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Before The Moon Rises

(Ritter Werewolves #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,289 ratings  ·  237 reviews
After a twelve-hour shift in a busy emergency room, Janet O’Brien is beat. Her last patient arrives unconscious and naked. She’s lead to believe he’s a psyche patient off his meds. However, once he awakens, Janet is charmed by his million-dollar smile and agrees to give him a ride home.

Werewolf, Max Ritter notices the sassy nurse when he wakes after a night under the full
Kindle Edition, 67 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 (first published February 22nd 2010)
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Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

Catherine Bybee never fails to impress me with her excellent writing. This was a delicious Paranormal Romance novella. I fairly enjoyed it and went through the entire story in one sitting. In this book, we meet two interesting characters, Max Ritter and Janet O' Brien.

Max was a sexy werewolf who considered himself a vigilante of the full moon. He protected humans from the bad werewolves by hunting them during the full moon. One day after the fight, while he was shifting back into human form
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 This one is difficult for me to rate. I did enjoy it. I don't read novellas, but I can't really hold that against Bybee. Loved the way this book started. Bybee can pack a punch with less words than most writers. There were parts that made me laugh out loud. She is a very witty author. If you are looking for a quick read this book is for you. I don't think you will be disappointed. I just didn't want the book to end so fast!

I don't think this will be a spoiler since it was on the first few pa
Angel Martinez
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So many werewolves are dark, tortured and brooding (yawn) but Max is a refreshing change from all that - an intelligent, well-centered man with a sense of humor, even capable of laughing at himself.

As she demonstrated previously with Soul Mate, Ms. Bybee has a knack for squeezing a lot of character development into a short space. By the end of the story, I wanted a Max of my own. Janet didn't disappoint either, a heroine who strikes the reader as someone we might have known or met, someone who
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I'm not going to say this book was terrible, because it wasn't, I just couldn't get into it. It's totally predictable. Big alpha werewolf falls in love with an unsuspecting human female then has to save the female's life from a rival alpha werewolf. There will be sex and near death experiences in which she finds out he's a werewolf, freaks out about it and then accepts him; they live happily ever after, the end. If it's different, then please let me know and I'll try to finish it. Otherwise, it' ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebies
I wish it was longer. But this short story about shifters was really rather good. The story flowed nicely and held my interest all the way through. There was instant attraction, lots of flirting and just enough action for such a short book. I hope that book 2 we get an update on this couple.
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You Need to Read ~ By You Gotta Read Reviews.

When an injured, and naked man is brought into the emergency room where Janet works that last thing she is expecting is to end up going home with him and getting into the middle of some odd turf war.

Max has been hunting for Gormon for some time now. The rogue has been turning people and killing and has to be stopped. Max and his pack are hunting this monster and little does Max know that when he ends up in the hospital that he will meet his mate and
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I was browsing the amazon freebie selection which happens far too often and picked this up on a hunch, months pass and amazon freebies stack up high until I finally decided to tackle at least one of them.

(I should really count through my ebooks and figure out just how many I've gotten this way, its probably an insane proportion of them).

I'm really happy I chose to read this book because I'm always
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shifter lovers
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would and it has piqued my interest in other books by this author. I can say that I would have liked it to have been a little longer because I was really into it just as started getting to the end. This was a fast paced story that managed to introduce the characters in a way that made them real and give you the entire run-down on what was going on in their world. While the romance was almost instantaneous, it gave meaning to the males need to prote ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

I needed a werewolf fix, so picked out this book and it did not disappoint.

In this world of werewolfs, there are good and evil. You can also turn people, but if you do they will be on the bad side.

Max Ritter our hero is a good guy, he is of werewolf blood and chose to become werewolf to protect others. One night while our fighting he is took to hospital naked (and of course his gorgeous) and gets treated by our heroine of the story Janet the nurse. What I really liked about Janet was s
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read many short stories, and usually appreciate them, but this one didn't do it for me. I thought the story moved way too quickly. I mean, what kind of nurse would go home with a stranger she met in the emergency room after he was found in the street naked and unconscious? And without asking questions first? That would be Janet!
I was my first book from Catherine Bybee. Even if I didn't like this book, I'll probably try another of her books because she has a great sens of humor.
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before the Moon Rises is a hot little read that I found on Amazon for FREE. It’s the story of Max Ritter, an incredibly gorgeous, oh-so-anatomically-correct, smooth-talking man who just happens to be… a werewolf. After a full moon and a long night protecting the city from his arch nemesis and rival werewolf Gorman, Max is brought into the Emergency Room at County General unconscious…and completely naked. Having worked an exhausting graveyard shift, all RN Janet O’Brien wants to do is go home and ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
**Spoiler** This was a decent read. Max sounded sexy as hell, with his dimpled smile. I will let you figure out what it means that I cant recall the heroine's name LOL, but I liked her enough I guess, or maybe not. I liked the way she found out Max was a werewolf, that was probably the most memorable scene for me. She(whatever her damned name was) pissed me off after the fact, being mad at Max because he didnt inform her immediately that he was a werewolf, and how she just couldnt trust him. Loo ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Short, fast paced yet riveting story.

Janet, an ER nurse begins taking care of a patient (brought in by ambulance) who is unconscious and naked. All the tests she has run come back negative for drugs, alcohol, concussion, broken bones, etc.

Max awakens just as this nurse is about to insert a catheter. He is drawn to her, even in this embarrassing scenario he is in a the moment.

He eventually convinces her to drive him home so he can change, get his wallet and take her to breakfast. Of course, it
Audrie Cruz-Sealey
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good short story :)

So Janet is a nurse working the graveyard shift...and a HOT male gets wheeled in...passed out and completely naked.

Well she is a professional so she tries to nurse him back to health but she is human and she admires his body along the way :)

He wakes up and is smitten with his nurse but he also knows that she is in danger and needs to protect he doesn't leave her side.

She finds out that he is a millionaire, funny, and let's not forget super sexy...but he has
Scott-robert Shenkman
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Had this book forever, and I never read it. Then I read “Not Quite Dating” by Ms. Bybee and I thought…wow, she’s really good, I should read this ASAP. And now I’m reading the sequel. And then I have a lot more Bybee books to buy (that is a triple B!). This is one of the best shifter books (or is it a werewolf book?) I’ve read in a long time. Ms. Bybee nailed the legend perfectly and put her own spin on it. Max, Janet and Richard were all a lot of fun. And the villain? Creepy, scary and deranged. ...more
Rinelle Grey
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book because I've enjoyed Catherine Bybee's contemporary romance novels (Married by Monday and Wife by Wednesday), and was plesantly surprised. I haven't read many paranormal romances, but I really enjoyed this one. It's short, novella length, but that doesn't mean that story is compromised. Catherine does an excellent job of still creating a believeable romance and a suspenseful plot in a limited amount of time. Lucky, otherwise I would have been up far later than I had planned ...more
Luna Chulhan
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was feeling for a good werewolf book this book wasn't really it. The romance happened too fast for me. I barely knew the characters, I have read books were the characters jump into bed fast but after the author spends time on character development so i know them.
My second problem with this book is heroine get pissed cause she was lied to , we have little discussion about her feelings or why she is pissed and then she forgives the dude.
However the plot was ok
the only redeeming thing about thi
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
In all honesty, I liked this book. It moved quickly (as stories of this length often do) but I never thought it reached a point where I was rolling my eyes in disbelief. Maybe I just have a high threshold for that "mine" mentality with werewolves. I don't know. I liked it. It was fun and sexy and it made me grin.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
ok this was a nice read but I really hate novellas ... maybe that is the reason it gets only 3,5 stars. It could have been a nice story if we had more time to get to know the characters and let them have some time to develop a relationship.

I really loved the first scene, when Max wakes up. it was hilarious and I nearly fell of my chair, laughing so hard

so if you want to read a short nice story about werewolves this is definitely worth it
Monique Grasso
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked this book but I felt it was too short. Because of the length, I felt the relationship between Max and Janet wasn't fully developed.....don't get me wrong there was a bit of chemistry there but it needed more. The sub characters also needed additional development in order to keep me interested in the series. The plot was really good and well thought out. I will read the second book because I did like it just not my favorite... it had the potential....
Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.75 Stars
I really liked this book. It was exactly what I expected it to be which was short and cute. This was a quick and easy, fast paced read that passed the time. I had fun while reading it and I definitely feel like it was worth my time.
Apr 23, 2013 added it
Shelves: dnf, read-2013
** DNF **
ℒ․ℬ․  ❝ᵐʸ ᵇᵒᵒᵏˢ ᵃʳᵉ ᵐʸ ᵐᵉᶰ❞
Everything they say is too cliche and predictable. She's a "strong" woman with a nice figure, blonde hair and says no but her body and scent says otherwise. This werewolf dude can smell everything she ate including the fast food restaurant she went to. He very surprisingly has a big penis and has the most unique blues eyes on the planet...

I'm not really into the scenario either. The nurse bit wasn't my thing from the start and just wasn't a good enough excuse, in my mind, to make it okay to hav
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked it!
a pretty short story, but in fact a good and an interesting one.
sure is a fantasy, although it is not my cup of tea, I enjoyed it very much.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 ( years ago I bought this novella and promptly forgot I had it until a couple of days ago. I jumped in not remembering even what it was about-although the cover was a pretty big clue. Wolf on the cover? I am so up for it!

Janet O’Brien is an emergency room nurse that works the night shift. When a gorgeous nude man shows up there unconscious, her long, hectic shift gets pretty interesting, to say the least. Max Ritter is a werewolf, and it’s the full moon. He spends the thr
Goddess Of Blah
Sep 01, 2013 rated it did not like it

***SNORE**** BORING *****

snore - way better books out there - don't waste your time

There's just all these meaningless para books out there that have very little plot, some dull quantity versus quality "love" scenes, appalling writing and dialogue and lackluster romance and one dimensional characters.

This book follows the same used formula with cliche hot poor nurse and rich tall dark handsome stranger m
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Before The Moon Rises" is the second book I've read of Catherine Bybee but the first paranormal romance I've read in her collections. I will admit it, paranormal romance and urban fantasies are definitely my reading preference; so, Before the Moon Rises was right up my alley.

When a naked man is admitted to the emergency room of County General, nurse, Janet O'Brien cannot help but name him Mr. Naked Man. He is a fine specimen of "Oh Baby" but Janet is more than a little embarrassed when he awake
Julie Ramsey
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
Before the Moon Rises (Ritter Werewolves)

The start of this book is full of chaos as we enter the life of Janet. Janet is a night shift nurse who is handling things as normal until she gets a call from her radio saying they are bringing in a naked patient. Janet takes care of him as normal until the doctor needs a urine sample. Janet is about to get the sample when the patient awakes. Their conversation is fun and exciting as the patient, Max gets a ride back to his house so they can go out for
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This is a short and entertaining story. We follow Max Fuller and Janet O'Brien. Max is a werewolf and Janet is just a human. They meet when Max is found naked, unconscious and brought into the hospital where Janet works. This meeting ends up changing their lives.
When Janet agrees to go to Max's house with him I was a little shocked. I'd have thought she would have made him work for it before she just throws it out there. It is a shorter book
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really, really liked this one. It was such a great tease for the series. As a prequel novella it definitely did its job. I'm definitely going to check out the rest of the series. It pretty much had everything a good werewolf story should have. Lots of heat, a protective alpha who would die for their mate, a really bad - bad guy, a strong female character who is thrown into a nightmare/fairy tale situation and a strong pack/family to back them all up. Yep, it's all there and I can't wait to see ...more
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