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Beneath the Neon Moon

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Zach's alone, he's lost his job and the rent's coming due. He thinks he knows all about bad luck, but he's about to find out what it really means.

In high school, Mal was the golden boy. Then he lost his way. Now he's back on track, working his way through college and looking toward the future.

They've never met, but one summer night everything changes. They find themselve
Published August 12th 2011 by TKB Books (first published July 12th 2010)
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Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two men wake up groggily to find they’re chained together in a basement. Sort of sounds like the beginning to a bad horror flick. Thankfully the story takes the premise and infuses a bit of horror, a bit of paranormal, some blood, off page gore and violence, and yet through it all the story is about the connection between the two men. Zach knows the big scary secret of why they’re in the basement but won’t tell Mal. So the story relies on the two men as they get to know each other and attempt to ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I think the rating is mostly for the atmosphere of the story, rather than what I totally think of the story. I mean, the story itself, I will give it three stars. Because I still have questions (who is the two guys, what is Mal for them, where do they go in the end) and the ending is sort of anti-climatic.

While the writing is written in 3rd POV, I feel like this story is mostly seen through Zach's eyes. Assessing the situation, slowly understanding the dire situation, who Mal is, why they're ke
Lexi Ander
This was fantastic! Just enough eery-creepiness to keep you on edge. Great a short read you really get to know them. No wasted space if you know what I mean. Really, really good.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-archive, mm
Short, but incredibly well devloped considering the length. I really was able to get a good feel for the chracters, and their developing relationship. Zack is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, and I look forward to finding out more about the both of them.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free, m-m
I've had this in my tbr list for a while, and just kept putting it off. I'm not sure what finally made me read it today, and I'm not sure I'm glad about it. The little explanation at the end where the author said she'd always wanted to write a story about two men chained up in a basement, falling in love with each other while one of them increasingly wants to eat the other's entrails kindof sums up the book. The story behind Mal and Zach each getting into the basement and even the development of ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of the "classical" type of werewolves, especially not of those who are interested in tearing humans apart. And horror isn't my fav genre either. I don't like the gory details and certain implied body damage (almost permanent) with the specifics of it.

But I did enjoy this story even with all those things that aren't my cup of tea.
I truly didn't expect any HE. And I liked the way both Mal and Zach handled the no-win situation. I've read with great interest how the relationship betw
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a well written short story. a great premise.

a little werewolf, a little bit gore, some m/m hotness...

yup, hoping i can find more by this author.

Charming short read despite the unrealistic–and I don't mean the paranormal aspect–nature of it.

Possible triggers for (view spoiler).
Honestly... I’m real confused... On Amazon this book only had high ratings, and on here it’s got a low average rating but all the top ratings are 4 & 5 stars...

Did we read the same book?? This book had no development... plot, romance or anything else.. and then when I felt like maybe we would actually get a little something... it ends...

I was between giving a 1 or 2 star... in the end I settled for 2 since I did want to see where the “story” was going... even if I didn’t like it.
Correctly priced for its length, this novella exceeded my expectations not crossing but at least nearing the line that divides entertainment fiction from fine literature.

It is a M/M romance and it involves werewolves, but the author takes a clear suspence/horror turn. Weres are not lusty lapdogs here: they are dangerous and cruel. Zach, the human, is not surprised and intrigued, he is terrified and justly so.

A big asset of this work is characterization. The two leads are two all-american boys to
Elisa Rolle
The novella is a mix of horror and psychological thriller; there is a splash of romance, but it’s really not the main element of the story.

Zach is the character that has more deepness, probably since he is the one the author gives a clear glimpse in his past; orphaned by mother, with an alcoholic father, Zach has not had an easy childhood. He managed to build a life for himself, poor and lonely, but at least he managed to have something to eat, as often didn’t happen when he was a boy. But the e
The werewolves in this story are the clasical type: mean, dangerous, change only once a month and want to tear you apart. Which is kind of refreshing to find in MM stories.
The romance develops between two men who wake up chained together in a cellar. It's basically stockholm syndrome because one of the men is going through a transformation..... You can guess the rest :)
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than I thought it would be. I'm really rounding down 4.5 b/c the book ends with a good deal of unresolved issues. no sequel in sight! I'm not a big fan of that from authors. But I really liked the characters, I liked the narrator, and I felt like it was a new take on a common werewolf theme. ...more
Not the normal werewolf book but it was really good. I just couldn't get through it fast enough to find out what was going to happen to Zach. I love that Zach and Mal fell for each other, they seemed so perfect for one another. I did feel as if the ending just dropped off. I'm hoping that is due to possibly another book in the future continuing their story. ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was a very well written book, for the price I was surprise that it was that long, sine of it I got a little misty eyes, it was just that good for me, I ending felt like that Mal and Zach will be in more readings, I look forward to it. Thanks for a very excepational read.
Sammy Goode
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms Black--repeat after me--I WILL write a sequel, I WILL write a sequel. It will include much back story on both MC's, more hot sex, and lots of wolfy lovin---now, breathe, grab a cup of coffee and please, oh please, start writing! (I'm on my knees here!) ...more
Iris Deorre
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book and the main reason for me was because I had no clue what was going on. Two men Zach and Mal have been captured and they don't know why and neither do I. You don't get to know until nearing the end. I love books that are unpredictable and this is one of them. ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really enjoyed this short book. It was so good I wished there was more of it. It was one of those I'd had for a while but had put off reading, and now I'm wondering why I did that. Awesome short read. It would have got 5 stars if it had been longer ;) ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very surprised that I liked this book. I don't usually read this kind, but I did enjoy this one. Though it really was too short, I love longer stories. But overall and for the type of book It was great! ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
The premise was good, and it was an interesting read.
I had a few issues with the book,but overall ok.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and I want to read a sequel to it now. There is definitely more to had of this story.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story. But the ending left me wanting more. It felt so unfinished. There should have been a couple more chapters to wrap everything up.
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Well, whaddayaknow? A shifter story that did not completely suck. It wasn't great or anything, but still. Topping the list so far. ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really different shifter story - enjoyed it very much. Looks like there is more to come from these MCs.
I loved the story, but it felt like there wasn't an ending. It left me wanting more, though, so that's a good thing. ...more
A fantastic story. The plot is common but this author added twists to ut that made it fresh and stand out from all others like it. I can't waitfor the sequel. I love Jasper! ...more
The book is readable and can be finished in a day. However, it does suffer from some technical issues:

1. There is a big time skip in the first 3-4 pages that is not made clear, the reader has to infer it from other info scattered through the book.

2. The characters aren't very fleshed out, you don't really understand WHY the two main characters would become so attached to each other so quickly. The author really needed to dig into their backstories and their psyches and reveal what makes them tic
So I came here looking for the next book in the series, as it clearly ended abruptly and with a lot of unanswered questions. Unfortunately it does appear to be a stand-alone.

Regardless, the plot was interesting and a little more original than the usual shifter/wolf book. The tone was horror and quite dark, and the characters of the two leads were interesting and thought out. The villains were one-dimensional with unclear motivation.

I enjoyed this book, but I think it could have been greatly impr
Pamela Cunningham
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Neon Moon series

This was a decent read both of these boy's have their demons but their good boys . It's messed up that they find themselves in this kind of situation but I think that they'll be able to get through it as long as they have each other's back . Looking forward to the next book in this series .
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Author of LGBT works involving edgy situations, passionate relationships and dark story lines.

Also published as Klaudia Bara, writing horror, fairy tales, and urban legends.

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