Which should be doable. Except for the Nexus... and the little extra problem of bonding with a stranger.
Mena is trying hard to sort out her feelings but one thing is sure, not all her Pack are happy to see her! Okay, select a new Beta, avoid being arrested for murder, and somehow convince the Pack that an alliance with Phoenix and his vampires is a good thing. First problem is twenty seven step up to be her number two, which is crazy! Second problem, Mena’s inner wolf wants to climb the very human detective, Alex, like a tree! Oh, and there's no love lost between vampires and wolves and someone is trying very hard to destroy both Mena and Phoenix. Can this woman catch a break? Apparently not, as Mena’s inner wolf has ideas of her own and Mena feels herself slipping away, whilst outside forces begin to attack her Pack!
Midnight Moonrising is a very unusual story and unlike any other I've read. The relationships are well and truly messed up with Mena insanely attracted to Phoenix, but this seven hundred year old vampire is not sure he knows how to love. Her wolf keeps taking over and as she gets stronger it's clear she would kill Phoenix in order to be with Alex. An uneasy compromise is reached but I felt uncomfortable with the solution, if honest, and my heart ached for those involved. Alex might be innocent and unaware of what's under his nose, but Phoenix stepped aside to protect the woman he is increasingly coming to care for. No, he isn't perfect, far from it and makes all kinds of mistakes but his arrogant armpit tendencies are forgivable as we watch him hurt and yet, never give in.
I struggle with Mena at times though. Yes, it's all new to her but to me she switches from weak to loud and in charge and then petulant and I got whiplash from her constant dilly dallying. I like you, I don't like you, I'm going, I'm staying; yes, you get the idea that this female is not my favourite heroine.
What I really liked though were the supporting characters as they really helped flesh this unusual story out and added so much to the plot. We've met wolves and vampires, so why not add witches and lions to the mix? You will laugh at these characters and perhaps even roll your eyes but the last third of this book is anything but dull and the last page will leave you crying out for more.
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.