Review: High Moon by Kati Wilde

Posted April 20, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 28 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: High Moon by Kati Wilde
High Moon

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Series: Werewolf and Shapeshifter Romance
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on February 25, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Cover love!  It’s a real thing.  I caught sight of the cover and title and then had to read the blurb.  That to was an all-systems go for me.  I had never read/listened to any books by the author, but now I was going to sling my rope around this book and have at it.

High Moon is the second in the Werewolf and Shifter Romance series.  It read easily as a standalone which is good because I didn’t realize it was part of a series until after I finished.

High Moon opens with Ethan Grimmson arriving in a small Idaho town looking for answers to his family’s murder.  They were wolfkin and powerful fighters and yet someone shot them all with no resistance.  He was away in the military and came home to find them all gone.  Revenge burns inside him as well as caution because he suspects a big group is somehow targeting the shifters because others have been hunted and killed in the same manner.  But, alongside his pursuit for answers is his resistance to the tantalizing scent of a human female in this town.  His survivor’s guilt means he can’t be distracted- he can’t be happy when his family is dead and he wasn’t there for them, right?  His keen wolfkin nose takes him right where he is most reluctant to be, but this woman who is his match is in some deep trouble of her own.

Makena Laine is the owner of a small ranching operation that was barely making ends meet and that was before some big organization starts muscling in and won’t take no when she won’t sell her land or be driven off by their antics.  Something is off about Ethan, but she needs a ranch hand who will stick when the going gets tough and he is that.  The attraction is off the charts hot between them, but she must guard her heart because he is crystal clear that he won’t stay and he has his own goals that don’t include her.  But, sometimes fate finds a way even if it brings more than she could ever have imagined when the truth comes out about her past and who and what Ethan really is.

High Moon set up quite the ambitious plot.  It was both a well done western romance suspense and paranormal romance all rolled into one fabulous story.  I love both and thought I had struck gold when I realized this was a book that brought them all together.  It could have been ponderous or even confusing, but it was not.  It did get long and wow, can’t believe I’m saying this, but the sex got to be tedious in the third part of the book.  I mean, I loved this pair together and loved seeing them get sexy, but hey folks, there’s a suspense element going on and they seemed to have forgotten for a time.  And, I wanted to swat Ethan for being so stubborn about sticking to his plan to leave Makena which didn’t help her with her issues about him being attracted to her scent.  Werewolf, hun, get over it it.  But, the pair of them got things straightened out and things got pretty action-packed for a sensational last quarter.

I enjoyed both narrators voices though I did have to listen at a slightly faster speed.  Erik Bloomquist was not new to me and I’ve enjoyed his work before.  I like he deep yet versatile voice that captured Ethan’s personality well.  Amelie was also great at Makena’s point of view and her voice was also flexible for all the characters both male and female.  They did great taking turns with the chapters and though I usually have trouble with being distracted by hearing characters speak from two different voices, I didn’t.  Both are narrators I would listen to again.

So, all in all, my gamble on cover love into a new author and series went better than well.  I enjoyed Kati Wilde’s take on the paranormal world and the way she tied it in with a suspense plot in a contemporary western setting.  Those who enjoy spicy paranormal romance should definitely give this a go.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #49
Literary Pickers #69 Fav trope
COYER Quarantine #22
Audio #33
Books N Tunes #15 Toby Keith’s Whiskey Girl
Romanceopoly #36 Fang Alley
Romance BINGO #23 PNR

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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.
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Melliane
1 month ago

It looks good and I always like a good wererwolves story

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was a great surprise. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 month ago

oh I agree….the cover is GREAT!! I definitely want to pick it up just looking at it. And what great plot ideas to mix so much into it and be such a solid story.

Great review Sophia

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Yep, it was like a huge neon sign that said ‘grab me’. LOL

sherry fundin
1 month ago

i kept looking at the cover before i read the blurb and your review.
sherry @ fundinmental

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

LOL, it sure got my attention, too, Sherry!

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 month ago

giddy-up 🙂 That is a clever cover too!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yahoo! 🙂

SEWhite
1 month ago

Oh yay, I love Kati Wilde! Just freaking adore her books. Her fantasy romance series is my true love, but her shifter books are also a ton of fun to read. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  SEWhite

Really? That sounds promising. 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

This sounds enjoyable. Thank’s for the review.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

I had a blast, Angela! 🙂

Lily
1 month ago

love the sound of this. Also love a good werewolf story.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Lily

Yeah, it was a great blend of suspense, romance, and werewolf worldbuilding. 🙂

Jen
Jen
1 month ago

Sounds like a great mix! Glad you could enjoy without having read the first one. I don’t read much rom. suspense – for the reason you mentioned… How can they be having sexy times all the time when there is something super important going on?!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Jen

Yeah, some of the romantic suspenses get non-sensical in that way and I can’t suspend belief enough.

Anne - Books of My Heart

It is a great cover and a great mix of genre! Fantastic review!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Yeah, that cover was right up my alley and the rest of it blending those elements really worked.

RO P
1 month ago

It’s been a while since I read a shapeshifter paranormal, but remember really enjoying them quite a bit. Love that song! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  RO P

Yeah, it had been a while for me, too. I’ll have to pick them up more often. Yes, it seemed to fit the heroine and hero. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I like a spicy romance, but I have read ones where it was a little over the top. Especially when the couple is right smack in the middle of some dangerous times. This does sound like a fun read, though. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Is a wolfkin is the same thing as a wolf-shifter/werewolf?

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

LOL, you totally get me there. I just had to shake my head and move on b/c I was liking everything else about the story.

Yes, sorry, the wolfkin are werewolves.

Carole Rae
1 month ago

Mhmmmm I am intrigued….this sounds right up my alley.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Woohoo! Glad to nose you toward it.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Well, hello cover… this looks good. I am off to check out the first audiobook!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Yeehaw! Hope the first one is as good as this one. 🙂

Lola
1 month ago

I’ve also bought books because of the cover, cover love really is a thing. It’s even better when the book turns out to be a good one too. This sounds like quite the read with that set-up and them both having problems as well as the different aspects of suspense, western, romance and paranormal that this book tackles. Sounds like the author pulled it off well. And that’s good to know the narrator was good as well.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Lola

It was love at first sight for me, but I did stop and read the blurb just in case it had a trope that I really wouldn’t like, but it turned out great all around. 🙂