Blue Moon (The Phases Phenomenon #1) by Jenica Saren
Released: September 28, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Jenica Saren
Reviewed by Keyrsten
When one night is too long, how long before it goes too far?
Andromeda, or Mea, is a party girl with a strong alpha female personality, which is really just her way of saying she's an anarchy-loving feminist. With high aspirations of becoming a model, her countless rejections turned into bottomless drinks and party drugs.
Taking up sketchy totally legit modeling gigs to get by with some help from her best friend, Oliver, Andromeda is striving to once again feel comfortable in her own skin, even if the means are a little on the not-so-smart side.
That comfort comes in the form of three guys, three one night stands that seem to mean a whole lot more to them than they do to her. And, after a week of showering her with affection, they vanish.
Not that she cares, but what the hell, man?
There are sex, recreational drug use, and elements that may be unsuitable for victims of sexual assault in this book. You've been warned.
Mea. Mea. Mea. I have a lovingly frustrated relationship with Mea, but hear me out. I love that she is unabashedly herself in all that she does. She is aware her passed has left her jaded, but she won't let that stop her from living her life ... she will let it keep her from the idea of love. This is where I get frustrated with her. I just wanted to reach into the screen and shake her silly while yelling "Let Ulrich love you!" I am unapologetic when it comes to my stubbornness, and I get that same vibe from Mea. There have been plenty of times I've cursed myself for not letting people in, and I found myself feeling the same for Mea. The taste we have gotten of her backstory has clued in a little as to why she is the way she is, but I cannot wait to learn more about who she is and what happened to her that lead her down this path of cynical romance.
Our introduction to her men was just an appetizer, but boy howdy was it a damn good appetizer. I'm talking like a creamy artichoke dip with pita chips and homemade bread, not the $2 mozzarella sticks that you can still taste the freezer burn on. I wanna roll all up on the artichoke dip that is Ulrich, Raul, and Felan. That probably didn't make sense, but it made sense in my head. The contrast in personalities so far as been interesting to watch. I cannot get wait to find out more about them and see how each of their relationships with Mea plays out.
Oli and Mea's relationship warmed my heart. I have my own Oli and we are just as vicious with our love for one another as these to are. He was the yin to her yang and knew when to push her even though she didn't want him too. Their banter also gave me some new insults to through around at my own Oli. After the ringer Jenica put me through with that last chapter I'm jonesing to see how their friendship grows from here.
The pacing of this novella worked really well for it, it wasn't too fast or too slow. The faster pace in the last chapter really ramped up my heart and I went tumbling over the edge of that cliffhanger. Now that I've gotten a glimpse of Mea and her men, I NEED more. I cannot wait to see where this journey takes us. I'm practically howling at the moon in joyful anticipation.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.