Crimson Moon

Book 1 of The Dark Woods

Fiction - Paranormal
322 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2017
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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite

She might be young and she might be on her own, but she wasn't unable to take care of herself; not that Grey knew that exactly, but he could tell there was something different about her. She wasn't fully human, that was for sure, and why he felt the need to take care of her and keep her with him, he couldn't really say. Of course his wolf wanted her, but she was way too young, not even eighteen yet. Harlow was used to not trusting anyone, but there was something about Grey that had her wanting to trust him and then, once she had him and his wolf in her mind, she was even more inclined to trust him, although things got even more confusing. Crimson Moon by author Sherri Wingler is not your typical shifter novel, in fact even though Grey is part wolf, there is never any shape shifting, its more like a split personality issue.

Crimson Moon is a complex and twisted story that involves Grey and his past in a way, but mostly Harlow and the secrets about her life and her birth. Even when she finds out the truth, things are not going to be happily ever after; there is always going to be trouble when a wolf is involved. Author Sherri Wingler takes a completely different approach to the wolf-man hybrid and, instead of having him shift his shape into the wolf, it is just a personality takeover, nothing in the body changes physically, but as Harlow learns more about Grey she can hear the difference in their voices, the way they walk and talk, the way they hold themselves. This is not something I have encountered in a novel before and it made for interesting reading, although there was a real love-hate relationship between Grey and his wolf that I questioned. Since this is labeled as Book One, I would hope that Grey's past and some of the demons that created that love-hate relationship might be explored at some point in the future because, at this point, I am confused by it. There is violence and some intimate moments, so I would definitely recommend this for adult readers.