Paranormal Romance, Werewolves, Werecats
Ebook $3.63 (340 pages, ENTANGLED EDGE)
Sasha's future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.
When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.
Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.
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My new favorite couple! (5 stars)
With the blurb doing such a great job of laying out the basics of HUNTER'S MOON let me skip resummarizing it and jump into why I loved it.
Kessler has quickly become an "auto-buy" author for me. Not only does she have an exceptional talent for taking paranormal romance staples and giving them great new elements that rock, she has an amazing gift for voice. I don't care for first-person alternating perspectives much, and especially not in romances, but she managed to really make it work. I'd dare go so far as to say that I felt much more invested in Aren and Sasha's relationship getting their story right from them. If you tend to read both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Kessler is an author you should be paying attention to.
Action-packed and intense, HUNTER'S MOON delivers everything I love in a good read. As a fated-mates hater I love that while the werewolves find their one mate, jaguars don't in this series. It adds an excellent drama that makes Aren and Sasha's feelings for one another so much more enjoyable. I love that they even talk about whether his feelings would be the same if he wasn't forced to love her by his animal instincts. Meanwhile, the villainous figure after Sasha and her sister keeps them from getting too comfortable.
If you enjoyed MOONLIGHT you're going to dig the new information on Nero and even some new stuff about the Sloan family. By the time the central action ends the world has opened and twisted and will leave you anxious for the next book. The romance itself ties up in a fashion I found pretty amusing (and those of you who have some knowledge of Kessler's interests will love it) and sweet in a theatrical kind of way.
Sasha and Aren are one of my favorite romance couplings to date, the only problem I found with the story was the hang up she had that prolonged the inevitable HEA. I just wanted to give Sasha a nudge in the side with my elbow and say, "come on... seriously?". Once she gets her head on straight though it makes for an excellent ending.
If you love shifter romances and heroines who don't really need rescuing, just a partner to have their back you simply must read HUNTER'S MOON.
Notes: ARC received via publisher.