Hunter’s Moon by M.J. O’Shea #Review

Hunter’s Moon by M.J. O’Shea #ReviewHunter’s Moon by M.J. O’Shea

Series: #2 Insolita Luna
Genres: M/M Romance, New Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Harmony Ink on December 12, 2013
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Book two in the Insolita Luna series follows the story of PC the lycan who was a secondary character in book one.  I was excited to see this and was eager to find out who his romance partner would be.  He was such a laid back, funny, and yet very capable guy who for being young had a dangerous job and quite the eclectic group of friends and acquaintances.

The book might be read out of order or standalone, but it does fit best behind the first and assumes the reader already read the first book as Zack, Noah, and the rest of the gang are still very much a part of PC’s story.

The story opens with new guy on the scene, Miles Hunter, handling the narrative.  He is a freshman university student who plans to become a writer of paranormal stories.  Miles moved from San Diego seemingly on a whim- isn’t NYC where all the good writers are made?  He also thought the move would give him a reset on life, but no, he’s still the shy, awkward guy he always was.  His world is classes, homework, his solitary run-down dorm room and his job at a book store with only one friend.  Life is predictable and a little flat until the night he is mugged.

Miles can’t believe a huge red-gold wolf with golden eyes came to his rescue and that instead of rushing off in terror he sits down and hugs and pets the wolf who allows this.  Then later when he has about convinced himself he had to let the weird night go, a young guy with his wolf’s eyes shows up at the bookstore.  Renewed connection is instant, but then both back away from the odd sensation and go their separate ways only to experience the feeling of illness and pain.

Zack, the TA Miles has been crushing on in class, pays him a surprise visit where he is lying in pain on his bed with the crazy idea that reconnecting with the mysterious wolf guy will make him better.  Miles has nothing to lose so he lets Zack bring him to a meeting where Zack’s boyfriend Noah has brought a similarly hurting PC.  Pain leaves and now the reality of PC’s secret world begins.

Miles is in shock, but still open to all he has learned about lycans, werewolves, vampires and witches, but then PC crushes his hopes of them having a chance at being together by unequivocally stating that he doesn’t want a mate.  Ever.  Only they are both stuck with this bond that is between them.  Miles doesn’t know how he can live with the idea of a guy who doesn’t want him or how long he can hope that PC will change his mind.

So, this one is the story of familiar characters, but told all from the new character’s perspective.  Miles is a sweety.  He’s open, giving, and so much wants something special with the cantankerous PC who needed thumping several times the way he was treating Miles because the bond brought them together.  Much of the story is how this pair get used to being bonded and Miles adjusts to the paranormal world around him.  In the background, ominous clouds are building as a shadowy threat is moving through the city killing and draining the homeless and then seems to target PC in particular.  There was an interesting game-changer later in the book that I thought was a great surprise.  The final scenes were intense and big.

My only niggle and it’s a silly one probably, but I squirmed each time the mate bond was described as ‘imprinting’.  I preferred it referred to as ‘true mate’ or ‘bond’, but the imprinting thing conjured up a less than appealing picture for me.  See?  silly.

I pretty much enjoyed the book from cover to cover even though it had a slow start and PC was being a jerk in the beginning.  Can’t wait to move on to the next book and I really, really hope that it focuses a bit on the werewolves as they seemed rather fascinating and I want to know more about them.

I would definitely recommend this book/series for those who enjoy sweet yet passionate M/M New Adult Paranormal Romance.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #254 NA

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • For some reason i had assumed this book would feature the same couple as book 2. But that’s also fun you get to see a new couple in this book and the characters from book one still play a role here as well. I like the sound fo the set-up in this one with how the wolf comes to his rescue and they meet later again. I always like shifter stories, there’s just something fun about characters being able to change shape.
    Sometimes certain words just feel off, I’ve had a that a few times too. And yes I definitely prefer the term bond or mate compared to imprinting, it just sounds a bit off.

    • I knew it would move on and that’s why I was concerned when the first one left a few things open, but then the first pair continued in the background of this story and I got some answers. This couple includes a secondary one I met earlier in book one and a new guy. Yes, I do love that it switched to the shifter race. They are fun. The author does a good job of creating a separate culture for each race so there is a distinguishing difference.
      Yeah, I don’t know why I’m like that, but some words or phrases create a picture in my head and I just can’t shake it so it distracts me from the story. Glad I’m not the only one. 🙂