Title: Bad Moon Arising (Outcasts #1)
Author: C.L. Mustafic
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: July 9, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 51,100 words
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.38 stars out of 5
In a sleepy trailer park in the backwoods of Minnesota lake country, there lies a secret—threatened by a Grindr hookup gone bad.
Clay Anderson gets more than he bargained for when, in a moment of passion, he bites his Grindr hookup hard enough to draw blood. The man’s reaction isn’t as reassuring as Clay hoped, but of all the consequences Clay considered, lycanthropy wasn’t among them.
Damian Maccon leads a simple life as part of the Outcast pack. Not realizing at first that Clay swallowed his blood during their wild romp, he feels responsible when it’s evident that Clay has become infected. Worse, he now has a new werewolf on his hands until Clay learns the rules, and he has to oversee Clay’s decision to choose a mate within the pack.
Damian thinks his biggest problem is that Clay hates him, but when Clay chooses Damian’s abusive ex-boyfriend, Blaine, he goes on full alert. Can he save Clay from the same fate that befell him at Blaine’s hands?
This isn’t an insta-mate or insta-love werewolf story. Much better in my opinion because they have to work on getting through their feelings of apprehension. The only thing I sighed over was the unwillingness of Damian to reveal his past with Blaine to Clay, merely because he thought Clay wouldn’t believe him and they both thought the other didn’t like the other. Although they did have reason for it I still wanted him to have at least tried. Then again he didn’t have to because things kept happening. I never had a dull moment with this book and it left me with the feeling of wanting more. I hope it doesn’t take too long for next to be released!
I really liked how the characters were faulty with room to grow and improve. Damian is a bit of a private person who gets a scare when he finds out Clay broke the skin when he bit him but he’s a good person and takes responsibility for what happens, while Clay finds it hard to blame him since it was himself who bit Damian. I fully understand both of them and find them to act true to their personalities. The characters background were left unsatisfyingly vague though and I wanted more information of these werewolves communities. Hopefully we’ll get more background information in the next book.
It’s written in dual first person perspectives which lessened the tension between the characters and in the story, for me, as then we know both person’s thoughts and why they do the stuff they do. Of course then we would have missed the Clay puppy thoughts which were adorable. In this world all infected turns into a puppy version that with time will grow up. It made for some really awesome and sweet moments!
I can’t really say it’s a happy for now ending but at the same time it leaves off with a positive feeling and I definitely felt there must be another book continuing their story. I wouldn’t say it ends on a cliffhanger either though. So, there you have it.
I really, really, liked this story a lot but since I found the story lacking in background information for both the world and the characters I won’t give it more than 4.38 stars unfortunately. I normally don’t crave a lot of background in the stories but I do want the necessary details for building a better understanding for the characters’ reaction and get more invested in them. I’m glad I got the chance to read this story.