Moonlight – Lisa Kessler – 4 stars

July 14, 2013 Entangled Publishing, Read in 2013, Sent 2

Moonlight – Lisa Kessler – 4 starsMoonlight Published by Edge, Entangled Publishing on July 15, 2013
Pages: 331
Format: eBook
Source: the publisher
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Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf's biggest challenge is keeping his kin's true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.


Lana Turpin doesn't realize she's a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she's being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back--even though she's never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.


It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls...mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her...and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.


"A fabulous read. Lisa Kessler is an up and coming author to remember!"

Sherrilyn Kenyon #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Dark-Hunter Series

My Thoughts:

This was a very well done start to a new series that I hope continues for quite a few books.  I enjoyed the main pair but the questions surrounding Nero and exactly what Sebastian’s end game might be had me wanting more.

Lana hasn’t had the best of lives but recently when she thought it couldn’t get any worse she gets a huge wakeup call in the form of a hard-headed man.  She’s been tossed from foster home to foster home and since she hit 18 she’s been dealing with once monthly (at the new moon) memory lapses that have ended up with her having blood on her hands (squirrel) with no recollection of what she had been up to the night before.  This has made her doubt everything and yearn for some sense of family or belonging but due to being chased by some unknown people with tattoos on their arms of a lion’s head she just can’t rest or stay put for any amount of time.  She makes due with freelance writing jobs and a strong sense of self but craves companionship and love.  I liked how strong she is and how real it felt when she did struggle with her emerging feelings for our hero but also got frustrated with some of the stupid, reckless things she does to find out the truth.

Adam isn’t expecting to find his mate in the shape of a woman who happens to be a species his Pack would never accept.  When he meets Lana he is bowled over by her lack of knowledge about what she is and also by his primal reaction to her.  He knows this can never work but also knows that he cannot step aside and let her go.  He works with her to find out the truth about what she is and why the Nero group is hunting her but as he does so he realizes he will have to make a choice – stay with his Pack and let her go …. or stay with her and leave his Pack.  He’s got such a strong sense of self but when he finds his true partner he really struggles with what is the right thing to do.  I liked that nothing was easy for him but he still wanted to do the right thing even as it caused him pain.  He really is an honest man and to see him struggle with what was right for him versus what would work for the Pack he’s been groomed to rule was painful at times.  I felt for him as he had to work on his relationship with Lana while at the same time keeping something that should be a cause for rejoicing so quiet and hidden from his family and friends.  I appreciated that he realized how much keeping her a dirty secret hurt her on a fundamental level and even when he said some really horrible things to her I never lost faith in his realizing they weren’t warranted.

Both of the main pair have major issues to work through and while they both make mistakes they were understandable.  I especially enjoyed the side-characters and hope you will as well.  I know I can’t wait to see more of this series and will be keeping a close eye out for more.

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  You may also want to check the Launch Day post on July 15th for a chance to win some fun prizes care of Entangled Publishing by clicking here.


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