To truly have her, he must free her from her dark secret....
Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.
When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?
About the Author
Katie Reus is the New York Times bestselling author of the Moon Shifter paranormal romance series including Mating Instinct, Primal Possession, and Alpha Instinct, and the Moon Shifter novella, Lover's Instinct, and the author of Targeted, in the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she’d pilfered from her mom’s stash. After changing majors too many times to count, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. She currently lives near Biloxi, Mississippi, with her family. When she’s not creating stories, she can usually be found spending time with her family or one of the many animals they’ve adopted over the years.
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Erin Flynn shot the tall male shifter next to her a quick glance as yet another female they passed on the street gave him an assessing, purely sexual look. Since they’d arrived in New Orleans an hour ago it had been the same reaction from practically every woman they’d come across. A few men too. Not that she blamed any of them, even if she did have a sudden urge to claw their eyes out.
Simply put, Noah Campbell was smoking hot. Tall, broad shoulders, sharp cheekbones, inky black hair a woman could easily imagine running her fingers through, and perfect olive coloring that showed off his Greek heritage on his mother’s side. Didn’t matter that it was an icy January day, he looked like he’d just stepped off a Mediterranean beach, all toned and tan. He definitely evoked thoughts of sex, sin, and sultry summer nights.
They passed a woman dressed in jeans that might as well have been painted on, a bright red coat belted around her tiny waist and five-inch knee-high boots. When she practically undressed Noah with her eyes, Erin frowned at her friend. “Are you being intentionally oblivious?” No way could he have missed how people were looking at him.
Noah’s guarded dark eyes flicked her way once before he continued scanning the nearly deserted cobblestone streets. They’d parked outside the long and narrow shotgun-style house they were staying in with another shifter and fae warrior, both of whom had decided to hang back while she and Noah scoped out the city. And the tension hadn’t left his body since the moment they’d stepped out of that pastel blue and pink house with peeling yellow shutters.
“Not oblivious, just not interested.” A curt answer so typical of him when he was annoyed or stressed. Right now she thought he might be a bit of both. He didn’t look at her again, but she could practically feel the heat of his dark eyes searing her. Knew what she’d see if he looked her way again. Lust and need.
Some days she wished he’d find a woman. A sweet beta female who would be perfect for him. It would slice up her insides to know that someone else would be touching what she considered hers, waking up every morning next to him . . . but at least he’d be happy. Maybe she’d finally be able to move on from this constant state of wanting him but knowing she could never have him.
God, she was so fucked up.
Instinctively she patted the front of her thick coat, needing to feel the two short blades strapped to her chest beneath it. She didn’t go anywhere without them. Even slept with one under her pillow. “Did you finally call your father?” she asked.
Resisting the urge to growl at him, she shoved her hands in her jacket pockets.
As the newest enforcer-in-training for the North American Council of lupine shifters, Erin was on her first mission by herself. Technically she wasn’t in training anymore but she still thought of herself that way. Her mentor, Jayce, had told her that she was ready to go out on her own investigation so here she was. He’d sent Noah along, but it wasn’t so Noah could look out for her—that would have pissed her off. New Orleans was Noah’s father’s territory and the situation right now had the potential to be volatile.
Noah’s father shared the city with vamps, feline shifters, and fae, and she was pretty sure a few demons made their home here too. The old city just appealed to them. New Orleans was the one place in the United States paranormal beings had agreed to share. It was either that or endure a bloodbath fighting over it.
Not worth it when they were practically under a microscope by the humans they’d revealed themselves to two decades ago. Erin still thought that was a stupid decision on the Council’s part but it was over and done with. Not much anyone could do about it now.
The one thing she’d asked Noah to do was make contact with his father before they’d arrived. It irked her that he hadn’t, but in the past year and some odd months since she’d been friends with Noah, he hadn’t said more than a handful of sentences about the powerful Alpha and she hadn’t pushed. She didn’t like talking about her past so she understood his need for privacy. Still, his father was Alpha of this territory and deserved the respect of a freaking phone call.
“Damn it, Noah,” she muttered, but didn’t continue as they rounded another street corner. The difference from the quiet one they’d just come from was vivid.
A variety of scents and noises accosted them. Tobacco, liquor, a mix of cheap and expensive perfumes, raw sex, and some kind of spicy food tickled her nose. Sometimes she cursed her extrasensory abilities. A few bars blasted music, but a steady, low-key stream of tunes flowed out from the Full Moon Bar as they neared it.
Even if she hadn’t scented all the paranormal beings inside, the lower level of music was the first giveaway that the place catered to people like her. Paranormal beings had extrasensory everything, something humans seemed to usually forget. And something she was thankful for because it had the potential to make her job as enforcer easier.
“I talked to my mom earlier and she told me my father would be here tonight,” Noah said quietly.
Erin knew Noah talked to his mother practically every week, but hadn’t spoken to his father in years. She might not know everything about his family dynamics, but she knew enough. And this had disaster written all over it. She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket, ready to dial the number of Angus Campbell she’d received from Jayce before she and Noah had left North Carolina.
She should have just taken care of this herself but she’d wanted to let Noah do it. Even if she was on Council business she was still entering another Alpha’s territory and he deserved a heads-up. Noah knew the protocol well. No doubt he was just showing up unannounced to piss his old man off. Not the way she wanted to start this investigation.
Scrolling to the number as they crossed the street, her head snapped up at a crashing sound. A giant female jaguar tumbled out of the bar they were on their way to, her fangs and claws extended. Definitely a shifter. The animal let out a loud snarl then rushed back in through a splintered blue door.
Erin’s eyes widened as a shot of adrenaline punched through her.
“Shit,” Noah muttered, moving into action.
Unzipping her jacket as she ran, she unsheathed her short blades from their protective casings. They weren’t quite two feet long, pure silver, and her best defense in close combat. Which was the type of fighting she preferred.
She respected the hell out of snipers, but this was her game. As a shifter she was unique because she preferred to fight in her human form. Just like the other enforcers across the globe. It wasn’t because she was stronger in human form—though she was strong and fast—it was because once she let her beast out, it was difficult to rein her wolf back in. For Erin, keeping the balance between her animal and human side was a bitch.
After the long drive cooped up in a car with Noah and too much sexual frustration—that she’d been battling for months—she needed to let off some steam and this was the way to do it.
To her annoyance Noah rushed into the dimly lit bar first, but she was right behind him. The gorgeous black jaguar with a faint orange background and dark spots was rolling around on the floor with a male vampire. They were slicing each other to ribbons, though Erin knew the big cat was holding back. Jaguars—regular or shifter—had powerful jaws and this one wasn’t biting.
There were about two dozen people there, but no one was intervening. What the hell?
A few humans, a handful of tall ethereal-looking fae, vampires, and lupine and feline shifters in human form all lounged around the bar staring at the two in open amusement. How was this remotely funny?
Screw that. “I’m taking the male down. Stay out of it,” she murmured to Noah, hoping he’d listen. Sometimes he was overprotective of her and she had no problem taking care of herself.
Without waiting for a response, she jumped into the fray. She was young for a shifter, but incredibly quick and knew one day—if she lived long enough—she’d have a better grasp on the strange power she could feel growing inside her every day.
Lightning fast, she sliced at the feline’s shoulder, earning a surprised cry. The big cat immediately jumped off the vamp and backed away.
The vamp lunged at Erin and even though she could sense the power rippling off him in waves, she dodged to the side and sliced her blade across his chest as he sailed past her. Blood spurted everywhere but it wasn’t even close to a killing blow. The sweet scent that filled the air was different from the normal coppery scent of human and shifter blood.
The dark-skinned vamp turned, a look of surprise on his face. She didn’t know if it was because of her speed, her sex, or her apparent youth. She also didn’t care. His fangs flashed, claws unsheathed as those hostile dark eyes narrowed at her. She heard Noah growl behind her.
“I’ve got this, Noah!” They’d fought side by side before and while he might hate her fighting, he better at least respect her enough to handle herself.
Out of the corner of her eye she realized the feline shifter was crouching, ready to pounce—on her!
What the hell is going on? She’d been trying to help the shifter out. Before Erin could move to defend herself an eerie growl and the sound of bones breaking ripped through the slight murmur of voices and low music. A flash of dark fur she recognized as Noah flew through the air at the cat.
Annoyed he’d intervened, but having no doubt he could take care of himself, she didn’t lose her momentum as she raced at the vamp. Right now all she cared about was subduing this guy as fast as possible. She didn’t have time to sing and dance with him. That meant going on the offensive.
Using a barstool as leverage, she jumped on it, then a table before hurtling through the air. Raising a blade with her right hand, she brought it down as if to stab him through the chest. Calculating his attempt to swivel away to the left, she swept up with her left hand, slicing him through the gut.
It wouldn’t kill him, but silver burned vamps and shifters something fierce. His skin sizzled as he cried out under her blow. She didn’t stop there. As he instinctively attempted to grapple with the blade, she brought the other one down on his forearm, pinning him to the floor.
Blood pooled everywhere, creating a dark river around them. The sickly sweet scent wafted up. “I’m not going to kill you if you stop struggling,” she bit out, flashing her canines in a show of aggression.
Immediately the vampire went limp, but the rage in his eyes didn’t diminish. “What the hell is wrong with you?” He wheezed out the words.
Before she could respond she heard a feminine cry behind her. “Don’t hurt him! He’s my mate!”
Instead of turning around, she quickly glanced at one of the mirrors in front of her displaying a full blue moon and advertising a new beer. In the reflection she saw a naked woman likely of South American descent being restrained by a very naked Noah, since his clothes had shredded during his change. Something sharp and deadly rose up inside Erin at seeing him tangled together with a female, but she forced it back down and focused on the crazy situation in front of her. She narrowed her gaze at the vamp still shooting her daggers with his eyes. “That’s your mate?”
He nodded, his lips pulled into a thin line. “We were just having a bit of an argument. Nothing serious.”
It had looked pretty damn serious to her. That’s when she scented the feline on him. No, not just on him, but practically in him, living under his skin. Yeah, no doubt they were mated. Sure had a weird way of acting like it. Glancing around, Erin noted that everyone had given her and Noah a wide berth and had congregated at the back of the bar.
“Attack me or him”—she tilted her head in Noah’s direction without taking her gaze off the vamp—“and I’ll cut off your head.” Without waiting for his response, she withdrew her blades and put a good ten feet between them in a split second. The instant she’d cleared the vamp, Noah let the female go. Erin didn’t sheath her weapons though. She wasn’t worried about herself, but the thought of anyone hurting Noah . . . it brought out something dark inside her. Some days she hated that feeling because he wasn’t hers. It was like this constant battle waging inside her.
Ignoring everyone and uncaring about her nudity, the feline knelt by the vamp, cupping his cheek and stroking a hand down his chest. Blood pooled around him but he was already practically healed. “Are you hurt, baby?”
“For the love of . . .” Erin turned toward Noah and using strength she didn’t realize she had, kept her eyes way above his belt line and steady on his face. “What the hell kind of place is this?”
Before he could answer, a booming male voice silenced the room. Even the music shut off. “Martina, Razi, get the hell out of here and don’t show your faces on this street for a month.”
The vamp and feline—still freaking naked—practically ran from the bar, bleeding all over the place and cursing a blue streak. But not before shooting Erin a murderous glare.
Once they were gone her attention was drawn to the back of the bar where a big male who looked like an older version of Noah, minus the dark hair, was walking through the sudden gap between the onlookers. Definitely Noah’s father. Beside her, Noah tensed. It was subtle, something she noticed only because she knew him so well.
And you’d like to know him a whole lot better, wouldn’t you?
The big lupine strode right toward them, stopping only a foot away after he’d given them both assessing looks. “You’ll have to excuse Martina and Razi—that’s just foreplay to them.”
“They were fighting like animals,” she said, though she had no reason to defend her actions.
“We are animals.” His dark eyes looked so much like Noah’s it rattled her, but she didn’t let it show.
Instead Erin shrugged. “I take it you’re Angus Campbell.”
“And you are Erin Flynn, newest enforcer in North America. Jayce called to let me know you would be here soon, though I expected a call from you.” His head swiveled to Noah and his dark eyes turned hard.
They were the same height so the two men just glared at each other. She could practically see the flood of testosterone rolling off them. Despite the differences in their appearances, because Noah had certainly been blessed with his mother’s features too, the tall broad-shouldered Scottish shifter was obviously Noah’s father. It was stamped in the harsh, defined facial features.
Angus looked to be about forty by human standards but Erin knew he was at least three hundred. Very old for a shifter and very powerful. He’d have to be to control New Orleans for as long as he had, which had been since the Jazz Age. Almost a century ago and long before most humans had known of the existence of paranormal beings.
Clearing her throat and drawing the big shifter’s attention back to her, she took a subtle step forward placing herself in between father and son. One of Noah’s hands settled on her shoulder in a way she knew he meant to be proprietary, something his father didn’t miss. The feel of Noah touching her like that should have annoyed her. Instead, it soothed her inner wolf in a way she decided to ignore. Angus’s eyes flicked to Noah’s hand, then back to her face so quickly she would have missed the speculative look if she hadn’t been watching him closely. Let the old Alpha make of it what he wanted.
When it was clear Noah didn’t plan to respond to his father’s statement, Erin continued. “We need to talk about what’s going on. Unless you approve of what’s happening in your city.” It wasn’t a question because no one in their right mind would want things to continue the way they were in New Orleans. But she wanted to gauge his reaction.
Those dark eyes flashed with raw anger and for a moment she saw the wolf lurking beneath the man’s surface. “Six pregnant female shifters missing . . .” His jaw clenched once and she could feel his power radiating for an instant. There was a reason he was an Alpha. “Whoever is responsible will pay.” As he spoke, she heard the animal, not the human talking to her.
And he was right. Someone would pay. But not by his hand. It would be by an enforcer. Her.
Erin’s eyes narrowed. When she got her hands on the culprit or culprits, they’d be judged. And they’d sure as hell suffer for their crimes. Preying on a pregnant female, regardless of species, was the lowest of the low. All the women had been taken while alone. Two from their homes, one from a park, one right outside her real estate office, one from a grocery store parking lot, and one from a restaurant while her mate was in the vicinity. The two homes had been disturbed, but no serious damage. And the others taken had left behind purses and keys at their abduction sites. It was the only reason anyone had any idea exactly where they’d been kidnapped from.
Meli was the last shifter who had been taken and she was the only one linked directly to Angus’s pack. The only lupine. It was the main reason the Council had sent her here. Angus was a powerful Alpha. The other five missing shifters were all feline with no pack or political pull. Erin had memorized their basic information and seen photographs of each woman.
The feline grabbed right before Meli was so young. Her name was Ciara. At twenty-five years old, newly mated for a scant six months, she was two months pregnant and the only redhead in the bunch. Her appearance didn’t matter to Erin but when she’d looked at the girl’s picture it had jarred her straight to her bones.
Something heavy settled on Erin’s chest. Hurting a woman in that state when she was weaker, defenseless . . . it was just so wrong on every level. The heaviness seemed to grow inside her, pressing down until it was hard to breathe. The women must have been so terrified.
Noah had been silent, but his hand flexed once on her shoulder and she didn’t miss the soft growl he let out. He wanted blood as much as she did. The feel of his fingers clenching around her pulled her from her thoughts and back to reality.
She was going to hunt whoever was behind this like the monsters they were. But first she had to figure out who was responsible for the disappearances and why. She just hoped Noah let her handle this investigation her way.
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NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 REVIEW: Erin is on her first solo mission, not completely solo Noah has been set with her, to find out why pregnant shifters are disappearing. Erin’s first step is to meet with the Alpha of the area, who just happens to be Noah’s father. This mission has lots of twists and turns and will become very difficult for Erin. Having Noah by her side will both help and hinder her at the same time. Another great story in the Moon Shifter series. Loved reading about Noah & Erin. I loved how patient Noah is with Erin. It was heart breaking to learn more about Erin’s past. But these two make an awesome team and I can’t wait to see glimpse of them in future books. I would have like to jump into parts of Noah’s past a little more. But maybe this will come out in a future book. I am sure that Noah & Erin’s story is far from over. I did enjoy reading about Brianna and Angelo and hope that we get to see more of them in the future too. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
My new favorite book in the series. Ms. Reus has built a rich world full of interesting covers. From the very beginning Erin intrigued me and I waited and waited for her story so I was excited to see that I was finally getting it with Avenger’s Heat. Noah is a seriously awesome alpha wolf shifter, he is everything a woman could want, a partner who both protects and supports. Erin is a pretty amazing heroine, she’s strong, and a warrior but still has a vulnerable side. Their banter and tension when together was my favorite part. I really enjoyed reconnecting with other characters and as always Ms. Reus does a great job writing interesting secondary characters. Erin has some insecurities because of the abuse in her past and doesn’t feel like she’s a proper mate for Noah, and I think that’s a very real emotion and I enjoyed seeing it. Ms. Reus proves that whether it be hot contemporary or steamy paranormal she can write diverse and rich worlds with full three-dimensional characters that are easy to relate to. I highly recommend this book and this series! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review.
Avenger’s Heat is the fourth book in the Moon Shifter Series by Katie Reus. It can be read as a stand -alone book but there are some references to things that have happened in prior books. This book has been my favorite so far in this series. The chemistry between Noah and Erin is great. Erin an Enforcer for the Wolf Council is sent to New Orleans, on her first assignment, to investigate and put a stop to the abduction of pregnant shifters. Noah, a warrior is sent with her to assist in her investigation and smoother the way as his father is the Alpha of the lupine pack in New Orleans. Noah knows that Erin is mate, however Erin has been fighting her attraction to Noah, as she feels she is damaged and he deserves and “softer” and “gentler” mate than her. As they delve into the shifter disappearances Erin must face her past head on. With some vampires and fae thrown into the mix (both good and bad) it makes for an all-around great paranormal read. I cannot wait for more of this series. I was provided with an ARC of this book for an honest review.
To truly have her, he must free her from her dark secret… Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past. When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long? Review: What a great book and series, a must read for all lovers of shifters and the supernatural world. In this installment of the series, we finally get the answer to of will they or won't they where Erin and Noah are concerned. This couple has been fighting their attraction tooth and nail since the beginning of this series. More fighting on Erin's part because of her terrible past, which we finally learn about in this story. I will try to be vague so as not spoil it for others. But I wanted to hurt those SOB's for what they did to Erin and now what they are doing to pregnant shifters. I love emotion of the story between Erin dealing with her past and the pain of what is happening to the kidnapped shifters, it really added to my connection with the story. And I love that Erin and Noah finally come together, I think they are great for each other and compliment each other, they are sexy, smart and tough. Noah is such a great mate for Erin, he knows when to let her be tough, but so wants to take care of her hurts for her. This story is packed with emotion, drama, suspense and sexy shifters, well worth taking your time to read. 4.5 Stars
A captivating paranormal romance… This is the 4th book in the Moon Shifter series but it can be read as a stand-alone. That’s what this reader did and had no problems following the paranormal tangents or delving into the world the author created, everything flowed so smoothly. Characters whose stories have already been told do appear and were found to be intriguing so more books in this series will be read. Erin Flynn, a wolf shifter, is a new enforcer, protector to her kind. She was thus trained after being found brutally beaten and left for dead a year ago. The physical scars have healed but those within still haunt her and drive her actions. She feels for the shifter who found her but believes she is too damaged; that he deserves a woman who is whole. Noah Campbell, a very sexy wolf shifter, found Erin barely alive a year ago. He has been drawn to her ever since, knowing that she is the mate for him but needing to give her time. She needs to come to terms with what Noah knows she feels for him and to open up about her past and what happened to her which she has never discussed with anyone. Someone is kidnapping pregnant shifters in New Orleans, lupine and feline, and Erin is sent to investigate along with Noah who is her backup and assistance. What they find there leads to Erin’s past and she is forced to face things she’d rather forget. She has to learn to trust in Noah and to share her past as they track down the deadly perpetrators and save the missing shifters before they are killed. This book has everything this reader enjoys: mystery, action, suspense and a sexy romance with compelling characters. The many plot twists to the story captivate your attention. Erin is a strong woman who has come back from a devastating betrayal to become a fierce fighter for her kind. Noah is the perfect alpha and protector who doesn’t mind a strong woman, actually loves that Erin is. The chemistry between these two was palpable, the dialogue enjoyable. The ending was very sweet and perfect for these two. I look forward to reading more in this series. ARC provided by the author.
Erin Flynn and Noah Campbell are on their way to New Orleans. Erin, being the newest enforcer for the North American Council, is tasked with discovering why pregnant shifters are going missing. Noah is with her because his father is the Alpha who runs most of New Orleans, but also because Erin is his mate and he will do whatever’s necessary to protect her. If only she’d just acknowledge the fact and accept his help, Noah and his wolf would feel a lot better. Brianna, a warrior fae, and Angelo, a fellow pack member, are accompanying Erin and Noah to New Orleans in order to help with the case. As the mystery unfolds, new characters are introduced, and the dynamics of the case change dramatically as those responsible are revealed. Erin’s past literally comes back to bite her in the ass. Can she stop the abduction of pregnant shifters and solve the case, or will fear from her past cripple her new found enforcer strength, leaving her broken…again? The book was amazing! I loved every aspect of the story! I love how possessive Noah is but the fact that he also recognizes that Erin is a strong, capable enforcer. His love and support of her totally had me swooning! I also loved watching Brianna and Angelo’s relationship develop. There is something about a protective shifter male that gives me butterflies! Where can I get me one too? I also enjoyed reading about the new characters introduced and learned more about the vampires, the Brethern (vampire council) and the sexy vamp that works for them, Ian. I’m hoping to learn more about them in future books. We also meet Marcus, Brianna’s vampire contact and a bloodborn/daywalker. I think he is trouble, but only time will tell. If you are looking for a new paranormal series, I highly recommend this series! The plot is always entertaining, the characters are brilliantly developed and there’s always a happily ever after! Another 5-Star read for Katie Reus! ***I received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Another fabulous read in the Moon Shifter series! 4.5 Stars! Avenger's Heat is book 4 of the Moon Shifter series and it delivered! We finally get Erin and Noah's HEA and it was sweet and sexy. Erin, the newest enforcer for the North American Council of lupine shifters, is in New Orleans on her first assignment. With Noah by her side she is tasked with finding who is kidnapping pregnant shifters and why. As Erin gets more involved in the case, she also gets more attached to Noah. Can she solve this mystery, admit to herself how important Noah is to her, and yet protect her heart if he turns her away? We also see the romance blossoming between Brianna, the Fae warrior, and Angelo, wolf shifter and Noah and Erin's pack mate, both who are helping out on the pregnant shifter case. Avenger's Heat is packed with suspense, romance, plot twists, and edge of your seat action. And, the ending is... well, let's just say, I can't wait for the next book in this series! Well done and highly recommended. * Book provided in exchange for honest review.
It wasn't just all about sex it has a story that really keeps you wanting more. I love the characters and the story line. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
Loved it, a great addition to the series.
Erin is on her first enforcer assignment when everything starts hitting close to home for her. Her mission is to track down the scumbags who are kidnapping pregnant shifters. She’s not sure why they are taking them but when one shows up near dead, it’s a race against the clock to get those woman safely home. However, soon she realizes that she has to overcome her past in order to take care of the present. Erin is a character that we met earlier on who was rescued by Noah and other members of the pack. She was found bloody and barely alive behind a dumpster. She hasn’t told anyone what happened to her but everything starts rushing back with the kidnappings and how they dispose the women. However, she’s able to handle it all with Noah by her side. There is something about him that calms both her human and her wolf. Noah was an amazing supporting character. With Erin being an enforcer, he knows it’s her job to take charge and throw herself into harms way. It’s hard for him to remain back and let her take the lead but he knows that she will get no respect from the shifter community if she’s shown as weak or unable to take care of business. I really liked that he wasn’t your typical Alpha-male who was always proving their strength to others by defending their woman and getting into fights. His strength was more subtle in the fact that he wanted to do all those things for his mate, but he knew she could handle herself. I like that even though this is a paranormal romance, the author has some gruesome scenes between the battles and when they find the women. The fact that the author added that extra element and showed how things are brewing for the shifters really helped make this story whole. A lot of times I find that the romance overshadows the storyline or the author rushes through the climatic scene to the happy ever after. I was very happy that the author took the time to really write out the final fight scene. She didn’t just *BOOM you’re dead*, she gave the reader a scene that had me holding my breath, waiting to see what happened next. This is an amazing series. I’ve loved every book so far. You always read about the main characters but the author also includes pov’s from the villains and from secondary characters who sometimes see their own novel down the road. Like I said, Erin was introduced earlier on and her chemistry with Noah has been brewing from the start. So even though this can be read as a stand alone, after all it had been a while since I’d read the previous books, it’s nice reading the whole series since these are characters that you know and have fallen in love with who are now getting their time in the spotlight.
This book was actually really good and had a strong female which I really liked you get to see her strong side and her weak side and get to learn what made her what she is in a way. I would recommend you strongly read this book
katie reus and the moon shifter series...such a great book, and reading about Erin's past and actually realizing how far she has come? how much she truly lost? it was heartbreaking! and really finding out why she pushed Noah away...not really sure if i wanted to smack her for hurting him or applaud her for being, at least to her, so selfless. from how i imagine him, i would never even hav considered letting him go!!! seeing her come into her own as an enforcer?! wow!!! also, got some more info on Brianna and Angelo...our 'pretty' shifter, lol. kinda wish they had gotten their own story but it did fit in here nicely...just wanted more...ever since Brianna's 'pretty/feline' comments about Angelo i was cheering for them and wanted to read their story...just wish i knew exactly how they got started!!!
Loved this book! Though part of "A Moon Shifter Novel" series, it can be read as a stand alone. Katie Reus has created a world where Shifters, Fae, Vamps, and humans interact....with sometimes volatile consequences. I love the way Katie writes her characters....strong and feisty yet vulnerable when faced with situations that affect people they love or protect. If your looking for a book that will touch your heart and keep you on the edge of your seat, you need to give this one a try. Definitely 5 stars all the way.
Age: 16/ height: 5'4"/ weight: 90 pounds/ appearance: an anthropomorphic red squirrel with short reddish brown hair whose bangs were half hiding her saphire blue eyes. She wears a white skin-tight jumpsuit with boots./ history: she created in a lab before an a.i. which the lab was working on, went rougue and attempted to kill her. She escaped./ special: she is a bit dim...okay, really dim. But she has rare smart moments, a good attitude and her heart is in the right place. She loves food so much, she can easily be lured into obvious traps by it. She has the dexterity of a squirrel as well. Anything else, ask.
this storyline follow thru was good
If you enjoy paranormal this is a good book
Avenger's Heat is the fourth book in the Moon Shifter series by Katie Reus. With werewolves, vampires and fae, Reus hits all the paranormal hot spots and gives readers a lot of different areas of interest. Her writing is intense and will leave readers will a feeling of having had an adrenaline rush, every time they open the pages. Reus takes on a some traumatic issues from the heroine's past and brings abuse to the forefront in this fast paced paranormal romance. Readers who are looking for a unique paranormal series, will find this one full of potential and brimming with sexual tension. What I liked: Erin was a main character that I could really get behind. She has a tragic past, that involved some serious abuse that will threaten to make any reader a bit emotional. To see this character who has lost so much in her life, be able to still live out her dream of becoming an enforcer was incredible. She still has her issues with self worth and trust, but she is facing her demon's head on and it was wonderful to see her character development shine throughout this book. Reus does a fantastic job of showing Erin's strength, her resolve and her heart. Noah has his own issues to face back in New Orleans the home of his former pack mates and especially his father. He goes on this mission to protect and help Erin. He realizes her worth and knows he will wait forever to have her has his mate. His patience with her knows no bounds and though readers will see him as a true alpha, his treatment of this tortured soul was delicate and gentle. He never strays from being her champion, her back bone and her partner. Reus writes Noah as a man who knows his strength in all things and what an asset a woman who his is equal will be in his life. A great attitude for an alpha, in control, yet able to allow a mate to share in his responsibilities and his heart. There was a lot of sexual tension between these two and when they finally give in that side of their relationship, it is heart pounding and full of passion. I loved the fact that Reus didn't make her story contingent on the fact that Noah and Erin consummate their relationship. If was just an inevitable part of the story that evolved right along with the rest of the action. It didn't seem contrived only necessary... like breathing. Very well done. What I didn't like: I liked the secondary romance between Briana and Angelo, but I felt that it took time away from the main couple. It is obvious that these two will eventually get their own story. A lot of their interaction perhaps could have been saved for that. Yes, it was important to introduce their story, but it should have been left at that, for maximum benefit to the story. I wanted more time with Noah and Erin and less with Briana and Angelo. Bottom Line: This story sets the Moon Shifter series on a new path. The vampires really got some page time in this one and added a whole different dynamic to the book. I think Reus is changing the main story arc subtly but in a good way. I look forward to whats next for this series.
I was extremely happy when I saw that Erin & Noah's story would finally be told. For those who have been reading the Moon Shifter novels, the interplay between the 2 of them has been an interesting side note to the previous books, and fulfills the need to know more about these 2 very interesting shifters. For those who haven't read the series, but are looking for an entertaining, emotionally strong book, this one fits the bill, and you won't feel as if you have missed the first hour of a movie. Erin is a new enforcer for the lupine (wolf shifters) council. She is sent to New Orleans with Noah, a packmate, to help solve the mystery of disappearing pregnant shifters. Noah (who is not an enforcer) is sent along because his father is the alpha of New Orleans. The case becomes very personal to Erin, and we find out a lot about her, and how she came to join the pack. Ms. Reus deftly handles the emotional grenades that are flung at both Erin and Noah, and her treatment of the storyline draws the reader in.
For those of you who read my love the story, but have trouble with cut off sentences ect. I called B&N. The fix is in the library or on shelves there is a circle with 2 blue arrows to refresh the new book. That took care of my problem. If that did not work, archive the book then unarchive the book. Power off your Nook then start it again. Go to your book click the refresh button and all will be well. At least that worked for me. Happy Reading!