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After Moonrise PDF, ePub eBook Join two of the biggest names in paranormal romance on a breathtaking journey to a world where ghosts live on and love never dies...   POSSESSED  #1 New York Times Bestselling Author P.C. Cast  Being a psychic detective who can channel only negative emotions makes Kent Raef good at catching murderers, but bad at maintaining relationships. Then Lauren Wilcox arrives with a mos Join two of the biggest names in paranormal romance on a breathtaking journey to a world where ghosts live on and love never dies...   POSSESSED  #1 New York Times Bestselling Author P.C. Cast  Being a psychic detective who can channel only negative emotions makes Kent Raef good at catching murderers, but bad at maintaining relationships. Then Lauren Wilcox arrives with a most intriguing case: her twin sister has been murdered and is communing with Lauren's spirit-and sharing her body. Raef's the only one who can track the killer and free the spirit. But soon he begins to wonder just which twin he wants to save...and why....  HAUNTED  New York Times Bestselling Author Gena Showalter  Artist Aurora Harper is convinced she's witnessed a crime-a murder so brutal she's repressed the memories, only to paint the scene by the light of the moon. Now she needs her new neighbor, Detective Levi Reid, to help her track down the victim-and the killer. Levi's dealing with his own memory issues, but one thing he knows for sure: Harper is meant to be his, and nothing can take her away from him-not in this life...and not in death....

30 review for After Moonrise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Both stories are a waste of time. You are better off not reading this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carey Sabala

    After Moonrise is basically two stories in one, sort of an anthology but with only two stories and both have characters that are from the After Moonrise detective agency, thus the title of the book. I'll review each story individually to make it easier. *see the blurb for more descriptions on the stories* Possessed by P.C. Cast I really enjoyed Kent as the hero but found the twin thing a bit unsettling (as a woman) to read. It almost read like what a Male's twin fantasy would be. Kent as a characte After Moonrise is basically two stories in one, sort of an anthology but with only two stories and both have characters that are from the After Moonrise detective agency, thus the title of the book. I'll review each story individually to make it easier. *see the blurb for more descriptions on the stories* Possessed by P.C. Cast I really enjoyed Kent as the hero but found the twin thing a bit unsettling (as a woman) to read. It almost read like what a Male's twin fantasy would be. Kent as a character is cold in the beginning due to all the death he's seen both in real life and psychically (being a psychic detective) but the twins definitely find a way to warm him up. The whole story is about an unconventional love story between the 3 main characters and of course there's a baddy that Kent must vanquish in order to save his ladies. All in all it was a good short story. On its own, I'd give it a 3 1/2 rating. I liked it but didn't fall in love with it. The writing and concept were good but the twin thing was a bit much for me to swallow. Haunted by Gena Showalter I definitely loved this story more than the other one. Not just because I love, love, love Gena Showalter but because this is a wonderful love story with murder and mayhem mixed in and the story itself will keep you guessing with all the possibilities till the end. It has so many twists and turns that it will make your head spin. It is so worth the ride. Levi is to die for! He's a wonderful down-to-earth detective who is approached by his neighbor, Harper, who wants to report a possible crime. Harper is having weird black outs and when she comes to, she has mysteriously painted a possible murder scene but the painting is unfinished. She and her roommate are being tormented by the whole situation and they want Levi's help. Levi decides to see what he can do and so the adventure begins. I won't spoil anymore for you, seeing these are such short stories but I totally would give this story 5 out of 5 on its own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Potts

    What it's about: After Moonrise is about a paranormal agency called After Moonrise or A.M. P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter each write a story involving the agency in some way. Cast's novella, Possessed, is about twins (one is dead and one is seeking help) and a psychic who can "sense" and track negative emotions. Haunted, by Showalter, is about an artist and a detective who both experience "blackouts" related to a serial killer. Why you should read it: Gena Showalter is one of the authors on my must What it's about: After Moonrise is about a paranormal agency called After Moonrise or A.M. P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter each write a story involving the agency in some way. Cast's novella, Possessed, is about twins (one is dead and one is seeking help) and a psychic who can "sense" and track negative emotions. Haunted, by Showalter, is about an artist and a detective who both experience "blackouts" related to a serial killer. Why you should read it: Gena Showalter is one of the authors on my must-read list, so of course I jumped at the chance to read Haunted. It's very mysterious and exciting. She doesn't skimp on the blood, gore or action. Her heroes are always hot, and her heroines are either butt-kickers or have a core of strength beneath the surface. I really enjoyed reading Haunted! Possessed was a bit harder for me. I love Cast's writing style; I've enjoyed her Goddess by Mistake series as well as most of the House of Night series. What was hard for me in this one was the twin concept. One twin is dead and haunts the other twin. The living twin "takes one for the team" and allows her dead sister to "drive" her to have relations with the hero. I won't spoil the ending but … it was uncomfortable for me. Having said that, I still liked the writing, and the plot was appealing. To see what Gena says about working with Cast check out the HEA Blog http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyev...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donnelle

    I picked this up because I'm a huge fan of Gena Showalter and was eager to read her contribution to this book. I had never read anything by P.C. Cast prior to this, but I began with her story. I won't go into specific plot points, as other reviewers have covered those so well. What I will say about Cast's story is that it wasn't bad; it was very short, so there wasn't all that much in the way of character or plot development, but what there was was interesting and well-written. However, the endin I picked this up because I'm a huge fan of Gena Showalter and was eager to read her contribution to this book. I had never read anything by P.C. Cast prior to this, but I began with her story. I won't go into specific plot points, as other reviewers have covered those so well. What I will say about Cast's story is that it wasn't bad; it was very short, so there wasn't all that much in the way of character or plot development, but what there was was interesting and well-written. However, the ending was. . . not one that I can say that I enjoyed. I applaud Cast for doing something different and creative in an attempt to resolve that trope of romance novels that is so utterly cliche at this point, i.e. the dreaded love triangle. The manner in which it was resolved - if it can be even be described as being "resolved" - was done in such a way that it made me uncomfortable, as a reader, and I found myself really feeling bad for the twin who was among the living. I just didn't feel that it ended in such a way as to be fair to her in any way, shape, or form, so my overriding feeling as I finished the story was that she, her life, and her feelings really got the short end of the stick in that situation, and in the whole story, actually. So, the story was unique and well-written, but it's not something that I'd want to read again. As for Ms. Showalter's story, I felt that it was very well-done. As always, her main female character was strong and pretty kick-butt, in nature, and the male protagonist was the requisite hot, alpha male. I liked their relationship, because they had a lot of chemistry and heat between them, and I think that it was well-developed. Then there was that twist that most of the other reviewers have mentioned. Again, it was well-written, and it was typical Showalter in that it was complicated and dark. Very, very dark. And did I mention that it was dark? It did not leave readers with a typical happily ever after, but that is not to say that there wasn't an HEA; it was just. . . different than the norm. That wasn't a bad thing, by any means, but for any readers who expect things to end on an uplifting note - one that's filled with a lot of hope for the future - you won't find that here. Given what they'd been through, Showalter did right by the characters in terms of their love for one another, but I would not recommend going into this story expecting a happy happy, joy joy kind of resolution. Looking back over what I've written, it may not seem like I would recommend this book, but I actually do. While these stories (particularly Cast's) are not ones that will join the ranks of those that I enjoy rereading with some frequency, I think that Cast and Showalter both displayed a great deal of talent and imagination in their stories, and I think it's great that they were so willing to take some chances and do things a bit differently than some other writers in this genre likely would have. What they have created are two well-written, creative stories that are, above all else, incredibly interesting. These are not run-of-the-mill offerings with pat endings; these are truly different, and I mean that in a good way. So, I'd recommend reading this one, but would again caution readers to not begin their reading experience by expecting a lot of happiness and endings where everything is all tied up with a bright, pretty bow.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    I jumped at the chance to read this book as it was something a little different from my usual paranormal picks. I have read a couple of Gena Showalter books before but this was my first foray into the writing of P.C. Cast. Possessed was an interesting story that I read in one sitting. I liked Kent's character and enjoyed the storyline, despite a few misgivings about the odd romance angle. It was a quick and easy read that really sucked me in. Haunted took a little longer to get into, but once I fi I jumped at the chance to read this book as it was something a little different from my usual paranormal picks. I have read a couple of Gena Showalter books before but this was my first foray into the writing of P.C. Cast. Possessed was an interesting story that I read in one sitting. I liked Kent's character and enjoyed the storyline, despite a few misgivings about the odd romance angle. It was a quick and easy read that really sucked me in. Haunted took a little longer to get into, but once I finally succumbed, I quickly became invested in the story and characters and hoped everything would work out for them. Again, I read this story in one session. The romance angle was a lot clearer in this piece and, being slightly longer than Possessed, the author had time to flesh out the story and characters a little more. Overall, this book was an entertaining and fun read and I would recommend it to readers of paranormal romance and those who enjoy ghost-based tales. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Olimpia

    Just finished reading After Moonrise and I have to agree with some of the readers. I enjoyed Possessed, BUT REALLY loved Haunted. In Possessed, I did like the concept of a murderer who steals souls. It was definitely interesting. This story involved twins and one who was murdered. The concept of a possession of a twin is definitely believable and interesting because of the bond and link between twins. I am unsure of how I felt about how the living twin in this story, as some readers have said, “t Just finished reading After Moonrise and I have to agree with some of the readers. I enjoyed Possessed, BUT REALLY loved Haunted. In Possessed, I did like the concept of a murderer who steals souls. It was definitely interesting. This story involved twins and one who was murdered. The concept of a possession of a twin is definitely believable and interesting because of the bond and link between twins. I am unsure of how I felt about how the living twin in this story, as some readers have said, “takes one for the team”. I have mixed emotions for it. All though I did like the romance in it. Otherwise it was well written and enjoyable. Now in Haunted, I have to say it was intense. A lot of shocks and twists and turns, and fast paced. This was well written and very hard to put down. Please note, a warning to readers that Haunted was a lot darker and explicit than Possessed. I highly recommend this to everyone. I am an avid fan of both PC Cast and Gena Showalter. So I did enjoy it and it was hard to put down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olga Zelenova

    The three-star rating is carried entirely by Gena Showalter's Haunted. Reading Possessed was a bit like pulling my hair out...one follicle at a time. I could not get past the twin thing to even find out if I liked the story. Twincest is just...not my jam.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really enjoyed this book and was shocked when I turned the last page and realised I had finished it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    R.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is two short stories written by two different authors that focus on characters from two different branches of After Moonrise, an agency of psychics that works for the public, sometimes with authorities, to solve strange cases involving the supernatural (ie dead people). Possessed by P.C. Cast Kent talks easy and is obviously determined to do his job, but his relationship with the twins and whole possession bit leave a lot to be desired. If that line of possession hadn't taken over the whole s This is two short stories written by two different authors that focus on characters from two different branches of After Moonrise, an agency of psychics that works for the public, sometimes with authorities, to solve strange cases involving the supernatural (ie dead people). Possessed by P.C. Cast Kent talks easy and is obviously determined to do his job, but his relationship with the twins and whole possession bit leave a lot to be desired. If that line of possession hadn't taken over the whole story and turned things so weird, I might have enjoyed it more. Haunted by Gena Showalter Levi is sweet under his gruff persona and Harper's no-nonsense approach is a good fit with him. I wondered exactly how the early preview would tie in with Harper's painting. After Possessed, I was thinking more along the lines of dream visions or second lives. This took on another approach to the whole after life thing. We even very briefly see Kent again and hear him reference his "ladies." Lana, while appearing to belong with Harper as a friend, seems the most in limbo with her afterlife. She can't really work with After Moonrise in her previous capacity as a ghost, and apparently she was good if Kent called on her to potentially help "his ladies" in the first segment. Then there's this preview of Alice in Zombieland that I first thought was part of this book and not a teaser. That alone is rather confusing and disturbing in it's own sense. Can't say it exactly made me want to pick up that book to finish the tale.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie Cat Books

    Spirits. Romance. Vapid females. Story: This book contains two novellas from two different authors both set in the same city and about the same detective agency. The first story is about a male detective with psychic powers trying to help a set of female twins. The second story is about a male detective and a blond female artist trying to catch a killer. Characters : Curtis Raef is an older attractive detective, cold hearted, sarcastic and talks down to women. Lauren Wilcox and her twin are young, Spirits. Romance. Vapid females. Story: This book contains two novellas from two different authors both set in the same city and about the same detective agency. The first story is about a male detective with psychic powers trying to help a set of female twins. The second story is about a male detective and a blond female artist trying to catch a killer. Characters : Curtis Raef is an older attractive detective, cold hearted, sarcastic and talks down to women. Lauren Wilcox and her twin are young, attractive and despite how he treats them, they both find Raef irresistible and throw themselves at him. Levi Reid is a rough and tough detective, quick to leap to his gun and other forms of violence. He is sarcastic and treats women like they are objects. This doesn't bother Aurora Harper, who has just moved in down the hall. Named after a Disney Princess, she is blond, waif like, and throws her full trust and body to Levi without any hesitation. Both males are misogynistic and all three females are vapid. Language: This book contains Harlequin level sexual content and it's cast is made up of adults who all think and speak like 12 year old girls. The plot of the first book is extraordinary flimsy and whole the plot in the second book is more original, it's horrible characters drag the novella down. This is my first reading experience of both authors and I have zero interest in pursuing any of their books in the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

    Read the first story and it was alright. I think the conclusion was too abrupt. It could have been a better conclusion. The second story I couldn't get passed the beginning it was too gruesome in its suggestions. Couldn't read it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Solving a murder and saving Lauren and her sister's ghost from a soul sucker, while getting it on with them both. Ghosts really aren't my thing and I'm not sure how comfortable I was with the possession sex thing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    Liked the writing style of both authors. Both of the stories are not what I typically read. Possessed was an ok story, didn't like the ending. Haunted made me love both main characters, the realization in the middle broke my heart. Definitely not a light reading book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Beatty Peterson

    Not one of the best

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie M. Allen

    So this book is two novellas put together. I liked the first one. It was an interesting and quick read. I started the second one and just wasn't a fan.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bobbysue

    Both stories were good and they went hand and hand. There was some intense scenes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monica Etter

    Wow! This was the first I have read P.C. Cast and I must say I am hooked. And as always, Gena managed to deliver another amazing paranormal romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Carter

    Fast read....interesting paranormal stories.

  19. 5 out of 5

    donna

    It was interesting but I kinda expected more, it ended too quickly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Both of these stories showed promise but if each had been their own books and had been more fleshed out, I think they would’ve been more successful.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    AFTER MOONRISE --Possessed by PC Cast / Haunted by Gena Showalter AFTER MOONRISE is an anthology (October 23, 2012 release) written by PC Cast and Gena Showalter. After Moonrise is a paranormal investigation agency and is the primary focus in both of the storylines. Norms are without any supernatural power (human) and Psys are those gifted with varying degrees of psychic ability. POSSESSED is the first storyline written by PC Cast. At nine years of age, Kent Raef discovered he was a Psy. With his AFTER MOONRISE --Possessed by PC Cast / Haunted by Gena Showalter AFTER MOONRISE is an anthology (October 23, 2012 release) written by PC Cast and Gena Showalter. After Moonrise is a paranormal investigation agency and is the primary focus in both of the storylines. Norms are without any supernatural power (human) and Psys are those gifted with varying degrees of psychic ability. POSSESSED is the first storyline written by PC Cast. At nine years of age, Kent Raef discovered he was a Psy. With his ability to feel only negative emotions Kent spent several years working for the military. Now State side and living in Tulsa Oklahoma Kent is a well-respected psychic detective working for the Tulsa branch of the After Moonrise. Agency. And things are about to change for Kent when Lauren Wilcox enters his office hoping he will be able to help track her twin sister’s killer. But Lauren comes with a surprise-her sister’s spirit refuses to move on until her murder is solved. And it is Raef’s ability to see and communicate with Aubrey that pushes the detective in more ways than one. Aubrey and Lauren Wilcox owned their own landscaping business and three months earlier Aubrey’s body was discovered at a job site-she had apparently been electrocuted on a dig. But Aubrey’s spirit refuses to move on and the sisters‘s relationship is slowly killing Lauren. It is not Aubrey’s choice to remain but a psychic killer who has the ability to keep the spirits alive. POSSESSED is a well-written and fast paced storyline with a HEA but it was a difficult ending for me. I knew within the first couple of chapters that I would not like the outcome of this particular storyline. Aubrey’s bubbly personality made it obvious that she was the dominant twin and her attraction and playful attitude with Raef had the detective focusing more on the ghost than on the person. Lauren soon became nothing more than a second thought and a vessel for her sister’s spirit. What would you do for love? HAUNTED is the second storyline written by Gena Showalter. Oklahoma PD detective Levi Reid suffered blackouts and his most recent was a 7 day blank. Waking up in a new apartment, with new neighbors in a new neighborhood wasn’t what he had expected but when Aurora Harper stepped into his life he recognized a broken soul. On an extended leave of absence from the force, Levi would find himself in the middle of a missing persons investigation where the missing appeared to be alive and well, and he had more in common with Harper than he was willing to admit. 27 year old Harper, following a recent move into a new neighborhood, was also suffering blackouts and the feeling that she had witnessed a murder-a murder that she had somehow suppressed but her paintings, as she is an artist, have recently taken on a presence of their own. She is painting the image of a murder. And to complicate matters she could feel and taste the fear and horror, hear the screams of pain and something or someone was stalking her very existence. Along with her roommate Lana, Harper and Levi would embark on the long road to uncovering the truth behind the images Harper was painting and stopping a serial killer. But Levi suspected more than Lana let on when she disappeared and he discovered she was working for the Oklahoma After Moonrise Investigation Agency. As the storyline continues, Harper and Levi develop feelings for each. Harper has a smart mouth and sexy attitude, and Levi is drawn to the spunky artist. But Harper’s painting will suddenly become personal and they will soon discover that their lives had taken a different path than they ever thought possible. HAUNTED is another well-written, fascinating and amazing storyline from Gena Showalter. There is murder and mystery, as well as romance and sex. Gena draws the reader into the storyline and throws you a curveball at every chance. Our hero is sexy and sure, and our heroine has a take no prisoners attitude. Another wonderful story that will have you second-guessing the premise –you think you have it all solved until Gena changes the playing field. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tash

    Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics To see review at Confessions Take two of the biggest names in the paranormal genre and you get an anthology to haunt your dreams. Gena Showalter and P.C. Cast have teamed up to give two short stories about what goes bump in the night through an agency in After Moonrise. After Moonrise is no ordinary agency and they only handle cases of a paranormal nature and they now have two juicy murders to solve. In Possessed, Kent Raef is a detective but not the usual Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics To see review at Confessions Take two of the biggest names in the paranormal genre and you get an anthology to haunt your dreams. Gena Showalter and P.C. Cast have teamed up to give two short stories about what goes bump in the night through an agency in After Moonrise. After Moonrise is no ordinary agency and they only handle cases of a paranormal nature and they now have two juicy murders to solve. In Possessed, Kent Raef is a detective but not the usual kind; he a psychic detective and he tracks down people via emotions, violent ones, to be precise. The story follows him in his latest case which may lead to something more. Laura Wilcox comes to him with his mother to solve the murder of her twin sister who died recently and is communicating through possessing Lauren‘s body. Raef is the only who can help her, but he’s not easy to convince to take on the job. Lenora, his boss, tells him to take it as she has an inkling that he is having problems with his gift but it’s not an easy case. In addition, he is falling in love with one of the twins—but which one is the question. I love this story; the characters I can understand and relate to, unlike the next story. There is a little bit of world building in this one to set up the agency but it takes a backseat to the main story. Kent Raef needs loving and Lauren needs answers about her sister’s murder so she can get peace from her sister. It makes for a hilarious story, which has it moments because of the turmoil going on. I won’t give details away concerning Kent and the past events and his current state of powers. To help this couple they may need Aubrey‘s help, Lauren’s twin, who has a naughty imagination. The second story, Haunted, l took awhile to get into, it took a couple of sittings to read the first two chapters as it was completely different from the last story in writing style. There is a nice overlap with Lenora who happens to be Aurora’s friend and I found Lenora’s role in this story confusing. Like Kent, she works for the same agency and is the one with supernatural gifts but she is not the one who helps solve the murder in this case. I found it weird at first that Lenora is in the story because I thought she would be the supernatural help for the case and it really stumped me at first reading as she is introduced in the first couple of chapters along with elements of the murder. Enter Levi Reed who has recently moved into the apartments and is on leave from the police force. Aurora is his neighbour and convinces him to help her when she shows him the painting and describes her scenes of the murder. With only her mind and the painting as their own clues, they’re going to need all the breaks they can get to solve the mystery and the murder, if there is one. I was expecting a lot of gore in this book since it has two murders involving violence but wasn’t really, the most is in the Haunted when Aurora goes over what she think is the murder and is replaying it in her head as the pieces start to emerge from her memories. 4 couples, but it’s more like 3.5 couples; I loved the first story, as I said before, but I’m so-so about the second story. It may be different for others but I related more to the story written by Cast than the one by Showalter.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kerrie

    Averaged out to 3.5 stars After Moonrise is a company that deals with hauntings, possessions, and other supernatural mysteries. Their employees are not your normal detectives. They each have special "gifts" which allows them access to the other realm. They take on cases of unsolved murders, talking to the ghosts of the victim and their loved ones, as well as helping ghosts move on to the afterlife. Possessed is the first book in the After Moonrise novel, and is written by PC Cast. In Possessed, Ke Averaged out to 3.5 stars After Moonrise is a company that deals with hauntings, possessions, and other supernatural mysteries. Their employees are not your normal detectives. They each have special "gifts" which allows them access to the other realm. They take on cases of unsolved murders, talking to the ghosts of the victim and their loved ones, as well as helping ghosts move on to the afterlife. Possessed is the first book in the After Moonrise novel, and is written by PC Cast. In Possessed, Kent Raef's world gets turned upside down when Lauren Wilcox enters his office at After Moonrise. Although the police suspects it was accidental, Lauren knows her twin sister was murdered. She knows this because Lauren's twin, Aubrey, is communicating with her. And that's not all. Aubrey is still being tortured by her murderer even after death. Kent must find a way to save both sisters from this killer before its too late. I really liked the start of this novel. I thought it was pretty solid and a good lead in to what the novel is about. It was intriguing and I liked the idea of psychic detectives that use emotions to find "the bad guy". But where the storyline for the romance was taken, was just a bit too weird for me and I didn't like it. Paranormal Romance novels are my favourite genre. They are my go-to books and so, not liking the romance in this book has really disappointed me. Everything else though I really enjoyed. 3/5 stars Haunted is the second book in the After Moonrise novel, and is written by Gena Showalter. The book starts with us meeting Detective Levi Reid. He isn't exactly sure why he moved to his new residency, in the bad side of town, only that he experiences blackouts and one day found himself in his new place. He suspects these blackouts have something to do with being suspended from his work for attacking a suspect. But when his neighbour knocks on his door and asks for his help, all thoughts about his own problems vanish. Aurora Harper thinks she's a witness to a brutal murder. The reason she only "thinks" this is because when she wakes in the morning it's to find herself with a paintbrush in her hand and a half finished painting of the brutal scene. Her best friend Lana (who works for After Moonrise) convinces her to talk to their neighbour, who is a "normal" detective, and ask for his help. I really enjoyed this novel. It kept me guessing all the way and I was surprised with the way it ended. I also liked the romance. I'm a sucker for when two people from completely different upbringings get together. Aurora with her formal gowns and Levi with his foster homes couldn't be more different, and yet they are perfect for each other. Probably because Aurora, despite her upbringing, is no princess. I adored Aurora, she has spunk. And Levi is very alpha like, which is the perfect ingredient for a paranormal romance novel. 4/5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nette

    I really enjoyed After Moonrise ! Possessed and Haunted offer something very different in the paranormal genre. Well for me at least...I haven't come across actual ghost stories written quite like this. I'll start with Haunted . The depth and intricate plot was a nice surprise given it's a short story. It was layer upon layer of mystery, suspense and action. Just when I thought I had the plot figured out...I was proven wrong. AND I LOVED IT! It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering wh I really enjoyed After Moonrise ! Possessed and Haunted offer something very different in the paranormal genre. Well for me at least...I haven't come across actual ghost stories written quite like this. I'll start with Haunted . The depth and intricate plot was a nice surprise given it's a short story. It was layer upon layer of mystery, suspense and action. Just when I thought I had the plot figured out...I was proven wrong. AND I LOVED IT! It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The character's were awesome. I really enjoyed Aurora Harper, she was strong, witty and snarky. Levi Reid was all male and no bull. I got the feeling that he would shoot you in the face just for looking at him cross! In true Gena Showalter style her character's do not disappoint! It starts off in a sick & twisted scene and [throughout the story] in the back of your mind, your wondering 'who is this girl' and your left reeling from the brutality of it. It just wouldn't be a Gena Showalter book without her signature romance! *sigh* and she does it so well too. This pair especially rocks...such stark contrasts in terms of personality, but not so much in circumstance. You'll have to read the book to find out what I mean by that. Trust me, you won't be disappointed! While there's some dark and sinister going on in the background, the romantic aspect certainly provided the right amount of steamy and sexy! I highly recommend this book for all paranormal genre lovers out there and all Gena Showalter fans as well! Posessed I have to admit, this is my first encounter with P.C Cast. I know I know! And no, I haven't been living under a rock! Possessed was an interesting read. Involving a somewhat love triangle between Kent Raef, Lauren Wilcox and her twin Aubrey. It wasn't as in-depth and involved as Haunted but it was good nonetheless. I found the back story to be a little flat but the characters were what brought the story to life for me. P.C Cast spun an interesting twist with the twins that will have your head spinning! Kent Raef was intriguing to me, his ability to sense negative feelings is a nice play on the empath ability and added an element to his character that was different and refreshing. If I were to rate this story alone I would give it 3 stars. As a whole I give After Moonrise 4 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    After Moonrise includes two loosely linked short stories by bestselling paranormal romance authors, P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter. In P.C. Cast's Possessed, Kent Raef is a Psy investigator whose particular gift allows him to track negative emotions. When Lauren Wilcox approaches Raef to help solve the murder of her twin sister, Aubrey, Raef is puzzled that he can find no trace of the killer until the sisters reveal their unusual plight. Aubrey's murderer has stolen her soul and while the twins ca After Moonrise includes two loosely linked short stories by bestselling paranormal romance authors, P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter. In P.C. Cast's Possessed, Kent Raef is a Psy investigator whose particular gift allows him to track negative emotions. When Lauren Wilcox approaches Raef to help solve the murder of her twin sister, Aubrey, Raef is puzzled that he can find no trace of the killer until the sisters reveal their unusual plight. Aubrey's murderer has stolen her soul and while the twins can communicate, each time Aubrey begins to speak of her death she is forcefully ripped back into the veil, taking part of Lauren's life force with her. To release Aubrey's tormented spirit and save Lauren, Raef must find the killer, and hope. Haunted by Gena Showalter is peripherally linked to Possessed when Aurora Harper and Detective Levi Reid seek the help of the After Midnight Agency. On leave from the Oklahoma police force after attacking a serial killer, Levi blames the odd blackouts he is experiencing on stress. Holed up in his new apartment, nursing his anger over his suspension, Levi is not inclined to help his crazy blonde neighbour when she knocks on his door. Harper is desperate, each morning she wakes to discover she has painted a faceless, gruesome murder scene and she is convinced the image is a repressed memory of a brutal crime. Worried she, or her best friend Lana is at risk of becoming the sadistic killer's next victim, Harper begs Levi to help her solve the mystery. While each tale combines romance, raunch, mystery and action both stories have strengths and weaknesses. I really liked that they were linked by the AM (After Mooonrise) Agency as provides a framework that unites the stories despite their differences. I thought the plot in Haunted to be stronger, even though I figured out the twist fairly early on (can you guess which whispered line from a popular movie was running through my mind), yet the premise of Possessed had some interesting and original elements. I preferred the relationship that developed between Levi and Harper to the uncomfortable triangle in Possessed, though Cast deserves credit for creativity. The sex scenes in both tales are heated, balanced precariously between erotica and fade to black. The characters in each story are well defined given the constraints of the format. The male leads, are the tortured alpha's common to the genre and the women have core strength despite their weaknesses. Fans of Cast and Showalter will enjoy this offering as should those who readers who read within the genre, especially if you have a thing for ghost stories. I would not be surprised if further collaborations based around the After Moonrise Agency are already in the works.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)

    Read more reviews like this at http://lovelybooksblog.blogspot.com! I’ve never liked short stories, but when I saw the name Gena Showalter I just knew that I had to read this book. With interconnected characters and a centered focus on the paranormal detective agency After Moonrise these two short stories fit together very nicely. While I did like Hunted much more than I liked Possessed I really enjoyed the way the stories fit together and shared characters. The first short story is Possessed by P Read more reviews like this at http://lovelybooksblog.blogspot.com! I’ve never liked short stories, but when I saw the name Gena Showalter I just knew that I had to read this book. With interconnected characters and a centered focus on the paranormal detective agency After Moonrise these two short stories fit together very nicely. While I did like Hunted much more than I liked Possessed I really enjoyed the way the stories fit together and shared characters. The first short story is Possessed by P.C. Cast, unsurprisingly I found myself disliking Possessed more and more the longer I read. A vile main character paired with a disturbing story line made getting through the 124 pages of this short story proved to be a real challenge. Kent Raef was a cold and uncaring main character, sparing little to no thought of the feelings of the other characters in the story. Likewise, both Lauren and Aubrey were weak female characters who did nothing more than seduce Raef at every opportunity. With a strange ending that made me very uncomfortable this story definitely did not improve my view of Cast. (1/5) However, I absolutely adored the short story by Gena Showalter. A fantastic writer her story had amazing characters and a fascinating plot full of intrigue and plot twists I never saw coming. Significantly longer than P.C. Casts short story Hunted was the perfect length for a short story, giving me enough time to get to know the characters but not long enough that it was entire novel. I loved both Levi and Harper and their romance felt real, not forced and rushed like the romance in Possessed. (5/5) Hunted by Gena Showalter definitely made me see the appeal of short stories. With a fantastic plot and developed characters I was reminded, yet again, why I love her writing so much. Meanwhile Possessed by P.C. Cast proved to me why I’ve never really liked any of her books, while she is a good author I just can’t relate with her characters and her story lines. I want to like her, but in the end I’ve discovered that I just don’t. After Moonrise is a great way to sample works from two of the most popular authors in paranormal romance, whether you’re looking for a book to start with, or an old fan returning for more this novel is the way to go!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    The book After Moonrise tells two stories – one each by bestselling authors PC Cast and Gena Showalter. Both stories are separate but each involves the fictional paranormal detective agency, After Moonlight. The first book, Possessed by PC Cast, tells the story of Kent Raef – a psychic detective specialising in being able to Track violent emotions. When Lauren Wilcox knocks on his door needing his help to solve the mystery of how her twin sister Aubrey died, Raef gets drawn into a paranormal ph The book After Moonrise tells two stories – one each by bestselling authors PC Cast and Gena Showalter. Both stories are separate but each involves the fictional paranormal detective agency, After Moonlight. The first book, Possessed by PC Cast, tells the story of Kent Raef – a psychic detective specialising in being able to Track violent emotions. When Lauren Wilcox knocks on his door needing his help to solve the mystery of how her twin sister Aubrey died, Raef gets drawn into a paranormal phenomenon he’s never seen the likes of before. Aubrey’s spirit brings him light and joy instead of the dark and negative he’s been exposed to all his life. With the twins life forces being linked and Lauren getting weaker every time Aubrey tries to voice what happened to her – Raef has to solve the mysteries of Aubrey’s death before Lauren becomes a victim too. In Gena Showalter’s story, Haunted, Aurora Harper seeks her new neighbour Levi Reid’s help when she starts painting a murder scene. Convinced that her paintings are the key to a murder she somehow witnessed and the repressed, Harper and Levi seek the assistant of After Moonrise before someone else gets hurt. I really liked the After Moonrise link between the stories. The agency makes an appearance in each story and there are a few characters that appear in both stories. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in Possessed. It felt a little rushed and a bit too much like insta-love for my liking. The nature of their semi-love triangle was a little strange and I think had Possessed been longer (and the romance and partnerships been allowed to grow a little more) I would have enjoyed the situation more. Despite being a similar length, I much preferred the relationship in Haunted. Levi and Harper felt more natural in their pairing and I enjoyed witnessing their relationship grow. The mysteries in both stories were entertaining and delivered some twists that I wasn’t expecting. Overall I enjoyed both stories and consider them to be representative of the authors work. I’d definitely recommend this collaboration for fans of PC Cast and Gena Showalter.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shaheen

    I was sent this by the lovely people at Harlequin Australia, and I didn’t realise it had two stories in it until I started reading it (I don’t read blurbs – they ruin the story for me). They are both centred around After Midnight, a paranormal detective agency that helps people contact the dead, solve murders and bring peace to relatives. I seem to be in the minority in that I liked the first story, Possessed, more than the second, longer story, Haunted. In Possessed, Raef manages to have … relat I was sent this by the lovely people at Harlequin Australia, and I didn’t realise it had two stories in it until I started reading it (I don’t read blurbs – they ruin the story for me). They are both centred around After Midnight, a paranormal detective agency that helps people contact the dead, solve murders and bring peace to relatives. I seem to be in the minority in that I liked the first story, Possessed, more than the second, longer story, Haunted. In Possessed, Raef manages to have … relations … with a ghost, and it was pretty disturbing, especially when she inhabited her twin’s body to achieve this. Although, it was pretty clear where the story was going the first time Tracking positive emotions was mentioned. On the other hand, Haunted didn’t have the weird love scenes in it, but I was disappointed at how quickly Harper and Levi fell in love, although it was explained later on in the book. Oh, and in Haunted, the phrase ‘giant man-hands’ was used. Yeah. While both stories are essentially murder mysteries, I liked the one in Haunted more than the one in Possessed. Levi and Harper had to work hard to figure out the truth behind their blackouts and the strange things that happened around them. Possessed had a less compelling plot line, but the story was made interesting because of Raef and the powers he used to solve the case. It is very much a character driven story, while Haunted is plot driven, which probably explains why I liked Possessed a little better. I think After Midnight will be great for readers who want to try a little of Gena Showalter’s or P. C. Cast’s work without committing themselves to their long series’ of books. Although I didn’t enjoy Haunted enough to want to try P. C. Cast’s books, reading Possessed has made me realise I may like Gena Showalter’s adult books more than I did her YA novel, Alice in Zombieland. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic .

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Review- After Moonrise is a story written by P C Cast and Gena Showalter. After Moonrise contains two Novella length written stories. Possessed by P.C Cast and Haunted by Gena Showalter. Both stories were adult stories and I enjoyed them both. The two stories are entwined throughout and both with the protagonists in both stories connected. Possessed and haunted were an easy and interesting read. With the protagonists being in both stories I found the novella’s flowed at a steady pace. Haunted is a Review- After Moonrise is a story written by P C Cast and Gena Showalter. After Moonrise contains two Novella length written stories. Possessed by P.C Cast and Haunted by Gena Showalter. Both stories were adult stories and I enjoyed them both. The two stories are entwined throughout and both with the protagonists in both stories connected. Possessed and haunted were an easy and interesting read. With the protagonists being in both stories I found the novella’s flowed at a steady pace. Haunted is a little longer in length then possessed and I enjoyed this a bit more so. The storyline certainly piqued my interest and would love to have seen it a little longer. I enjoyed the characters much more so in this story. I have read both authors ya books, and must say this is certainly a good introduction in the adult side of their writing. Gena Showalter books I have read previously have enjoyed them all. Haunted by Gena Showalter I definitely loved this story more than the other one – I’m a romantic at heart and love a wonderful love story filled with a mixture of everything that is certainly unpredictable. Lots of twist and turns and so many possibly that will have you baffled lol. No spoilers ! Lol The writing was fluently written and I enjoyed the characters and storyline. Id rates this book 4 on its own. Possessed by P.C. Cast Possessed was a good short story. Id r ate this book a 3 1/2 rating. I liked it but didn't fall in love with the writing and the characters and twin thing I was a bit held back on. A good read and great intro into P C Casts writing. Overall rating for the book 3 ½ stars. .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    What it's about: After Moonrise contains two short stories - Possessed and Haunted. Possessed is about a psychic detective named Kent who sets out to find the killer of Lauren's twin sister Audrey. Audrey has the ability to appear as a ghost, but only Lauren and Kent can see her. Kent begins to have feelings for the sisters, and as the story delves deeper, it's a race to figure out how to save them both. Haunted is about a girl named Harper who believes she has witnessed a murder, but can only rem What it's about: After Moonrise contains two short stories - Possessed and Haunted. Possessed is about a psychic detective named Kent who sets out to find the killer of Lauren's twin sister Audrey. Audrey has the ability to appear as a ghost, but only Lauren and Kent can see her. Kent begins to have feelings for the sisters, and as the story delves deeper, it's a race to figure out how to save them both. Haunted is about a girl named Harper who believes she has witnessed a murder, but can only remember through dreams. She enlists the help of her new neighbour Levi to uncover the killer and the victim she could be seeing. What I thought: Possessed - Was fantastic and completely unexpected! Watching Kent struggle to find the killer, and fast, while dealing with his unexpected feelings for a dead girl, was absolutely fascinating! I felt what they felt, wanting desperately for him to find the killer and help the sisters. Although,(view spoiler)[ a weird sex scene with a dead girl, then one with the dead possessing her alive sister, creeped me out a touch. (hide spoiler)] Haunted - This story had me guessing until the very end! Nothing is what it seems, and nothing is what you expect! I fell in love with both Levi and Harper, and while I wanted him to catch the killer, I also couldn't help but just egg them on to get together. The fact that this story slightly entwined with Possessed was also fantastically well done! Two wonderful, while shocking and amazing, short stories from two amazing authors that you just can't miss! Rating: 4 Bookstacks

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