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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on February 25, 2020
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.
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