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Bad Blood

(Crimson Moon #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,633 ratings  ·  148 reviews

Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the paranormal—and that the government would like to keep it that way.

As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf at

Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 1st 2007)
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Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Bad Blood is the first installment in the Crimson Moon series by L.A Banks. This was actually my first L.A Banks book and I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew her Vampire Huntress legend is very popular, but I wasn't sure about this series. Once I started this book I could see why she's so popular. If her Vampire Huntress legend series is even half as good as this series, I'll be reading it asap. I've read both good and bad review for this, but honestly, I really enjoyed this book. I love werewo ...more
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Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am a paranormal, preternatural, supernatural fan of the utmost level. One of the things that's lacking about the genre is the infusion of more characters and writers of color. I read many books where there are supporting characters of color but most often than not, the main character isn't. So I was thrilled when I discovered L.A. Banks vampire novels that were written around a main character that was a woman of color. (GO DAMALI) When I went to the store to buy the book, I was surprised to se ...more
Darcy Stewart
Aug 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book sadly is extremely terrible book by L.A. Banks. She makes too many references to sex. She uses too much cussing in her books. This book gave me a wrenching headache. L.A. Banks is one of the worst authors out there. This series is just like the rest of her. It makes me sick. The whole book is crap. The characters are crazy. The characters are terrible vampires that don't impress me. There is just one side to them. The language in this book is crude. Her writing style sucks. It amazes m ...more
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Altho I try to reserve 5 stars for life-changing books, I had to give Bad Blood top scores just because I was so enchanted by a book again.

First, let me say I've not ever gotten into Banks' Vampire Huntress series and have only read a few books by her. This new series is totally different; new theme, characters and worldbuilding. The unique thing about L.A. Banks is her multiracial characters, I understand, and the Crimson Moon characters are no different. They are also wolves.

I really enjoyed t
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
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I’ve heard many good things about L.A Banks and the various series that she has written. Reading the first few chapters I wanted to know what everyone was raving about. I found the characters to be flat, and the writing to be confusing. There was SO much information piled onto the reader that it was overwhelming. As the story progressed I started to like Sasha a little bit more, but for the life of me I couldn’t identify with her at all.

Towards the end o
Apr 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Sasha and her black ops team are infected with the werewolf disease but a wonder drug prevents them from wolfing out. Their job is to hunt down dangerous werewolves who are fully changed and infecting others. Sasha is on a solo mission to Korea to kill one when she meets a werewolf who tells her that the truth is not so simple and that she does not know the full story. There are good and bad kinds of werewolves out there and he wants an alliance with Sasha to track down the bad. Meanwhile the re ...more
Dec 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I purchased the entire series with an optimistic attitude. I was not terribly familiar with the author but had read one of her short stories and was willing to take the plunge.
I usually purchase an entire series because when I enjoy them I prefer to consume them quickly (and not wait to find the next book).

I started reading this with hopeful expectations but had trouble with it. There was too much information being given. I am honestly not a military fiction (or nonfiction) fan and this book is
Aug 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Well, this is clearly a first. A book that I will just drop, because it's just terrible.

The entire book was a chaos. There were perspective, place and time changes without any indication or warning, which made it difficult to keep track of the story.
Nothing was ever properly explained either. Attempts at explanations always ended with sex.

The first 20% of the book was promising, if chaotic - but I was hoping it would be all cleared up when there was some good explanation of the different kinds o
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
I got to page 75.
I mean it annoyed me early on, but figured I'd give it a chance.
I feel like I'm missing something in every conversation.
On top of that, Banks just poures information and big words on me that I'm left confused and irritated.
Oct 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
So bad! I read about half the book, and that was pushing it to try to keep my interest. No character development. Muddled plot that was not fleshed out. Slow pace. I hate not finishing books, but I just could not waste more time on this one!
Sep 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
I picked up and put this down SEVERAL times and every time I read the synopsis I think how awesome it will be... Then I start reading and I can't get into it. This time I sat down determined to get past the slow start... And I realized that the start defines the ending.
Mishel Forte
Oct 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Sasha Trudeau (I'm so curious as to how correctly pronounce her last name) and her teammates have a unique bond that holds them together and keeps them loyal to each other and the government they work for; they are all survivors of werewolf attacks. As long as they take the medicine provided by Dr. Xavier Holland they will be safe from turning, or so they thought. When Sasha is sent on a solo mission in Korea she briefly worries about being separated from her team but follows through with the or ...more
Accidental Huntress
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. I will be getting the next book in the series. Sasha is a bad mamma jamma who’s loyal and has longed to belong. Hunter is a alpha with a similar backstory. Perfect match right? We’ll see.
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Werewolves, vampires and special ops warriors are some of the characters in the first book of the Crimson Moon series, “Bad Blood” by L.A Banks. A very good and fast paced plot which includes a lot of adventure and conspiracy theories. And of course, the book has its share of romance!
The general idea in the book is about the difference between various werewolves species and specifically about a demon infected kind. The government is trying to create soldiers infected with the demon virus but it’
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Sasha Trudeau is part of a Unique Special Ops team that is charged with keeping humans away for the paranormal community. This special team takes down the demon-infected wolves that threaten humanity. When Sasha is send on a mission without the back-up of her team, she is confused because of the werewolf virus in their blood they stay together and see it through that the other members take their meds.

But her mission in Korea will change thing forever, especially when Sasha discovers she cannot
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, own
Sasha Trudeau is a Special Ops soldier. She and her elite team of soldiers are highly trained and unique to their unit because they are sole survivors of past werewolf attacks.
While on a solo mission Sasha receives important Intel relevant to their war on infected werewolves. Upon her return home and subsequent interview with her commanding officer, Sasha discovers that her team members haven't reported in from their mission and are MIA.

Max Hunter is a shadow clan wolf who is also tracking inf
The Good: Interesting premise, fascinating set up of supernatural worlds, the shadow wolf concept, a love interest whose alpha male posturing was kept to a minimum and didn't get on my nerves. I also liked Sasha's reaction and understandable caution when Hunter declared they were mates after only knowing each other for a couple of days.

The Bad: Info dumping, info dumping, and more interminable dialogue with info dumping. Half way through the book, I was trying to figure out how to restructure t
Kari Chapman
I only got about 50-60 pages in before I put this book down. I didn't feel any connection to the main character and I certainly didn't care about any of the rest of her pack that had disappeared.

However, the main reason I stopped reading were the info dumps. They were long, boring and confusing. I think the confusing was mostly because we were in the POV of the main character and the people giving her the info dumps assumed she had a much different background and set of starting data than she d
Jul 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was given this series to read by a fellow paranormal fan. Unfortunately I was dragging myself through it. I normally cannot put a book down with with this one I had to force myself to pick it up. I wasn't enchanted, enthralled, or even curious of what would happen next. I did keep telling myself it'll get better, it has to get better. I was so very wrong. Time lapses are frequent, the sex scenes were abysmal, there was little to no explanation in the beginning and just tosses you into the midd ...more
If I ruled the world, authors would be forced to attend Grammar Boot Camp, where they would learn that just because spell-check doesn't flag a word, that doesn't mean it works in that sentence.

Publishers who scant on proofreaders would be shot on sight.
Great start to a new series...Love L.A. Banks writing style and this book doesn't disappoint
Jun 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
silly and overwrought
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The plot was okay, if not a little confusing. I REALLY didn’t like how the author explained the action after it happened... I could get it if it were book two or three and the reader already knew how this world worked... but in this book it just didn’t work. For instance, the characters are traveling through the wind and end up back home from hundreds of miles away within seconds... 😬 But it is never explained that this is possible, how it’s possible, etc., until well after the fact. You experie ...more
Jacklynn Sizemore
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I so love this book. Sasha is a Special Ops soldier who can so kick your butt in to next week. In this book there is a lot of great action and a lot of things about werewolves and vampires. To know more grab your copy today a so so so must read!!!!
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Liz Green
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this out of curiosity. I found it difficult to start and hard to continue, but, suddenly, halfway through the third chapter, I became absorbed.

All becomes clearer by the middle, and by the end I was cheering the main characters along.

Hooked! Where's the next episode?
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
It was okay, I guess. I think this is typical werewolf stuff even for an old book. I can say I won't be reading the rest of the series
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
close to 50% and unable to finish. Not much to keep me reading it...this is sad since I loved her vampire series. I guess I will go back to reading that...and try to finish the 13 part series.
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A pseudonym used by Leslie Esdaile Banks, she also wrote under the names:
Leslie E. Banks
Leslie Esdaile
Leslie Esdaile Banks
Leslie Banks
Alexis Grant

L.A. Banks, a native Philadelphian, was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program. With many awards to her credit, Banks also held a masters of fine arts degree in film and media arts from Temple University. She lived in

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