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Moonlight

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by Lisa Kessler
 

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Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf's biggest challenge is keeping his kin's true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana

Overview

Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf's biggest challenge is keeping his kin's true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

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

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

Each book in the Moon series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Moonlight
Book #2 Hunter's Moon
Book #3 Blood Moon
Book #4 Harvest Moon
Book #5 Ice Moon
Book #6 Blue Moon
Book #7 Wolf Moon
Book #8 New Moon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622661084
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Series:
Moon , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
1,534
File size:
3 MB

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Moonlight


By Lisa Kessler, Danielle Poiesz, Theresa Cole

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Lisa Kessler
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-108-4


CHAPTER 1

Lana

"I'll have an Intimidator with extra bacon and two baskets of Cajun fries." I handed my menu to the waitress, who raised a judgmental brow.

"That's an awful lot of food for a tiny thing like you."

I was actually twenty-five, but without ID to prove it, a truant officer would probably haul me right back to high school.

"Yeah, well, I've got a big appetite so ..." I kept the fact that even though I looked small I could probably wrestle the big guy at the counter to the floor in a heartbeat to myself. I could also eat fast. With any luck, I'd be out of there before the creeps in the matching jumpsuits tracked me down again.

The waitress glanced over to the ladies room and back again. I rolled my eyes. "Look, I'm not binging and purging. Can I just have the burger and fries? Please?" I debated asking for dessert, too, but my order should've been enough food to keep me from getting blood on my hands later.

"Of course." She snatched the menu from me and hustled away before I could give her my drink order.

Great. Oh well, I wasn't thirsty anyway.

After fidgeting with the silverware, unfolding the paper napkin, and placing it in my lap, I glanced around the restaurant. I was running out of things to keep myself busy, and my paranoia grew with every passing second. Sighing, I peered out the window across the parking lot and then up at the dark night sky. No followers. No moon either.

I shivered. The new moon hadn't been my friend in years.

Each new moon night meant waking up someplace I'd never been before, without any memory of how I got there. The sleepwalking started around the time I turned eighteen. At least that's what I hoped it was — it seemed like sleepwalking. But my body only reacted in time with the phases of the moon, Lunar Phases. I'm pretty sure that's where we get the word "lunatic" but don't quote me on that.

Over the years, I learned to deal with "it," but not so much what "it" might be. And last year after a visit to Bellevue, I thought I might finally be getting closer to figuring out this odd monthly cycle of mine, but it only made my world unravel even further.

Then there was the squirrel incident.

My gut retched at the memory, and I checked over my shoulder. New moon nights made me tense, but this one seemed different. Something felt off.

I faced the table again, shaking my head. Nothing looked suspicious. No men in white coats armed with sedatives in the next booth.

Maybe I'd finally lost them.

It wasn't like Bellevue Hospital in L.A. would find me here in The Hot Rod Café in Reno and lock me up while I waited for my bacon cheeseburger and two baskets of fries. They wouldn't come this far. At least I hoped not.

So why did my heart race like crazy?

The bell on the door jingled.

Oh, God. They found me.

The hair on the back of my neck prickled, and my muscles knotted with adrenaline, aching to run, to escape. Cold sweat beaded along my spine as I fought stay in my seat. Forcing my lungs to breathe, I made a conscious effort to keep from hyperventilating and did my best not to let the panic show on my face when I turned around.

A tall, dark-haired man filled the open doorway, wearing blue jeans and a black Aerosmith concert tee. His bright green eyes scanned the restaurant, and I caught myself staring. I couldn't help it.

He was maybe six feet tall, but I sucked at guessing heights. His black leather boots were scuffed — more like hiking boots than biker boots — and he wore a heavy silver chain around his neck with some sort of pendant hanging in the center of his chest. His very well-muscled and very broad chest.

When he looked my way, my jaw snapped shut. His dark hair was messy in that way that looks dangerous on a guy but sloppy on a girl. From under his stray locks, his gaze connected with mine. I was pretty sure I started gnawing at my lower lip. It was a bad habit, but I usually did it when I got nervous. Either way, he took it as an invitation of some sort.

I didn't have a great grasp of what guys considered a "come hither" look, so maybe I gave him one. I'd thought it was a "leave me the hell alone" look, but who knew.

When he got to my table, my gaze caught on the pendant around his neck — a bullet. Or at least it looked like a bullet. Weird. My eyes moved farther up, to see his face. The right corner of his mouth twisted into what might have been a smile, but my alarm bells rang inside. Time to get out of the restaurant.

"Aren't you going to invite me to sit?"

I frowned and rubbed my moist hands against my jeans. "I wasn't planning on it. There are plenty of other tables open."

He glanced around the café and then at me again. My pulse shot up in response.

"You're not at any of the other tables." Even with curls of hair hanging in his face, his emerald eyes bore into me.

"That's the point." Hopefully my voice carried more conviction than I felt. Stupid hormones. Gorgeous or not, I had no idea who he was or why he seemed so intent on my company. I had to get rid of him. "I wasn't looking for company."

He shrugged his broad shoulders. "Neither was I."

"Good, then go sit someplace else."

Oh, thank God. The waitress headed over with a huge tray piled high with my food. Saved by a burger.

He stepped aside to let her work, and when all the baskets were on the table, the waitress straightened and looked at tall-dark-and-handsome at twelve o'clock. He stood there shamelessly while she gave him a slow once-over.

She glanced at me with a wry smile. "Is this gentleman with you?"

I opened my mouth to answer, but he beat me to it.

"Yes, I am." He plopped down across from me in the booth and winked. "Thanks for ordering fries for me, doll."

The waitress seemed satisfied and sashayed back to the kitchen. I glared at my unwanted dinner guest and picked up my one-pound bacon cheeseburger. "I'm not your 'doll,' and these fries are not for you."

"You've got quite an appetite for a little thing."

"Yeah, so I've heard." I shot an evil-eyed glare toward the waitress, couldn't help it.

"So what's your game?" He leaned closer and lowered his voice. "What the hell are you doing here during new moon?"

I almost choked on my burger.

Dabbing my mouth with the napkin, I scooted up in my seat a little. Up close his eyes looked like a dense forest of green. Easy to get lost in them if you looked too long. And I was getting lost. Crap! Focus, Lana.

He couldn't possibly know about me and the new moon. Unless ... But he didn't look like the type who worked in a psych hospital.

I leaned back again and forced my mouth to move. "I don't know what you're talking about."

He pressed his large hands flat on the table, his shoulders tensed, and something in his eyes looked ... confused? "I smelled you from outside the building. Why do you think I came in here?"

Without thinking, I kicked him under the table. Hard. I also took more than a little satisfaction in seeing the surprise on his face. "If you're trying to sweep me off my feet, telling me I stink isn't the way to do it."

He smirked. "If I were trying to sweep you off your feet, you'd be swept. Period." His tone was deep, leaving me unsure if he was threatening or teasing.

"Wow! You've managed to elevate pompous to an art form." I snapped up a few fries and gave him my best get-lost glare. "Leave me alone."

His eyes narrowed on me, but then the door opened and he spun around. Four men in matching gray riot gear came in. The burger I ate turned to stone in my stomach.

I'd seen the leader's face in my rearview mirror before. They were here for me.

My unwelcome companion got up to intercept them. "Can I help you?"

His broad shoulders blocked my view. I hoped that went both ways and the goons couldn't see me either.

The leader came closer. "This doesn't concern you."

I shimmied under the table and slid out of the booth. The head guy rested his hand on his gun. My heart raced. I couldn't let somebody get shot because of me, but my years of self-defense classes didn't really prepare me for a group of armed, trained attackers.

"I think they're here for me."

My dinner date didn't take his attention off the ring leader. "I don't care who they came for. No reason for them to come in here with guns."

The mention of guns sent gasps around the café. I sent up a silent prayer that someone in the bathroom was calling 911.

The leader didn't move. "Step away from the lady."

"Can't help you there. Why don't we take this outside?"

"I don't have time for this, asshole." He nodded his head and his goons lunged forward to grab my protector's arms.

He yanked his arms inward, cracking the goons' heads together with a hollow thump. One of his arms came free and he used it to send another one of the men sailing across the café. The man's head crashed through the pie display case and his body lay limp. My muscled friend punched the second man in the chin, knocking him off his feet.

While he fought, the leader drew his weapon. "Watch out!" I shouted.

He tackled the leader around the waist just as the pistol fired. Screams pierced my ears and glass shattered. Hopefully that meant the bullet exited the building without hitting anyone. One more punch and the man lay motionless on the floor.

My hands trembled at my sides while I kicked the gun away from his fingertips. Cyrus was embroidered on the upper left of his riot gear. He looked much less threatening when he was unconscious. Before I turned to go, I noticed something on the inside of his wrist. I squatted closer. The inside of his wrist had a tattoo, a lion's head with an "N" branded in the center. My chest constricted as I squinted my eyes for a better look. I'd seen that emblem before.

I'm losing it. All I needed was to pass out here in front of all these people. I took a step toward the door when my protector grabbed my hand. The moment I gripped his, he stumbled and glanced at me over his shoulder, frowning.

He blinked and shook it off before I ran toward the exit with him. "Sirens." It took a second before I heard the familiar sound. He had some crazy amazing hearing. "We need to go. Now."

I agreed completely. Dodging glass and bodies, we made it to the door. Outside, I yanked my hand free and glanced at my rental car in the parking lot. At this point, driving probably wasn't a great idea since I could lose consciousness at any time during the new moon. Shit.

"We can't be here when the police arrive."

His voice jarred me from my thoughts and I managed a nod.

"Good." His lip began to curl up into a smile, and then his expression quickly blanked. "Let's run."

I turned to bolt in the other direction, but his large hand caught my arm.

"This way. Away from the city." Electrical pulses shot up my arm, probably shock from almost being shot. Or the new moon working its craziness on me. How long could I run before I blacked out?

Whoever this guy was, his instincts were good. The last thing I wanted was to be sleepwalking in downtown Reno. When we got a few miles from the café, he slowed. I should've been winded, but I wasn't even out of breath.

"Thanks for helping me ditch those guys back there." Brushing my hair back from my face, I stared up at the handsome stranger who just saved my bacon. "I don't even know your name."

"I'm Adam." He offered his hand and I shook it, feeling that same strange tingle.

"Lana. You were pretty amazing tossing those guys around back there."

He shrugged, his muscular shoulders rolling back. "Who were those guys, and why are they after you?"

The image of the tattoo inside the gunman's wrist popped into my head again. What did it mean? I forced my focus back to Adam. I'd have to figure it out later.

"I should be asking you the same question. You came looking for me. Why?" I jammed my hands in my pockets, reminding myself that I had a cylinder of pepper spray and my cell phone. Just in case.

His eyes narrowed. "Because in the past two weeks jaguar shifters have killed humans in my city and left mutilated bodies out in the open. I won't let that happen again."

I took a step back, doing my best to process this crazy talk. "Shifters? You lost me."

"Like you." He crossed his arms over his broad chest. He didn't appear to be joking. "Now why don't you tell me who those men were in the diner?"

"Like me?" I shook my head. Maybe he was drunk. "Look, I'm just passing through. I appreciate your help back there, but I'll be fine. I'm not who you think I am, so you really don't need to get involved."

"Someone tried to shoot me. I'm already involved."

I groaned. "I didn't ask you to protect me."

"You didn't look like you wanted to go with them." He pinned me with his intense gaze.

"I don't know who they are, okay?" My arms felt heavy. Please don't black out now. "Bellevue tried to lock me up for seventy-two hours and ship me to a psych facility back east, so I escaped. I'm guessing they sent these guys to bring me back."

One corner of his mouth twisted up. "Do you really think a hospital would send men with guns to shoot you?" He shook his head, his arms dropping to his sides. "Why are you playing games?"

My head pounded. "I'm not playing anything. In fact, I was minding my own business having some dinner until you barged in like a crazy person."

"Tonight is the new moon, and instead of staying away from people, you're in the middle of a restaurant. If those hired guns hadn't taken you out, my Pack would have."

"What the hell are you talking about?" I frowned. "Your Pack?"

"I should've taken care of you myself. You were in my sector of town, but you don't seem like the others, and now ..." He hesitated, clenching his jaw. "I couldn't do it."

"Couldn't do what?"

His hands dropped to his sides. "Kill you."

I didn't hesitate. I ran faster than I had ever run in my entire life. Without looking back, I pushed my legs harder, fighting to put as many strides between us as possible. The streets gave way to shrubs and trees, blurring as I streaked past them. My lungs burned, but somehow Adam kept up. I ran off the streets, through the sagebrush and rocks, until the city stood miles behind us.

I never knew I could run so far or so fast, but I still couldn't outrun him. When I stopped, he jogged up beside me and frowned.

"You need to shift."

"What?" I huffed.

He tilted his head slightly, and I swear he looked even cuter. The same man who just told me he was supposed to kill me. I wanted to slap myself. Snap out of it, Lana!

His tough guy face faded, and for a moment a flash of compassion shone in his eyes. "You don't know what you are, do you?"

My chest heaved, but for a moment my heart stopped. For the past five years I'd devoted most of my time to searching for answers, terrified of what might be happening to me. Now here I stood in the middle of nowhere with a man who seemed certain he knew the one answer I wanted more than anything.

I shook my head, my voice softer than I intended. "Do you know?"

He nodded, his gaze searching mine. "You're one of the jaguars. A shape-shifter."

My jaw went slack. He must've been joking, but he looked serious. Impossible. A shape-shifter?

No. I was a sleepwalker. That's what all the psychiatrists said. They'd given me prescriptions for Trazodone and Klonopin, and when that didn't help, I had a CAT scan. But instead of finding a brain tumor or telling me I needed surgery, they told me I had a brain anomaly that could lead to schizophrenia and decided I should be institutionalized.

I decided they should take a flying leap.

But a shape-shifter? No way. People didn't turn into animals. Nervous laughter bubbled up from my lips.

He shrugged. "Laugh all you want, but you can see me and it's pitch black out here. How do you explain that?"

I looked around. He was right. We were far from any streetlights or homes and no moon in the sky either. I didn't notice it while I ran for my life, but I still saw my surroundings without even a sliver of moonlight glowing overhead. A chill shot crept down my spine.

"You just ran roughly ten miles at top speed. Marathon runners would be a little winded. How are you feeling?"

Other than the itchy feeling under my skin. I wasn't even out of breath.

"Did you hear the sirens when we left the diner?"

I nodded slowly. "But not until after you told me you heard them."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Moonlight by Lisa Kessler, Danielle Poiesz, Theresa Cole. Copyright © 2013 Lisa Kessler. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner from the start! After reading (or trying to read and get through) the last five books I bought lately, this one was great. I like the way the story just flows with romance, action and mystery. I also like that the main female character does not have an annoying best friend who acts like a 14 year old. A lot of the romance stories have that annoying best friend- I hate that!! This story was well written I look forward to this series. This book also had a HEA, on my nook it had 280 pages. So yes it is a stand alone. The next book in this series will be about our main character (Adam) brother and give us his story. I gave this story 5 stars, that is saying a lot for me, I have not been happy with the latest reads from other authors or the misleading reviews that lead me to buy them in the first place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first I have read from this author and I look forward to reading more! Style is easy to read and follow, characters are likeable. I would recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i reread it and told all my family and friends i love the shapeshifter books and this is one of my favorites you must read
Mich_Mc More than 1 year ago
Adam Sloan is next in line to lead his pack, being the son of the Alpha comes with expectations. Expectations that include aiding and protecting the pack members and keeping their identities secret from outsiders. A werewolf's biggest adversary is the jaguar shifter, when Adam smells one in his territory he seeks them out to take them out before they can bring unwanted attention to the pack by killing an innocent. Instead of the expected bloodthirsty shifter, Adam finds Lana and he gets more than he bargained for! Lana is an enigma, she turns all of Adam's beliefs on their head and that is before he discovers the conspiracies and secret organisations that are surrounding her. Can he keep her safe as they attempt to discover why she is being targeted? Will the rest of Adams pack be able to look past the fact that Lana is a jaguar and be able to accept her? Or will sacrifices need to made in order for them to be together? I loved this new series from Lisa, it was action packed and there was more than a few surprises along the way. Adam and Lana's relationship hits more than one bump along the way, they work through their problems instead of just ignoring them or forgiving to quickly. The secondary characters are intriguing and I'm wondering if my hunch about Sebastian will turn out to be true, I can't wait until October for the next instalment in the series! This was a fantastic introduction, I couldn't put it down!
_DVF_ More than 1 year ago
WOW! Lisa Kessler has written a best seller!!! When Adam "smells" danger in his hometown, he never realized that the danger was really his heart. Lana doesn't know who or what she is. Together they find work to find out who is hunting Lana. Will the organization tear them apart? This book was riveting! I could not put it down!! HIGHLY recommend!!
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I finished Lisa Kessler's newest book and start to a new series, Moonlight. Yes, this is a werewolf book with some jaguars. I have notice a trend of these kinds of books, but I actually really liked this book. Let me share my thoughts: First off, the story might feel a little slow at first, but you need to keep in mind this is the start of a new series. It is very important to keep in mind, because Ms. Kessler is building the story. Plus, it's kind of important to know why certain people are getting chased and murder.  So, we have Adam Sloan who happens to be a werewolf and he's wonder why there's a jaguar in his territory. Once he stumbles upon Lana Turpin, Adam's life gets turn upside down (that's putting it mildly). Anyways, he sees something special between him and Lana, but can't face the facts that he found his mate.Yep jaguar and wolf, it's bound to get complicated. If that wasn't enough, Lana has Nero Organization chasing after, which endangers Adam's pack. Once the story is establish, it's pretty action pack. We have a mysterious group that seems pretty evil. Then you have a complicated relationship with jaguar and wolf possibly getting together. I mean how do tell your family, "Hey I found my mate, by the way she's a jaguar." Yep, not going to go over to well. So, if you are looking for a new shifter book with wolves and jaguars with evil mystery group, you might want to give Moonlight a try. I can't wait to see what happens next. Copy provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like that it's written from both their points of view.
FaeRhiannon More than 1 year ago
When Adam first meets Lana in the diner, he knows she’s a jaguar shifter and that it’s his duty to kill her… but then he touches her hand and his wolf knows it has met its mate — which goes against everything he’s been raised to believe.  He knows instinctively that he will protect her with his dying breath, but with another jaguar in the area killing what can he do? This book was cute, suspenseful and full. I did enjoy it, though I didn’t really make any notes or highlights on this, so it wasn’t something that really stood out. There were funny moments and sexy moments — obviously. I do hope to read the upcoming books in the series because I’m interested to see how the other brothers/cousins find love. Especially Adam’s twin, Aren, who takes turns with Adam being the gruff guy with the soft interior and the sweetheart.  Something happens to him towards the end of the book that gives him a different outlook on life and I really want to see where he goes — and at the end of this book, there’s a preview of the next book which will be Aren’s story. I can’t wait for that. Again, this book was well done, had some definite moments where I laughed, one moment where I wanted to cry and felt for the characters. It was a slightly-above-average book. So a 3.5 out of 5 for this one. I really do want to see where Ms Kessler goes from here. I haven’t read anything else by her but I’d like to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great start to a new series! Kessler was quite clever to stray from the traditional werewolf vs. vampire and went with a new pairing I never would have thought of, werewolves and jaguars! This was a phenomenal read and I was very happy to go right into book #2, Hunter's Moon, without having to wait!
These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Not for me Have you ever read something that you really wanted to like but didn’t? Yeah. As much as I loved loved loved the second book in this series, Hunter’s Moon, I just couldn’t get behind the characters in Moonlight. Adam is the Alpha’s son, the next Alpha so you would expect a man of strength and leadership. And yet he is so wishy-washy and cowardly when it comes to telling his family “This is my mate.” I love a strong Alpha-male character – it’s probably why I read so many shifter novels – but Adam just never quite got there for me. I needed him to man up and it really took too long for him to do it. Lana also didn’t quite give me what I needed to respect her as a strong female character. So much of the first half of the book was her mentally telling herself how she was going to leave Adam. How she didn’t deserve him. How she couldn’t come between him and his family. While I understand the sentiment (except for the not good enough thing – that one always bugs me), it seemed as if the whole “I’m going to leave him” thing was told a number of times without an action backing it up. All that being said, Lisa Kessler and her writing style are wonderful. Do I sound like a hypocrite? Let me explain. There is nothing in the style of the writing or the plotline that detracts from the book. It is a solidly written, well-thought out adventure through an inter-species romance. My issues with the book were more personality conflicts with the characters. There’s nothing wrong with them – no out of character moments or ridiculous behavior – I just got irritated by them. It’s like when you meet a friend of a friend. You’ve heard so much about them and want so badly to be friends with them as well, but something about them just makes you say “nope.” There’s nothing overtly offensive about them, they’re just not someone you want to hang with and tell all your secrets to. That’s Adam and Lana to me. We’re meant to be more acquaintances than BFFs. Aren and Sasha from Hunter’s Moon on the other hand…I want to curl up on their couch and just watch them interact. Jason too. And Luke. Maybe even Gareth. Hopefully we will get to see more of these other characters that have already piqued my interest in future books in the series. I know I’ll be waiting ever-so-impatiently for them. You may like Moonlight – there’s plenty of drama and mystery, a nice amount of heat and a slow-burn mating romance. I just couldn’t keep my head in the story. That being said, Hunter’s Moon was one of my favorite books of 2013 so I will continue on with this series. If you start Moonlight and find yourself putting it down and agreeing with me, give Hunter’s Moon a read. The author wrote a strong, stand-alone novel as part of the series so the important details of Moonlight are covered without a big information dump. Overall I give this one three stars for a solid plot and wonderful writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this new series, it had many twists and turns and a wonderful love story! I can't wait till the next one!!!
DawnDoyle More than 1 year ago
The first book in Lisa Kessler’s new Moon Series, Moonlight is an awesome start! We meet Lana and Adam, destined to be an interracial shifter couple. At first touch, Adam’s wolf screams mate, while Lana just wants to scream. Adam fears his family and pack will never understand, as Lana’s jaguar species has been the heart of many attacks on their wolf pack, regardless of the fact that Lana didn’t even know that she was one. Fated to hide their developing relationship, having to outrun and outsmart those trying to capture, and those trying to kill Lana, theirs is not an easy path to follow. Lana just craves someone to love, someone to call her own. She grew up in Foster Care and it has always been her dream to be a part of a family. Excellent world building, as per the norm with Lisa Kessler’s books, lends a perfect accompaniment to the depth she builds in her characters. The alternating POV’s gives the story a new level. It’s great to see the same thing from a different view, especially when it doesn’t overlap too much so that it gets repetitive. Very nicely done Lisa! It’s a great storyline with action, danger, romance, sizzling sexual tension and chemisty. You will be sucked in faster than you can turn the pages! Can’t wait for the next installment.
CabinGoddess More than 1 year ago
First off I want to tell everyone who thinks they are going to point their fingers in my direction and go "HAHAHA YOU love hot shifter reads!!" Ya ya ya ya, I think I can no longer fall back on the "I have Harlequin PTSD" excuse anymore. Writers like Lisa Kessler have driven the flashbacks far back into a cobweb infested corner of my demented mind. I loved this book. I read three books of a paranormal- nature last week, one was my #TEAMVAMPIRE  review book, this one and probably should have read Moonlight last because it ruined me for the other shifter book I read. How do I love it? Well let me count the ways, or at least give you some examples.. Lana -- Though written in a somewhat formulaic paranormal romance style of an alpha female meets alpha male and butts heads until she realizes she needs him to rescue her... Lana still ends up making the story fresh for me. There is no hint of a churned out story, Lisa Kessler has a gift. Lana is wonderful! She has survived after being a foster kid and never fitting in, and as she has gotten older she starts to have black outs once a month during the new moon. Why do I like this about her? Well I like how she deals with it, proactively! Sure it gets her hunted, when truthfully it is her who could be hunting them *wink* but this, this is one of the reasons I adore Lana. She is one HELL of go getter! Adam -- Adam is actually a blend of  the myriad of alpha male characters you find in paranormal romances. He is a brooding, indecisive individual who always wants to save the day and the woman he is with. Driven by the rules of the pack and his immediate attraction to Lana, which is beyond his control, his personality sometimes seems to go on Swing Ride for a bit. Made me wonder if he would ever get off! There were times I wanted to choke him! But I was going to tell you what I love about him... I love the way he loves her. So passionately with every ounce of his being. I love how he loves his family, though will walk away from her for the woman he is meant to spend his life with, despite their differences. What makes this completely different than most cookie cutter paranormal romances is Lisa Kessler switches back and forth from Lana and Adam's point of view. Each chapter is labeled with whose name (turn) it is and we see each of their inner struggles from their voice, not from the outside of what is going on around them. Lana's struggle to let her guard down, let Adam in and allow herself to be loved. Adam's struggle, as I mentioned, to be part of the pack or to embrace his destiny with Lana and her Jaguar shifter and to let Lana be her own woman, along with many others. It was very refreshing and very well done.  I have read a lot of books with shifters, I don't live on a hill looking down at all the urban fantasy books with my high literature and (shoving my zombie books under the couch) umm nose in the air, I swear! *snickering* Seriously! But I am not a paranormal romance reader unless it really has a good hook. Yep, I think I am taking Lisa on my next fishing trip, we will clean up and I will have a freezer full! She had me (excuse the cliche) hook line and ......... totally hot yummy werewolf ...sinker! Though I gotta admit, I liked the villains! Gotta love me the bad boys and girls, no matter how horrible they are to the team! Of course, who led those guys wrong? Just how bad were they? Could it be those who are chasing Lana? Oh heck.. wait... is that a spoiler? CRAP! HAH! I read this almost straight through. I fell asleep after swearing at Lisa telling her she kept me up till 6 AM and woke up to finish it only go and get all fangirl on her cute ass! She really outdid herself! Thanks for giving me a great read, I have to agree with Froggarita, this may be going on my favorite reads for Urban Parnormal Romance/Shifter/HOT/reads of the year! But between the hot yummy shifting goodness? I think this is a wonderful message of how differences do not have to be what keeps us apart. Just because one group "kills" your kind, doesn't mean all are the same... right? *wink* again .. good job... 5 - double paw prints, my friend! In honor of Lana! (cuz she's my fav)
MFRTX More than 1 year ago
Great adventure story. Loved the hard headed hero Adam and heroine Lana. They fight and end up together. I liked have they are both shifters but ones a jaguar and the other is a wolf. This book is easy to read. Kept me up read way passed my bed time. Highly recommend this book.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Kessler's new series is a hit! This was a werewolf paranormal story with a twist--a pairing between species. I'm so glad something like Ms. Kessler's story came along! If different human races can intermarry, why not paranormal-human creatures? Adam and Lana's story is truly timely and wonderful--full of emotion, passion, action and mystery/suspense. Ms. Kessler's descriptive writing style brings the reader right into the story as if you were right there as a witness. I will be sure to read the rest of this series as they are released, as well as other stories in Ms. Kessler's backlist...they are and will be on my "keeper" shelf for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the flow of the story and the characters are all stong, hard headed most times, but very likeable. On to next book. :):)
MrsBbrook More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Love the characters, love the story, this is a MUST read!
837372_55693 More than 1 year ago
Moonlight is a great beginning for what I can see being a great new series "Moon Series" I found Moonlight to be a very exciting,adventurous and passionate read! I loved the way Adam and Lana came together and were there for each other in there most trying times!!! I am so looking forward to many, many, more books in this series!!! Great Job Lisa!!! Happy reading and writing* Teresa Lloyd
Froggarita More than 1 year ago
What an awesome start to a new series by Lisa Kessler! Moonlight starts off in the POV of Lena who is running from some people who are chasing her..she stops in a restaurant to eat and suddenly in comes Adam. Adam is tall, dark, and oh so yummy but he is also a werewolf! While walking by the restaurant Adam smell a Jaguar, which are his enemy, and is surprised to learn it is Lana. While they are talking in the restaurant the men chasing her come in and he protects her from them and flee. Together Adam and Lana end up trying to figure out who the men are and why they want Lana. Moonlight does switch POV from Lana to Adam throughout the book which I loved, that way we knew what both were both thinking and feeling. The book has twist and turns and was written expertly! Lisa Kessler sure knows how to keep you glued to your seat while reading her books! I absolutely loved the ending and want more in the moon series! Impatiently waiting for book 2, Hunter's Moon! It releases in October 2013! Froggy Froggarita's Bookcase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was the first one I've read by this author and she did not disappoint. The characters have depth and the plots and twists kept me hooked and reading. I couldn't put it down.
Lovetiggi More than 1 year ago
Warning: This is an 18+ Read Only due to its graphic content. Wow! What a sexy and intense read! MOONLIGHT(MOON SERIES #1 by LISA KESSLER, is simply fantastic.   This book snatched me from the beginning and kept me flippin pages to see how the author was going to describe the next scene, or how she was going to justify an unexpected twist or turn. Full of emotions, tasteful sex scenes, and a suspenseful mysterious world...I did not want to put it down... life has a way of interrupting my need to feed my read.  I fell in Love with Adam and Lana as they are both so identifiable and well developed. Adam is out on a mission to find the jaguar responsible for killing people in the open. Jaguars are not typically found in Reno. So why are they there? Then he sees Lana and things get complicated all the way around. Adam is a great character, passionate, loyal, family-orientated, and very protective, and has one hell of a temper to boot. I could identify with Lana's character quite a bit, lonely, alone, skeptical, sarcastic, and self reliable... When you are all you have to rely on, you follow your gut instincts and learn to survive.  It makes one strong, courageous, and independent. She is powerful character, even if she is negative at some points. As the story continues, she makes some decisions that ticked me off. That's cool, I LIKE characters who are strong, yet flawed.  I enjoyed this book a lot. I recommend to any 18+ Reader out there who enjoys some steam with thier paranormal romance. 5 out of 5 Hearts Lovetiggi' Book Reviews
sin39 More than 1 year ago
Moonlight by Lisa Kessler This is book one in a new series by Lisa. Meet Adam he is a Alpha werewolf.  Adam is trying to protect his pack from being discovered.   Seems some Jaguar sifters have moved to town and are not careful.  Meet Lana, she is a jaguar sifter and does not know it.   Lana has been having blackout once a month and does not remember what happens. This story has it all: murder, mystery, adventure Will our two find their happily ever after? You will have to read to find out. Awesome story Lisa.  Can not wait for the next one.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book!! I loved every single thing about it! The characters were so easy to connect with that I truly felt that I was on the sidelines actually watching their amazing story unfold. You just can't help but be drawn to them. I even found myself liking the "bad guys". I can't wait for the next book in this series, then the next and the next.... Trust me when I say you don't want to miss this one!!!!!!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this sexy paranormal read more than 5 stars!!!!!!                                    Good looking and too-sexy-for-his-own-good, Adam is a rancher AND destined to be the alpha werewolf of his pack. He and his pack are on the lookout for a panther who has been reported to be in the their area as panthers and weres are sworn enemies. He picks up the scent and it's coming from a cafe... Lana was abandoned at birth and is a free lance writer. She has been experiencing episodes in which she black-outs and, after having a medical scan, is now on the run from some men who want to put her in an institution - someplace she definitely does not want to go! She is just trying to grab a bite to eat and is not thrilled when Adam saunters in the cafe and sits at her table... When the men from the institution walk in to the cafe a few minutes later, Adam moves quickly to protect Lana to both his and Lana's surprise. So begins a scrumptiously sexy tale of rocky pitfalls and discovery for both Adam and Lana and for Adam's pack. I've read everything Lisa has ever published and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lisa's books. This one is truly a treat! The story enthralled me from the very beginning and it was torture to put it down! I have to confess that I've never been a fan of books about werewolves previously... but I certainly am now that I have read Moonlight! I can hardly wait for the next one in this series. I highly recommend Moonlight to anyone looking for a captivating paranormal read. IF you don't particularly care for werewolves now, I bet you will after you read it too! It's EXCELLENT! 5 STARS! I wish I could give it more!  
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Moonlight by Lisa Kessler Book One of the Moon series Publisher: Entangled Publication Date: July 15, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC sent by the publisher ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf's biggest challenge is keeping his kin's true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out. Lana Turpin doesn't realize she's a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she's being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back--even though she's never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy. It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls...mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her...and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love. What I Liked: I really enjoyed this book! I chose to read this book when I did because I had been (and still am!) under the pressure of reading a ton of July/August/September Young Adult releases that I requested a long time ago. This book already came out, but it's a respite from all those YA books that I've been reading. I love throwing an adult book in the midst of YA books, just so I get my dose of steamy every now and then! So I really didn't know what to expect from Moonlight - because I wasn't necessarily reading it because I was dying to read it. But I was happily surprised when I started reading and was completely sucked into the story. The plot, the characters, the romance... everything was so intriguing!  The plot was filled with action! Usually, with adult romance books, it's all about the romance. While the romance played a huge part in the book, the plot clearly dominated. Basically, Lana is on the run from a medical institution, but she has no idea why they want her. She finds out via Adam, a man she runs into at a restaurant, that she is a were-jaguar, and he is a werewolf. What follows after is Adam protecting Lana from two jaguars intent on bringing Lana in to the institution (Nero, I believe). Of course, there are twists and turns along the way, and the action almost never stops! Lana and Adam both have a voice in this novel - they switch off about every chapter (in terms of the perspective of the novel). I feel like this is excellent in terms of showing the character development for both characters. With Lana, you see exactly what she is thinking, and exactly what she thinks of Adam. With Adam, you see what he is thinking and what he thinks of Lana. The character development progressed nicely, and I loved reading how each protagonist grew, page after page. The romance is both sweet and terrifying. Lana is afraid of being with Adam, because she knows that werewolves instinctively hate jaguars, especially when the two jaguars hunting Lana are killing and injuring werewolves. But Lana and Adam quickly fall in love, and they can't part ways. Adam keeps something from Lana that is crucial to werewolves, and that should be impossible for jaguars. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Lana and Adam!They really made sparks fly. No love triangle - just Adam acting like a jealous boyfriend whenever a male is around Lana. This story ends very, very well! Adam and Lana get their happy ending, and then some. Aren does not get such a happy ending, and we will see him featured in the next book. Nevertheless, Moonlight was very satisfying! I'm so happy to have had the chance to read it. What I Did Not Like: I guess I'm still confused about how Lana is a jaguar (since women aren't born jaguars). I mean, I know the author went into an explanation about experiments, but it didn't seem good enough, you know? And at the very end, when Lana and Adam... well, I'm not going to give anything away, but the very end - it just doesn't really make sense to me? And I wish things with Sasha, a killer jaguar, and Sebastian, another killer jaguar, and Aren, Adam's twin brother, made sense. I can see where things are going for each of them, but in the story, I was confused towards the end, with their respective roles in the book.  So basically, I wanted to know more about the experiments and why Lana is the way she is, and more about her parents, and her life. None of this is really explained, but perhaps in later books, they will be explained.  Would I Recommend It: I most certainly would! I'm not sure what I was expecting with this one, but I'm glad I asked for a review copy, because I really enjoyed it! I'll definitely be hanging on to read the next book in the series! I know a lot of people are turned off by the idea of werewolf books these days (I'm one of them!), but trust me - this book is not what you might think! Rating: 4 stars. This yummy adult read will go by quickly and is sure to keep you invested even past the end!