Black Moon – C.L. Bevill [Review]

“Black Moon” is the first novella in the Moon Trilogy by C.L. Bevill. This paranormal romance story was published in 2010 by Smashwords.


Quick Review: Writing was good, but couldn’t stand the insta-love

Blurb: Donovan is a werejaguar sworn to fight against his enemies, the dreaded werewolf clan – the Whitelaws. Isabella is an uncommon librarian, a member of the Committee. When she faces down the Whitelaws to retrieve a very dangerous book, she encounters Donovan and their lives will never be the same. This is a novella. Warning: contains sexual content. Not for minors.


Jen’s Review of “Black Moon”

*This review first appeared on Books That Hook. I haven’t changed it much from its original form. I downloaded “Black Moon” for free on my Nook a long time ago. It might still be free; I haven’t checked recently.


The basic premise is a woman gets rescued by a werecat after she steals a book from a werewolf clan. The woman and the werecat fall in love.

Although it’s fast paced and generally well-written, the romance ruins the story. Let me explain. Out of the blue, toward the end of the book, Donovan declares that he could smell she was his soul mate the first minute he met her. Why was this the first time the reader heard this? Why didn’t he make that observation immediately if it was something he actually was aware of at the time? Furthermore, if they are actually soul mates, wouldn’t Isabella notice this immediately as well? Doesn’t the very concept of soul mates imply that it is reciprocal? The reader gets no indication she has romantic feelings for him until she is suddenly overpowered by sexual attraction. That leads me to my second point…

Sexual attraction doesn’t equal love. So, when she suddenly says she loves him, I’m taken back. Where did that come from? She never once said that she had any feelings for him beside lust. Now she’s telling him she loves him? Really?

If the author had turned this into a full-length novel to give the romance time to grow naturally, it would have been a much better read.

It was okay; I might be willing to read the next one in the series. However, it irked me how Isabella went from lust to love with no consideration or forewarning.

Do I Recommend?

If you don’t mind insta-love, you might enjoy reading “Black Moon.” I don’t recommend spending money to get it, but if it’s still free, give it a try. You can at least get started with the series. Perhaps the other books in the series are better.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars (C)
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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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