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Blood Moon (Insolita Luna #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  697 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
There’s something different about Noah….

Zack Parker met his best friend Noah at his lake cabin when they were only five years old. He realized he felt more than friendship for him by the time they were in junior high school. One fateful night when they were eighteen Zack couldn’t take it anymore. Fueled by love and lust and need, he finally kissed Noah like he’d wanted to
ebook, 177 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by M.J. O'Shea (first published May 29th 2010)
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Oct 03, 2010 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Perpetua
OMG it's one of the most tearjerker story I ever read!

Quick story overview
Of course you read the book summary and got (also by the name) that it's a paranormal romance involving vampires.
Well, you are wrong... it's much more... . There are vampires, werewolves, witches, hunters... but forget about that! This book is about true love, that never die and will never fade!! The paranormal aspect will leave you just more curious, but the spotlight is in the LOVE that the two men share!
The book is a
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.5 stars**

I have to say, I'm a disappointed in this one. I'm a big fan of M.J.'s writing, and so I was expecting a lot from this book. However, it fell flat for me in a lot of ways.

This is a cute book, with little angst and an interesting premise. I was very excited about this idea of young lovers reuniting with a secret between them and where that would lead. However, it lead down a very predictable and unrealistic path.

My main problem was the way that Zach acted in this book. In the begin
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
This started really strong and skidded into the finish line.

Zack has turned emo since his best friend Noah broke his heart the previous summer. Nevertheless his family makes a yearly sojourn to Harper Lake and even though he's 18 now he decides to spend one last summer at Harper Lake for his little sister Maya even though it brings up all sorts of Sadtown feels.

He revisits the dock where they shared their one epic kiss night after night wondering what went wrong and hoping Noah will magically r

Blood Moon started out real interesting for me. It had a bit of mystery, sounded dark and sexy, and our main character was pining for his best friend. Therefore, I was really enjoying it, until it became a mush fest wrapped in more mush fest.

With a title like that, I was expecting blood, sex, and hot vampire action. I felt like I was reading about teenagers getting it on for the first time. Zach is back at the family cabin for his vacation, a place he would rather a
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

I really liked this one. It was sweet the way Zack and Noah loved each other at such a young age and still loved each other even after 3 years of being separated all because Noah was trying to protect Zack from the danger associated with being with a Harper.

I loved Zack. The story is solely in his POV (first person) so we get a good idea about all the emotions and thoughts he had. I especially liked the way Zack's reaction to Noah being a vampire wasn't easily accepted. He freaked out a
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Zack's family drags him back to the lake house for one final summer before he starts university even though it's the last thing he wants and certainly the last place he wants to be. The lake house is where he's had his happiest times and memories with his best friend Noah and it's where, last year, Noah shattered his heart after a fabulous kiss.

But when Zack returns this time it's different because Noah is there waiting for him, ready to pursue their relationship, and has some serious secrets t
Jun 26, 2016 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book on my wish list when it was still in it's first edition. I loved the idea of a young adult paranormal reunion romance and I already adored the author's writing. However, it took a while for me to get around to it and now the book is in it's third edition. On a side note, I adore the new more whimsical cover that matches this light, coming of age story.

The story opens when Zack Parker returns to the lake for a summer vacation with his family like they do every year. Only this
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Oct 28, 2010 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it really liked it
01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 4.5 to 3.5.

The first thing that one has to say about this book is that it tells a sweet love story. I liked reading how Zack (the first person narrator) and Noah met when they were little children and how they grew up discovering that they loved each other. Then they had to separate because of family issues and, at the beginning of the book, they reunite and they discover that their love was not lost and is still as strong as
Wendy Ann
What a work of art and I'm not talking about the cover! I adored this story and fell in love with Zack and Noah. The reason for their initial separation became an interesting development in the overall story - and it was really good!

I gravitate toward books that have strong character development and thoroughly enjoy when a loving relationship is very evident. This book was outstanding on both of those points. I was extremely moved by the emotion and hotness that jumped off the pages. I can't re
Shannon Shires
Mar 17, 2011 Shannon Shires rated it it was amazing
Once again a warning this is man/man romance so if that isn't your thing I can't recommend this book, but if it is give M. J. O'shea a chance. I actually read Blood Moon and Hunter's Moon out of order but I don't think that matters, either book can stand on its own. Blood Moon does take place before Hunter's Moon and features many of the same characters, but I wasn't totally lost when I read Hunter's Moon. It was fun figuring out the relationship between Noah and Zack. Once again this a book wit ...more
Riina Y.T.
♥ `•..• ♥ º ☆..•`♥ BEAUTIFUL♥ `•..• ♥ º ☆..•`♥

#engrossing, #most endearing characters, #emotionally satisfying, #adorable overload, #favorite couple and most definitely #forever-favorites !

I just wonder....

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Tamara (Nanny Ogg)
This edition seems to be better formatted and some details were slightly changed, but noting that drastically changes the story (though I couldn't figure out if Zach was just out of high school or first year in college or what - at the beginning it says he's been three months in college, later on it says he's the TA, and I thought TAs are supposed to be in a higher year? And then he and Noah are the same age but they celebrated Noah's eighteenth birthday... whatever)
In any case, this was a fun b
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At first, I thought I would come away from this book loving Ethan, but it was Noah who captured my heart. Ethan and Noah have known one another since they were 5 years old. After finally getting what Ethan wants most in the world (a kiss from Noah) Noah pushes Ethan away. Three years later, Ethan still wonders about his best friend and love. Meeting up again, Ethan learns of the dark secret Noah is forced to keep.

MJ O'Shea has a way of writing characters that you want to get to know more about.
Kendra T
Mar 11, 2012 Kendra T rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, vampires, reunited
I really liked this book. There was little to no angst in it and it was a very light-hearted, easy read. The drama/angst that did occur did not drag on in the book. Zack and Noah were so completely in love with each other, which was so refreshing. There was no doubt, no worry; just love and utter belief there would be a HEA. I would have loved a couple more chapters just to get a bit more glimpse into how Zack and his family would react/interact after all that has happened. I know there are othe ...more
Jul 22, 2010 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010, five-stars
First of all, its in first person which seems to bother some people (it doesn't bother me at all, what annoys me more is when books are written in the third person but you only hear/see from one person's perspective) but anyways.
This is incredibly sweet, Zack & Noah are really adorable, and even though the plot is the usual vampire kind of story, its nothing new but its still a really good read. I like how it didn't try to be more than it was, if that makes any sense, like it was just a rea
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This was a fun quick read, but not quite what I was expecting. I'll read the second one and see what happens! :)
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This story had so much potential.

One of the standard tropes in the m/m genre is the coming out narrative. What is the experience of the closet? How does it shape, and constantly re-shape, a person's identity? How does the experience of living a lie undermine the ability to live a fully-realized life? To what degree does the isolation of the experience blind its occupants to the possibility that loved ones will accept the truth of who they are?

Shifter/vampire stories are probably so popular in th
Elisa Rolle
Blood Moon is the second book I read by this author, and where the previous one was a coming of age story about two high school students, this is a “trendy” vampire romance. I use the word “trendy” since I think it follows a bit the today love among teenagers for young vampires and werewolves, see the Twilight saga and related.

Noah and Zack, the two heroes in this romance, are maybe a little older, 21 years old, but they are not much more adult. Zack is still spending most of his free time with
Scott-robert Shenkman
Jan 13, 2013 Scott-robert Shenkman rated it really liked it
OK, I pretty much loved this book and M.J. O’Shea is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors (right up there with Katella Stegmann and J.A. Redmerski, but they write about teenage werewolves).
I loved the MCs and the secondaries. Most of the time, all were funny, and at other times, some were completely evil as appropriate. I loved Zack. The story is told from his point of view, and he is very, very witty. He also sounds like a guy, which some female authors have trouble with. I then purchase
Michelle Quinn
Jun 27, 2016 Michelle Quinn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgally
I got this book from NetGally in exchange for an honest review.


The day after Zack and Noah kissed, Noah pushed Zack out of his life. A year after the kiss, Noah comes back to the lake where they kissed and, most importantly, comes back to Zack. However, something is different about Noah and when he tells Zack, he does not know what to believe.

I like the fact that the books does not contain instalove, Zack & Noah knew each other since they were 5 years old. I also like what Noah's family i
Despite being a shorter read for me than I usually prefer, this was a fun read. I have always liked M.J.'s writing - no complicated plots or unnecessary details but with enough depth and characterization to keep you entertained.

Noah and Zack were friends since they were five, when they first met during a summer vacation. Their friendship remained strong, despite only meeting in person every summer through letters, emails, chatting on-line, etc. Well, at least until they were 18 and shared their
Jun 21, 2011 Honey rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
As I read this, “gay version of Twilight” kept flashing through my mind, though I have to admit that Zack had a lot more personality than Bella Swan ever did. While Noah’s reason for pushing Zack away was understandable, staying away for so long when it turned out he’d been in the same house all along every summer Zack went to visit and all he’d had to do was go and talk to Zack didn’t make any sense to me. It seemed to have created a lot of unecessary angst considering how quick Zack was to for ...more
Alysa H.
Jun 22, 2016 Alysa H. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed the first chapter of this book, but unfortunately it went downhill from there. The characters, the plot, and the writing are all not only juvenile but puerile (even the graphic sex scenes, in a way, because these New Adult characters do not sound like real people at all, but rather like tropes in problematic romance novels).

The urban fantasy aspects of this book are as one would expect: vampires, werewolves, witches, etc., all introduced in fairly quick succession. That is all fine. Bu
I'm feeling very generous today, so 2 stars. If not, this would have been another 1-star rage review.


+There was little to no angst in this book. While that in itself was a very good thing, the way Zack and Noah are portrayed in this book was unreal. At first I was glad that there was no angst between the MCs. But after a while it began to grow old pretty soon.

+ I could understand the whole Zack and Noah in lurrve thing (and the whole forgiving mentality) if this were a fated mates shift
Karen K
4 1/2 stars. Great, tender read. I'm an angst-lover and though this didn't have a ton of that, I loved it. Right from the beginning I just wanted to tuck Zack under my arm and keep him close until he wasn't so sad. Obviously when Noah came back into the picture, I didn't have to do that anymore. I fell for Noah even harder than I did for Zack, too - he settled deep in my heart and made himself at home. What at beautiful, selfless character - I loved how MJ wrote him and even though the story was ...more
Nov 24, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*sigh* this was such an enjoyable read. The story flowed seamlessly. Reminded me of twilight. More the writing style than the plot. But very much in the same league. The story is primarily about two best friends who have been in love forever. The paranormal aspects of the story don't detract from the couples journey. Not for any one who likes lots of angst this is a very sweet tender story with minor conflicts.. The sex scenes were romantic and I have fallen in love with Noah and Zack. Fantastic ...more
I really liked Zach and Noah, but at first it was hard to understand how Noah could have broken things off the way he did. But, as usual parents and family interfere and mess things up for our MC's.

Good story and I'm happy that Noah was able to rescue his Mom.

I like their friends in NY and sounds like we'll be hearing more about them.

Highly recommended for you paranormal folks out there.
This book is one of the reasons I read this sub-genre. It had everything I like. Does that mean it was a great book? No. But it was a sweet story that made me fall for the characters and a good amount of heat. I'd probably read it again and that's why it got 4 stars from me.

I love vampires, I'll read the hell out of them. I go into them not expecting much to be honest. Some are fantastic, some aren't worth the paper they're printed on, but most just feed my id. ;)
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M.J. O'Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she's not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

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