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Killing Moon  - Rebecca York Ross Marshall, a PI, has a rather unusual way of uncovering proof. His acute sense of smell and the ability to infiltrate the suspect’s territory by transforming…Into a wolf. Yep, Ross is a werewolf thanks to one of his ancestors asking the gods for greater power. Yippee.But his luck seems to be running out, since a serial killer shoots him in his wolf form, he nearly dies of the infection, and in the healing process finds his mate. He should be lucky he’s alive and has his woman, right? Wrong. Witnessing his father’s poor treatment of his mother during his childhood has made Ross weary of the werewolf’s possessiveness, treating women as mere breeding ground for the werewolf genes. So, that’s a big no-no to the mating thing.Pity he can’t seem to want to stop touching her or be in her presence, but that “curse” might end soon, since the serial killer he’s been hunting is now hunting him. And he won’t stop, using any means necessary to punish Ross for trespassing on his turf.Those who read my reviews may know I have a bit of a problem when it comes to swerving from the PNR lore (be it vampires or werewolves). Some authors make it work, giving the creatures of the night a new and fresh twist, creating a plausible and interesting universe…Some just make a muck out of it all. This book is firmly in the latter category.A druid spell to transform? What happened to the full moon and being bitten to become a wolfie? It sounds a bit too far-fetched and too entrenched in magic for my taste. Also, because Ms. York had had to stretch the whole thing to accommodate the wolf’s inability to utter the spell to transform back into the man, so it was okay for him to think it. Fascinating.The second problem was the hero’s adamant refusal to “mate”. I’m all for conflict and for a bit of suffering when the male has to adjust his entire point of view to be able to “coexist” with his woman. But the issues from Ross’s childhood drove him away from his mate and made him distance himself from everybody. I found those issues a tad too dark and complex to fit in a “normal” PNR, creating too much angst and too much conflict.What’s interesting about this book is the fact it could’ve worked better as a straightforward thriller. The serial killer angle was interesting and chilling, resulting in the paranormal elements being somewhat redundant and reducing what could be otherwise a good and intriguing work of fiction into a semblance of parody. There were just too many elements combined, clogging the plot and severely reducing the possible enjoyment factor.