Title: Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 13th Mar, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Shifter Romance
Page Count : 200
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.
Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!
As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?
The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.
I did not quite like this book as much as I expected. The story starts ok but the intrigue part did not quite work for me. I could guess the mystery from a mile away. The story was not much into action and more into the aftermath.
The main character here is Thad from whose POV we get the entire story. He falls for an Italian chef, Sam, who is an integral part of the mystery. The problem was Sam not being given any exposure at all. He is more like a secondary character than a MC. Also I did not quite like Thad’s character. He was fickle and over-dramatic and very shallow at times. He says that he loves Sam but I never got that feeling from his actions.
I liked Jared though. He was a good friend and had more presence than Sam.
This shifter romance did not excite me as such. The romance was stilted and I just wanted something more.