Book Review: Crescent Vendetta by Desiree Scott

I don’t often get a chance to read paranormal shifter romance, but I like paranormal stories, I like shifter stories, and I like romance, so I’m usually pleased with the result. Desiree Scott’s Crescent Vendetta was one such example.

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book follows Vanessa and Travis as they escape from an underground fighting ring meant for shifters. Travis is the leader of his own pack and Vanessa is an outsider. But in the aftermath of their trials, he takes her in. Only, no one quite expected that things might get more dangerous.

I actually really enjoyed this plot for a reason I hadn’t anticipated but am thoroughly pleased with: the author does not treat the reader like an idiot. Sometimes in worlds that are almost, but not quite like our own (e.g. urban fantasy or paranormal stories) the author takes if upon themselves to explain every nuance of this not quite our reality. That can be helpful in situations where the magic system is incredibly complex, such as one might find in epic fantasy, but it’s rarely necessary in urban or paranormal fiction. This author does not do this and I really appreciate that.

Otherwise, the plot is fairly standard for this sort of story. Difficult situation leads to hero rescuing/helping heroine, which leads to sparks/feelings but also causes danger, onwards into bits that involve spoilers. A straightforward plot, but one I enjoyed.

2. Thoughts on the characters

I almost felt like I was supposed to have met these characters before. I think that might be because there is another series by this author featuring other characters mentioned in the book, but I’m not entirely sure. Either way, I think it works out well enough. The characters are interesting and fun, though there isn’t a massive amount of depth in the backstory or development area. For a book like this, though it’s not necessary.

3. Favourite part

The fact that our hero gives our heroine agency. I am super frustrated by how few books of any genre do this and I really appreciate it when it does happen.

4. Critique

My only real critique for this book is that the relationship moved a little quickly, almost creating feelings spontaneously from a few interactions. Realistically, I know time has passed for the characters, but I wouldn’t mind a few more on-screen interactions.

Overall, I would say that Crescent Vendetta is a very good paranormal shifter romance with an entertaining plot and characters to root for. Note: this book does contain darker themes such as sexual assault and potential abortion.