Moon Shifter
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Pages: 78
Goes Well With: a very rare T-bone steak and a glass of warm red wine.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last couple of years, werewolves are very hip right now. I am by no means a “Twi-hard,” although—speaking of werewolves—I do profess being on “Team Jacob.” This fascination with lycanthropy attracted me to the e-book Moon Shifter by Karen Michelle Nutt. Unfortunately, I should have stuck with ogling the posters of a shirtless Taylor Lautner instead (what? Don’t judge me!).

Sydney Carlisle was dating a man named Grayson Quinn when the strangest thing happened: she was turned into a werewolf. She had been in her own home, waiting for Grayson to pick her up for a date, when she was attacked by an evil male werewolf, called a “brute.” Grayson arrived and chased the brute off, but he found Sydney to be mortally wounded. He had no choice but to turn her into a werewolf himself in order to keep her from dying.

Sydney never could bring herself to forgive Grayson for this “betrayal.” Not only did he neglect to tell her he was a werewolf, but he turned her into one, too. So she ran off and began living in isolation in the woods of Lake Tahoe.

Grayson eventually tracks her down in the hopes of helping ease Sydney’s way into her new life, because there is a new challenge for Sydney: she must give in to her growing urge to mate or else she will be driven insane from the lust.

There is a huge pack of brutes waiting outside her cabin, but Sydney only has eyes for Grayson. Can she learn to forgive him so they can mate before it’s too late?

I’ve learned not to expect too much from e-books—especially relatively short ones such as this. The characters are never really complex enough for my taste, but still, I often find them an entertaining respite from the challenges of reading a full-on novel. Moon Shifter, unfortunately, is even worse than most other short e-books. The writing is simply atrocious, and full of overwrought speeches and overblown hyperbole. On top of the amateurish writing, there are tons of spelling and grammatical errors.

Regular readers of mine might remember that I will often forgive a multitude of literary sins if only the love scenes are good. That definitely was not the case this time; the love scene was brief and perfunctory, without any real sizzle at all. That was a real disappointment, considering this e-book was touted as being “spicy.”

Many people have a hard enough time suspending their disbelief in order to read books or watch movies where werewolves exist—mostly they do so knowing there will be a big payoff in the end. In the case of Moon Shifter, I think you’d be better off reading some Jacob Black fan fiction, instead.

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