This box set contains the first four books in the Moon Virus Series.
Book 1 - Raven's Blood
Book 2 - Embrace the Heat
Book 3 - Seducing Death
Book 4 - Shattered Restraint
Book 1 - Raven's Blood
Book 2 - Embrace the Heat
Book 3 - Seducing Death
Book 4 - Shattered Restraint
The first two books each contain a graphic scene involving physical and psychological abuse which may be disturbing to some readers.
Book 1: Raven's Blood
Following the death of her wood nymph mother at the hands of vampires, Raven worked hard to build a life for herself in one of the few remaining human settlements. Her life takes a frightening turn when she finds herself an unwilling guest in a vampire settlement, but things are not anything like she expected them to be. Still, she cannot help but feel that her attraction to the vampire leader is a betrayal to her mother’s memory and her human friends.
From the moment Connor first laid eyes on Raven she has thrown his entire world off-balance. In order to prove his strength as a leader, he has no choice but to take her up on her offer to trade her freedom for that of her human friends. Having begun his life as a slave, he has no interest in keeping the wood nymph captive. As a man, he has no desire to feel this overwhelming attraction to a woman who hates him and his kind.
As Raven spends more time with the vampires, her feelings for Connor grow even stronger and Connor finds that she may be the one thing he cannot live without. Unfortunately, a new danger emerges that could threaten the survival of vampires and humans alike. As Connor struggles to unravel the mystery of the attacks from a new species of vampire, a madman will go to any lengths to get Raven’s blood.
This book started with big time jumps and I was like, what's going on. I soon realised it was just explaining the history and soon settled into real-time. I have to admit i had a hard time putting this book down, I loved the characthers and story.
This book is a post-apocalyptic book, I think that's the best way of describing it! There are a few factions in this book, humans, born vampires, turned vampires and nymphs. These vamps are not your normal vamps, they were man made a couple centuries ago.
Connor is the leader of the born vampires, his bossy, moody and stubborn and runs a settlement where they live there life's just like humans. Raven is a wood nymph and needs lots of sex and to be near nature to survive, she's a very talented and spirited characther, she lives in the human settlement.
One day their paths cross and they are both forced into a situation they never imagined. What a couple they make, I loved reading their relationship develop. It wasn't an easy ride both are strong willed, raven just speaks her mind which is amusing at times. Connors relationship with the other vamps is very strong but they all find his predicament amusing.
I really liked all the characthers - except the baddies! All were very real, if I had to pick another couple of fave characthers from the book it would be Jack and Muriel, they were adorable.
If you are looking for a different take on vampires this is a great read, it's full of developing relationships, action, sex and a few surprises and twists along the way.
Recommended to all PNR fans.
How to rate this book.... I sometimes think I give 5 stars to much, but I can't fault this book, it had everything I needed and I did not want to put it down. Soooo Five strong stars from me.
* I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest opinion. *
Book 2: Embrace the Heat
On her seventh birthday Layla’s mother mysteriously disappeared. Raised by a wood nymph in one of the few remaining human settlements, Layla learned to fight from an early age. She also learned to distrust the vampires who rule most of the land. When a vampire saves her life, Layla finds herself more than a little drawn to him, even knowing he could never give his heart to a human.
The trauma of his childhood left Simon weary and distrustful of all humans, until the day he saved Layla’s life. After seeing the spirited human fighting like a seasoned warrior, Simon can’t help but respect and admire her. He soon learns that Layla is much more than he ever imagined, and he finds it hard to stay away from her. Despite the depths of his feelings, Simon knows there can be no future for them.
Both of their worlds are turned upside down as Layla nears her twenty-seventh birthday. Suddenly the male vampires are inexplicably drawn to her, and Simon is no exception. As they unravel the mystery of Layla’s heritage, an enemy from their past resurfaces and threatens to destroy Simon and all that he cares for.
Embrace the Heat
*Get ready to be pulled into an exciting Paranormal Romance.*
I loved Ravens Blood the first book in this series, so was excited to be asked to review book 2, about Simon and Layla.
Layla moved to the vampire compound with some other humans after Raven mated Connor.
Layla has settled well into her new world and made friends with the vampires, she is drawn towards Simon, unfortunately he sees her as a friend only.....or does he?
I really enjoyed reading how their relationship developed, it was amusing at times how they played around each other. When they finally admitted and acted on everything they'd held back - they were smoking hot together ����
What made this book even better is that we get to watch other people's relationships develop along the way, without taking the story away from Simon and Layla.
There's plenty of action too and a very interesting trio is introduced which I'd be happy to see more of.
Get ready to be pulled into an exciting Paranormal Romance.
5 vampy and Racey Stars
Book 3: Seducing Death
In the decade following the brutal murder of his wife and daughter, Ian has existed in a world built on grief and hatred. Just when Ian has finally begun to claw his way through the shadows of his past, a knife to the heart ends it all . . . or is it the beginning? After waking up in a strange home, Ian’s only companion is the woman who saved him. Undeniably drawn to her, Ian finds himself wondering if it really is possible to love again.
Trapped in a world where she is little more than a pawn for the Fae, Kyleigh long ago accepted the reality of her existence. She is no one’s savior and no one’s guardian angel; she is death. That is until she breaks all the rules to save a vampire many believe beyond salvation. Ian sparks a passion she never believed possible and reawakens emotions she thought long buried.
While secluded in a realm between life and death, Ian and Kyleigh are free to explore their feelings for each other. When enemies, past and present, join forces to destroy those Ian loves, they are forced to leave the safety of Kyleigh’s realm. Can their fragile bond survive when they are faced with the demons of Ian’s past?
The Moon Virus, that's were this all started and this series was good from the start but now I know the characthers it's even better.
This is Ian's story, being honest he wasn't one of my favourites in the first book, but Cassandra has weaved her magic, took us into Ian's past, heart and possible future and I will say his not perfect and occasionally you will want to give him a slap, but he will warm your heart and you'll want him to have a happy ever after.
Kyleigh, she's a fabulous characther her job is not pleasant and she has to deal with all that goes with that, until it's Ian's turn, she then makes a life changing decision that will affect more than her!
I found these two were perfect for each other, but of course wanna be couples in books never talk enough about the things they should, that would be too easy lol. They do talk lots and the dialogue between Ian and Kyleigh is entertaining. Ian is well known for being a little grumpy, Mitchell his adopted son has bought some fun back to his life, if he lets Kyleigh in he could have some sparkle too......
I really like how all the other characthers take a small background part in the story, and because they know Ian well, the banter they share is amusing. Talking characthers I'm loving Cam and Zane the shifters, and the interesting unanswered as of yet story development.
All in all a great read you'll really enjoy, full of paranormal of all species, a romance with drama and a little suspense mixed in for good measure. When's the next book out...
Five Vampy Stars
Book 4: Shattered Restraint
As a half-breed shapeshifter, Quinn has always assumed she would be sent away when she fails to change into a lynx on her twenty-seventh birthday. Her future seems hopeless until she meets Danny, a human who helps her dream of a life beyond the next two years. When she discovers that everything she’s ever believed about her heritage is a lie, her world is turned upside down, and she is no longer sure she can fully commit to Danny.
Captured by enemies of the born vampires, Danny is forced to face his greatest fears while struggling to stay alive. Thoughts of Quinn, a woman he barely knows, keep him sane. After his escape, fate intervenes and Danny finds himself rescuing Quinn. While Danny’s future still seems uncertain, he is sure of one thing—Quinn is the woman for him. Now, he just needs to convince her that they belong together.
In the sanctuary of the shapeshifter community, Danny and Quinn are free to explore their growing feelings without world interference from the outside, but Danny knows he can’t avoid his old life forever. As the sanity of an old enemy rapidly unravels, no one is safe, and the born vampires must face a foe who will stop at nothing to destroy them.
This series is getting better and better, we learn more about the characters and the storyline takes major plot changes - I love it.
This is Danny's book, it's taken him quite a bit to get used to living with vampires, he witnessed his dad slaughtered by vampires at a young age.
Quinn is a half breed, she is a lynx shifter or should become one on her 27th birthday, she has lots of questions about her situation so goes looking for Layla, she doesn't find Layla but does run into Danny and wakes up in his bed.....
When these two meet up again things have changed a lot, Danny is uncomfortable with his situation and takes the offer of temporary accommodation in the woods.
Their story/romance is mixed in with lots of other things going on in the communities, so we get all our favourite characthers getting a part.
I really like the shifter community, I think my favourite is Zane, there's something about him, always touching, whether male or female, I wonder if he may find a male companion at times???
Quinn and Danny make an interesting couple, they're both strong and want control, they both have to learn about being a couple. One place they are fine is in the bedroom, they're hot and very active and in agreement in that area.
I loved how this book finishes, it took me by surprise I have to say, but makes me want more asap.
To round up
Great story development, fabulous characthers, sexy times, romance and learning more about the shifters. <3
A great read.
Cassandra Lawson is an author and homeschooling mother of three from the San Francisco Bay area. She has always had a very active imagination and loves making up stories. When she is not writing, she enjoys baking, spending time with her family, listening to music, or curling up with a good book.