about JC – because she never does anything as gross as masturbation, no sir! – when she is woken by the phone ringing. It’s Daniel Zeeman, Richard’s little brother.
It was Daniel Zeeman, Richard’s baby brother. Daniel was twenty-four and cute as a bug’s ear. Baby didn’t really cover it. Richard had been my fiancé once upon a time – until I chose Jean-Claude over him.
Um, you were going somewhere with that anecdote. ‘Baby didn’t really cover it’ is the start of a story. It is not the end of a story. It is not the sign for you to start talking about how JC blackmailed you into dating him.
And please, don’t baby the twenty four year old man. Anita has to be, by my calculations, twenty five. Wow, so grown up compared to Daniel.
Not that I blamed Richard. No, I blame myself.
Don’t lie. I’ve read the inane ramblings of your mind.
Daniel reveals that Richard is in jail for attempted rape. I don’t know how he would go straight to jail without due process and a trial, but that’s not what Anita is worried about.
“Richard is like the ultimate Boy Scout,” I said. “I’d believe murder before I’d believe rape.”
Well, it depends on the circumstances unfortunately. I suspect that this book may be working on the premise that rape is something that happens in dark alleyways. It’d be nice if that was just the case. But I will hold back on blasting rape culture until the circumstances are discussed.
But believe you me, there will be blasting.
Daniel says that Richard had finished the requirements for his master’s degree and got arrested that night. He’s in prison, because that’s apparently how the legal system works, and says he doesn’t need a lawyer. He didn’t do it, and saying that is proof enough.
Richard is an idiot.
The parade of bad doesn’t end there, as it’s going to be a blue moon this month. A blue moon is a second full moon within the same lunar month, and it means that Richard will be turning into a wolf in custody. Just like every other incarcerated shapeshifter in the entire world. But, nope, it’s the very worst thing because it’s happening to Richard.
No matter what flavour of animal you changed into, a lycanthrope was a lycanthrope. The full moon ruled them.
Um, why did you use the word ‘flavour’? I’m pretty sure that you mean ‘type’.
And no, if you turn into any other animal apart from a wolf, you do not turn into a lycanthrope. You would turn into [insert latin name of animal here]thrope.
Anyway, Richard is still hiding what he is because otherwise he will be treated like a member of a minority and no one apart from his brother knows and oh no he can’t get a lawyer because then everyone will know and he’ll end up being prosecuted for rape and y’know, losing everything anyway.
Richard is an idiot.
Anita then goes on about ideals and how Richard believes in them and that is stupid.
Truth, justice, and the American way certainly didn’t work within the legal system. Money, power, and luck were what worked. Or having someone on your side that was part of the system.
Yes, because I can believe that a white man aged between 18 and 69 is going to have any troubles when it comes to the legal system. Especially when it comes to a crime like rape, where the rate for convictions is about 5% in the US.
Frankly, Anita should be cynical about the system as a hispanic woman, as the legal system in the US has a lot of problems when it comes to dealing with people who are not male and white. But seeing as Anita never has any connection with her cultural heritage, I do not think her cynicism comes from distaste for enfranchised racism. It’s just LKH trying to sound clever and dark.
Daniel and Anita then talk about Charlotte, Richard’s mother, and a bunch of siblings that have never been mentioned, especially when Daniel was mentioned in a passing reference, but Anita knows them all so well. Charlotte is overbearing, as that’s what mothers are like. It explains why Richard was so accepting of Anita being an overbearing mess.
The phone call ends and Anita is very sad as she is still totes in love with Richard.
Love sucks. Sometimes it feels good. Sometimes it’s just another way to bleed.
TWO MINDBLOWINGLY HANDSOME MEN ARE IN LOVE WITH ME. LOVE IS TERRIBLE.
I’m sorry that I can’t be more sympathetic for your situation. I have no mindblowingly handsome men in love with me, and I have no patience for this complaining about it.