Thursday, February 02, 2017

Wolf Moon (#7 Moon) by Lisa Kessler

Author                        Lisa Kessler 
Publication Date       6 February 2017 
Genre                          Adult Paranormal Romance 

As the last Pack member without a mate, Luke Reynolds has become an outsider. When he takes a job as the head horse trainer Sedona, Arizona, he’s looking forward to starting a new life. But everything changes the night he finds beautiful woman stranded on the side of the highway.

Raven Wood has been bitten and turned against her will. Luckily, her spirit is stronger than most, and she has every intention of escaping the Sedona Pack. Somehow. The sexy lone wolf who rescues her might be just the answer she’s looking for.

But the Sedona Pack Alpha has a mission, and unless Luke and Raven can stop him, they’ll lose everything.

Although this is part of a series, Wolf Moon can be read as a standalone. 

Luke is the youngest and the last unmated werewolf in his pack. He hasn't found his fated mate as yet and it's not for lack of trying. He decides to broaden his horizon by moving to Sedona as a head horse trainer. He is very good at what he does and working outdoors suits him just fine. 

Raven is a barmaid. She has been turned into a werewolf against her will. After going through a tough childhood, this has only added more grief to her life. She feels trapped. 

Raven is trying to get out of town to seek help from another pack when her car breaks down. She can't use her phone to call for help as she is afraid of Caldwell, her evil alpha. When Luke spots her, he is only too willing to go to the rescue of a "damsel in distress". She is very reluctant to accept his help as life has left her with little or no trust in anyone but her sister, Isabelle. 

Luke convinces her that he is the good guy and when she learns of his origin, she starts to tell him about the atrocities going on in her pack. Luke is disgusted with what he hears and educates her on the true meaning of pack life. She is surprised as she doesn't know any better. Then again her alpha has turned into a "mob boss" who uses fear and violence for obedience. He has this delusion which is dangerous to shifters and humans alike. Luke swears to Raven that he will save her and her sister. He is even more determined when he discovers that she is his fated mate. He is not about to lose her after waiting for so long. Raven is now aware of the true meaning of a mate. They have to find a way to stop all this madness but the more they uncover, the worse it gets. Their plan doesn't work out the way that they intended and they find themselves in mortal danger. Can they find a way to stop Caldwell and start the life they are meant to have? 

This novel is very well balanced with the right amount of romance, suspense,drama and all the other ingredients for a paranormal novel. The plot is solid and the characters are very well developed. Luke and Raven are lovable and loving lead characters. Logan's presence makes it even more enjoyable. The bond between Raven and her sister feels genuine. I quite like Vance and find him rather intriguing. I hope we get to read his story. It would also be nice to see if Isabelle finds what she is looking for. I really enjoyed reading this delectable story and recommend to lovers of the paranormal. 

I was kindly issued with an advanced ecopy from the publisher via NetGalley. The views expressed are my personal opinion.

Wow! Goodreads just asked me for my city of birth and date of death... What if I could answer that? Would I live life differently if I knew for sure how much longer I had left?

Interesting thought.

That's generally how my writer brain works. I've been dreaming up stories since I was in elementary school. My first book was titled "The Wonders of Unicorn Creek" and my publisher was Dehesa elementary school.

Since then, I've published numerous short stories in anthologies and magazines. My story, "Immortal Beloved" was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award and was recently re-released in the "Dead Souls" anthology, along with a follow-up never-before-published story, "Subito Piano".

My debut novel, Night Walker, was released in 2012 and won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-SciFi-Horror. Night Walker also won the Romance Through the Ages in the Best Paranormal and Best First Book categories.

Since then, Night Thief and Night Demon have been released. The final book, Night Child will be released in March of 2014.

In the meantime,I have a new series beginning in July 2013 with Moonlight, Book 1 in the Moon Series.