Jenni Moen lives in her hometown in Oklahoma with her husband and three, crazy exuberant kids that have the potential to burn down the house at any moment. When she's not chauffeuring kids, performing her mom duties as a short order cook, or vacuuming for her fastidious husband, she hammers away at her keyboard at her big girl job as a patent attorney. While vodka and excercise have provided some relief from the daily grind, it is reading ... and now writing ... that are her true escapes.
Dearborn (Woodland Creek)by Jenni Moen
Woodland Creek Series.
30 Authors. 30 Shifter Stories.
I feel his emotions in living color. As if they are my own.
If he’s angry, I rage with him. If he’s grieving, I do too. When he thinks about the past, I’m right there, walking beside him. I am the window to his soul, and yet,/p>/p>
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Woodland Creek Series.
30 Authors. 30 Shifter Stories.
I feel his emotions in living color. As if they are my own.
If he’s angry, I rage with him. If he’s grieving, I do too. When he thinks about the past, I’m right there, walking beside him. I am the window to his soul, and yet, in spite of that, he’s a riddle with no solution.
A puzzle with too many missing pieces.
We always want what we can’t have. All I wanted was some peace and quiet. To fall in love with someone untouched by the magic of Woodland Creek. I craved normalcy.
But not as much as I craved him.
When he returns to town a broken hero, there’s no choice to be made. I will reach him when no one else can. Together, we will face a future he doesn’t want.
Why? Because our love is pure magic.
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. As a fan of Jenni Moen’s writing, I was quite intrigued when I found out she was writing a paranormal romance. More specifically, a shifter romance. I tend to be picky about the PNR I read. This was my first shifter type romance and I am glad to say it won’t be my last. This author does not disappoint. This story truly shows the versatility in her writing. “It was almost as if there was a direct line between her soul and mine. Some thread tethered our hearts and gave access to her thoughts.” Quinn Dearborn returns to Woodland Creek as a broken man. He doesn’t feel like the town’s hero he once was. War changes things. War certainly changed him. A shadow of his former self, Quinn does not venture out much. On the one occasion that his friends coerced him into a public setting, he comes into contact with Willow Ryker. The girl who once saved him. But this time she is no longer the girl from high school. Willow is now the most beautiful woman. Strong, steadfast, and determined. The complete opposite of Quinn. As Quinn feels like fleeing town, there is something holding him there. “I’m in like with you, Willow Ryker.” Quinn is drawn to Willow. On a deep level that cannot simply be put into words. Circumstances allow them to work together in Willow's home. And the chemistry is not lost on either of them. Over time, there are stolen glances that only the heart understands. Willow is a special kind. She feels what others feel. And with Quinn, her abilities are even more so exemplified. She not only feels his emotions. She SEES them. His soul is shattered and it takes a toll on Willow as how can she be so drawn to a man that brings her pain? Nevertheless, she still craves his presence. His touch. She wants to understand everything that makes him the man he is today. “I want to know what makes your heart ache, Quinn. I want you to tell me about every bruise and crack. I want you to name your demons so I can be beside you when you slay them. I want to be you therapy, Quinn.” The love between Quinn and Willow is simply magic. All consuming, fierce, their love is unlike anything you have ever read. They are connected on a level that you will not find in many stories. Their love is strong, resilient. Unyielding. Quinn loved Willow through all the demons he battled. Willow loved him through the pain and his past. Despite what they were up against, their love always endured. “Were the broken pieces of my soul cutting her too?” The writing in this novel was captivating. I truly enjoyed the way the author allowed the story to unfold. Rather than tell you the story, the author’s characters simply pull you in. While slow building, it allows the reader to truly immerse themselves in the story as everything comes to light and is revealed. I felt the emotions. I was gripped by the mysteriousness that surrounded the story and the characters. The author definitely demonstrates how she can write just about anything. “To him the scars were probably merely another reminder of the war he’d fought and the battles he’d lost, but to me, they epitomized all of his best qualities. Brave, resilient, and strong.” Dearborn is true contemporary romance with a paranormal twist. I think the author brilliantly balanced the two. Neither the romance or the paranormal activity overshadowed the other. This magical book was a love story that reminds us that the soul never leaves the one it is tethered to.
Such a fun read. I really enjoyed this light paranormal. I may have wanted a bit more of that int he book. As broken as Quinn was he was easy to fall for. And Willow is determined, and working through her own issues. The side characters were fun to read. Great book, I'll have to read more by Jenni
5 Shifting Stars I was given this book for my honest review. “I’d rather face my demons than leave you. I don’t even know what they are, but I’d rather face them than not have you in my life. I think a part of me always knew, if I came back to Woodland Creek, it would come down to this.” Quinn Quinn-hot and damaged Willow-pretty and in tuned Happiness isn’t about the destination it is about the journey. As these words hold so much significance in this amazing read you will read that Quinn has demons that live with him which can be tamed with the right touch of one. Willow with the softness of heart holds more to power in heart than she so richly knows. Coming to understand that heart over power is the best and worst of her. Taming that power with her heart is a task that the power of two as one combined. To the author: This is the first book that I have read of this nature and it became evident that a normal review for me could not be written. Your readers will go through many emotions within this read that will have ones heart stopping in all the right places. Gasping for air in the most unusual but in the end will find the solitude that one deserves. The love of not one but of many can be a powerful thing but with the support of all it can become overwhelming so for this I say. Major Kudos To the readers: Sit back and enjoy Happy Reading
Absolutely LOVED this story.... I received an ARC of "Dearborn" from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Oh my goodness, "Dearborn" is the first book I've read by Jenni Moen, not knowing what I was in for I started this book, I was soon drawn into the story. "Dearborn" is Jenni's installment for the "Woodland Creek" collection, a collaboration of 30 authors all writing about 1 little town in Indiana USA, I was intrigued with the concept behind this collection. Just the title intrigued me, then I read the prologue, DAMN I was instantly HOOKED! There was so much going on in this story, flashbacks, magic, shifters, hurt, secrets, twists & turns, keeping you wondering just what is going to happen. There were scenes where the rainbow was so intense, it lept off the page/screne & had you feeling what ever the characters felt too. I LOVED it & wish it was longer, I want to read some more from Jenni Moen, also I can't wait to read what the others have written for the "Woodland Creek" collection.
I think Jenni Moen nailed it with her spin on shifter/parnanormal romance. Dearborn blends reality with a truly magical place beautifully through solid characters and fabulous storytelling. There's a place called Woodland Creek that holds more secrets than the average small town. Some people who live there are different. Willow Ryker is more different than most, feeling and seeing emotions unlike anyone else. And even though she loves everything different about her life and her town, she's craved something normal since she was a teenager. Something normal was really a someone: Woodland Creek's football star Quinn Dearborn. But it's not until years later that they wind up connecting in an unexpected way. She feels the turmoil surrounding him, knows the pain of coming home from war, the sorrow of losing the life he's led for so long. "We were a match made in heaven or hell, but I wanted him regardless." Quinn's life is no longer his own. He struggles with returning to his hometown, with living. When he runs into Willow Ryker again, a spark of who he used to be appears, someone who hasn't been around for a long time. It's her kindness and beauty that make him stay, the reason he chooses to find himself again and possibly discover who he was meant to be all along. "It was all because of her. Everything I was and everything I would become was because of her." I really don't want to say more because I don't want to give anything away. I was caught up in Willow and Quinn's world and didn't want to leave. It's emotional, mystical, and I just loved everything about it.
This book was utterly fantastic. But before I gush about Dearborn, I need to point out that I do not consider myself a PNR fan by any stretch of the imagination. I tend to avoid these stories for the most part but once in awhile, a beloved author of mine will put one out and I take that plunge. This is what happened with Dearborn. And once again, I am so happy that I didn't say no to an advanced copy but took the chance and came out a believe once more. What I found most endearing about this book is that beneath all the magic and supernatural occurrences, that this was first and foremost a love story. Willow and Quinn. Two people who haven't seen each other in 15 years, who remember each other from high school but know literally nothing about the other. Quinn is back in the small town of Woodland Creek after serving time in Afghanistan and no one seems to be able to get through to him, not even his closest friends. A chance meeting in Willow's diner sets their story in motion and soon each of their worlds will never be the same. The gift that Willow has in sensing and seeing color surrounding those in front of her is beautifully described by the author. She'll actually get nauseous if someone is upset or angry or is simply having a tough time. With Quinn, this happens often since he feels so out of sorts. Watching as Willow takes the time to figure out not only what must have happened to him during wartime but why his behavior can be so erratic, had me in knots right along with her. Her power to physically feel the moods of others is meticulously recounted and you're just as anxious to set things right. I loved her dedication and selflessness when it came to now only her magical town but those she holds near. Her best friend Ryan has his own talent for reading other's minds and his comic timing was a welcome relief more times than I could count. Quinn is a complicated character but you get to see the true transformation of a man who was denied his past and his legacy. It's through his blossoming love of Willow that his true sense of worth is finally realized. Together with other key figures in Willow's life, Quinn's future is put on the right course and he comprehends fully that he belongs by her side. I found myself learning all about a genre foreign to me but fascinated just the same. There are incredible scenes concerning 'shifting' that had me completely riveted. Once I realized that love can be found in this genre just like everywhere else, I was more than happy to enter the secretive world of Woodland Creek. This book is a wonderful journey into a magical place that I am pleased to have been able to discover. I encourage those of you who didn't 'do PNR' like I did, to give this one a chance. It is well worth your time. I promise it will put a smile on your face. A solid 5 stars!