Pale Moon Walking by Paula Altenburg #Review

Posted August 12, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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

Pale Moon Walking by Paula Altenburg #Review
Pale Moon Walking

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Genres: Historical Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Entangled Select
Released on September 28, 2015
Pages: 276
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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This was one of the TBR vote books for May that didn’t win, but I was in the mood for it and squeezed it into my reading schedule anyway.

I’ve enjoyed this author’s western paranormal dystopian Demon Outlaw series and was tickled to see this western sci-fi romance.  Blending elements is a gift for this author as well as her tough characters that have the true western spirit.  The book had some creative elements, an intrigue, and strong characters.  The plotting was solid if slow developing and lagging in the middle, but things got pretty exciting toward the end and made up for it.

The story opens with US Marshal and Special Division member, Sam Kyote, discovering that he has been experimented on to make him capable of going up against possible ‘out of this world’ enemies and the humans that would partner with them.  His enhanced abilities are to be kept secret particularly from a traitor in his own government organization so he is sent to practice with his new abilities and keep a low profile in the backwater frontier town of Coyote Bluff.

The locals including the town sheriff are all interested in their new resident, but Libby Mayden’s curiosity runs to suspicion when intruders on Sam’s land lead to a gun battle and the intruders act odd as does Sam.  She has seen this oddness before and has hidden her secrets well.  She has a past as the daughter of an infamous outlaw trying to live down her past.  She never wanted all the things that most women desire- husband, home, and family, but her attraction to Sam is confusing her.  He seems to accept her as she is and isn’t intimidated by her ability with a gun and desire to do lawwork, but he does challenge her to reconsider the no relationship policy.

While Sam and Libby are figuring out the attraction between them, Sam sees that she is keeping secrets, but then so is he.  The intruders and watchers at his ranch aren’t human and he possesses non-human abilities no thanks to someone forcing alien blood and matter into him.  He must thwart the alien threat and figure out if Libby’s secrets are part of his latest mission.  And he must really figure out how to get the hard, stubborn woman to accept they can be together.

Alright, so I really loved the world building the author set up and the intrigue going on as two different groups are plotting around Sam and Libby and seem to be working to influence their actions.  The passion and playful back and forth between the romance pair was good as well even if they are only moderately developed.  But, the middle of this book seemed to lag for me.  I got distracted and put it down a few times.  Then it picked up again and I was right back into it.

This small town with its quirky characters was a hoot.  I laughed at some of their antics particularly the hellion who terrified all the men and was dangerous when wielding her frying pan, the town gossip in Libby’s deputy and the storeowner’s wife, the pastor who used to be a prize fighter, and more.

The alien element was interesting because it was paired with a western.  They crash landed and try to blend as they work toward their own goals.  They aren’t as prominent as I thought they’d be since the real challenge for Sam and Libby is a human enemy working with the aliens.

There is also another figure orchestrating affairs that is a mystery.  He might be a good guy or he might be a villain.  All the way through, he is one big puzzle.  I was glad to figure him out early since I love it when I can work out a mystery.  It was a neat surprise element in the story.

All in all, this was a fun and exciting read even with the lag in the middle.  The blend of elements was well done.  I hope the author writes more of these.  I would recommend this one for those who can enjoy tough yet passionate characters situated in a fun blend of sci-fi and western romance.

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

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #247 Sci-Fi Rom
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Books N Tunes #32 Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising


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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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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
5 years ago

wow Sophia Rose what a genre mix I think I’d like this one too Thanks!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

These are very fun, Debbie. I enjoyed this author’s earlier blended series so reached for this one easily.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

While it’s not my usual type of read it sure does sound interesting with all those different elements thrown together.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

This author has an absolute gift for combining the western element in odd fusions with sci-fi in this instance and dystopian in an older series. I have a good time with them.

Keionda Hearts Books
5 years ago

Okay, so you have to tell me, Sophia, as you were reading this, did you think about Lux? At least once, did you?? Because I totally did while reading your review! 🙂 I love the sound of the alien romance and the mystery surrounding them! I may have to give this one a try!♡

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I didn’t, but I think it’s because the aliens aren’t the good guys in this one. The hero was infused with their alien blood which gave him some of their abilities. But that being said…the hero is swoony. 🙂

Do you know what you might like since you liked the Luxen series? Have you looked at the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis? Those were a nice blend of sci-fi, romance, and suspense.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

You just don’t see western sci fi all that often! That’s so neat. And the cover totally rocks. I might have to try her out 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Oh yes, here western dystopian series hooked me in and then I saw this one. Had to have it. You’re right, these are as rare as hen’s teeth.

vvb reads
5 years ago

Reminds me of that movie, Cowboys and Aliens. I like your review of it. And the music matchup it a good one 😉

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

Yes, this is in the flavor of Cowboys and Aliens. Fun stuff! Haha! I just had to do it with this song. 🙂

5 years ago

Western sci-fi romance? Sounds great and the cover definitely reflects that feel, although i would’ve guessed fantasy instead of sci-fi from that. I really like the cover. The world and romance both sound well done and how fun there’s even a bit of a mystery. Great review!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It was a hoot. I had a good time reading this one. I am terrible at guessing what books are about based on covers I’ve discovered, but you do pretty well analyzing the covers in your own posts. 🙂

5 years ago

I am a huge non-fan of westerns. But darned if you don’t make this sound pretty good! I don’t like books that lag though and ones that I keep putting down either. Good, well thought out review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Haha! Glad I could tempt you especially when it’s not generally your thing. 🙂