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Review – Harvest Moon (and the rest of the series so far) by Lisa Kessler

Harvest Moon

Some wolves were never meant for a mate…

Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack’s doctor, but he can’t even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization’s attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate…

In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can’t afford to be attracted to a doctor—especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable…and Kilani’s precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.

All it takes is one touch to send Jason’s wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can’t protect her from himself…

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

Have you ever requested something, and then by the time you got it, you didn’t know why you wanted it in the first place? Yeah, this was one of those books for me. I apparently requested it, and then when it was sent to me, I didn’t even recognize the blurb and wondered a bit, “What was I thinking?”. This is book 4 in a series that has a shadow organization and is building up to something. So not a stand alone. So I dutifully picked up the other books in the series so I could catch up. I’ll share some brief thoughts on the first three books before diving into the main review. I’ll try not to say anything too spoilery, but no promises, except this is one of those series that doesn’t immediately take hold, in my opinion, so don’t give up after the first book.


Moonlight

Alternating first person narrated between wolf male (Adam) and jaguar female (Lana) shifters. Wolves and jaguars are mortal enemies in this mythology, though it isn’t initially clear why. It was clearly marked whose head we were in. But it was mostly telling and not showing, the story happening in the respective characters heads. It was a bit clunky though and often dragged. Plus, the secrets and duplicity just left me irked. But the premise was interesting enough even if the execution lacked something. And it left me intrigued enough about the next book to keep reading. But, if definitely suffers from firstbookitis.

2.5 stars

Moonlight (Moon #1)

Hunter’s Moon

This book features another wolf (Aren, the twin brother of the hero from the previous book), and another jaguar female (Sasha a former cop who was turned) with alternating first person narratives. It starts back up right where the previous book stopped with the new couple dealing with the aftermath from the first book. There wasn’t nearly as much ridiculous duplicity, and the two main characters in this one were much more forthright and interesting to me. Both the narrative and the dialogue were much smoother and didn’t drag nearly as much as the previous book. We also learned quite a bit more about Nero, the evil shadow organization. I am pretty sure I have guessed one major thing though regarding the connection to the heroine in the first book. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The second book is significantly better than the first one and I bought these two as a couple more than the previous two.

3 stars

Hunter's Moon (Moon, #2)

Blood Moon

This book features Gareth, a wolf who has been isolating himself in grief and anger over his brother’s murder, and Nadya, sister to Sasha from the last book. At the end of the last one, Nayda was bitten by one of Nero’s mutated wolves and no one quite knows what will happen with her. Gareth really wants to stay out of it, but he can’t seem to help himself when it comes to her.

Holy heck, this one was a ride. At this point in time I am sort of feeling bad for the people who didn’t get into the first one and opted not to continue. I’ll admit, if I didn’t have a goal of getting to the 4th one, I might have stopped myself. This seems to be one of those unicorns, a time when leaping at a mid-series book hasn’t bitten me in the butt. I absolutely fell in love with Gareth and Nadya. And I don’t know if it is just that I’ve gotten used to the first person alternating format, or if I just liked these characters that much, but this time it seemed like a benefit rather than something to overcome. Action, pacing, and dialogue were all much smoother, and the supporting characters were much more fully realized and helped round the story out more. Nero’s back and even more reprehensible than ever, and the enigmatic Sebastian has been hit with something he just can’t ignore. I am seriously hoping we get his book, I don’t know how Kessler would pull it off, but it would be something to see. But the real star of this story is the relationship between the couple, and it was a lovely romance.

3.5 stars

Blood Moon (Moon, #3)

Harvest Moon

And now we are at the main event. I took about a week-long break after my glom of the previous books so I wouldn’t burn out and could come at this one fresh.

Dr. Jason Ayers is riddled with guilt over previous events, weighted with the frustrations of his responsibilities, and quietly imploding where even his pack can’t see him. It is kind of making him a jackass, particularly with Kilani. Meanwhile, the enigmatic Sebastian is at once more visible, and more opaque than ever. The author tells me that his book is the book 8, and the final in the series, and I simply don’t know how I am going to wait any longer.

But back to the main characters. After the main stumble over honesty, there was a lot of straight up front honesty and disclosure that really helped the relationship move forward. There were things they held off on, but even then they acknowledged there was something that needed discussing, And as an extra bonus, rather than a too stupid to live heroine, we have a too stupid to live hero. Granted, he got a hell of a wake up call, but it was nice to have a nice, sensible, rational heroine. It was a sweet relationship.

We also got some more information on Nero, and the substance of how the skills and personnel of the Pack will come together to defeat that organization is starting to take shape. It was an exciting and heartbreaking installment. If I had to pick a favorite so far, it would still be Harvest Moon, but only by the slimmest of margins. November can’t come soon enough for the next book.

Harvest Moon
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