by Jillian Graves
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
Source: the author
I received an advance review copy of this book from the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My rating:
- 6' Plus Size Witch
- Mind Reading Vampire
- Lovers to Rivals to Lovers
- Grumpy Heroine/ Smart-ass Hero
- One Night Stand
- Mirror Play
Hazel has one thing on her mind when she arrives at her coven's supernatural mixer: find a big and hairy creature to make her forget all about her bar's latest troubles. The hottest club in Los Angeles may be stealing her customers, but for one night she wants to ditch her responsibilities and indulge her fantasies.
When relief unexpectedly arrives fur-free and with fangs, the witch gets more than she bargained for. An anonymous one-night stand becomes a whole lot more complicated when it's with a mind-reading vampire... especially when Vlad might be the one responsible for her nightlife nightmares.
Blood Moon is a Strange Moon novella taking place in the same universe as Titan: A Gargoyle Daddy Dom, and takes place between Book 1 and Book 2 in the Romancing His Stone series. Don’t be surprised if a gargoyle or other familiar characters make an appearance.
Please note the Strange Moon Novella series is lighter in tone and plot than the Romancing His Stone series, but packs the same spicy punch.
Phwoo, that cover art! Like the blurb says, this novella is set in the same universe as Titan but is generally lighter in tone. I’m absolute trash for the rivals to lovers trope, and throw in a one night stand plus some Halloween vibes? Absolute catnip!
Hazel loves running her bar, The Witchazel, a gathering place for the Strange in LA. But ever since the Black Door club opened across the way, their aggressive tactics have added even more stress. Determined to get her mind off work, Hazel arrives at her friend’s party looking for some short-term entertainment. What she finds is a vampire straight out of her tween fantasies and one night stand that blows her wildest dreams out of the water. But when the vampire’s introduced as the manager of the new bar? Well, maybe it’s time for a little quid pro quo.
I loved how much Hazel cared about keeping her bar a safe haven for the Strange community. And I loved that a witch whose medium is potions owns a bar! I also appreciated that, though she’s both tall and curvy, none of her worries revolve around taking up too much space – everything is centered on the business. That’s part of her problem, though. Hazel doesn’t have time for anything other than the Witchazel and her coven, let alone her own needs.
After roaming the world, Vlad’s determined to settle in and create a new gathering spot for the Strange. The problem is that his investors care only about more market share and don’t care what they have to do to get it. Sending goons to intimidate Hazel’s customers, handing out coupons, anything to keep customers away from the Witchazel and into the Black Door. Vlad wouldn’t condone that kind of harassment against his worst enemy, let alone the woman he (literally) can’t get out of his mind.
“It was clear from the first night we were together that her duties to The Witchazel consume her every thought. I admire her devotion, but the little witch cannot survive on stress alone, not when she is brimming with unfulfilled desires.”
Hazel and Vlad’s relationship is the definition of insta-lust. That’s not something I’m usually crazy about, but in this case they had so much chemistry that I was completely on board with it. Vlad realizes almost immediately what a gem Hazel is, but it takes Hazel a little longer to accept her emotions for Vlad. For a novella, there’s a decent amount of character and relationship development, and it definitely doesn’t skimp on the steam either!
Overall, I very much enjoyed this novella and it definitely whets my appetite for the next full-length book in the author’s Strange universe!