The latest book in Sharie Kohler's Moon Chaser series blew me away. From the gutsy, explosive first meeting between Sebastian and Ruby it was clear this book was going to be darker and even more emotionally charged than the previous two in the series--both of which were terrific. And TO CRAVE A BLOOD MOON delivered in spades!
Ms. Kohler's cover blurb relates the beginning much better than I can:
Imprisoned and tortured by a lycan pack, half-breed Sebastian Santiago is determined not to break. But now they've come up with a cruel plan -- starve Sebastian until he is half-mad with hunger, then force him to succumb to his werewolf instincts by giving him human prey to feed on.
Snatched from the streets of Istanbul, American tourist Ruby Deveraux has already seen the horror of her companions torn apart. Now she is thrown into a dark cell with a shadowy shape she can barely see.
As an empath, Ruby feels what Sebastian feels and, in understanding what's happening to him, changes both their destinies.
The richly painted setting, the evil and sadistic lycan captors, and the hopelessness of the situation are so vividly drawn, it was hard to imagine a love story could grow from such violence and turmoil--both internal and external. Only someone with Sharie Kohler's skill and dead-on instincts could pull off the brutal meeting of these two with such sensual intensity and heart-breaking emotion. And she doesn't pull any punches as they fight soulless lycans and their own inner demons on their way to giving and accepting unconditional love.
The story also incorporates characters I adored from the past books--Sebastian's twin brother and his wife as well as one of my favorites, the ancient lycan, Darius. With a larger battle as a backdrop to the romance, the paranormal world expands and takes on intriguing dimensions that made me want to read the next book as soon as I finished the last page of this one.