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Bad Moon Rising by Zoe Forward


They are the ultimate weapon. The ultimate secret. They are the Crown’s wolves.

Lycan Roman Lanzo and his brothers are bound—by magic, no less—to serve the Crown of England. All he knows is honor, violence, blood, magic, and death. Which is exactly when he finds her. A rare female Lycan, gorgeous, fierce, powerful, and with no memory of who or what she is. Now everything in Roman’s blood wants to help her, protect her, and—damn it all to
hell—want her.

Nova woke knowing only that her leather Goth get-up was riding up in the wrong places, and that she had to find Roman. Since then, every moment is a new and unsettling insight into her gifts, her dangerous skills, who she is, and what she wants…including this daunting, muscled Lycan whose name is tattooed on her skin.

But the Crown knows all about Nova. What she is, what she can do, and just how brutally dangerous a female Lycan can become. Now they want her put down for good. And they have their perfect weapon of choice… Roman.

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I am now a new fan of Zoe Forward. Her characters are complex and her world building is intricate and captivating. For example, in the first scene, there is nothing more mesmerizing than a woman with amnesia blackmailed into convincing an alpha male to exit a building on her terms. Add in the fact that said male is a lycanthrope. Game on!

Roman is a noble warrior and Lycan who, along with his brothers, eliminate evil non-humans for the British monarchy. Sounds straightforward, right? Wrong. The brothers were cursed for eternity by a witch to do the Crown’s bidding or they would be killed. Enter a gorgeous woman with no memory who turns out to be a rare female Lycan with serious killer instincts and skills and wait for it….his name tattooed on her wrist.  

This story is a headrush and a great start to an intriguing series. There is a lot happening as the story builds, the many characters are introduced, and the secrets are slowly revealed. Roman and Nova work well together as they try to find out who she is and why she was sent to Roman. Nova believes she was injected with a Blackout drug to erase her memory. She slowly uncovers things about herself as her intuition compulsions take over. She has skills that no female Lycan is supposed to have.  She doesn’t know how or why she found Roman, but someone is out to get her and it appears Roman’s protective instincts are the only thing keeping her alive. But another plot twist, folks. Roman is ordered to kill her or be killed. Their attraction is intense as the full moon madness takes over, but only one of them can live. 

This book is a real trip with a plethora of strange, funny and engaging characters. Roman’s family is endearing as they rally around each other and Nova to find her identity. 

I highly recommend this energetic paranormal romance that captures you from the very beginning. I can’t wait to read book 2 in the series.

Thank you to Ms. Forward for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Zoe ForwardUSA Today bestselling author, parent, wife, veterinarian, chocolate lover. Author of spicy paranormal and contemporary romances. Zoe Forward brings readers the perfect combination of action adventure, romance, humor and a bit of magic.

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