My Review: Let's just address the elephant in the room. That cover! Quite frankly, I wouldn't be caught dead reading this book in public (or in front of my girls), but it came highly recommended from a new friend of mine and so I thought I'd give it a whirl. On my ipad. Which has a solid purple cover. Sadly, as awesome as she is, I'm not sure this new friend and I are kindred spirits when it comes to our reading tastes. Basically the story boils down to this: Mercy is a mechanic with an attitude. She's also a shapeshifter/were-coyote/something-else-mysterious. She lives next to an Alpha werewolf who ends up nearly dead after his human daughter is kidnapped by mysterious assailants. Hi-jinks ensue. Mercy gets in the middle of it all. Along the way there are a thousand other characters and a remarkably unromantic love triangle between Mercy, Mr. Alpha, and Mr. Werewolf Ex From Her Past, before things are resolved.
Ordinarily, I like a good paranormal romance I adore stories with a strong female lead. In Moon Called, paranormal abounds and Mercy is as strong as they come, but I just couldn't stomach the rest of it. Everything was convoluted and sooooo. darn. tedious. Something happens. Have a long conversation about it. Go talk to new character (werewolf/vampire/witch/gremlin/undercover cop) about it. Get into and out of trouble. Leave with tiny clue. Add to that a bunch of pack rules and extraneous details that get in the way and it was just too hard to keep it all straight and way too hard to care. I finished, but with very little desire to read further in the series. A peek at the next one's cover nailed that coffin firmly shut. Can you say, 'Hello, boobs!'? Sheesh, Mercy needs to button up her coveralls.
For the sensitive reader: No sex, but a lot of aggressive male posturing. Some swearing, but none of the 'majors' as far as I can recall.
My Rating: 2 Stars