Series: Moon #7
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Shifters, Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Revenge, Romance, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
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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.
I’ll admit I was a little bit leery about picking up this book to read, I figured since it was so far into the series that I would be inundated with a bunch of characters that had already been established and it would be next to impossible to follow. I was super wrong, this book is easily a standalone, yes there were characters from the other books in this one, but they were truly support characters, and I appreciated that the focus was mostly on our two main characters.
Truth be told when I first started reading urban fantasy/paranormal romance book it wasn’t the vamps that attracted me, it was shifters. There is just something about shifters that makes me happy. I was really intrigued by the blurb on this book, because Raven was turned against her will, it makes for some seriously emotional times, and I love that. Also I liked the idea because our lead guy being a lone wolf, which is a complication in of itself since wolves are pack animals by nature.
So when we meet Raven, it’s beyond clear she is in a bad spot, I mean she is literally running away from her pack. But hey, after getting to know Raven’s pack over the course of the book, it is totally understandable why she would want to run as fast as she could in the opposite direction. I liked Raven, she’s a strong woman. She is in an impossible situation, she wants to do right by her family and help the people she cares about but she isn’t exactly in a position to be doing anything about it, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t try. I love how she just keeps forging forward, but at the same time she still allows herself time to deal with what is happening to her emotionally. She has been through a lot and if the author hadn’t addressed the trauma it wouldn’t have felt right, but I thought the author addressed it without it being to overwhelming to the book.
Now as for Luke, I really liked him. He is a stand up guy. He doesn’t really have a lot going on in his life, mostly because he is trying to find him place, and couldn’t seem to find it in his pack. Ultimately he is lonely, everyone around him has found their mate, and he is alone. So when Raven shows up in his life, it was easy to see how he would get himself involved in everything. Luke also has to go through some hard experiences in the course of this book, and I thought he dealt with everything really well.
The only thing I didn’t really love about this book is where Raven and Luke ended up. I really thought the two of them were going to go in one direction and they ended up going a completely different direction, it was unexpected and I don’t know if it was as emotionally satisfying for me to end up where they did. Other than that, I really liked the book. I liked the suspense of what was going to happen, would the pack be saved, would everyone make it out alive, the heat between Raven and Luke, all of it was just a good read for me.