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The Hunting Moon (Theo Bourne #1)

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Theo Bourne, a powerful Phantom, has returned to Columbus to escape his past. He didn’t plan on sleeping with it. But the one-night stand he had with Carlos is proving to be unforgettable in every sense of the word, mainly because Carlos is his new partner on the Preternatural Task Force. Theo wants to put as much space between him and the very evident sexual desire he has...more
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Published June 28th 2011 by Loose ID
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4.5 stars

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(1) Characters; written in 1st person, I still get enough insight from the other MC. I love how the two guys are pretty opposite. Theo is a human with psychokinesis and bilocation abilities. He's grumpy, he doesn't do relationships, and he has baggage in the size of the world, plus dark past that still consumes him in nightmares. Carlos, Theo's new partner in Columbus Preternatural Task Force(PTF) is the alpha of werecoyote, who is more friendly and relaxed. So they complim...more
4.5 stars

If you are looking for a coherent and in depth review go check out Ami's.

This was a thrill and a great paranormal romance, packed with non stop action all the way. I absolutely loved Theo, he was fantastic along with his idiosyncrasies which were huge, believe me, lol! Poor put upon Carlos cops it all, Theo's an annoying little shit who keeps pushing with his aggressive attitude. He did everything possible to alienate Carlos who was smart enough to integrate himself into Theo's life and...more
Kelly Maybedog
In many ways, this was awful. I struggled between wanting to stop reading and not being able to put it down it was that inconsistent. I think the best part about it is the cover. I really love that cover. The book wasn't very well written, especially in the first half where much of the text was stiff and awkward. And then there would be times when Shepherd would come up with a line or three with beautiful imagery.

The plot was fine but the execution was terrible. It was like she watched a bunch...more
Emma Sea
When you decide to make your m/m urban fantasy a police proceedural you cannot solve the crime/s by having a minor character turn up and tell the MCs exactly what the solution is, after zie has investigated it off the page and unrelated to the MCs. That's called cheating. Well, correction, clearly you can do it, but you shouldn't.

When a story fails to grab me I get picky and annoying. So when you do this, I start to notice the exact same description for a hairstyle used twice:

“He tilted his head...more
Wow, a full-length, urban fantasy, M/M romance! I'm in heaven.:D This world of shifters and phantoms co-exists with normal human life. Theo and Carlos both work for the Preternatural Task Force and are confronted with some grisly murders that look to be the work of a lycanthrope. To make things worse, evil is stalking Theo from his past.

I loved the the relationship between Theo and Carlos. The way they met, Carlos' obstinate certainty that Theo was his, the funny way he kept turning up at Theo'...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
It was mostly good, a few things don't make sense to me though and a few scenes were slow so that's why 4 stars and not five.

I don't get why some scenes Theo is so powerful and others he is so weak. He is emotionally broken the whole book but he is supposed to be this all powerful phantom and some scenes he is and others it is like he isn't. Like how he uses his telekinetic powers for pointless stuff but then when it would be helpful it is like he doesn't have the ability anymore. I didn't get t...more
Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

The cover draws you in, doesn't it? Personally, I thought it was wonderful and one of the best I've seen lately. It really represents the paranormal side of this book, a part that shouldn't be missed.

Theo is a detective in a paranormal unit who has certain powers of his own. While running from his past, he stumbles onto a new partner, new case, and eventually collides head on with all the problems he had been...more
No, just no. This was... I have no words to describe how disappointed I am by this book. I wouldn't even give it 1 star. Instead take all 5 for myself as consolation for having finished this.

I had held such hopes for te story based on the interesting cover and summary. (view spoiler)...more

A pretty good paranormal read it got a tiny bit slow just before the big climax at the end but overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I loved Theo and Carlos, two MC’s that are total opposites but prove that opposites attract. I thought they worked well together and even though they immediately jumped into having sex their relationship is not an insta-love. Carlos has loved Theo for years but Theo doesn’t remember Carlos at all so Carlos spends most of the book wooing Theo which turns out to be...more
Jul 09, 2011 Cayce rated it 3 of 5 stars
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3.5 stars
Wow, our hero, Theo can kick ass!
But even though he is strong physically, he could use some (a lot) mental support and love. I was glad that Theo had found his real love in Carlos, the persistent werecoyote "mutt".
They are cute together.
+ Loved the cover.
Good but inconsistent paranormal m/m romantic suspense about two cops, a powerful psychic and a werecoyote, on the Columbus Preternatural Task Force. As the werecoyote pursues the mutual attraction that the psychic denies, they're also trying to solve a string of murders and capture a deranged stalker from the psychic's past. Several things kept me from rating this book higher: an ongoing issue with word usage and substitution ("saddled" instead of "sidled" being the most memorable) and inconsis...more
There were bits and pieces of Theo's past I would have added, maybe some off-hand internal comments. When it's revealed that Carlos has met Theo before, it seems like it'll be a huge revelation when Theo finally realizes it, too, and it was kind of a let-down. But, over all, I loved it! It's hard to write an angry narrator and still make him or her sympathetic, and I think Shepherd nailed it with Theo. I loved the comments and analogies and interations between the different preternatural groups....more
All in all this was not a bad story.
But I was taken aback by the verbal aggressivity of the characters in this book - especially Theo.
They constantly were yelling,cursing,growling,snarling,screaming,barking,snapping,hissing......and so on!
I couldn`t stand it anymore.
The story and characters had potential. The dialogue between the main characters, Theo and Carlos, in the second chapter was entertaining and even made me laugh more than once. I enjoyed the book in the beginning but...

Theo (from whose POV the story is told) sees most things negatively. His view of people, places, and things was harsh and, at times, prejudiced, in stark contrast to Carlos'. How long will he hold on to the bitterness and not see the positives and how extremely fortunate he was? H...more
If I could have rated this story higher than a 5 you fawking bet I would have. It's a complete ten for me which I guess would be equivalent to a 5 right? :scratching my head: Whatever.

I can tell you this though, it was action packed to the max. From beginning to end it's amusing, mind altering, glued to your seat interesting. There's never a dull moment and I could literally 'feel' the sex scenes it. I got butterflies when reading them. That's a bonus for me when reading the book. The characters...more
4 - 4.5 stars. Really, really good read! I loved the whole shifter and Phantom alternate world. I thought Theo was such a kick ass character! The plot kept me glued to the kindle and the sexxin' was pretty hot. My only niggle (view spoiler) But maybe that's just me....more
Celeste Dequincey
I won this book online, and while I had read some of the authors short stories online, I was wondering if she could pull off a full length novel.
She did. Brilliantly.
I loved reading this novel full of romance, mystery and intrigue. She managed to pull so many genres into one book and use them all alongside each other successfully.

There are two major plots going on, which I love:
1. The murders. There are dead bodies popping up, and as a detective, Theo must go and find the killer with his partne...more
Toria Hemmings
read 57% of this book before i put it down i and felt like i was forcing myself to read it that far.


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4 Stars

A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Theo Bourne has moved back to Columbus. It wasn’t something he ever wanted to do but staying in NY wasn’t an option. Theo has run out of place to which to run away. He has a fantastic one night stand with a very sexy werecoyote he meets at a night club the night before he’s supposed to report to his new job on Columbus’ Preternatural Task Force. When he goes into work the next morning he meets his new partner, Carlos Ramirez, the werecoyote with whom...more
3.5 stars - A good, solid action-packed read. Loved Theo and Carlos; their relationship's not an easy one but truly heartfelt and sexy as hell. My one pet peeve was the oftentimes incorrectly written Spanish lines within the story. I can't begin to express how annoyed I get when Spanish is included in a story and it's obviously translated online, the author having no clue of how wrong/off these translations can be. I grind my teeth, strongly wishing these segments had been reviewed by someone wh...more
Phoebe Gee
I read this back in July while sick with strep(I love text to speech programs)and remembered that it was good, but that's all I remembered. After reading again this evening I recalled why I liked it:

Striking cover! I have a folder on my desktop with a handful of favorite covers in it and this is one.

I love the powers Theo possessed, though the way they were handled in the story had a few inconsistencies.

Carlos's pleasant steamrolling of Theo was a joy to watch. That type of courtship tickles t...more
I have to admit, that somehow I couldn't accept this story as it was.
I liked how Carlos and Theo relationship developed true whole story, but while this plot developed the mystery around the murders developed annoyingly. Carlos as a character was really bad detective and he only cared how to get Theo into serious relationship with him. While Theo was drawn like some superhuman and all action developed around him. Those two worked really bad as a team and I really didn't like this part of the sto...more
3.5 stars

When Theo and Carlos are investigating the case - the story is good. When Theo uses his powers - it's awesome. When Theo and Carlos are together - not so much. I hate adults behaving like surly teenagers and they did. For all his power, Theo needs some serious therapy and if Carlos used another "Mi Corazón" I would have screamed. Not bad by any stretch of imagination, but not exceptional, especially since the powers weren't consistent.

And, yes, the cover is gorgeous.
Lafortune Viola

good in the first two chapters.
one way pleasure (sex) between the main characters.
Alpha Carlos is way too weak (oblivious, cool) for an Alpha.
He should the one who protects Theo, but instead Carlos is always busy or incapacitate when his mate needs help, even if Theo can take care of himself.
In fact there nothing alpha wolf about Carlos
Stopped reading because the way the two detectives (Theo and Carlos) investigated the murders started to bug me too much. Sometimes it even felt like they were just going through the motions, playing at being detectives. The annoyance level overwhelmed the enjoyment I was getting from reading the book. I didn't rate because I only read 40% of it.
I would have bought into this book more if I'd connected to the love story. I didn't buy it. I didn't feel the pull/attraction between them. Therefore, the book kind of went into the average pile because of it. The plot was interesting. I'd pick up the next one.
$6.63 on Nook. I got #2.5, One Bad Day: A Theo Bourne Story, for free on Loos-ID.
I wanted to like this, but the writing was questionable, the love interest was weird/creepy, and a lot of the characters' actions just didn't make a lot of sense. Disappointing.
I would say this read was a 3.5, it had the potential to be one of the better stores about paramonals that I've read. But for me a lot of the story seemed rushed.
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I live in Columbus with my pet dog (a toy fox terrier) named Sunny, though I'm originally from South Carolina. Writing has been a major part of my life, one of my greatest outlets. In high school I churned out half-finished stories all the time, most of them not very good. After a short stint in college, where I pursued a major in criminology, I decided to throw in the towel. For financial purpose...more
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