The Killing Moon by V. J. Chambers
Series: Cole and Dana #1
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Six months ago, werewolf tracker Dana Gray barely escaped from Cole Randall, the wolf serial killer who kept her in his basement torturing her. Toying with her. He almost killed her, but he couldn’t. He let her live. Now, she finds herself obsessed with Cole. His voice haunts her, hypnotic and liquid, flowing through her, both horrifying and arousing. She can’t shut him up. At her job, she struggles with a bewildering case in which rehabilitated werewolves are going astray and killing again. From his maximum security cell, Cole claims he has all the answers. But he'll only talk to Dana. Maybe Cole knows something. Maybe he doesn’t. Dana doesn’t know. She only knows she’s grateful for the excuse to go to him. And once she hears his voice again, she’ll do anything to see him, whether it helps the case or not.
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This was a free download. The premise is really interesting; werewolves are taught to suppress their wolves (they’re told they have a virus) and rarely change on purpose. When they do it’s generally to terrible results, so they’re taken to a treatment center and rehabilitated (ie, taught to re-supress their wolf). All werewolf deaths are accidental until a werewolf, Cole, turns serial killer and starts murdering other wolves on purpose.
A werewolf tracker, Dana, goes after him and he kidnaps and holds her against her will. She ends up mated to him. Because werewolves have done nothing but suppress their wolves, no one really knows anything about them, which means she has no idea why she feels such a connection to Cole.
Chambers did a good job with the world-building. As I said, the premise is really interesting and I had no trouble falling into the story. I wanted to know why Dana and Cole ended up mated, and how she was going to deal with her attraction to a serial killer. Unfortunately it ended in a cliffhanger and there are two more books.
Though the premise was interesting and I was intrigued by the strange relationship between them, I have zero desire to read two more books about her suppressing her wolf and angsting over her feelings for a killer.
3 out of 5