family, survival, and getting on with life...
Flynn Sinclair understands pack loyalty — for years as his Alpha father’s enforcer, he has done things in the name of duty that he can’t ever forget. But the vast expanse of Alaska offers him a peace he’s never known. Alone, removed from pack life, he can focus on his research and try to forget his life before.
But duty has a way of inviting itself in, and Flynn finds himself doing two reckless things in one week: leaving the safety of Alaska to save his brother Connor’s life, and unwittingly falling in love with Evie Thompson, a woman who doesn’t deserve to be drawn into his terrifying world.
Connor carries news of their father’s descent into madness, and it looks like neither geography nor Flynn’s attempts at disengagement will put off a confrontation. Flynn had finally begun to believe that he might deserve something good in his life — something like Evie — but to move forward in the light, he must first reconcile with the dark.
I loved the dynamic between Connor and Flynn, they
were too funny at times and the sarcasm between the two is
“And if I need something?”
“Find it yourself.”
“Where did all the niceties go?”
His bed was on the other side of the door. Flynn could feel sleep
creeping up on him; it was even making his couch look like a great place to
crash. “You’re family. Find your own fucking towels."
Red Moon was one of those books you couldn’t help but love. I
personally have a fascination with the Paranormal Romance genre and shifters are by far one of my favorites. Red Moon mostly follows Flynn and Evie, but Dana, and Connor are definitely important characters and all of them have layers to their development that you can’t help but love, relate too or want to know more about.
Here again I will likely sound like an obsessive woman with her dang
book boyfriends and most of them are the bad boys, Grant’s character Connor is no exception. While I enjoyed Flynn and Evie I found myself wanting more Connor (this is a good thing as I am a character driven reader)
I’ve read some great Werewolf books this year and they have all taken different part of the lycanthrope legend and Grant did the same creating an wonderful story with so many layers that I’ve yet to see any of the other shifter/werewolf books I’ve read. I would also like to say that I loved the way she bled pack mentality in too the Sinclair’s human lives. Their family dynamic was raw, cruel and true to the nature of wolves. All in all this is a definite 4.5 stars for me and I can only hope and pray that there is a second story in the works that will give us some more bad-boy Connor goodness
Q&A with M.A. Grant:
Is it just the Sinclair family that are werewolves? Is it some kind of curse?
(Asked by Brandy L. Rivers)
A: Oooo, how to avoid giving away too much. I’ll start with your second
question, because it’s so much easier to answer. No, lycanthropy is not a curse.
I mean, the boys consider it to be a curse, but it’s not like some little evil
fairy godmother came down and went *POOF* and they went all furry. At the risk
of sounding like Professor X, evolution is a constant process, and mutations
sometimes occur. As for your other question, the Sinclair men are werewolves. Emphasis on men.
And is it just them? *evil cackle* You’ll have to wait until Owen’s story to
find out. But I think you’ll like the answer...
I love Red Moon. I was so impressed by the literary style of the novel and I was curious about your writing background. This is your first book, but you have such a strong voice. Do you write under other names in other genres? Why did you pick paranormal romance? (Asked by Sarah Daltry)
A: *blushing furiously* This is my first first book. I don’t write under any other pen names. As far as my background goes, it’s pretty boring. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. Most of my “early”
work was utter trash, but I had fun with it. I started writing seriously in high school, went to college to become an author, ended up in a different career and kept writing because I couldn’t stay away.
I didn’t really plan on picking paranormal romance; it just kind of happened from a combination of things. I’d toyed with ideas of werewolves before, but not seriously. Then the boys spoke and I
answered (I’m a total panster and character-driven writer). And as for genres...my next release is a sci-fi romance, I’m continuing the Sinclair Pack’s stories with Connor’s, and my labor of love (the one with my booky soulmate) is a contemporary new adult romance. Hopefully someday I’ll find a category to call home.
What inspired you to write about werewolves? (Asked by Scarlett Dawn)
A: I really feel like werewolves have gotten a bum rap in literature. Vampires are all the rage, but most people hate werewolves; I don’t know exactly why, but there’s this extreme prejudice towards anything wolfy. I’ve always found wolves and lycanthrope mythology fascinating.
Wolves and their hierarchy are surprisingly similar to humans, albeit purer, and I think that connection unnerves us. Seeing the way packs work together—supporting, disciplining, and especially forgiving—is hard to acknowledge, more so because we don’t like to be reminded
that we’re often brutal and cruel to each other for imagined gains (why else is trolling or anonymous cruelty so popular?). I’d always wondered what would happen if those instincts could be found in humans. Would they make us better? Make us worthier? Ialso wanted to flip some of the myths on their heads—hence the Sinclair boys having this symbiotic relationship with their
wolves—and when all of that combined with the flashes of the stories the boys kept sending my way, the books were formed.
As I said in my review, the family dynamics in this book are harsh and
definitely gave the feeling that you have studied wolf packs. Was this research
for the book or are wolves a passion in your personal life? (Asked by
A: I guess technically I did research, but it sure didn’t feel like it. I’ve been fascinated with wolves for forever. I was always on the wolf’s side in fairy tales. Red Riding Hood? He was just going with his natural instincts. Three Little Pigs? Who doesn’t love bacon? The Boy Who Cried
Wolf? The little brat deserved it.
As I got older and discovered “big kid” books, I ate up any I could on wolves and wolf packs; my older sister helped fuel this passion since wolves were her favorite animal for, like, two whole years. My dad would bring home documentaries from the high school library that I could watch,
and when the Internet came in vogue...whooo baby, that was a wealth of information!
I feel like writing the book was meant to be, because less than a week after getting my acceptance for publication, I took the dog outside before bed and heard wolves howling from the state wildlife refuge across the river. It was eerie and beautiful and only fueled the fire.