Aren, the protagonist in Hunter's Moon, is the twin brother of Adam, the now-Alpha of the Reno wolf pack who is mated to a natural born jaguar shifter, Lana. (If I just confused you, their story is told in Moonlight.) Sasha, whom we see Aren protecting, was a cop, but had to leave the force after being bitten by her then lover, a jaguar with complicated ties to Reno. In her quest for a promised cure, she did some bad things, really bad things in Moonlight, but by the time we start Hunter's Moon, her reality has shifted and so has ours. She's no longer the one we're hissing at. (Well we're all cats aren't we?)
Aren and Sasha have a lot to overcome in Hunter's Moon, believe me when I say she wasn't a sweetheart in Moonlight and has a lot of making up to do. But there are always reasons aren't there? As I discovered more about Sasha (and each chapter is headed, in this Advance Reader Copy by "Sasha" or "Aren" so we know whose point of view we're hearing), she became a favorite of mine: gritty, a survivor, someone who trusted once, but perhaps not again, all qualities that we can identify with. And Aren? Well if you liked him in Moonlight you'll love him in Hunter's Moon. His stoicism in light of his injuries is remarkable, but so is his recognition and action upon his feelings.
The story is fast-paced and engrossing, a hallmark of Kessler's writing style. She weaves in government conspirators, long-lost twins, another big bad villain, and more. This book was one I couldn't put down till the last page was turned...and then I was calculating when the next book in her series would be released (Blood Moon, July 2014).
So, to sum it up, I'd rate this book at five howls or very large catnip leaves. It is a winner and if you're fan of urban fantasy and paranormal romance - you'll want to include this series in your must-reads list too. I'd never read any of Lisa Kessler's books before Moonlight, but have now added all of her to my TBR shelf on my Kindle. Enjoy!
From the Publisher
Hunter's Moon by Lisa Kessler
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin. When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.
Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.
About the Author
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com or get updates on her blog, http://authorlisakessler.com.