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Dark Moon – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; and A Book and A Dish
“Well, my girl, I hope that boyfriend of yours is ready to make an honest woman of you.  Congratulations. Everything looks fine so far.”  Though he smiled, there was hesitation in his voice.  Biting her lip to save her cheek, Storm lost the battle with the tears that had been threatening all day and doubly so after Trevor’s rebuff.  Andrew pulled her head down to his shoulder, rocking her from side to side, as he had done many times before.  He let her cry, and then, after what seemed like forever, he said, “There, there, it’s not the end of the world.  You’re going to make yourself ill.  Come on, chin up.  Trevor seems a good sort.  You’ve been dating him for long enough.  Why aren’t you on the pill?”  “It makes me ill, and as there was no reason to suffer, I didn’t bother.”  Calm washed over Storm.  “Uncle Andrew, it isn’t Trevor’s,” she mumbled hoarsely.
Storm Fenton has just had confirmed what she and her best friend Donna had suspected – she’s pregnant.  Problem is, she has been dating Trevor for almost a year and he isn’t the father.  Actually she didn’t even know the name of the baby’s father.  Her pregnancy is the results of a ‘rape’ that wasn’t exactly a ‘rape.’  Maybe it’s best called ‘consented rape.’  But to Storm’s surprise, she will soon meet her mystery man and when he discovers her situation, she can’t seem to shake him.  When she finally tells Trevor that she’s pregnant with another man’s child his attitude splits.  He assures her that she will never have the baby while assuring her that she belongs to him and he will have her through marriage.  His motive as well as his actions come from deep within and he seems sincere when it comes to wanting Storm for himself and does all in his power to keep her away from Jarred, the baby’s father?
Storm is a psychologist who tries to help Elle, an attorney, find a murdering/rapist who has killed 7 women already in a ritual fashion.  Elle also turns out to be his 8th victim and the only one that was spared her life.  But Elle’s life is not only disrupted by the rape but by the appearance of her birth mother who inform her not only that she is a witch but that the murder is her own son, making him Elle’s brother.  The two must band together to destroy him before he kills again and before he performs his final ritual that will give him the powers he desires.
So, who is the killer - is it Trevor or is it Jarred?  Or is it someone else entirely?  Who is really looking out for Storm’s best – Trevor or Jarred?  And which will end up with her in the end – Trevor or Jarred?  Dark Moonis one of the most unusual books I’ve read.  It has everything – murder, rape, witchcraft, fear and even love.  And it left me with a feeling that there just might be a book 2, I hope.

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