As the last Pack member without a mate, Luke Reynolds has become an outsider. When he takes a job as the head horse trainer Sedona, Arizona, he’s looking forward to starting a new life. But everything changes the night he finds beautiful woman stranded on the side of the highway.
Raven Wood has been bitten and turned against her will. Luckily, her spirit is stronger than most, and she has every intention of escaping the Sedona Pack. Somehow. The sexy lone wolf who rescues her might be just the answer she’s looking for.
But the Sedona Pack Alpha has a mission, and unless Luke and Raven can stop him, they’ll lose everything.
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By Lisa Kessler, Jenn Mishler
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"Damn it. No!" I smacked my hands against the steering wheel as the van sputtered and finally rolled to a slow stop on the edge of the two-lane highway. Weeks ago, I told Caldwell the gas gauge in the van was broken, but it never got fixed, and in my haste to leave town, I hadn't topped off the tank. I'd been praying I could make it to Flagstaff, safely north of Sedona, but apparently, my van had other plans. Now I was stuck in the middle of who-the-hell-knows-where Arizona. Great.
At least I was out of the Sedona city limits. Allen Caldwell, my Alpha, had some kind of supernatural GPS when it came to Pack members straying. Somehow he could focus on any Pack member and get an idea of their location. I didn't know how far-reaching his abilities were, but my sister was counting on me to get out of town and bring back the cavalry for her and the others.
I hoped I made it far enough to stay out of his reach. Outside the van, the icy January wind howled. Using my cell phone was out of the question. Just turning it on could give them a way to locate me, but I couldn't just sit and wait for Caldwell to send his bodyguards, Bo and Blake, to collect me, either.
Finally, I pressed the button for my hazard lights. Maybe a Good Samaritan would come by with a gas can — a girl could hope, right?
Hope was all I had left.
Two cars heading south zoomed past me in the other lane, and one coming north from Sedona went around me without even slowing down. So much for Good Samaritans. I broke the silence and clicked on the radio.
Music filled the interior, keeping despair and panic from settling in. The new song from Logan and the Howlers started, and I cranked up the volume, singing along.
Headlights were approaching from the north. The car slowed but didn't stop. Classic Mustang. Nice. A few months ago, I wouldn't have been able to see it in the darkness, but since being bitten by a werewolf, my human senses had been elevated to superhero level.
It might've been cool if I hadn't been trapped in the Sedona Pack.
Suddenly light blinded me from my rearview mirror. I glanced in the side mirror, narrowing my eyes. The Mustang. Whoever was behind the wheel, they'd come back for me. I grabbed my gloves off the passenger seat and pulled them on before popping open my door.
This was new, too. When I was human, I might've asked the Mustang driver to call 911 through a cracked window. Now I was strong enough to take on any human with bad intentions.
I got out, gasping at the sudden, biting cold. Behind me, a tall man got out of the Mustang. The wind brought me his scent before I could see his face. Shit.
He wasn't human. I snapped my head up, heart racing. Definitely a werewolf, but he wasn't from the Sedona Pack. He came closer, into the glow of his headlights, and my breath hitched.
His bright blue eyes locked on mine, and his chest expanded. A dark brow cocked knowingly. Oh, shit. He knew what I was, too.
I went back to the van, and his footsteps stopped. "Didn't mean to surprise you. I'm not from around here."
His voice was deep, but I didn't catch a trace of bad intentions. I was still learning to get a handle on my wolf senses, but evil had a scent, bitter and pungent, like the scorched earth after a forest fire. I'd been living with the stench long enough to recognize it anywhere.
This guy didn't reek of malevolence, but he needed to get the hell out of Dodge before my Pack changed that.
I turned around, hoping I looked casual. "My sister is bringing me some gas. You don't need to stay here."
He shrugged. "I don't mind." He started to chuckle. "Sorry. I'm trying not to be creepy, but it's really dark out here, and I'd feel terrible if I left you here and something happened."
Like an idiot, I glanced his way. Damn, he had a warm smile. But the wolves I lived with weren't bad looking, either. Better to lure in unwitting females. I reinforced my emotional barrier.
"You just passing through?"
He shook his head, resting his chiseled forearms on the roof of my minivan. "I've been living in Sedona for a couple weeks, just haven't been into town much yet."
I looked up the highway. "You're coming in from Flagstaff?" "Yeah. Just getting my bearings."
It made no sense. I'd never seen him before, but there was something familiar about him. "Are you a hiker?"
"Nah." He straightened, tugging his jacket collar up to cover the back of his neck. "I'm a horse trainer. Working over at Valley Farms."
No doubt he was a wolf, but he seemed so ... normal. Nothing like the predators I'd just escaped.
But they'd change that if they caught him. The Pack would either drive him out of town or kill him, or worse yet, infect him with their psychotic poison.
None of my business. My life was screwed enough without getting mixed up with a lone wolf. I needed to get to Reno and pray that the Pack there might help us.
He held his gloved hand out toward me. "I'm Luke, by the way."
I didn't take his hand. "I'm Raven. How long have you been training horses?"
What the hell was I doing? Small talk was not going to get me out of Arizona and safely to Reno, Nevada.
"I've been working on a ranch since high school. This is my first head trainer position."
"Congratulations." My gaze wandered over his face again. "I thought maybe I saw you on billboards or something."
A crooked smile curved his lips, and my heart thudded, surprising me. "I get that a lot, actually, but no, I haven't been on any that I know of." He glanced in each direction down the road. "Cell service is spotty on the highway. Maybe your sister is lost."
I sighed. I had a can of pepper spray, but it was in the van. "I'll check and see if she sent me a text."
I opened the van. My sister was still trapped in Caldwell's Pack, counting on me to find the Reno Wolf Pack and come back for her. The longer I stayed here, the riskier it became.
But trust wasn't something I could afford, either. I pocketed the pepper spray and walked back toward Luke, my hand clutched around the vial in my pocket.
"You seem like a good guy, so I'm going to give you a solid piece of advice. Get out of Sedona and don't look back. It's not safe for you here."
"Thanks for the tip." He kept his expression neutral, his voice so low I wouldn't have been able to hear him a few months ago.
When I was still human.
His gaze wandered over my face as he added, "Is your mate in trouble?"
"My what?" I grimaced, unwilling to imagine any of the males in the Pack as anything other than jailers. Did I give off the married vibe? Maybe he took my initial cold shoulder as being unavailable.
With his looks, he was probably used to single women falling all over him.
Confusion marred his brow. "You were bitten, right?"
"I wasn't born this way." I kept my attention on my van. "There's no mate for me. And I was serious, you should go. I won't risk warning you again."
I hated snapping at him, but if he didn't leave ... I didn't want to think about what they'd do to him.
"This isn't getting us anywhere." He walked back to his classic Mustang without any fanfare. I couldn't help but watch. His jeans fit him just right, and his jacket strained across the back of his broad shoulders.
He would've been exactly my type back when I was human.
He dug around the front seat of his car and came over with a credit card in hand. "I'll buy your gas. If you don't want me to drive you, you can use this card to call a tow. I'll cancel the card tomorrow. But I'm a horse trainer, not a rock star, so you won't be able to buy a car or a trip to the Bahamas ..."
I glanced down at the card. Luke Reynolds.
He hadn't been lying about his name. Wait a second. Reynolds.
My gaze rose to his face. No wonder he looked so familiar.
Now it seemed obvious. He had to be Logan Reynolds's twin brother. Had to be. His hair was shorter, maybe a slimmer build, but those piercing blue eyes and the strong jaw were undeniable. Now that I knew his last name, I wasn't sure how I missed it before.
He could've led with name-dropping his rock star twin brother. Instead, even when I mentioned he looked familiar, he didn't let on.
If Luke is a werewolf, Logan must be a wolf, too. The Y chromosome carried the shifter gene, so only males were born as werewolves, and they always came in sets of twins. Just like Luke and Logan.
Maybe that was why the Howlers never toured.
I lifted my gaze to his face. "You're Logan's twin brother. From Logan and the Howlers."
He raised his eyebrows with a little nod. "Yeah." He sobered. "It's freezing out here. Are you going to let me drive you to a gas station, or do you want to call a tow?"
I wasn't about to turn on my cell phone. My choices were to trust this guy, this werewolf, or wait for a human to stop. The longer I waited, the greater the chance my Alpha would find me. I shuddered and handed Luke's card back.
"I'd love a ride to the gas station. Thanks."
I went to the van to grab my purse and my phone. When I came back, Luke had the passenger door of the Mustang opened for me. I got in, and he closed the door before jogging over to his side. He already had the engine running and the heater pumping hot air. I shivered as my body defrosted.
Okay, I was not used to anyone putting my needs before their own.
He got in and checked for traffic before pulling away. We were headed north. Away from Sedona. The hazard lights on the van dimmed in the side mirror until we finally rounded a corner and it was gone.
I stared ahead into the darkness, trying not to notice how good he smelled.
He broke the silence first. "I've never met a female werewolf who didn't have a mate."
"Now you have." I turned to look out the window. It came out bitchier than I intended, but I was running low on trust these days. The only reason I was even in this car was because I was out of options.
"All right." He turned up the radio. His brother's song "Howling" filled the car. God, no wonder the Howlers' music spoke to me. Logan was a shifter, too. He understood how the secret kept us apart from everyone around us.
And something else occurred to me — Logan lived in Reno.
My head snapped toward Luke. "Are you from Reno? The Wolf Pack in Reno?"
He frowned, peering my way for a second. "Yeah, why?"
My heart raced like a jackhammer in my chest. Could something finally be going my way? I shook my head. "What the hell are you doing down here in Sedona?"
"I told you, I'm the head trainer at Valley Farms. My Alpha is head trainer in Reno, so I either stayed as an assistant trainer or moved away." He tightened his grip on the wheel. "Your pulse is giving you away. What haven't you told me?"
I opened my mouth, but the words wouldn't come. Finally, I managed to force out a whisper. "I was on my way to find you."
His brow furrowed. "Why?"
"My Alpha is going to lead the Sedona pack up to Nevada to wipe yours out."
He frowned, his grip tightening on the wheel. "And why would you go to the trouble to search us out and warn us?"
I swallowed the lump in my throat. "Because Caldwell has my sister."CHAPTER 2
Caldwell. Despite the heater blasting in my face, I shivered.
My father's old Alpha, the man who sold out my dad and his Pack to the Nero Organization, was leading a Pack in Sedona.
"Allen Caldwell?" I needed to be certain.
Raven frowned. "You know him?"
"I know of him. He was my dad's Alpha when he was my age." I cursed under my breath. "I didn't know he was ..."
"Still alive?" Raven shook her head. "Sadly, yeah, and he's after your Pack in Reno. That's how I found out you existed."
I nodded, but dread was welling in the pit of my stomach. Finding her stranded on the side of the road in the dark, it couldn't have been random. It had to be a setup. And I walked right into it. Fuck.
My Mustang ate up the curves on the two-lane highway. I'd restored her over the years. She was my pride and joy. And if I wasn't very careful, we might not be together much longer.
When we finally made it to Flagstaff, I pulled into the first gas station and got out without a word. I didn't want it to be true, but I had to face the facts. If Caldwell discovered another wolf was in his territory, what's the surest way to lure him in?
Damsel in distress. Make the damsel a werewolf, and it was a sure thing.
I paid for the plastic gas can and filled it. No eye contact. I couldn't risk it. Her dark eyes pulled me in until I forgot everything else.
That could get me killed, and I didn't plan on dying today.
After I put the gas can in the trunk, I got in and stared at the steering wheel. "Look, I know enough about Caldwell not to trust that I just happened to stumble onto a female wolf on the run to Reno to ask my Pack for help. How long has he known I was in Sedona?" Raven shook her head. "I don't think he knows you're here."
"Right." I sighed and started the engine. My Pack had heard Sedona mentioned a couple of times by Nero jaguar shifters, but I'd never imagined they were talking about another Pack led by Allen Caldwell.
I steeled my resolve and turned her way. "I'll take you back to your van, and you can tell Caldwell I'm well armed and I'll take out any wolf who trespasses on Valley Farms land."
"I'm not bait." She pulled her hair back from her forehead. "The reason I got in your car was because I couldn't risk using my cell phone. If they find me, they'll kill me. Your Pack in Reno was my only hope of saving my sister. They still have her."
I drove out and headed for the highway. "And why would my Pack help you?"
"Good question. Isabelle and I figured if Caldwell wants to kill your Alpha so bad, it must mean you all aren't on his team with Nero." She tipped her head down, looking at her hands. "Guess we were wrong."
She seemed sincere. But she also could have been an amazing actress. I focused on the highway. "If you want my help, you're going to have to meet me halfway. How did you and your sister get into a Pack without mates?"
She hesitated for a second, her voice tentative. "I was dating this guy, Bo. I didn't know he was a werewolf. He told Caldwell I was strong, and they're trying to grow this Pack quickly, so I was marked to be bitten."
My jaw went slack. What the hell? Frowning, I glanced her way. "You were bitten just to make another werewolf?"
"Something like that."
Fuck. I shook my head. "And your sister?"
"She asked me to bite her so she'd be strong enough to protect me while we figured a way out."
"Shit." I gripped the wheel so tight my gloves squeaked. "That's not how a Pack works."
"Apparently, this Pack never got the werewolf manual."
I rolled my eyes, surprised that a smile crept up on me. "There's no manual, but an Alpha should protect his Pack, and sending wolves out to bite humans is ..."
"Insane" would've been my word, but she'd shared enough that I didn't think this was all an elaborate trap anymore.
I just needed an idea.
The only thing I knew for sure was I wasn't going to let them kill her.
She crossed her arms. "So I guess biting people during the full moon isn't how you do it in Reno?"
"No, that's not how we fucking do it." My shoulders bunched with tension. I tipped my head a little. "Sorry. I'm just ..." I struggled for words. "I've never heard of a Pack doing this. If humans find out shifters are real, then we're all in danger, Nero included."
Raven shrugged. "No one outside the Pack knows we exist."
"How? How do you bite humans and no one finds out?" I turned her way for a second. "You told your sister and then bit her. You can't be the only one in your Pack who turned a loved one."
"Changing Isabelle without Caldwell's approval should have gotten me killed, but he has plans for me, so instead I've been tied to his watchdogs." She shuddered, and my gut twisted with rage. "Sucks, but it's better than being dead."
A growl rumbled deep in my chest. "This doesn't make any sense. Why change a female if she's not a mate for someone in the Pack? It's a huge risk for no reason."
"They want another generation of male wolves." She paused, slowing her speech. "You don't have to be married to get pregnant."
"You don't understand." I blew out a frustrated breath. "Marriage and mates are two very different things. You could marry anyone. Do you even know what a mate is?"
"As far as I know, it's the raging assholes your Alpha assigns to your bed. They're your mates."
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Another great storyline about shifters. Great series involving wolves, jaguars dream walker and psychic abilities. Outstanding storyline. HEA ending. ****vrnb***
•Wow!! 4.5 This may have been my first Lisa Kessler story, but it will NOT be my last! Luke left his Pack in Reno to take a job as the head horse trainer in Sedona Arizona. As not only the younger Pack member but the only one left that hasn’t found his mate, it was too hard to watch the rest of his Pack move forward with their lives while his was still in limbo. He never knew that finding a beautiful stand stranger on the side of the road would change his life. Raven needed to escape the Sedona Pack. They bit and changed her into a wolf against her will, now she needed to get to Reno and hope the Pack there could help her. However she doesn’t plan on running out of gas on a desolate party of the highway. Not does she know how to handle the sexy handsome wolf that comes to her rescue. Will Raven and Luke be able to stop the Alpha’s crazy plan? Or will they lose everything in the process? You’ll have to read WOLF MOON to find out the results of their journey. I have to say although this is the 7th book in the series I didn’t feel like I was blind while reading the story. However I WILL be going back to read the other stories because I want to know what happened. I’m also hoping there are more Moon Series books to come! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSage through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations, this book is recommended for readers 17 and older!
As always, I am excited to see a new book by Ms. Kessler, and this book was no exception. Raven who was bitten and turned werewolf against her will can’t stand being in her pack anymore and wants to get her and her sister away from it. She runs into Luke, who is from another pack, and she tells him her Alpha is going to take out his pack. Together, they come up with a plan to find out what her Alpha is up to. Will they find a way to stop him, or will they lose both their packs and their love? I really can’t say enough good things about Ms. Kessler’s writing. There is so much love and tenderness between her characters, including in this book, it’s wonderful. The action is quick, and the book moves along so smoothly, you don’t even realize how much you have read. To be honest, this is the first book I’ve read in the series, and I wasn’t lost at all. I do think, however, having said that, there were probably things I was missing not having read the rest. As I stated above, I really can’t say enough good things about this book, and all of the author’s works I’ve read in general. If you like an all-around romantic, quick, great read, you can’t go wrong with this book. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the e-copy of the book.
An exciting addition to Lisa’s highly entertaining Moon series! Lisa Kessler’s Moon series fans have waited a long time for Luke's story. The great news is that it’s finally here and it’s well worth the wait! Wolf Moon is romantic, suspenseful, action-packed, fast-paced, and utterly yummilicious. It is the story of two wolf shifters: Luke Reynolds and Raven Wood. While Wolf Moon is the seventh book in Lisa’s awesome Moon series, Wolf Moon can be easily read as a stand-alone, if that is your preference. The romantic relationship and the development of the danger plot are fully contained within this novel. Just know that there are interconnected characters and an underlying threat that has built up throughout the series. Luke is the last of his pack without a mate. As the story opens, Luke has taken a position as the lead horse trainer at Valley Farms in the Sedona area. Since his alpha is the lead horse trainer at his pack’s ranch, Luke felt that he needed to go elsewhere to advance his career. He still misses his pack back in Reno, Nevada – but it was difficult for him to be the odd man out in the Pack. While driving back to Sedona one evening, Luke stops to help a woman whose van has broken down and his life takes on new meaning. Meanwhile, Raven is living a nightmare. She belongs to the Sedona Pack which is autocratically run by an evil alpha, Allen Caldwell. Caldwell is a control freak and is shockingly expanding his pack by changing humans without their permission. Caldwell is also in cahoots with the nefarious Nero Organization. Caldwell has ‘mated’ Raven with two wolf shifter brothers. While attempting to escape, her van breaks down just outside Sedona. Not long afterwards, a tall man in a Mustang stops to help. It doesn’t take long for Raven to discover he’s a wolf shifter; he doesn’t belong to her pack and is in mortal danger from the Sedona Pack; and his twin brother is rock star Logan of the Howlers. She’s a huge fan of their songs! Luke was born a wolf; Raven was bitten and turned against her will. Both Luke and Raven were great characters with steamy chemistry. Could there be an HEA in the cards for them? It’s certainly not going to be easy. Most of this story takes place around Sedona, Arizona. Lisa describes the vortex: “You can see the entire galaxy up there. More stars than you ever knew existed.” I've never been to Sedona, but reading this makes me want to go! I had many favorite scenes, but, when I think back over the scenes I swooned over, I see the couple on a mountaintop viewing the vortex and engaging in other extremely pleasurable activities. WooHoo! The next book in this series will be New Moon - #8 in the series. It will be Sebastian's story - and the series finale! I'm excited, but also sad to see the series ending. Lisa is one of my favorite authors. Her books are all must-reads for me. I’ve literally inhaled everything she’s published. I truly believe that she spins magic into her writing as her books are, without exception, addictive pleasures. Luke and Raven’s story is a roller coaster ride with a multitude of thrilling hairpin turns and steep curves! It’s teeming with danger and delightfully titillating romance. Wolf Moon is an exciting addition to Lisa’s highly entertaining Moon series and I highly recommend it to fans of paranormal urban fantasy romance. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Although this is part of a series, Wolf Moon can be read as a standalone. Luke is the youngest and the last unmated werewolf in his pack. He hasn't found his fated mate as yet and it's not for lack of trying. He decides to broaden his horizon by moving to Sedona as a head horse trainer. He is very good at what he does and working outdoors suits him just fine. Raven is a barmaid. She has been turned into a werewolf against her will. After going through a tough childhood, this has only added more grief to her life. She feels trapped. Raven is trying to get out of town to seek help from another pack when her car breaks down. She can't use her phone to call for help as she is afraid of Caldwell, her evil alpha. When Luke spots her, he is only too willing to go to the rescue of a "damsel in distress". She is very reluctant to accept his help as life has left her with little or no trust in anyone but her sister, Isabelle. Luke convinces her that he is the good guy and when she learns of his origin, she starts to tell him about the atrocities going on in her pack. Luke is disgusted with what he hears and educates her on the true meaning of pack life. She is surprised as she doesn't know any better. Then again her alpha has turned into a "mob boss" who uses fear and violence for obedience. He has this delusion which is dangerous to shifters and humans alike. Luke swears to Raven that he will save her and her sister. He is even more determined when he discovers that she is his fated mate. He is not about to lose her after waiting for so long. Raven is now aware of the true meaning of a mate. They have to find a way to stop all this madness but the more they uncover, the worse it gets. Their plan doesn't work out the way that they intended and they find themselves in mortal danger. Can they find a way to stop Caldwell and start the life they are meant to have? This novel is very well balanced with the right amount of romance, suspense,drama and all the other ingredients for a paranormal novel. The plot is solid and the characters are very well developed. Luke and Raven are lovable and loving lead characters. Logan's presence makes it even more enjoyable. The bond between Raven and her sister feels genuine. I quite like Vance and find him rather intriguing. I hope we get to read his story. It would also be nice to see if Isabelle finds what she is looking for. I really enjoyed reading this delectable story and recommend to lovers of the paranormal. I was kindly issued with an advanced ecopy from the publisher via NetGalley. The views expressed are my personal opinion.
Very good story
such a sweet Hero Not being up to date in this series wasn't a problem at all as each book can work as standalone and it's really the case . I would be be happy to read all i have missed of course but first i need to let you know what i thought of this one. Luke is a great hero....as a werewolf he is used to live with his pack but lately it has become difficult for him so to prove himself and to mature he decided to take a job far from home. He loves working with horses and he really good at that. However, Luke is already a good man so when he discovers a damsel in distress he must act even if it means going against his alpha's decision. Deep down Luke could make a good alpha: loyal, protective and trustworthy he has all what he is needed except the want. When discovering the situation of the local pack and all what is wrong there he will not hesitate to take the lead to right the wrong without forgetting about his mate wishes. Raven has never had an easy life, in fact her life has even more mysteries that she could have imagined but past or future are not on her mind at the beginning. Suffering in the Sedona pack who changed her without her consent and kept her prisoner and sex slave, she just wants to save her sister. To obtain that result she is trying to get help of another pack which her own plan to attack but before she can reach it she is found by Luke. Not believe a man can be good at first she stays on guard but slowly they will built that trust and love will blossoms even if it still work. There are a lot of violence, forced relations, enslavement, murder.. all the bad elements....but we also see loyalty, love , courage and honour in this story . I loved Asher and i can't wait to discover more about Luke's pack. We are easily swept into the action and following Luke trying to save his mate and her loved one. The rythm is rapid but not too fast. The relationships are building, we learn about each characters past and beliefs it's well written. A very good paranormal romance, urban fantasy with a big dose of suspense so i do recommend you to start the series at the beginning if you can.
Patience is a virtue. The last man standing alone is done feeling like the odd man out. Luke leaves his pack in start of a new adventure. It isn't ideal, his pack is home, but without a mate he'll always feel like he's missing out on something amazing. Then he meets Raven. The frightened woman on the side of the road running from something frightening becomes his everything with a single sniff. She's light and happiness and good times rolled into one beautiful body. He's found his forever, finally, but the madness she's running from just might send them to an early grave before they have a chance to reach for it. A single act of kindness can cause ripples of healing. Raven is a turned wolf. The life she once knew no longer exists. She has her sister, whom she turned so she wouldn't be completely alone, but they live in a world of misery and strife, where women are a commodity and treated as such. Her Alpha is a dictator, hell-bent on a creating a pack loyal to him and him alone, using and abusing those under his rule. This isn't the life she wants for herself or her sister. An attempt at escaping the hell she's in puts her in Luke's path. He's unlike the males of her pack. His kindness and compassion and caring make her yearn for something she's never known, calls to her lonely wolf's soul. But even more stunning than what she feels when she's around him is that undeniable pull she feels toward him. And that claim that he's her mate? She's had her fill of what a "mate" is and isn't sure she wants him. But little by little, piece by piece, Luke mends his broken mate. He goes above and beyond by promising to protect her and her sister, and then making good on it. He shows her how good their life can be together. He gives her countless reasons to love him and to accept his love in return. The turnaround is beautiful to watch. The conflict they are in the middle of pales in comparison to how much Raven grows and comes to terms I haven't read any of the other books in this series so I'm not sure how Nero figures into them. There is a light touching upon of that subject, and I get the feeling it runs a lot deeper than this story hints at, but the focus here remains firmly on Luke and Raven. This story is easy to read. It isn't too complex or dark. Ms. Kessler does a great job making her characters black and white. You'll know who to love and who to hate. This is a great story if you want something with action, suspense, and heartstrings-tugging romance. 4.5* Complimentary copy received from publisher
Luke Reynolds is trying to find a place for himself now that he’s the last member of his pack without a mate. While out on a drive, he stops at a broken down van where he finds Raven, a fellow wolf in need. Raven left her cruel pack in search of help for her and her sister with the closest pack. After her van breaks down, a man pulls up to help her. When Raven senses he’s also a wolf, she’s not sure if she should trust him after everything she’s been through. I’ve read a couple of the books in this series, so I’m already pretty familiar with this world. This one was just as good as the others. It’s obvious from the beginning that Raven and Luke are meant for eachother, especially when he puts his life in danger to protect her until the end. I really loved watching Raven through the whole thing as she basically goes from victim to a survivor who finds happiness. It’s another great book by a great author. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Luke Reynolds came to Sedona to get away from his pack and to find himself. He loves his new job as a horse trainer. When he stops to help a stranded woman, he learns that she's a wolf shifter and that there's a plot by a renegade alpha working with Nero to attack and destroy the Reno pack. With Raven, by his side, Luke is determined to stop Allen Caldwell, a sadistic mad man who uses force and violence to increase his pack and his power. Luke is strong, fierce and protective. Raven is his mate and he won't let Caldwell or his guards harm her. These two are an unbeatable pair. These great characters drew me into the story. The action is non stop and filled with tension. I loved the chemistry between Luke and Raven. They're a passionate couple who share an intense bond. I enjoyed seeing familiar characters from previous stories. I liked the continuity. Lisa Kessler skillfully tells a suspenseful story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The surprising twist at the end was a shock. I can't wait for the next book in the Moon series to find out what happens next. I received a copy of this book. I voluntarily read it and my comments are my honest opinion.
4 “This is how True Packs do it” Stars Wow! Talk about crazy alpha in a bad way… Raven has been turned into a werewolf without her consent and is now “part” of the Sedona Pack. In this case being “a part of” means you’re either an outright prisoner or they are using extortion to make you stay. Desperate to escape from the crazies, Raven decides to make a run for it and go to the Reno Pack and ask for their assistance. Only she runs out of gas on the highway not so far from the city. When a lone car stops to check on her, and the driver turns out to be a wolf from the very pack she was going to, it seems the Gods are finally on her side. Luke needed some space from his pack. Being the only one still without a mate was far from fun, so when the opportunity to be a head trainer in a ranch in Sedona came up, he didn’t hesitate to take it. As luck would have it that the hot chick stranded on the highway with tales of a crazy pack and a warning for his family, just turned out to be his true mate. With his protective instincts at full force, he can’t let Raven go back to the pack, so they’ll have to come up with a plan to take care of it. The more he learns, though, the more twisted he finds the Sedona Pack who are led by an old enemy of his family. Now they either fix the problem or lose any possibility of a future together. Raven was a really tough chick. She was in a less than ideal situation, but still tried to change it against every odd. She was caring, loyal, had a playful side and was quite snarky. Luke was a sexy alpha wolf, while at his old pack he was under the shadow of his twin, here he grew into himself. Once he touched Raven he was 1000% committed to taking her out of that place and he would stop at nothing to make her happy. I really liked how determined he was to help the innocents of the Sedona Pack, making him an honorable and compassionate man. In other words, Luke is the best. Wolf Moon is action packed to the point where you want it to stop every once in a while. I felt I couldn’t relax once since it started, as the constant threat of discovery and failure relentlessly harassed them. I enjoyed how Luke and Raven’s relationship progressed. While it was still an “I-touched-you-and-now-I-know-you’re-my-mate” insta-love, Raven introduction to werewolfery made it hard for them to just jump into it. Now that all the wolves at the Reno Pack are mated but the menace of Nero is still out there, I wonder if the author will give mates to all the new sexy wolves in the Sedona Pack… And if so, I can’t wait to get my hands on their stories! *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Just loved this book! I’ve been waiting to see what would happen to Luke and Lisa Kessler did not disappoint. Like the other books in the series there is a lot of heart, humor, and heat, but this one brings a darker, edgier tone as Luke must deal with an evil, twisted pack that holds his future in its hands. Luke…*sigh*…all he wants is to find his mate. He’s seen what finding a mate can bring and he wants to find his own happy ever after. He’s also seen what not finding a mate can do to a wolf – not something he wants to even think about since it hits too close to home. Luke has been a great supporting character in the previous books in this series – always loyal, puts the pack first, and always there for everyone, especially his twin brother, so it was great to see him finally step out on his own and look for his own future and happiness. Of all the characters in the series I’ve always thought Luke was the most emotional one…and when he finds his mate that emotion ramps up to alpha conditions and he is one driven wolf – driven to protect and free his mate from Caldwell’s pack as well as doing whatever he can to protect his Reno Pack from the threat of Nero. Of course trying to balance out all that alpha and not putting himself and Raven in even more danger is not an easy task. Raven could hold her own. Even though she’s had a tough life she is still an optimist at heart, and meeting Luke has given her that spark of hope she needs to believe that things might just work out. I love the way she’s always cracking little jokes, bringing a smile to Luke’s face even when they had to face some really awful things. I love how the story arc is progressing and the tie in to Caldwell’s pack added a great dimension to this story and the series. Although we didn’t get to much time with the characters from the other books their presence was felt – especially in his phone conversations with his alpha, Adam, and also with his twin Logan. Although this is part of a larger story arc of the Moon series, this can easily be read as a standalone without anything being missed in the story. Of course I would recommend you start at the beginning to meet the entire Reno pack and understand the larger story arc…but then again this is one of my favorite series! Definitely check this one out – for that matter, any Lisa Kessler book is worth a read!
4 Stars! I have to admit, it has been a while since I found a shifter book that held my interest, but I have found it here with Wolf Moon. The connection between Luke and Raven is palpable and endearing. This book has it all…danger, mystery, intrigue and an epic romance. Plus hot shifters! I highly recommend!
At last it is Luke's turn! Luke was the only unmated member of his pack and was feeling something of a misfit because of it. He took a job as head horse trainer on a ranch outside Sedona, Arizona and certainly didn't anticipate the change in his life endeavouring to rescue a damsel in distress on his way into town. The damsel is Raven Wood, a feisty young lady who had been bitten and turned against her will by members of the Sedona Pack. She was trying to escape from that pack when Luke discovered her. He can't believe what has been happening in Sedona and hearing that the Sedona Pack, supported by Nero, are going to attack his pack is the start of another brilliant, action packed shifter confrontation and romance by this highly talented author. I loved escaping into this superb paranormal adventure. The author manages to interweave so many threads, complete with unexpected twists and turns, making this a terrific tapestry filled with intricate details that never fail to please. Raven's determination to escape, taking her sister with her, is key to many of the events and she's one powerful alpha female, a force in her own right despite what she has been through. How Luke works with the dysfunctional Sedona pack members, starting to teach them what being pack should mean, the captives and those who'll work with Luke all make this an enthralling read, a real page turner that I didn't want to put down until I'd discovered what happens in the end. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this - and all the other books in this series! I'm now desperate to discover what will happen next and hope Lisa is off *type*type*typing* again! I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley and volunteered to read it. This review is my honest opinion.
Wolf Moon, Lisa Kessler Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: romance, I’d read and enjoyed the first five books in this series, but somehow missed book six...still, these can be read as standalone stories so that didn’t matter. There is an overall story arc to the series with the Nero connection, but that seems to have taken a real backseat in this book.There are references to Nero and the people within it, but its a very minor part of the book. I’d have liked to see more Nero involvement, without it this becomes just a shifter romance, and there’s a deluge of them on the market. Lisa’s writing is always very good, but the Nero connection gave this series the edge IMO. So we meet Luke and Raven. We do hear from others in his pack, but in this book they’re very much in name only, its mainly just Luke and Raven and the Sedona Pack. Poor Raven, turned against her will and against werewolf rules, is trapped in the Sedona pack. I really felt for her and her sister, stuck there with her. The pack Alpha is in league with Nero, and is growing his pack quickly, against werewolf law and tradition, mating the females up with whoever he wants to reward to breed more werewolves. He wants a strong and loyal pack, and is searching out and turning people with abilities to help him achieve that, if they don’t have close family and won’t be missed. Forget the fated Mate connection, he’s not interested in that, just in rewarding those men loyal to him with females, and the ladies don’t have any say in the matter. What an awful life. Raven is determined to escape with her sister, and when she meets Luke and they touch, the need grows stronger and they discover they are mates. Luke hates the thought of her going back to the pack, but she must, to save her sister and to prevent war on Luke’s pack. That looks inevitable though when they learn of the Sedona Alpha’s plans and the Nero connection. I loved Luke and Raven, but the story felt a little slick, everything fell into place too well, even when there were issues they were dealt with quickly. Compared to earlier reads this one did feel very simplistic, maybe I just needed more Nero connection, a bit more angst and anger. I’m kind of confused about the Nero crew too, as to which way the major players are swinging, what side are they really one, are they playing bluff or double bluff? I like that kind of thing, trying to work out what people really have in mind. Compared to that intrigue the Sedona stuff just seemed to flip by too easily, issues sorted too simply. Its still a fun read, still a great addition to the series but looking back at my past reviews the ones I’ve enjoyed the most have been the ones where Nero takes a stronger part. Stars: Four, a good read, but I needed a bit more Nero to make it a five. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
'Wolf Moon' by Lisa Kessler is book Seven in the "Moon" series. This is the story of Raven Wood and Luke Reynolds. This can be a standalone book if you haven't read the others. Raven was just a regular women in Sedona and dating a man who turned out to be a wolf in the Sedona Pack. He bit her to make her a pack member as the Sedona Pack Alpha is trying to build up his pack. There Raven and now her sister are suffering at the packs hands. Until she thinks to escape and try to get help but her car breaks down which leads her to Luke. Luke is a pack member in Reno wolf pack. There he has been the only one not to find a mate so feeling the odd man out and somewhat down about it left to become a horse trainer in Sedona. When he sees Raven broken down he tries to help her but starts to learn from her that the pack she is being forced into is trying to destroy his pack in Reno. They set out to try and out smart the Sedona pack while trying to save the innocent people taken. But Luke also finds that Raven is his mate that he has been looking for...this puts and extra stress to keeping her safe. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
I really liked it fast paced drama filled read. The story has great characters and plenty of steam and suspense to keep you hooked from beginning to end.
Wolf Moon by Lisa Kessler is Book 7 of the Moon Series. Even though this book is part of a series, you can read it without any issues. I do highly recommend your reading them though as they are fantab! This is another great edition to the series, and with plenty of action and suspense, not to mention the chemistry and heat sizzling between Luke and Raven, you can’t go wrong with this story. Nicely done Ms. Kessler. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
On her way from Sedona, Arizona to Reno, Nevada, to escape her pack, Raven Wood encounters literally a lone wolf. He is Luke Reynolds, the twin of rock star Logan Reynolds, of Logan and the Howlers, both are from Reno. Luke is in Sedona to work as head horse trainer at Valley Farms. The Sedona Caldwell pack is determined to wipe the Reno pack, led by Allen Caldwell, and they have Raven’s sister, Isabelle. Luke thinks Raven’s a ruse to trap him, until she tells what happened to her. Raven was bitten against her will; their Alpha is making unethical decisions, and Luke, ever the gentleman, takes Raven home with him. Raven and Luke’s relationship begins as a very comfortable friendship and I just love how kind he was to Raven, who had had a very difficult life up to then. Luke comes around quickly to trusting her, that she is not the enemy. He understands that Raven is in real danger, he will not let anything happen to her, because her pack Alpha is so ghastly and abusive. And she is his life mate, which he had despaired of ever finding. Raven’s and Luke’s is a very tender romance, very unlike any I had ever seen in a shifter romance. There is a lot of pack politics going on, and Luke and Raven face a very daunting task, as they are falling in love. WOLF MOON is so easy to read, before you know it, you’re halfway through the book! Ms. Kessler does a terrific job at building up the suspense, and when you think the action part is over, bam! Something else happens! While WOLF MOON is book 7 in the Moon series, it can easily be read as a standalone, and I do hope there’s a book 8 in the future! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.