The mystery surrounding her disappearance is legendary in Wolfe Creek. But she's far from gone ...
Aimee Styles vanished in the tiny mountain town of Wolfe Creek two years ago. She's supposed to be dead. The only problem is, she's not. What the locals don't know is that she lurks there as a werewolf to this day-a symbol of strength and tragedy, but mostly a protector to those who need her most.
When Doctor Jake Blackstock is called in to treat a sick woman, he has no idea the beauty he's nursing back to health is Aimee. By the time he realizes what he's gotten himself into, it's too late-he's already falling in love. But Jake doesn't trust easily. A native son of mysterious Wolfe Creek, he's always been able to recognize danger in its most natural form. And he knows whatever Aimee's hiding might just be the end of them both.
About the Author
Kaylie Newell is a novelist and was named a finalist for the 2018 Rita Award for Best Short Contemporary Romance novel. She grew up the daughter of two gifted writers and knew she would eventually want to follow in their footsteps. While she has written short stories her whole life, it wasn't until after her kids were born that she decided to write her first novel. She hasn't looked back since.
Erica Sullivan is a professional actress of both stage and screen and holds her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Currently a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she has performed in New York and regionally with such companies as the Lincoln Center, Soho Repertory Theatre, and New Dramatists. She makes her home in Ashland, Oregon, with her family.
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The Moonshadow's Daughter
A Wolfe Creek Novel
By Kaylie Newell, Allison Collins
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Kaylie Newell
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Aimee Styles brought her knees up to her chest, trying to get comfortable. The campfire roared, licking the chilly air with its orange, sparking tongue. Waves of heat caressed her face and hands, but she was still cold. And achy.
She sat on an outcropping of rock in front of the cave where she spent her nights. She'd learned to live simply; a sleeping bag, a few changes of clothes, a toothbrush and a comb. Her comfort level didn't matter much anymore. Now she'd found she was just as happy sleeping on the ground underneath the trees as she was in a bed.
That's how it had been these last two years. She could have learned to acclimate back into society if she'd really wanted to. Could have gone back to wearing cute shoes and going to clubs on Friday nights. But as the days passed, then stretched into weeks and months, she found the longer she stayed away from that life, the more she didn't know how to embrace it again.
Besides, they think I'm dead anyway. And I am. At least the part they knew.
An owl hooted in the branches above and she looked up. Wispy clouds moved across the night sky, where stars were spilled like table salt. The air smelled of burning wood and leaves, but beyond that hung a heavy sweetness, something she'd never been able to pick up before she'd been bit. Animals. Vegetation. Things that had grown as familiar as the subtle scent of her perfume had once been.
Shivering, she reached for the sleeping bag and pulled it around her shoulders. The sliver of moon wasn't very high. It just peeked over the tops of the pine trees, and she guessed it was around ten or so. Mags should be here soon.
In the distance she heard a car making its way up the logging road. Craning her neck, she caught the periodic flash of headlights through the trees — tiny at first, then brighter, larger, until she heard the car round the next curve and slow to a stop on the gravel shoulder. And then the engine cut. A door slammed. Footsteps, coming up the hidden trail to the south. The trail she'd had taken great pains to cover with brush and rocks. Only one person knew about it, and Aimee rose to meet her now.
A few twigs snapped and bushes rustled. There was a muffled f-bomb or two. She smiled and dropped the sleeping bag at her feet.
"Jesus, Joseph, and Mary!" Maggie exploded through the trees and into the firelight, pawing at her hair. "I think a spider dropped on me. Can you see anything?"
Aimee grabbed her friend by the shoulders, turning her around so she could have an obligatory look.
Maggie shook her long brown curls and danced from foot to foot. "Is there anything? Get it out!"
"Oh shit. Hold still."
Laughing, Aimee pushed her away. "I'm kidding."
"Don't do that."
"I couldn't help it."
"And I brought you pizza and everything."
The tantalizing scent wafted from Maggie's backpack. Pepperoni and pineapple, her favorite. Her mouth watered. It had been ages since she'd had pizza.
"Forgive me?" She batted her eyes and clasped her hands under her chin. "You wouldn't withhold greasy sustenance, would you?"
Ignoring that, Maggie stepped past, lowering herself carefully to a log in front of the fire. It wasn't easy. Her belly stuck out like a small beach ball underneath her jacket.
"My God. Are you about to pop?"
Maggie wriggled out of the backpack. "No. But it feels like it. I've got a few more months to go."
Aimee sat down and helped get her friend's arm free of one of the heavy backpack's straps. She knew it would be stuffed with food and little things from home. Last time Maggie had brought an old iPod loaded with comfort music, which was nice while the charge lasted.
They met up here every month, mostly just to talk, sometimes to argue. Maggie, Aimee's best friend since childhood, and one of only a handful of people who knew what she had become, and where she really was, couldn't understand why Aimee wouldn't come back to the land of the living. No one would have to know, she'd pleaded. There were others who'd made it work. Maggie's brother-in-law, Zane, for example. She'd argued that Aimee didn't need to be some wild mountain woman for the rest of her life. She could live among humans successfully.
To which Aimee had fired back, I don't know how! And I don't have reason enough to risk it, anyway.
Aimee looked over at her friend now and marveled how lovely she'd become since she'd gotten pregnant. Maggie had always been pretty. But now ... now she was stunning. Marriage agreed with her. Family life agreed with her.
Maggie must have felt her staring, because she glanced over while opening the small box of pizza. "What?"
"I think you're actually glowing."
Shoving a piece in Aimee's direction, Maggie laughed. "I think that's the campfire."
"No. You look good. Happy."
Maggie popped a few pieces of pepperoni in her mouth and smiled. "You know me so well."
"Well, it's pretty obvious. I don't think I've ever seen you this ... I don't know. Content."
"I am happy," she said, suddenly pensive. "But I worry about you up here all alone. I wish you'd reconsider this. For me?"
Aimee poked at the fire with the toe of her moccasin. The fire crackled and popped at the disruption, as tiny sparks swirled into the darkness. "What's to reconsider? It's not that easy."
Maggie rolled her eyes.
"What? You might as well say it."
Maggie sighed and put her pizza on her napkin. "Okay. You want me to say it, I'll say it." She slapped the crumbs off her hands. "I think you're using what happened to you as an excuse."
She stared at Maggie. "I ... what?"
"Not in the beginning, of course. You needed time to deal with the trauma, the change, all that. It was physical torture, emotionally horrific, and I get it. I know it's been even harder because this was all an accident. Jim was trying to protect you that night and you got bitten when you were caught in the middle. None of this was supposed to happen, but it did anyway. That said, it's been two years, Aimee. Two damn years and you still won't come down off this effing mountain. You're part wolf. I get that, too. But you're not dead. You could have a life. A good one. But I think you're too scared to try, even though you might really want to."
Aimee bristled. Partly because she hated being lectured. Partly because she hated when Maggie was right. After she'd been bitten, Jim, the caretaker at the Wolfe Creek Inn and one of her only other friends in town, had helped her through the trauma. He'd explained what would happen, what to expect. After she'd finally gone through the full transformation and the reality set in, she didn't think she could have a normal life again. She still didn't think she could. It was all just too hard to face.
"Just food for thought," Maggie said, picking up her pizza again. "So to speak."
Looking back at the fire, Aimee picked at her slice. All of a sudden, she'd lost her appetite.
"Hey." Maggie nudged her with her foot. "You can't stay mad at a pregnant lady, remember?"
"It's against the rules. Rule number one, you can't eat me. Rule number two, you can't stay mad."
"I can't eat you?"
"Werewolf. You know."
Aimee gave her a reluctant smile.
"I love you," Maggie said, frowning. "I just want what's best for you, that's all."
Aimee nibbled on a piece of pineapple, the juice sweet on her tongue. It reminded her of high school, when they met at the local pizza parlor after seventh period. A simpler time. Never in a million years would she have guessed what was in store for her. Back then her biggest worry had been what dress to buy for homecoming.
The wind picked up, bringing with it a few stinging drops of rain. Soon, they'd turn to sleet.
"You doing okay?" Maggie asked, putting her hands in her pockets. "You look pale."
"I'm fine. Maybe a little run down, but fine."
The campfire danced in the wind and the smoke blew up toward the trees. The small animals living in their branches were silent now, burrowing down for the night. Even the owl sat quiet, making Aimee uneasy.
"Positive." Aimee got up and wrapped her arms around herself. "You should get back. It's getting cold. I think it might snow." Maggie tipped her head toward the sky. "Yeah? How do you know?"
"Just a feeling."
Maggie slung her backpack over her shoulder with a groan, probably glad to be heading home. Aimee couldn't blame her. She had a handsome husband waiting, and these woods were creepy even in the best weather.
The wind gusted again, almost blowing the fire out. Aimee took Maggie's hand, helping her up.
"I think I'll walk you to your car this time."
Maggie eyed her warily. "Why?" She'd learned to trust Aimee's animal instincts, since they'd proven themselves valuable more than once.
Aimee looked around, uneasy. She couldn't smell anything — the wind was too stiff. She couldn't hear anything, either. But she could feel it. Something off. Something that made her skin crawl. Not a lot. Just enough to want Maggie safe in her car and headed down the mountainside, away from this little den in the woods.
She took her friend's elbow, feeling protective. She'd been the same height as Maggie growing up, but now she was taller, leaner, more muscled. Stronger, too, but that didn't change the fact that part of her still felt vulnerable sometimes. The human part.
She glanced over her shoulder again as the wind whistled through the trees. "Come on. Let's go."
"Should I be worried?"
"Of course not. Just don't want you to catch pneumonia out here."
"What about you? Do you need anything? Want me to bring you some lunch tomorrow?"
Aimee smiled, wanting to pull her friend along faster. "I'm fine. Promise."
"Will you be warm enough?"
They made their way down the dark path, branches reaching out to snag their clothes and hair. The wind swooshed through the pines overhead and they swayed back and forth, shaking needles down like rain.
Maggie's little yellow car sat parked at the side of the logging road like a faithful friend. She turned, her cheeks flushed, her curls blowing wildly about her face. "Promise me you'll be okay up here. That you'll be warm enough, have enough to eat."
"Mags. Your mothering instincts are in hyperdrive." Aimee laughed. "I'm fine. Cross my heart."
Maggie unlocked the door and settled into the seat to start the engine.
"You be careful driving down," Aimee said. "The deer will run right out in front of you."
Maggie closed the door and cranked the window down. "I will. You be careful, too. Not with the deer, but ... you know."
She nodded and stepped back. "I know."
"So, I'll see you soon?"
"Very soon. Now, get going."
She had to fight the urge to push the car down the hill herself. Something watched from a distance, and the hairs on the back of her neck prickled.
Maggie finally pulled away, and Aimee stood there as the taillights grew smaller and smaller, then disappeared altogether. Hugging herself, she looked around again. The gusts blew harder by the minute.
Her entire body ached now, and she thought she might have a fever. But that didn't have anything to do with her sudden case of the chills.
Jake Blackstock looked through his small office window and into the packed waiting room. This flu had spread like wildfire and was currently working on Wolfe Creek's most vulnerable residents — kids and the elderly.
From the vantage point of his desk, he could see two women from the local pie-baking group, who just last week had given him an apple turnover to die for. Both pale and miserable, they were probably wrestling with the inevitable high fever and fatigue this particularly nasty virus brought with it.
He sighed and rubbed his neck. He'd be late again tonight. His parents would have to keep Daniel overnight, and he hated that. But he was the only doctor for miles and these people had to be seen. Someday he hoped his son would understand the long hours and missed school functions. But for now, Jake had to satisfy himself with the fact that this was life. He did the best he could.
Shana, his nurse, stuck her curly blonde head in the door.
"Your mom just called. She said they'd keep Daniel tonight." Jake smiled, relieved. Thank God his mother could read minds. A useful tool now. Back in high school, not so much.
He rubbed his eyes, put his glasses back on, and looked at the chart that lay open on the desk. "Okay. Thanks, Shana. I'll be out in a second."
"Mrs. Payne is in room two, all ready for you."
Shana stood there a second longer, until he glanced up again.
"Did you get those cookies Jeanette left at the front counter?"
All the female "over sixties" in town felt it their mission in life to bring him food. All kinds of food. Anything and everything under the sun. Normally, this would have been great. But there came a time when one person and his three year-old child couldn't eat one more bite. And if they did, they'd just go ahead and explode.
"Can you take them?" Jake said.
"You know I'm doing gluten free."
"Well, I can't. Honestly. Will you please put the word out that I'm properly fed?"
Shana leaned against the doorframe and smiled. "She said you were looking peaked."
"What does that even mean?"
"It means you'd better get used to more cookies."
Shana's smile faded. Her blue eyes were solemn behind her wire-rimmed glasses. "So how are you doing? Really?"
Jake leaned back in his chair. He should be used to this question by now, but it felt like a blow to the chest every single time. It had been a year. Long enough to recover a little. Not to forget, not to get over it, but to get through it. And he had, very slowly. The anniversary was coming up, and he'd been trying to stay busy. The busier he kept himself, the less he could think about her, or wonder how much she'd suffered at the end when he hadn't been there to save her.
"I'm okay," he said evenly. "I am. Just trying to put one foot in front of the other."
She nodded, looking unconvinced. "And Daniel?"
Daniel was a different story. A boy needed his mother, simple as that. He tried to be both mom and dad, but it was a tall order, and some days he just fell painfully short.
He glanced back out at the waiting area. People were coughing, shifting uncomfortably in their chairs. He'd already kept them waiting longer than he should have. Besides, this conversation had taken a dangerous turn. He didn't think he could talk about it anymore without getting that weird choking feeling.
He clenched his jaw and glanced back at Shana. She looked worried now, her hands clasped in front of her belly, her thumbs rubbing each other methodically. She probably felt bad for asking. Poor Shana. She meant well.
Jake forced a smile. "He's fine. We both are." He pushed his chair away from the desk and it scraped against the old hardwood floor. "Can you tell Mrs. Payne I'll be right in?"CHAPTER 2
Aimee woke with a start. She lay there for a second, trying to remember where she was. All she could picture was her bedroom in the fifth grade — gumball pink, with posters of The New Kids on the Block covering the walls from floor to ceiling.
She blinked in the darkness. The wind howled outside, cold and ruthless. Yet she kept sweating. Drops of it crawled down her neck, soaking her shirt between her shoulder blades. Pebbles bit into the side of her hip where she shifted uncomfortably on the ground.
No ... definitely not her fifth grade bedroom.
She rubbed her eyes. Every muscle in her body felt as if it had been put through a hay baler. Her tongue was thick and dry, and she licked her lips trying to moisten them.
Her den. That's where she was. Maggie had come to visit tonight and Aimee had watched her go, feeling sick. Feeling something else, too. What had it been?
She sat up straighter and tried to clear her head. Obviously she had come down with something. The only time she could remember feeling worse was when she'd had bronchitis, also in the fifth grade. Her mother had fed her a continuous diet of Popsicles and vanilla ice cream until she'd felt human again.
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Was a great read loved every part can't wait to start the next
Most people of Wolfe Creek think Aimee is dead when actually she is alive living in the woods. Three people know the truth. Aimee is a werewolf, she had been bitten two years ago and had toke to the woods after her transition. Then Aimee gets very sick and her friend goes to Dr. Jake to help Aimee. Dr. Jake is a widow of one year, He was now a single father with a young son- Daniel. Daniel had gotten lost in the woods and talks of a wolf man who helped him and brought him back to camp. Jake's wife had died after an animal attack. Jake offers Aimee a spare room and she accepts. Aimee wants to Jake her secret but she is afraid what Jake will think or do. Then something is killing cattle and a camper had been bit by a big animal as fast as lightning. The other werewolves in town believe they know who is doing this but they can’t find him. I did love this story it was really good. It was: fast paced, good plot, good writing, suspense, werewolves, secrets, something lurking, indecision and so much more. The one thing I didn’t really care for was when Jake compared Aimee to his dead wife. But got past that to enjoy the rest of the story. I love the twists and turns of this story as well as the twists and turns Aimee and Jake go through. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Rating: 4.5/5 This is a complex paranormal romance packed with angst and turmoil as well as horrendous threatening dangers and secrets which could thwart all their opportunities for happiness. After surviving being bitten by a werewolf two years ago, Aimee Styles chose to disappear into the mountains around Wolfe Creek. She has chosen to do this because she is now a werewolf and doesn't see how she can go back to living her previous life though she has maintained contact with her best friend, Maggie, who she meets up with every month. This meeting, however, is different because Aimee feels there's a threat nearby, one she can sense but can't identify. She gets Maggie safely away but then feels very ill. She makes it to a friend who calls in the Doctor, Jake Blackstone. Jake recognises Aimee from all the publicity that surrounded her disappearance but promises to keep her whereabouts secret. That's their first encounter. They are attracted to each other but he lost his wife to a wild animal attract and has a three year old son. With so many secrets, Unknown dangers threatening, will their love stand any chance of a HEA? If you enjoy paranormal romances, with life threatening dangers to be overcome, traumatic experiences impacting on people's lives then you'll enjoy this delightful story! Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third book in the Wolfe Creek series and although it is not strictly necessary to have read any of the others before this one, I would recommend it as there was not much history about the main female character, although it was alluded to. This is a paranormal romance, threaded through with a hint of suspense/horror. It was very well-written with a smooth pace and thought out characters. With few spelling or grammatical errors that I found, this was definitely an enjoyable read. Recommended for all fans of PnR. * I received this book from Entangled Publishing / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
A beautiful read. How could you not feel for Aimee and Jake?!?! Both substantial loss, although different. This story brought about tears, lumps in my throat, racing heart. It just made me feel. I loved Aimee and her instant need to protect Jake and Daniel. She fell for both of them so fast, it was so sweet and made her want to rethink her life. And Jake was this super hunky doctor who was a fantastic father (major swoon). Then there was this little boy who stole the show along with his sidekick Dante. It was just a fabulous read from start to finish. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Actual Rating 4.5 out of 5 Stars! Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Shifter/werewolf books are always hard for me to pick up. They either try to replace substance with a lot of sex or they're filled with insta-love and someone finding their "one true mate" where they instantly fall into feelings and emotions. And let's face it add more sex over substance. Having previously read the second book in this series though, and really enjoying it, I felt no hesitation picking up The Moonshadow's Daughter and jumping back into this series. Kaylie Newell actually knows how to write a really intriguing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat filled with tension and danger and a really good love story. I will never hesitate to pick up one of her books in the future, especially after finishing this one! So I've read this series sort of out of order. I read book two back in June when it released and really loved it but I still haven't gone back and read the first one. Something I plan on fixing just as soon as I finish typing this up! But Aimee's story was one that I really couldn't wait to dive into. I've been intrigued by her ever since learning of her "death" back in Hunter of Her Heart and then having her suddenly pop up in that one. I couldn't wait to really find out all the details of what her life had been like. Plus she seemed so isolated and alone and even though I didn't know her I really wanted her to find some peace and happiness. This book was everything I was hoping it would be and so much more. I mean I fell head over heels in love with these characters and this story. The thing I've discovered that Kaylie Newell is absolutely brilliant at his making you feel everything. I really do mean everything. She can write fear and tension in a way that makes you feel as if you are living through it right along side of the characters. For most of the book you don't see this thing that she's building up towards but when she's describing the feeling of being watched the hairs on your arm and the back of your neck stand up right along side the character you're living it through. You get that creepy feeling as if you yourself are being watched. It was amazing! It's intense and I couldn't have put this book down if I wanted to. I devoured it as I held my breath and turned the pages as fast as I can. I was so excited to see that Jake and his absolutely adorable son Daniel were set to bring Aimee into their lives for this book. I remember both of them from the previous book and their story was also one that I was intrigued by. Daniel is just the sweetest little thing and I wanted him to be real so I could snuggle him in my arms and carry him around with me. And I always lose my heart the fastest to the really devoted single dad type characters. They're like my kryptonite. I am quite smitten with this little group of characters. They're the types of characters that have you desperately wanting them to be real. I am just completely in love with this book. It's got danger, heartbreak, intensity, passion, and a love story that will melt your heart. In a way I am so happy that I haven't read book one, Lone Wolfe Protector, yet because I'm not ready to be done with Wolfe Creek and it's people this evening. I want more! Though it's going to be hard to top this one!
ARC from Entangled Publishing! The people in Wolfe Creek think Aimee Styles is dead... But she's actually a werewolf who can't seem to go back to the real world yet. She's afraid of what people will think of her, and she just wants to continue living like she has for the past two years. But when she gets really sick and needs a doctor. The only doctor around who can help is handsome widow Jake Blackstock. Jake doesn't understand why Aimee won't go back to the real world, and he knows she's hiding things. But we all have secrets, he just never imagined what hers would be. These two must learn to trust each other, and stay together or what's lurking in the woods may be more dangerous than anything they've ever encountered before. The Moonshadow's Daughter was different from what I was expecting. It was a pretty interesting story, but it kind of fell flat in some areas. Some of it maybe because I haven't read the previous books, but I was really frustrated with the fact that Aimee's wolf part was explained much. The change wasn't even explained, and that upset me a lot. It felt almost like a werewolf book without the actually werewolf. Then I really hated the fact that it seemed like you didn't get much out of Aimee and Jake's relationship. It was a little bit frustrating how much Jake actually brought up Lizzie, and thought about her. I felt like because the book she was mostly thought or talked about, it diminished the relationship between Aimee and Jake. Overall I did like the book, but because of the previous two mentioned things I just didn't connect with it well. I liked the plot line, and I really liked Aimee a whole lot. But the rest was just frustrating.
I love this series. The characters are great. The stories are awesome, interesting and very well written. If you like shifters this is the series for you. Ms. Newell has written a good story. I highly recommend it. ****Gifted ARC copy***** L.
I loved everything about this book. Kaylie has a gift for painting pictures with her words. As a resident of Oregon I recognized her love for the area in her lush descriptions of fictional Wolfe Creek. I fell in love with these characters instantly and am overjoyed to finally find out what happened to Aimee AND that she gets her HEA. :-) Yay! I have enjoyed this series immensely and will miss the characters. I highly recommend this book, as well as the other two in the series!
I have to admit that I did not know what to expect from this book. I was so pleasantly surprised though! I have not read the first two books in the series, but I was able to pick right up with this one no problem. I really want to go back and read the first two now though!! This was such a great story. I didn't really even realize that this was a story about shifters, that is how well Kaylie Newell did with this story. I got sucked in from page one and could not put it down. I ended up reading it in one sitting because I couldn't wait to see how it all ended. You will not be disappointed with this read! Aimee is supposed to be dead and is to all of her family and pretty much everyone else. She has been learning how to adapt to her newfound abilities of being a shifter. When Aimee falls ill, there are only selected people that can know about her situation so Jake is called in. Jake is a doctor, but he is also a trusted one that can keep Aimee's secret. Jake nurses Aimee back to health, but has to restrain his attraction to her and remember that he is a doctor that has a job to do and that is to make her better. When Aimee recovers, she goes to Jake's house to thank him for his care and meets his 3 year old son. Aimee immediately hits it off with him and helps him with his cat. When Jake and Aimee see each other again, sparks continue to fly. Jake wants to make sure that Aimee is safe so he offers her a place to stay in a little house/room that he has on his property. Aimee takes Jake up on the offer and moves in to the house immediately. Aimee is glad because she feels that she has a job of protecting them because she can sense something in the woods that surround Jake's house. Jake and Aimee continue to grow closer and closer and things get intimate for them. Jake develops feelings for Aimee for the first time since his wife's death. When Jake senses that Aimee is hiding something from him, things start to be strained in their relationship. When Aimee finally tells Jake the truth, he sort of looses it. Will Jake and Aimee find their way back to each other? Will Aimee be able to keep the bad that she has sensed away from Jake and his son? You need to read this story to find out. Such a great read and just the right amount of romance and suspense!! Thanks Kaylie Newell for a great read and I can't wait for more from you!
4 - Death comes to us all... Even in fairy tales. Stars! The third book in the Wolfe Creek series more than made up for the disappointment of its predecessor for me. Kaylie Newell pitched Aimee and Jake’s story perfectly. Well-paced, beautifully descriptive and extremely eerie right up until it’s heart-pounding ending. If you have read the previous two books in the series you will know a little about Aimee Styles already, her death (or supposed death) was the catalyst that bought her best friend to Wolfe Creek looking for her, since then and through the books we have learned that not all is as it seems with the town or its inhabitants. ”Now’s a good time to stop living like you’re dead.” Two years later, and Aimee is forced to confront her life, in view that everyone thinks she’s dead when struck down by a nasty flu, and in requiring treatment is bought into contact with the town Doctor, single father Jake Blackstock. We met and learned a little about Jake in the second book, as whilst camping his son Daniel went missing in the woods, and was subsequently found by town bad boy; Zane Wolfe. ”You’re safe now.” The Moonshadows Daughter took me right back to the creepy, spine-tingling look-over-your-shoulder-while-reading feelings I had when I read the first book. "I'm tired... of being alone." Kaylie has managed to mix up an emotive love story, added to a paranormal influence with a dash of things-that-go-bump-in-the-night perfectly, and I enjoyed it so much, and read it so quickly, that I almost felt like it had finished as soon as I had started it. ”You’re safe now.” It felt that the end of this book was the end of the series, if so I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for us next. If not I would be happy to return to the creepy Wolfe Creek for more adventures. ARC provided via Netgalley, it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Aimee's story definately doesnt disappoint... WOW! This has been the book in the Wolfe Creek series that I have been eagerly awaiting… Aimee’s story. It does not disappoint. When the series started Aimee Styles’s best friend Maggie came to town to investigate her death when in reality fast forward two years later, Aimee is alive and is now a werewolf. Everyone in the town thinks she is dead—except the chosen few who know of her secret. Aimee plans to keep to herself and not let anyone know she is alive and keep going on the way she is-alone and in self-isolation but she takes ill very fast with what sounds like the flu and the town doctor, who is also a single father , Jake Blackstock ends up treating her for a nasty viral flu bug. Now for those readers who have read the previous books, we met him and his son Daniel in book 2 when they were camping and they had a misadventure. You could tell that the H/h had this instant connection immoderately and the sexual chemistry between them was piquant and sweet. They had this chemistry and easy flow and when the big scene between them came, my heart broke for Aimee. See, Jake still thinks about his dead wife and has moments when he goes back and thinks a lot about her and compares her to Aimee. And Aimee is a werewolf –that’s gotta be a dealbreaker for any man who has a kid. She is now ready to come back into the living world with people and try to slowly feel her way around and see if she can do it, but only if Jake is with her. At the same thing this is going on, there is an evil force around Jake’s home stalking Jake, Aimee and Daniel. Aimee tries to warn Jake but he doesn’t listen…and before too long a showdown happens. Will the MC come out and have their HEA or will the inevitable happen and Aimee end up alone, without her heart and just back where she when this started? I do not want to give any spoilers away but I have to say, this story made me so mad at times. I could smack Jake for being so stubborn and I wanted to give Aimee a big hug. I loved every page, every glance, every word. This paranormal romance is one for romance novels because it isn’t a cookie cutter type, it is unique and is just the kind I love reading. I hope there will be more in this series. I do wish there was an epilogue to this story where we now how the couple ended up in their lives at least 6 months down the road. That is something I would have liked to have read. My rating: 4.5 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
I enjoyed reading this book. It is an interesting paranormal romance with a little bit of mystery and thrill. Aimee and Jake are well developed characters. Everyone thinks that Aimee is dead. It has been many years since she entered the civilized world. Now she is used to living alone in the woods of Wolfe Creek. When she gets sick there is no way to avoid civilization. She needs a doctor. Jake is the only doctor in this small town. When he meets Aimee he recognizes her at once. He is confused and can't figure out why she has been hiding for so long. He tries to convince her to visit her parents but she is scared. There are many things he doesn't know about her. She fears that once he knew, he will never look at her in the same way...