Sharie Kohler returns to the shadowy world of the Moon Chasers, where a seductive witch stalked by demons finds protection in the arms of a lycan on a mission of blood vengeance. . . .
Darby lives her life below the radar, moving from town to town in the coldest climates, eluding the demons that hunt her—and never allowing herself to get close to anyone. Now, in frigid isolation, Darby waits tables in a small town and tries to forget who she is—what she is—and the danger forever nipping at her heels. Until a new danger finds her—a lycan pack whose distant howls have the locals on edge. But the call of the lycans has also drawn a handsome, menacing stranger. . . .
For years, Niklas has searched for the bloodthirsty pack that murdered his mother and infected him. Darby is overwhelmed by his raw appeal and dangerous strength. Niklas senses her need and vulnerability . . . and together they give in to the hungry attraction blazing between them—but desire this fierce brings dangers of its own. When Darby is targeted by the lycans, the stakes are higher than ever—and Niklas is not about to lose another woman he loves to their evil bloodlust.
|Edition description:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||3.96(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
SHARIE KOHLER is a USA Today bestselling author who also writes historical romances and a paranormal young adult series under the name Sophie Jordan. Her popular Moon Chasers paranormal series is available from Pocket Books.
Visit her website at www.shariekohler.net.
Read an Excerpt
She stood in shadows at the foot of the bed, staring down at the sleeping figure. At sixteen, he was almost a man, but still a boy in so many ways. Always her boy, her son, her baby. A lump thickened her throat and she fought to swallow it down.
He slept fitfully, tossing and turning, sweat glistening on his face, visible even in the room’s dull glow. The source of that glow could be seen through the window. It repelled her … made her slightly ill. She moved toward the window, her steps creaking over the wooden floor. She grasped the curtains in both hands and pulled the fabric tightly shut as if she could block out that waxing moon. Hide it from view. Forget what it meant, the power it now held over her son.
Her hands lingered on the soft cotton, caressing the fabric for a moment until sliding away. She remembered selecting the curtains years ago. The puppies chasing red balls still made her smile. Of course, he had been complaining about them for some time now, arguing that a boy his age needed more manly curtains. Her response had been to laugh, ruffle his hair and tell him he would always be her baby. Nothing would ever change that. Her hands curled into fists, her nails cutting into her tender palms. Nothing. Now more than ever she had to be a good mother to him.
It had been just the two of them for so long now. His father was gone. He’d passed in and out of her life so swiftly that memories of him were dim. A man with a rumbling laugh, wicked smile and broad hands that she could hold and stroke and stare at for hours. Niklas remembered nothing of him at all, which was just as well. She’d worked hard over the years to make sure he never felt the lack of a father in his life.
Niklas was her world. And she was his. The realization created a deep gnawing pang in her chest. It was going to be hard for him, but he was young. He’d overcome. He’d grow into a strong man and move on. He’d be fine without her.
She rounded the bed. Her hand shook as she lowered it to his head and brushed the silken hair—almost as though she had never touched him before. Except she had done so every day for the last sixteen years. As her fingers slid the hair back from his feverish skin, she confronted the harsh reality that this would be her last time to touch him. A sob caught in her throat but she held it back, determined not to wake him. Determined that he not know what she was about until it was too late. Until it was done.
Bending, she pressed trembling lips to his cheek. The white bandage peeked out from the edge of his shirt, a painful reminder. Beneath that bandage lay torn flesh that she’d cleaned and cared for the best she could. Not that her efforts made any difference. Raw and ravaged tonight, it would probably be gone tomorrow, miraculously healed. All evidence of his attack would be gone.
She stroked his cheek, trying to memorize the texture, everything about him—enough to make it last. His skin still felt smooth and soft as always, even dangerously warm as he was. The fever was the curse, working its way through him, killing him off bit by bit until only a ghost of him would remain. She wouldn’t have that. No matter the cost. It would not come to be.
“Be safe, my love.”
And he would, she vowed as she moved from the bed and slipped silently from the room. No matter the price to herself. She’d do what needed to be done. Her son would wake in the morning himself again. Whole and safe.
She, however, would wake far, far from here. And she’d wake as something else. Something without a chance … without any hope.
© 2011 Sharie kohler
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sharie Kohler's latest book in the Moon Chasers series takes us back into the dark, sensual paranormal world of she's brought to life in the previous stories. In NIGHT FALLS ON THE WICKED, we once again meet Darby, the white witch from MY SOUL TO KEEP. In self-exile in a small town in the arctic, she has isolated herself in the cold in an effort to keep the demons at bay. In the process, her loneliness is slowly becoming despair that she'll ever connect again with another being. And now a pack of werewolves are terrorizing her community. Niklas was infected by the Alpha of the lycans and has spent the last ten years tracking him and killing his pack. When he arrives in town, he finds himself immediately attracted to Darby who he recognizes as more than human. As his enemy gets closer to her, Niklas finds he cannot resist becoming her protector and doesn't want to resist his urgent attraction to her. When they are forced to join forces to fight the evil pack of killers, both must come to terms with truths about themselves before they can end the reign of terror and find hope for a future together. Once again, Ms. Kohler has given us a rivoting story full of action and emotion that keeps you turning the pages until the very end. The love story is a wonderful combination of both touching and sensual, giving hope to two damaged people who have given up on happiness. This is a great read for paranormal fans who are looking for an exciting, tightly written story with a lot of heart
I love this author and this series...so, it pains me to say that I thought that this book was just ok. I felt like the story was kind of rushed & I couldn't connect with the characters. I will probably read the next in this series if there will be one but only because of my loyalty to this author.
This is my first read from the Moon Chaser series and it will not be my last! Coming into the series with the 5th book made me a little weary and I will admit, in the first few chapters I had no clue about the different creatures Sharie Kohler has created in this magnificent world, but towards the middle I was getting the hang of it all. I instantly sympathized with Darby is who a witch on the run from demons, she endeared herself to me on the first page. She has isolated herself in a small town in Alaska, never allowing anyone to get too close to her because if they do they could be in danger. One of Darby's powers is premonitions, or visions of the future. She can't control when they come but they often happen when she touches another person so she tries to limit her contact to as little as possible; because when she has these the demons feel her magic at work and seek her out, trying to steal her soul. Living in Alaska helps keep the demon contact down because all but the strongest demons can't handle the cold. Darby was a refreshing heroine to read about, she had a good heart and was not the aggressive, snarky heroine that you find in most PNR/UF nowadays. The mysterious stranger Niklas arrives in town and there is an instant animal magnetism between him and Darby. They both know that the other is not quite human but they have more in common than they could ever imagine. Niklas has been hunting a lycan (werewolf) pack for the last decade, every since the alpha destroyed his mother and infected him. Sharie Kohler puts a little seen twist on her werewolves though, they aren't the sexy alpha's with a good heart under all that fur; these lycans are evil soulless killing machines with no control over their shift. Tracking the pack to this small town Niklas is determined to end it here. What he doesn't count on though is the attraction he feels towards Darby and the feelings she brings out in him and his beast. When a little girl's life is put on the line though, both Darby and Niklas must put aside their loner ways and work together to save her. Their chemistry sizzles in such close quarters and they are unable to deny it for long, and when these two finally get together it gets hot hot hot! This was not an easy, gentle romance at all and was fought tooth and nail by both H/H but that just added to the already abundant suspense of the story. I found Night Falls on the Wicked to be well written, fluid, intense and action packed with some nice little twists towards the end. The world Sharie Kohler has created is complex and well detailed, and with her vivid story telling it was easy for me to imagine the characters surroundings. You didn't really get to delve too deep into Niklas' emotions until the end; he kept them locked up tight throughout most of the story in effort to keep focused on his goal of revenge but that just built up his character's intrigue. Night Falls on the Wicked was set up to be a great stand alone. There was only one character that I assume was from the series arc and a mention of two characters from a previous book (bk #4 I believe) but these did not distract from the story to the series. It just made me curious to read the other novels in the series, which I will be doing! I recommend this novel to all paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans.
Darby the white witch can foresee the future, but any time she uses her gift the curse is demons arrive. For three years she fled from demons who want to use her skill for their malevolent master. Sadly Darby has become the wanderer who moves from town to town accepting low paying employment while residing preferably above the Arctic Circle. Currently she resides in Lancaster, Alaska working as a waitress at Sam's Diner. However, she and the other seventeen hundred residents live in fear as they hear the howling of a nearby Lycan pack. Niklas hunts the feral pack that murdered his beloved mother and changed him. He has killed some of these vicious werewolves, but the alpha has so far survived his hunting them. The Lycan slayer arrives in beleaguered Lancaster and to his shock is attracted to Darby who he knows instinctively is vulnerabile; she reciprocates as she feels his protectiveness and his bitter anger. As they fall in love, the Lycan want Darby. The latest Moon Chasers romantic urban (tundra?) fantasy (see To Crave a Blood Moon and My Soul to Keep) is a superb thriller that makes Northern Exposure look like an equatorial location. The lead couple is a delightful pairing of two lost souls finding a second chance at life with one another though first they must deal with the savage pack. The townsfolk add eccentricity and fear to the tense story line as Sharie Kohler's world is a dark terrible place to live but the light of love brings hope. Harriet Klausner