Saturday, October 12, 2013
Hunter's Moon (The Moon Series), A Review
Ready for a romp on the wild side? Then you just need to explore Lisa Kessler's Moon Series.. When one wolf shifter discovers his mate is a Jaguar it's rather unique, when his twin discovers the same thing it's getting a bit weird here. I mean cats and dogs?? But seriously, it's not bad enough that their mates are cats but Aren's mate, Sasha, is the assassin who was sent to capture Adam's mate. Leading to a domino effect.. the death of their Alpha (and father) as well as another pack mate. if it's one thing the pack knows, Sasha is the enemy. So how can this match ever work??
Sasha was a good cop, an exceptional cop until she fell for the wrong guy. First he kills the witness she is supposed to be protecting then he bites her.. changing her from a regular human to a shifting Jaguar. And as if that's not enough, now that he's turned her into a monster he has dangled the chance for an antidote in front of her. All she has to do is become an assassin for their rather shady organization. An organization that has ties to both big money and the government. Of course corruption is running rampant. Once Sasha wiggles her way in she discovers that there is so much more to the organization than meets the eye. Secret breeding programs, altering DNA on perfectly respectable shifters so they might become a "super team". And what's worse is Sasha just knows that if they ever discover she has a sister.. her sister's life is going to be ruined as well. So Sasha is on the run with only the cat who shifted her to help (which is just wrong on all sorts of levels). You'd think surviving a firefight that should have killed her would be enough.. but now she has one of the wolves on her trail and there is no escape. Except when she discovers another assassin has been sent after her, she knows the one person she can rely on is the one person she should never trust, Aren.
Aren is a werewolf with a mission and a secret. Ever since that crazy jaguar shifter tased him then shattered his ankle, Aren has known she was his mate. How does one accept that? His mate is the one female who he should never be around and certainly can't trust. And yet he is constantly drawn to her. And in need of protecting her from the crazed maniacs who claim to be her bosses. She has no one now and Aren knows she needs him. When out of the blue she calls him and asks him to help protect her sister, Aren knows now is the time. If they can not connect now they just might never do so.
An interesting dilemma.. Love your enemy.. Poor Sasha had no clue, she wasn't raised in this world she was forced into it. She only had her sister left. Only the deeper she looks into this mysterious world the more she finds out. They conspiracies have conspiracies.. no one is trustworthy so how can she believe that the man whose father's death she was responsible for would even want her for a mate? Aren and Sasha are an interesting couple. While they have shifted into different species their general make up is the same. Family first. Then serve and protect.. yeah not so far apart. They just have to figure out how they can ever make this work.
This book was written in the first person format, switching from Aren's PoV to Sasha's you would think this would be distracting but it rather enhances the story. Makes it more intimate and still allows you to be an observer. I am not usually a fan of first person but the way Ms Kessler chooses to switch back and forth really adds a certain dynamic to this particular story. I don't think I would like it on a regular basis but I did enjoy it with this book and most likely with this series.
And yes my friends, as I write this review I see similarities to a certain Ghostwalker series.. but honestly, I didn't catch that until I started writing the review. The story itself captured my attention, the characters were dynamic without being overwhelming and the connection worked. Don't worry about getting lost in a jungle of stories.. this series is all about these characters. A rather good book and I am certainly looking forward to more.
This review is based on the ARC of Hunter's Moon, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on October 21, 2013