Mini Review: Bad Blood (Crimson Moon #1) by L. A. Banks

September 15, 2009 Review 2

Bad Blood (Crimson Moon, Book 1) by L. A. Banks
Book Blurb: 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 attacks, now trained to be loyal to only to each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who—and what—she really is are only just the beginning…Review: This book is categorized as Dark Fantasy, the description on the back cover makes it sound like an Urban Fantasy. After reading it, I’m classifying it has a Romance novel with paranormal elements, emphasis on the romance. I was looking for an urban fantasy with some romantic elements thrown it, not the other way around.

While this book takes a new spin on werewolf mythology that is interesting if a little confusing, it is mostly a romance novel (70% of the book is devoted to romance/sex). The writing was sub par as well, especially in the first few chapters. I got pretty tired of reading about someone’s ‘sexy eyebrow’, or ‘sexy smile’, or ‘sexy grin’, or ‘sexy glance’ etc. Beyond that, the plot could have been more interesting had it been told in a different manner. As it was the story took a number of rather pointless “sex breaks” that detracted from the overall narrative.

Sexual Content:

Lots.  And fairly graphic

2 Responses to “Mini Review: Bad Blood (Crimson Moon #1) by L. A. Banks”

  1. Jackie (Literary Escapism)

    After reading your review, I don't think I'm giving LA Banks another shot. I tried reading the first novel in her Huntress novels, Minion, and it just reminded me to much of Buffy, but with a ghetto accent. It is one of the few DNFs that I've never gone back to.

    Doesn't look like I'm trying this one either.