Hunter's Moon

Hunter's Moon

by Lisa Kessler

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ISBN-13: 9781622662142
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Series: Lisa Kessler's Moon Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 72,032
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Lisa Kessler is an award-winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror, and many other awards. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. Lisa lives in southern California with her husband and two amazing kids.

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Hunter's Moon

A Moon Series Novel


By Lisa Kessler, Danielle Poiesz

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Lisa Kessler
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-214-2


CHAPTER 1

Aren

The dry Las Vegas wind stung my eyes as I rounded the building, scanning the shadowed parking lot for my prey. Even the dark of night couldn't cool the desert heat wafting up from the pavement. The stench of the spy's fear teased my nostrils, making the corner of my mouth twitch. I could admit I was eager to take this guy down, but knowing he was scared shitless sweetened the deal considerably.

For the past several months, this secret had festered inside me like an open wound. I'd been traveling too often. Instead of protecting my Pack back in Reno, I had found myself sneaking around, unable to stop tracking her, protecting our enemy.

Sasha.

The wolf inside of me growled, aching to fight for this woman I barely even knew, who'd tried to kill me. Twice. I forced a slow breath into my lungs. Patience. I could wait this guy out. My bum ankle left me little choice anyway.

My senses were on full alert, adrenaline pumping through my veins. The Nero Organization was still searching for her, and this scumbag was the latest in a string of informants looking for easy money. With a bounty on her head, they were eager to provide proof that she was still on the loose.

Finally he made his move. Footsteps raced toward the alley. Toward me. Perfect. I stepped into his path, blocking his only exit. He tried to pivot and change course, but it was too late. The weasel rammed into me, falling backward. Before he could roll over and scramble away, I grabbed his shirt and yanked him off the ground.

"You're not going anywhere." My eyes narrowed as I pulled him even closer, his scent filling my nostrils. He was human. Apparently Nero wasn't ready to risk another jaguar assassin to search for her. Maybe they were starting to believe she really had died at the fight in Lake Tahoe. "Tell me about Nero."

"I don't know nothin'."

He wriggled like a fish, his feet struggling to touch the pavement. I was at least six inches taller than him, and I had no intention of letting him get away. I head-butted him. Blood erupted from his nose, the thick coppery scent immediately bringing the wolf inside me to full attention.

"Goddammit," he shouted, kicking me in the shins while he yanked at my wrists. "Let go of me, you crazy son of a bitch."

I kept my grip tight on his shirt. "I asked you a question."

"And I told you, I don't know nothin'."

"You're lying," I said before slamming him against the brick wall of the alley.

He coughed, spewing putrid breath into my face. He reeked of week-old cigarettes and cheap vodka. "Please," he stammered. "I never heard of any Nero."

"Why have you been trailing the red-haired woman?" He started to shake his head, so I freed one hand from his shirt and landed a solid punch to his stomach to joggle his memory. "Answer me."

He stopped kicking his feet, and his stare met mine. Gradually the fear in his eyes faded. My patience was wearing thin, but before I could rattle his cage for a reply, he started to smile. "They know she didn't die in that fight," he whispered.

Pain burst through my gut, setting my entire side on fire. Dammit! The slimy little bastard had stabbed me.

I pressed him against the wall, forcing myself not to loosen my grip. Fear crept back into his eyes when I didn't let him go. I held him up with one arm and pulled his knife out of my side with the other.

His eyes opened wide. "What the hell are you?"

Using both hands I threw him across the alley, his skull crunching against the bricks. He hit the ground like a rag doll while I clutched the new hole in my side.

"I'm a wolf, asshole."


* * *

Usually Jason, our Pack doctor, patched up our wounds, but that wasn't an option for me right now. My twin, Adam — our Alpha — would demand to know what happened.

And for the first time in my life, I had no intention of telling him. What could I say? I let the Pack believe I'd killed Sasha during the fight with Nero six months ago instead of admitting I'd pulled her to safety. And now I watched out for her, protecting her from a distance. Even Adam wouldn't — couldn't — let that one alone.

Never in a million years would I have ever believed myself capable of betraying my Pack, my family. But I also hadn't understood the depth of my wolf instincts. Now they demanded I walk both sides of the line, leaving my loyalty torn in shreds.

I couldn't return to the Pack with this wound. I had to sort it out without them. Besides I was at least an eight-hour drive from Reno. I'd have to risk a few stitches here in Vegas and be sure I didn't allow any blood to be drawn. I could do that.

By the time I pulled into the urgent care center, I knew the stab wound wasn't too serious. If he'd hit an artery or a major organ, I would have bled out by now. But ignoring a gaping wound in my side wasn't an option either. Werewolves may heal a little faster than humans, but a nasty staph infection could take a wolf down just as well as the next person.

Stepping out of the car, I winced as pain radiated up my leg. I sucked in a deep breath through clenched teeth. My ankle was fucking killing me. Perfect. At least I had the guy's knife wrapped and hidden under the floor of the trunk with my spare tire. Maybe I'd be able to pull fingerprints from it later and get something out of this other than a stab wound.

Wiping the sweat off my forehead, I limped into the brightly lit ER. The triage nurse jumped up and rushed me to an exam room. Being covered in blood apparently trumped the other emergencies.

I hated the smell of hospitals. My acute wolf senses caught a mixture of blood, urine, and disinfectant, morphing it into a disgusting scent of decay that turned my stomach. I got up on the exam table, slightly wobbly from the blood loss. The nurse laid a clipboard on the counter and scribbled something quickly before turning to face me.

"So what happened?" She snapped on a pair of latex gloves and reached for the hem of my shirt to inspect the wound.

"I'm all right. It's just a little scratch."

Her eyes widened when she found the source of my bleeding. "This isn't a scratch. You've been stabbed."

I forced what I hoped was a convincing smile. "All I need is a couple of stitches, and I'll be on my way."

She shook her head and stepped back. "You can try to charm me all you want, but you'll still need to speak with the police about your injury. It's hospital policy with stabbings and shootings."

"It was an accident. I fell while holding a steak knife." This was exactly the reason no one in the Pack went to hospitals — too many questions. "Come on, I feel stupid enough as it is."

She raised a brow and left the room.

I raked a hand back through my hair and groaned. I was screwed.

I couldn't talk to the police any more than I could face the Pack and tell them why I was in Las Vegas killing Nero informants. No self-respecting cop was going to believe my story. I needed something better than falling on a steak knife.

My gaze flicked to the closed door. Physically I was only a wolf one night a month, but I still had heightened senses while I was a man. My hearing and sense of smell were far stronger than any human's, and right now I could hear a woman talking to the staff, followed by introductions and the click of determined footsteps.

I recognized that voice.

When the door opened the wolf inside of me howled.

"This is Detective Marsh." The nurse snatched my chart from the counter. "The doctor will be in shortly to check your wound."

Once the nurse was gone, I couldn't help but stare at the most incredible woman I'd ever seen. Tough, beautiful, resilient Sasha. Her full lips were pressed together as her dark eyes met mine. I struggled to remind myself that this was also the same woman who had Tasered me and then shattered my ankle with a single gunshot. She had threatened to kill Adam ... and his mate Lana. The Nero Organization had ordered her to do so. They bred jaguar shape-shifters and trained them as silent assassins for the highest bidder. Sasha had been bitten rather than bred, but she was in their employ nonetheless. Or at least she used to be. So what was she doing here impersonating an officer?

I had every reason to hate her. Yet here she was, standing five feet from me, and not only was I not attacking her, but I was drinking in her scent. She didn't smell like most of the women I worked with, like flowers and lace. Or like any of the jaguars I'd encountered. Her scent was spicy, like leather and musk.

And I was more certain with each breath that I'd never be able to deny my instincts. I needed her.

When my brother told me he'd found his mate, I didn't understand how he knew. I wasn't sure I believed the old stories about the wolf recognizing the one woman we'd spend a lifetime with from one touch of her skin, and when Adam claimed a jaguar for his mate, I thought he'd gone insane. The bottom line was simple: We don't take in enemies of our Pack.

But here she was, glaring at me in the urgent care center, and instead of killing her I caught myself wondering how her mouth might taste. I shoved aside the lust and dug deep for cold indifference.

"It's Detective Marsh now? I thought you'd sold your badge to Nero."

She dodged my barb without even acknowledging it. "Look, wolf, I'm doing you a favor by coming in here flashing a phony badge. I don't know why, but you saved me at the lake, so I figure I owe you this." She tucked the fake ID into her pocket and met my eyes. "If you came here to settle the score with me, then bring it on. I deserve it. But if you think you're slowing Nero down, you're not. I can fight my own battles." She looked poised to say something else but just shook her head slowly. "Just back off."

I laughed and sat up. It took all I had not to wince at the pain that burned through my abdomen. "You think I'm trying to help you? Is that it?"

Her chin lifted as she crossed her arms over her chest. I did my best not to stare at her breasts. "What I think isn't important. What I know is that you've been following me, and this is the second Nero informant you've killed. Did you think I wouldn't notice?" Her hands dropped to her sides again. "You don't know who you're dealing with, wolf. Nero has eyes and ears everywhere. Do yourself a favor and stay out of this."

She spun on her heel and left, slamming the door behind her. I could hear her telling the nurse she'd sign off on my medical treatment. She confirmed it was a household accident. No investigation would follow.

I smirked. Sasha, the jaguar assassin who tried to kill me twice, had helped me.

Go figure.

CHAPTER 2

Sasha

I cranked up the stereo in the Beamer as I pulled out of the parking lot. It was a nice ride and I didn't lose sleep keeping the Nero Organization's car. I knew they couldn't report it stolen. The last thing they would want is the police nosing around their door.

Since I'd made the irreparable mistake of allowing Sebastian into my bed and my heart, I'd been bitten and converted into a jaguar shifter against my will. If I'd known about what he was, and whom he worked for, I would've run as fast I could. Instead, they changed me and stole my career and my life.

The least they owed me was a car.

Or so I told my conscience.

It'd been over six months since I'd heard the wolf's voice — since that night I spared his life and shot his ankle instead of his head. My stomach twisted. I wished that statistic didn't come to me so quickly. It wasn't like I missed hearing his voice.

Much.

I'd never met a man like him before. Although I'd Tasered him and held him hostage, he was never afraid. I'd know — I could smell fear. He'd tried to talk to me, to negotiate, until I gagged him. And even then, no panic. Instead he wore a quiet confidence in himself and his Pack. It reminded me of being on the police force.

Somehow he'd wormed his way under my skin even when he couldn't speak. His green eyes would watch me, but they never pleaded. Quiet strength, that was all I got from him, and in spite of spending years in a male-dominated field proving I wasn't the weaker sex, he made me very aware I was a woman.

It didn't help that when I had walked into the emergency room he'd been half-naked. And completely gorgeous. I did my best to banish the memory and lust from my mind and focus on the road. I didn't even know this man.

He'd been following me off and on for months now. At first I thought he was hunting me, maybe looking for revenge. I wasn't really concerned; I'm never more than an arm's length from a weapon, and when I fire, I don't miss. But as time passed and he didn't attack, I realized I wasn't the prey.

I kept my attention split between the darkened streets in front of me and the rearview mirror. After the conversion, my night vision became superhuman. The BMW's headlights were only on to keep other drivers from hitting me. I could see just as well without them.

And so far, no one was tailing me.

Not a huge surprise since the wolf killed the last one. I'd circled back to take care of the Nero informant myself, but the dreg was already dead and the wolf wounded. I shouldn't have followed him to the ER, but I couldn't help myself. Seeing him continue to be hurt because of me was a millstone I was sick of wearing around my neck.

Besides, it wouldn't be long before Nero sent someone else. Ever since the fight at Lake Tahoe, I'd been on the run. The bastards were never going to give me a cure anyway. I knew that now. The moment they hit me with a tranquillizer dart at Lake Tahoe, it was painfully clear they had no intention of giving me what I'd been promised in exchange for Lana and the wolves. I was stuck. A monster.

But I wasn't going to be their puppet. Not anymore.

That's why I had to keep moving. By now, they probably knew I'd survived the showdown at Lake Tahoe, and there was a good chance I was marked for death. I'd lived inside of Nero's walls — I knew too much.

But jaguar assassins like me were just the tip of the shape-shifting iceberg. They were also involved in covert experimental DNA enhancement. And the women ... They kidnapped and imprisoned human women within the compound to be part of Nero's jaguar-shifter breeding program and DNA testing. I didn't have proof yet, but if I could find some solid evidence before they killed me, I'd have the leverage I needed to bargain for my life.

I checked my rearview mirror, trying to clear my mind of the memories, of the other women still inside the Nero compound. Bitten, converted into jaguar shifters, and being used, with no hope of escape.

I pressed the accelerator, aching to evade the mental images. I'd been in Las Vegas too long. I needed to disappear. Maybe this time I could dodge Nero and the wolf. He couldn't keep being hurt on my behalf. The last thing I needed was more blood on my hands.

I hurt him enough on my own.

I merged onto the highway and slid my Bluetooth over my ear. One voicemail.

"Hi, Sash. I hope your case is going all right. Maybe we could get together over the weekend? I miss you, sis. Hope I can see you soon ..."

I bit my lip as I listened to my younger sister's sweet voice. I'd only managed to visit her once since the Nero nightmare began. Nadya still thought I carried my badge, fighting the good fight. How could I tell the sister I'd raised, who'd idolized me, how far I'd fallen, how much I'd changed?

I sighed and glared at the dark sky. It was a goddamned new moon this weekend, too. Around midnight the night of the new moon, I'd sprout fur, teeth, and claws until I was fully shifted into a black jaguar. I couldn't see my sister like that. For all I knew I'd eat her.

I had lost everything after Sebastian bit me. I couldn't lose her too.

It'd been over a year since I visited her at college, and with Nero tailing me I didn't see that changing anytime soon. With the hope of an antidote, I'd kept postponing my next visit, thinking we'd get a chance when I was back to myself again. And now, since the showdown at Lake Tahoe, I'd been laying low, drifting between Las Vegas and Phoenix, far from the east coast and Nero's headquarters. I couldn't risk a cross-country trip to the Boston area to see her.

But lying to Nadya never got easier. I'd just have to make another excuse not to visit. She would understand. She always did.


(Continues...)

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Hunter's Moon (The Moon Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I finished book #1, Moonlight, I had to start this book. It did not disappoint. All of the characters I love are continued in this story. Kessler even figured out a way to make me love a character I previously despised...now THAT'S talent! Time to wait, impatiently, for book 3.....I'm not so sure I can wait 6 months!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic fantasy by a 'must read' author! I'd read the third book in this series (via NetGalley) and loved the author's writing style, the way she beautifully choreographs events for strong characters so I couldn't resist buying other books by her. I'm certainly not disappointed to write that I'm so glad I did as I enjoyed this book just as much and I'm looking forward to continue exploring other books by this author in future! This book tells the story of Aren and Sasha, Their romance is filled with catastrophic events impacting devastatingly on their lives, the lives of those they love and their relationship. This had me rooting for their love to find a way, throughout the story - even though I knew the outcome having previously read the next book in the same series! This is a great book by a fantastic author, the sort of book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, one you really don't want to put down and leaves you wanting to learn more about the beautifully crafted characters and events. Very highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sasha and Aren are a great couple. There is so much more to them than the sunshine and roses that romance type books usually have. They have great chemistry and I love that they don't always see eye to eye on everything. This book has romance, mystery, suspense, murder...you name it. If you are a lover of books like this than don't hesitate to read this series. I am new to this series and even though I haven't read the first book it didn't take away from this story at all for me. That to me, makes a great series. I will definitely be going back to read the first book and will be looking forward to the next one.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Sasha is on the run and wants to make sure her sister stays safe. She was bitten and turned into a Jaguar by the Nero Organization against her will. She wanted out and now has to turn to the ones she has done bad things to. With a bounty hunter after her sister and her she ask for help from Aren member of a werewolf pack. Aren will do almost anything to help Sasha as he knows she is his mate. Knowing his pack would never approve he hides the fact. He works to help Sasha from the danger after her growing closer all the time. Will secrets between them and the dislike from his pack keep them apart or will they work it out? Sasha is a smart tough woman who was turned against her will into a killing machine. She has a good heart and just wanted a normal life. She is willing to give up her pride to help her sister. She fights every breathe against falling for Aren. Trust is something that comes hard to her. Aren is a sexy werewolf that is walking a thin line between his heart and his pack. He is holding back secrets and doing all he can to help the woman of his heart while protecting his pack as well. I really like him as he has a protective streak but doesn't push Sasha into corners. He is a very forgiving guy to Sasha. I always enjoy books by the author and this is no exception. I love getting to know these characters and how they change as the book progresses. Sasha has to work to trust Aren and she really has a hard time doing so. The tracker after her is unlike anything anyone has saw before. You learn much more about the Nero Organization and how far their reach is. Even the secondary characters make you want more of their story. This is a fascinating world of shifters and more. There is tons of action as they are hiding and hunting this tracker down at different times. This guy will stop at nothing to get what he thinks is his mission. The heat between Aren and Sasha is thrilling to read about. It's obvious they belong together even if they don't both want to see it. If you love shifters, action, love and more be sure to grab this book and really the whole series.
PrissP More than 1 year ago
Upon first starting this book, I was a little disconcerted by the story being in 2 POVs.  My brain cannot always follow along.  The further along I got in the story the less it bothered me, due to the superb writing and the wonderful story-line.  Both of the main characters were strong and like-able and I cannot wait to read Nadya's story.  Another great book by this author!
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
An Alpha werewolf hero and kick-ass jaguar heroine burn up the pages in Lisa Kessler's Hunter's Moon. I have to admit to have been jonesing for the next installment of Lisa Kessler's Moon series, ever since i finished Moonlight (The Moon Series) (Entangled Edge), the first book in the series that introduced us to a wolf pack in Reno whose natural enemies were jaguar shifters, many from the big bad Nero Organization. I won't go into too many details, as you should definitely read this one yourself (and you REALLY do want to), but this is a review of book two, Hunter's Moon (The Moon Series, Entangled Edge, to be released 21 Oct 2013) that picks up the story where Moonlight left off. Aren, the protagonist in Hunter's Moon, is the twin brother of Adam, the now-Alpha of the Reno wolf pack who is mated to a natural born jaguar shifter, Lana. (If I just confused you, their story is told in Moonlight.) Sasha, whom we see Aren protecting, was a cop, but had to leave the force after being bitten by her then lover, a jaguar with complicated ties to Reno. In her quest for a promised cure, she did some bad things, really bad things in Moonlight, but by the time we start Hunter's Moon, her reality has shifted and so has ours. She's no longer the one we're hissing at. (Well we're all cats aren't we?) Aren and Sasha have a lot to overcome in Hunter's Moon, believe me when I say she wasn't a sweetheart in Moonlight and has a lot of making up to do. But there are always reasons aren't there? As I discovered more about Sasha (and each chapter is headed, in this Advance Reader Copy by "Sasha" or "Aren" so we know whose point of view we're hearing), she became a favorite of mine: gritty, a survivor, someone who trusted once, but perhaps not again, all qualities that we can identify with. And Aren? Well if you liked him in Moonlight you'll love him in Hunter's Moon. His stoicism in light of his injuries is remarkable, but so is his recognition and action upon his feelings. The story is fast-paced and engrossing, a hallmark of Kessler's writing style. She weaves in government conspirators, long-lost twins, another big bad villain, and more. This book was one I couldn't put down till the last page was turned...and then I was calculating when the next book in her series would be released (Blood Moon, July 2014).  So, to sum it up, I'd rate this book at five howls or very large catnip leaves. It is a winner and if you're fan of urban fantasy and paranormal romance - you'll want to include this series in your must-reads list too. I'd never read any of Lisa Kessler's books before Moonlight, but have now added all of her to my TBR shelf on my Kindle. Enjoy! [I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] 
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
booksbysteph says "Fun & Exciting" She tried to kill him twice. Yet, "[i]nstead of protecting [his] Pack...[Aren Sloan] found [him]self sneaking around, unable to stop tracking her, protecting [their] enemy. Sasha [Kincade]." She was a shape-shifting jaguar and was part of the Neo Organization. The Neo Organization "bred jaguar shape-shifters and trained them as silent assassins for the highest bidder." Sasha left the organization whey they failed to give her a promised antidote, to her shape-shifting, that never existed. Now there is a bounty on her head and people are trying to kill her. The Neo Organization cannot afford Sasha spilling their secrets, that "[t]hey kidnapped and imprisoned human women within the compound to be part of [their] jaguar-shifter breeding program and DNA testing." The government thought "they were just financing enhanced soldiers." Now, a shape-shifting werewolf with Green Beret training has threatened Sasha using the only leverage he had over her - Sasha's sister. Sasha knew that she needed help and she knew that, for some reason, Aren was following her. She knew Aren was a werewolf and asked him and his Pack to protect her sister until she could figure out who is trying to kill her and get to him first. I GIVE THIS BOOK: 5 Stars One thing I believe is important in a book series is to catch the reader up on previous books so they do not get confused with the story. This author achieved that. The back-story from book one was written out as a matter of factly, yet stayed true to the story of this book. Throughout the book, when references to the first book surfaced, this author gave a point-blank explanation that never veered away from the story at hand. The book was a little long, but it needs to be that way. Being able to feel and root on the characters in this book came from reading their interactions and learning their history. As the two main characters get to know each other, so does the reader. A lot of books make you want to scream, "You are so stupid, just tell each other!" Yet this book left you conflicted between love and understanding. This is what draws a reader in and had this reader in tears. Until next time, live life one page at a time!
ShellsBellsMH More than 1 year ago
In Hunter's Moon (Moon #2) by Lisa Kessler, Wolf Aren has every reason to hate Sasha. The jaguar shifter tried to kill both him and his twin brother, Adam, to get to Adam's mate, Lana. The problem is that Sasha is Aren's one and only mate. He curses fate for bringing him someone he can't trust and wonders if he's doomed to live alone craving a woman who doesn't want him. 'Without a drop of make-up on, weapons at the ready at all times, she was hands down the sexiest woman I'd ever known.' Aren and Sasha find themselves on the same side of the fight for a change when Nero becomes a bigger threat to them both. Aren takes the opportunity to learn more about his mate and to try to convince her that they could work through their issues and form a relationship. But will the sassy former detective listen to a word he says? "I'm damaged goods," she whispered against my chest. "I can't be what you need. I'm terrified of making another mistake. The last time I thought someone cared, he stole my life from me." Sasha has no idea why she is drawn to green-eyed wolf Aren, but she can't bring herself to harm him anymore. That is, until he starts his delusional talk of 'mates' and 'forever'. She's tried love before and it ruined her life and came back to bite her. Literally. But Sasha can't seem to get away from Aren, especially when he can help her get back at Nero and what they have done to her life and career. "I love this car." Aren turned my way, and the smile on his face reached all the way inside of me to touch places I thought had died years ago. A dash of fear mingled with the adrenaline. I could love a lot more than his car. Hunter's Moon is an intense and passionate new paranormal by Lisa Kessler. Book two in the Moon series picks up where Moonlight (book one) left off but includes a lot of the backstory, so it can definitely be read as a standalone. I thought the pacing of the plot was perfect, with just enough romance and action/fight scenes to keep the reader interested. And the characters. Wow! I fell in love with both Aren and Sasha. They both had personal struggles that made it difficult for them to trust others, but I could feel their longing to be together even in the face of their situation. Aren and Sasha were also both very easy to relate to. They love their family and will protect them at all costs and they are both good people underneath all the choices they must make. I hope you get a chance to read Hunter's Moon. Especially if you are a fan of an action-packed, sexy Paranormal story...it's highly recommended.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Aren has found his mate. He will love her forever even if she has tried to kill him - twice. Sasha was working for Nero as an assassin when they first met. Now she is running from her former employer. She is trying to protect her younger sister, Nadya, but she can't do it alone. Aren wants to help even though his brother, Adam, and the rest of the pack hate her for her role in their Alpha's death. Darrien Fonthill is an psychotic killer who is completely out of control. He will stop at nothing to do his job. His target Sasha. She no longer has value. Sasha is a dangerous jaguar shifter but she agrees to work with Aren, a wolf. The time they spend with one another draws them close and their love is consummated. Can they find happiness when everything is against them? Lisa Kessler has written a wildly suspenseful and romantic story. This is the second book in The Moon series but can be read as a stand alone. The characters are so well defined and compelling that you want to know their story. Aren and Sasha are perfect mates. They are strong, protective of those they love yet both are independent and self sufficient. Their love is a white hot flame that will leave you breathless. I wasn't able to put this book down. I had to know what happened next. The twists are non stop and unexpected. These books are addictive. I hope I have the patience to wait for Nadya's story.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
This paranormal romance involving werewolf and jaguar shifters is fantastic! Hunter’s Moon is the second book in the Moon series that is fast paced and full of action. I did not read the first book and was able to read this without feeling lost because enough details from previous events are mentioned, but I will be reading the first story to get the details of how Adam and Lana got together. I cannot wait for book three. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves stories about shifters. Sasha was a police detective who was purposely bitten so that she would become a shape shifting jaguar, which forced her to work for the Nero Organization, a company that employs hired assassins, because they promised her an antidote that will reverse the effects of the bite. Now that she knows the antidote does not even exist, she is determined to bring the organization to their knees. When Nero is out of business she and her younger sister can move on with their lives. Sasha is the one being hunted now, and the hunter is a shifter that has gone rogue. He has found her one weakness and will stop at nothing to get it in his grasps and kill Sasha. She has raised Nadya since their parents were murdered, and she’s done everything she could think of to protect her. She may have to depend on the one person who should want nothing more than to kill her. Aren is a werewolf who is determined to search for the woman who tried to kill him and his twin brother Adam, who is also the new Pack Alpha. He wanted to kill her himself not too long ago, and the members of his Pack still want her dead. When he realized she is also his one true mate he battles within himself between the loyalty to his brother and their Pack, and the wolf’s determination to love her and keep her safe. He wants to help her take down the rogue. Sasha knows he has every reason to want her dead. Can he give her the proof she needs to trust him enough to help protect her and keep her sister safe?  I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had the right amount of romance, suspense and action to keep me on my toes. Aren and Sasha are great characters backed up by some even more amazing characters. It brings home the fact that we will do absolutely anything to protect the ones we love whether they feel they are worthy of it or not. This is a definite must read has everything you could ask for in a book and more. Will keep you guessing as to what some of the character’s motives really are.
These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Excellent Shifter Read! I love shifter books. Werewolves, dragons, jaguars, bears – if there is a bit of animal in that human, I want to read about it. It’s a sickness…my friends make fun of me…but when there are books out there like Hunter’s Moon, it’s easy to explain why this sub-genre pulls me in. This book centers around the lives and romance of Aren and Sasha. He’s a werewolf but his pack doesn’t hide out in the woods and kill innocents. They’re businessmen, doctors, musicians – upstanding members of their community and deeply ingrained in the city of Reno. Aren runs a consulting business and sounds like quite the deal closer, though most of his time is spent chasing his mate through this story. He’s charming, mature, and protective without being all “you’re a helpless female, I must rescue you.” Seriously, how many romances do you read where part of an intimacy scene has to do with the man disarming the woman? That’s so hot…pretty sure I died a little bit right there. Sasha is kind of a badass. Tough, ex-cop, jaguar shifter – protective and caring but riddled with anger and guilt. She was changed into a shifter against her will and made a lot of bad choices trying to right that wrong. Choices that included waging a battle against a werewolf pack and almost killing her mate. I really enjoyed watching her grow through the pages and learn to trust others while figuring out her own drama. The slow build up of her relationship with Aren was well-written and realistic with all the starts and stops one would expect when someone can’t trust themselves enough to just let go and fall. Suspenseful and plot-driven, Hunter’s Moon kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page. Drama and mystery is interwoven with the paranormal elements and the romance, making this a well-balanced read even for non-shifter lovers. Being a bit of a gear-head, I loved all the car talk in the book, and the Elvis references gave the story moments of levity without falling too far into the cheesy arena. I give this book 4.5 stars. Hunter’s Moon is the second book in the Moon series, but I read it without having read the first. It stands alone with bits and pieces of the previous installment creeping into the current story seamlessly. I will be back-tracking to read Moonlight, the first book in the series, as I have fallen in love with the pretty words Lisa writes.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Sasha is bitten against her will and now has to live with the consequences. She is running from the company who is interested in using her for research while she is trying to keep them from getting knowledge of her little sister. Aren whom she has had a run in with before and is a werewolf that she doesn't want to trust. She doesn't trust anyone after being bitten, but to protect her sister she turns to Aren. Aren knows that she is his mate, but he doesn't know why and doesn't know how to make her realize she is her mate. This is a great book full of lots of romance and suspense.
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
I was crossing my fingers hoping I would get an ARC of this book. I'm normally not a big paranormal reader but I had been given a copy of Moonlight, and really liked Lisa's writing style. Yes the paranormal aspect is a huge aspect of this series but she actually takes the time to focus on the characters and their personalities and relationships that it draws you in. We got a taste of Sasha and Hunter in the 1st book and I was counting down the days to get their story. I highly suggest reading Moonlight first because it adds a lot to the story especially involving Hunter. ***Do not read the next paragraph if you haven't read book 1**** If you read Moonlight then you know that jaguars and wolves don't mix. Aren has a deep mistrust of jaguar's and almost refuses to accept his brothers jaguar mate. In Moonlight he was mistaken for his twin and attacked by the jaguar named Sasha. Sasha had the opportunity to kill him, but instead shot him in the ankle which has never healed. At the end of Moonlight, Aren was seen dragging Sasha to safety. In Hunter's Moon, the story picks up with Sasha on the run from the many Nero assassins that have been sent after her. Aren is following her and killing off the assassins. She doesn't understand his motive. She doesn't have time to understand his motive because now she needs his help since she believe Nero has located her sister and they'll surely use her to get to Sasha. The hardest part of this book for me was watching poor Aren. He was so tortured. First with his injury, and then with trying to get close to Sasha. I was surprised at how this book played out and I mean that in a good way. I wasn't expecting the history that went along with the villain in this book. I think it was better and more personal since they had that back story. Now I've got to restart my countdown for book 3! Hunter's Moon by Lisa Kessler is on Evelyn's to-read shelf. Evelyn gave this book 5 stars. Shelves: to-read.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a tough lady whose a former cop and a sexy determined man who knows he should give up but won't. Their star crossed lovers who were enemies at one time but now will work together to save their families and fight a bigger evil..and to keep it interesting...their shifters..she's jaguar and he's a wolf...This book is part of a series but you don't need to read the others first to understand or enjoy this one,,,but you will want to later.
Erinlvsbooks More than 1 year ago
This follow-up in the Moon series was just as addicting and sexy as the first!  I was so happy to see these incredible characters back for more, and Sasha and Aren’s story was full of the dangerous thrills, steamy tension, and painful heartache that we all love! Sasha knew she was in a bad way; the Nero Organization was hell-bent on ending her life, but she was doing everything in her power to keep herself and her little sister safe.  She had her work cut out for her, because after the hell she put Aren and the pack through, her enemies far outnumbered her allies.  She’d kidnapped Adam’s mate, shot Aren and left his ankle permanently mangled, and had a hand in the death of the pack alpha (also Aren and Adam’s father).  Unforgivable by any standards, but, inexplicably, that didn’t stop Aren from feeling drawn to her and feeling as if he HAD to have her in his life.  Shadowing her to keep her safe, Aren was ready and willing to swoop in when she finally conceded to needing his help.  But just because Aren’s wolf was calling to her didn’t mean the rest of the pack would ever understand, and when Sasha and her sister needed them to have their backs…well, let’s just say there were a LOT of tense moments that followed! I was worried I just wouldn’t be able to make myself like Sasha for this story, but I was surprised to find myself sympathizing with her even after everything she put the pack through.  There were times when I felt like she was being selfish, I mean she was literally risking the safety of the entire pack in order to keep Nero away and she didn’t show a lot of remorse for what her requests were doing to their lives.  But her love for her sister was what drove her, she cared deeply for her and wasn’t going to let her become an experiment for the despicable Nero employees like she had.   I loved her determination and her newfound loyalty to these wolves who were gradually letting her in, and it made for a lot of heart-racing thrills and drama that kept me hooked! With a captivating storyline, exciting twists and action, and some crazy-hot sex to boot, Hunter’s Moon was a wonderful second installment for the series.  For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading Lisa Kessler’s work yet, definitely check out the Moon series and see her talent firsthand! 
njp42474 More than 1 year ago
Sasha is a jaguar shifter.  She wasn’t born that way, she was bitten by a former boyfriend against her will.  She made bad decisions after being bitten.  The worst decision she made was deciding to help an organization track down and kill members of a werewolf pack.  However in the middle of hunting them something happens, or rather, someone, Aren. Aren is a werewolf.  He’s the twin brother to his packs Alpha, Adam (whose story you read about in Moonlight which is the first book in this series) and Aren is broody to say the least.  He didn’t hold back his distaste that his brother had found his mate in a jaguar shifter.  But while helping his brother save his mate he meets Sasha, and everything changes because he realizes that she is his mate.  But she isn’t just his mate; she’s a jaguar shifter, and an assassin. Aren feels compelled to protect Sasha but she doesn’t want or need help, especially from him.  But when she is no longer the hunter and someone is hired to kill her she calls Aren for help.  Initially she asks for his help protecting her sister but quickly she is in need of help as well. Aren and Sasha are in for a wild ride.  There are bad guys, government agencies, secret cooperation’s, and rogue experiments.  At every corner there are more questions and they never seem to get all the answers and they aren’t sure who they can trust.  They have each other, but can that be enough. There are many aspects of this book that might confuse you if you haven’t read Moonlight.  Sasha and Aren meet in that book but more importantly you get the idea of who Sasha is, the assassin part of her.   As usual, and expected, I wasn’t disappointed with this book, and can’t wait for the next one.  Lisa has the ability to make the characters real and makes connection to the characters very easy.  The stories don’t drag on forever but they also aren’t short enough that you feel jilted.  They are well paced, well written and fun. If you are a sucker for Alpha males, werewolves, shifters, jaguars, action, suspense, love stories, and even fast cars you will love this book.  If you love paranormal, you will love this book.   My one suggestion is that you read Moonlight first. *I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Stephanie-F More than 1 year ago
Great continuation to an awesome new series. This book starts a few months after the first book in the series Moonlight. If you haven't read it yet then I would highly recommend reading it before Hunter's Moon as the events from the first book segue into this story. Aren has found his life mate unfortunately she is the jaguar assassin that tried to kill his brother and his mate. Now he is struggling with his need to protect and be with Sasha and his responsibility to his Alpha and his pack. Sasha was turned against her will and forced to work for the organization that had her turned. They trained her as an assassin and have offered her a cure if she follows their orders. After an attack gone wrong she learn the truth that their is no cure, so she goes on the run. While trying to dodge the people sent after her she finds out that her human sister is in danger. With no choice she contacts Aren, the werewolf she hasn't been able to get out of her head. She asks for his help to protect her sister but he has other plans. He agrees to send her sister to his bother who is also his Alpha for protection as long as she agrees to allow him to follow her. From here the action never stops. Between dodging assassins, the evil Nero and trying to learn the truth and who they can trust the story keeps you gripped and unable to put down till the last page. I can't recommend this series enough. It has everything I love in a new series. Great writing, fully developed characters that you come to feel for and connect with, action, mystery and sizzling hot romance. If your a fan of PNR, UF, Romance or just a lover of a good book then this series should be on your auto-buy list. You will not be disappointed.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
when I started reading this book I didn't know it was the 2nd book in the series, but I was able to follow the story well without having read the first. This book kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next. I loved that it never had a boring part. so ready for the next book! ! but for now I'm off to read the first one :)
sin39 More than 1 year ago
Hunters Moon Meet Sasha who was bitten by a Jaguar shifter and turned against her will.   She is an ex-cop and an excellent markswoman.  When we last saw her she had shot Aren in the ankle, and told Nero where to find Lana and kidnap her. Meet Aren a born werewolf shifter who after being shot by Sasha dragged her to safety during the foiled kidnap attempt of Lana.  Aren has been shadowing Sasha and killing people sent by Nero to take her back.  The reason?   She is his mate. For more humor, romance and mystery please read and enjoy. :) This is the sequel to Moonlight.  Lisa has again kept me riveted to the book and wanting more. 
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
Sasha has taking care of her sister since their parents were killed. She is a police detective and keeping a secret from her sister. That falling for the wrong guy and he changed her to a jaguar. She working to take down the Nero Organization. She's done something's she is not proud of and can't change. Sasha knows Aren is following her but she thinks he is trying to kill her for what she has done. Aren is trying to get Sasha to see that he is trying to help her, since he knows she's his mate and his wolf wants to claim her. Sasha doesn't believe that he can forgive her for everything she has done and tries to push him away. Sasha sister is in danger and gets Aren to hide her in his pack. Aren is having a hard time with Sasha not wanting to realize they were mates. With everything they been through Sasha sees that Aren is the best thing for her.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
LOVE!! I really don't know how else to describe how I feel about this book! I started this book knowing it was going to be amazing, and not once was I let down. I am typically a sucker for the hero from the very first book in a series, but I gotta say, I think Aren might have topped Adam with this one. Sasha and Aren are great as a team and when Sasha finally lets her guard down, they become an amazing couple. This book has action, romance, and maybe even a few explosives, so what more could one want? I HIGHLY recommend reading this, but suggest you read Moonlight first if you haven't already. While you can read this one and gather a pretty good concept of book 1, you would seriously be missing out on another amazing story. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
kph21 More than 1 year ago
Hunter’s Moon is the second in the Moon Series by Lisa Kessler. It didn’t take me long to fall back under her magical spell as I started reading this book.  This is Adam’s brother’s Aren’s story. That’s a whole lot of apostrophes to catch you up on where this book is going. Aren is Adam’s twin and in Moonlight, the first book of the Moon Series, Aren always had his brother’s back, no matter if he thought he was crazy for loving a jaguar or not.  Now it’s time to see how the Alpha, Adam responds when he finds out that his brother, Aren has met his mate. It probably would have been a lot easier to swallow if it had been a nice little wolf.  But oh no, that would be too simple, Aren’s mate is the assassin that was trying her best to kill the Alpha’s mate in the first book. You can’t blame Adam for not trusting Sasha, but his brother’s wolf knows that he loves this little kitty, since Sasha is also a jaguar shifter. This story is fascinating, riveting, a hold on to the seat of your pants don’t let me get off this ride until I’ve finished kind of book. There are twists and turns, lessons to be learned, trust issues, family pride and unknown family that shows up at a most inopportune time. You never knew what was going to happen next. And with the teaser at the end… I can’t wait to see what happens next!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A HOT Howling Shifter Romp!!!!!                                                                                                                                                           Wow! Loved it! IF you love hot shifter romps on the wild side, pick up this book! I'm a HUGE Lisa Kessler fan and have inhaled every single book she's ever written. Her books are always must-reads for me. Lisa draws the reader into her stories right away, her characters are always well-developed and there's never a slow period in any of her books.  This is the 2nd book in her Moon series, following Moonlight which was the 1st book in the series. Moonlight introduced Lana, a jaguar shifter and the HOT HOT HOT shifter pack led by our hero, Adam. I thoroughly enjoyed their story and I loved catching up with them in this book. This book focuses on the story of Aren, Adam's twin brother born just minutes after Adam, and Sasha, ex-police officer and turned-against-her-will jaguar shifter previously affiliated with the nefarious secret Nero organization. We met both of these characters in the 1st book and I honestly couldn't see how they could ever have a "their" story ... but Lisa is truly full of surprises! I loved Aren... he's a sweetheart and Sasha grew on me too (Great Job Lisa!!!!). Every time Aren uttered MINE, my heart melted. We get to meet Sasha's sister and delve more into the pack. I can hardly wait to read more of their stories. This book could be read as a standalone. Lisa seamlessly fills in what the reader needs to know from the previous book and it's a great story in-and-of-itself, but, I would still highly recommend that the series be read in order.  Excellent Howling HOT Shifter Romance!!!!! 5 stars!!!!!                                       
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I'm really loving this series! I listened on audio, and I'd recommend it if you can! I'm loving the audio performances too! Both narrators were great! There's a female narrator for the female chapters, and a male narrator for the male chapters. I wasn't in love with the female narrators male voices in her chapters, and at first I didn't think her voice fit Sasha's character, but overall, I really liked her tone and she has a clear voice that is good at emoting emotion. The male narrator made me smile a bit during the action parts and sex scenes because he's a bit OTT, lol, but it's fun! I like his gruffness for Aren's character. I'd recommend reading the previous book in the series before this one because the previous characters are present in this one, and Aren and Sasha's story begins in that book. Sasha and Aren got off on the wrong foot when she made some bad decisions that put Aren's pack and even herself in danger. Sasha was turned into a jaguar shifter against her will by evil corporation Nero, and she hasn't been taking it too well. Aren was surprised when he discovered that Sasha; the woman who shot him, is his mate, but he's not letting something like a gunshot get in the way of being with his mate. Sasha doesn't know why in the heck wolf shifter, Aren, is all up in her business, but when her sister may be in danger, she's willing to take help from an unexpected ally. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Aren is a sexy, sweetheart of a man. I liked Sasha's sassiness, and I liked that Aren brings out her softer side. They compliment each other nicely, and I always love the whole mate scenario. There's some steam in this story, and Aren and Sasha have great chemistry! Love the continuing story of the trouble with Nero, and all the action! Hunter's Moon has a scary nemesis that causes lots of problems for Sasha and Aren, and those around them. Intriguing storyline and characters! Really looking forward to the next book!!