Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Starting Point by N.R. Walker Audiobook Review


After going past the point of no return and finally reaching breaking point, the only thing Matthew Elliott can do now is start over.

Matthew Elliott is a recovering man. As an ex-cop and ex-fighter, his new job teaching kids at the local community gym about drug awareness and self-defense, is a little bit of both. His new focus on helping street kids is helping him heal, and with Kira by his side, he's making strides.

Brother and sister, Rueben and Claudia, are homeless kids and they're very much alone. As they strike a chord with Matt, he does everything in his power to help them. But when Ruby and Claude need more help than he bargained for, it stops being about work, and starts being about home.

The day he met Kira, Matt's life changed direction, and it's only now he realizes that everything he's been through was a lead up to this. It was never about endings. His life, his purpose, was just beginning.

Audiobook Details
Length: 8 hrs, 23 mins
Narrator: Sean Crisden

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angela☆☆☆☆☆
Now THIS is the almost perfect ending to the Turning Point series. I say almost perfect simply because I’d love to see more of the story past the epilogue, but it certainly lived up to its title of Starting Point because it finally closes the book on a big part of Matt’s past while setting him and Kira up for the rest of their life together. Fair warning, this installment pulled on my heartstrings quite a bit and I found myself shedding tears more than once, but I also found myself laughing at twice as many scenes. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of heart pounding action as well.

For as much as much as Matt drove me bonkers in Breaking Point, it made the progress in his healing – both physical and mental – even more apparent. I loved that Matt was so committed in getting better and sticking with his counseling, especially when he felt as though his therapist was judging him. Matt still got stuck in his head and second-guessed himself a lot, but his self-awareness grew over the course of the novel, thus enabling him to see when he began to fall into his old patterns of negative thinking and he could redirect himself to break that cycle. His desire to get better, to vanquish his inner demons so he could have a long, happy, and healthy life with Kira was admirable. Just as admirable was his desire to do what he could to help Ruby and Claude. Even though he’s the only one who cannot see it, Matt’s work at the center fulfilled him in a way that being a cop didn’t – it gave him a chance to make a difference one kid at a time. Matt has learned the hard way that he cannot save the world, but he knows he can still save lives by making a difference in the lives of the kids’ who show up at the fight club. While I could have done without how realistically life treats kids like Ruby and Claude, it kept me glued to my Echo Dot as I prepared for the worst to happen, hoped the best would happen first, and waited on bated breath as the story played out in both heartwarming and heartbreaking ways. Walker excels at keeping me on tenterhooks.

I must say that as impressed as I was with Sean Crisden’s narration in the first two books, he blew me away with Starting Point. Matt is still dealing with a lot of guilt he’s taken on from Point of No Return and Breaking Point, and it’s so clear to hear it in his voice, as is his determination to get better. Even more striking is how the narrator strikes a balance between Matt’s feelings of powerlessness and acceptance when the vertigo hits him hard. Matt knows there’s nothing he can do about the vertigo, but he doesn’t have to like it either. What really surprised me though, is that the author shifts the point of view from Matt, who’s been our narrator for all three books, to Kira. I was not expecting the shift in perspectives, and not only was it invaluable to the series, but Crisden made the change so seamless that it took me a few seconds to realize what had happened. This isn’t because the voices used were similar but rather because as the other main character, Kira has been front and center throughout the series, so I didn’t initially recognize that we were in his head and not listening to him speak. And I loved that we got part of the story from Kira’s perspective because it signaled that it was no longer just Matt’s journey (it hadn’t been for a while) and it gave series fans a chance to see Matt through the eyes of someone who loves him because Crisden made sure that was in Kira’s voice, the love he has for Matt and how important Matt is to him. Walker and Crisden did a fabulous job on Starting Point, making it a perfect ending to the series and beautiful beginning for these two men.


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Book 1
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Book 2
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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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I have been a professional voice artist since 2006 (wait, people pay me for this?) but my history extends further than that. As a child, I was known as “Radio Man” for the articulate, listenable qualities within my voice. I don’t know any other kid who took quite so much pleasure in standing up and reading out loud Tikki Tikki Tembo or Bunnicula for their class.

This lead to an early pursuit of performing and I performed for nearly a decade with the prog rock band Divided Sky as vocalist and guitar player. I have expanded my abilities into on-camera acting, appearing in numerous commercials and films including M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. I was even fortunate enough to act in and choreograph the combat sequences in Le Meduse Rouge.

I continue to grow, develop and refine my talents in an ongoing effort to find fulfillment by drinking of my creative well. I also train in several martial arts and do my best despite the lure of my bed and apple pie to stay in excellent physical shape.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free audiobook copy of Starting Point (Turning Point #3) by N.R. Walker, narrated by Sean Crisden to listen to and review.

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean


When Wicked Comes Calling...

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain...

Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion...

But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted... and the only thing he's ever desired.

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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
The first installment in a brand-new series, Wicked and the Wallflower was scrumptious deliciousness.

Felicity is unconventional, refusing to conform to the rules of the ton while simultaneously wishing for their approval. She's torn, thinking the rules are merely in place to keep the uppercrust in power, yet realizes how breaking free is empowering, because the rules themselves stifle everyone. Her only purpose in life is to marry to improve the lifestyle of her parents and twin brother's family, yet no one cares how this will affect her life.

Devon 'Devil' has one heck of a backstory. As one of three bastards to a Duke and one legitimate daughter born within marriage but not of their blood, all born on the same day, Devil takes keeping secrets and taking vows seriously. He's dark and broody, skirting the line between alphahole and a wounded man women long to tame.

Felicity brings a heart out of the Devil, and Devil lends Felicity strength and courage. Together, they empower one another, making each other better people. The sparks fly. The banter is witty deliciousness. The tension is explosive. The romance is organic and realistic. Gut-punch angst abounds.

The ton doesn't respect one of its own, but the underbelly not only welcomes a lady, they protect her, respect her, and find her worthy as one of their own. Felicity finds empowerment and a life in a place many fear to set foot, let alone dwell.

There's a reason Sarah MacLean is my all-time favorite historical romance novelist, and Wicked and the Wallflower is proof. I read the novel feverishly in one sitting, clicking to see what happens next.

Not only were Devil and Felicity original, the side cast of characters were beyond intriguing. I cannot wait to read about Whit, Ewan, Grace, and even the Bareknuckle Bastards' righthand woman, knowing each story will be unique and intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next books in the series. In fact, I wish I had the entire series to binge-read.




Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean to read and review.

A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot


In the fourth book of the Wall Street Journal bestselling series, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick must unlock the mystery of a mass murder, and the secrets of its silent witness…

For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home.

A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people—a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars? One person might have the answer. The lone survivor of the decades-old crimes has returned to town still claiming that she can’t remember a thing about the night she was left for dead. As the search for the truth becomes more dangerous, Mercy fears that the traumatized woman may not have buried her memories at all. She might be keeping them a secret. And there’s a price to be paid for revealing them.


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Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This is a new series for me. I loved both the mystery and the suspense in this story. Starting with the discovery of multiple skeletons during a flash flood, the story quickly becomes a complicated tangle of current crimes, twenty year old crimes, and a series of seemingly unrelated events that blur Mercy’s investigation even further.

I didn’t realise that I was jumping into book four of a series when I requested the book but I am very pleased that the story easily reads as a standalone and I was easily able to fall in with the characters and the slightly creepy, rural Washington setting.

Mercy is a great lead detective. I enjoyed puzzling through her quirks, her scars, and her almost stable love life. The contrasting roles and perspectives from Truman as chief of police and Mercy’s FBI investigation are interesting and I really enjoyed the interplay between the two.

I love that it took me far too long to figure out the whodunnit and I loved all of the red herrings as some characters, suspects, and crimes overlap and others don’t. Everything fits at the end, but the author really challenges readers with the complexity of the story.

Parts of this book are seriously scary, so it was a tense single sitting read for me. I enjoyed this and I’m excited to go back and start the series from the beginning.


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Kendra Elliot has landed on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list multiple times and is the award-winning author of the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series and the Mercy Kilpatrick novels. Kendra is a three-time winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, an International Thriller Writers finalist, and an RT Award finalist. She has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female heroines such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls. She was born, raised, and still lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters but looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Merciful Silence (Mercy Kilpatrick #4) by Kendra Elliot to read and review.

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis


Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship.

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come… until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.


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Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
A compelling read about starting over, even when you don't want to.

Lanie is looking for a fresh start, away from the pain, heartache, and pitying looks from her so-called friends and co-workers. Turns out her husband was a serial husband. He liked being married and as a person who traveled a lot for business, he had plenty of time to acquire other wives. As his "first" wife, she was entitled to his life insurance and other benefits and some of his other wives disagreed with that – vehemently.

She understands the anger and hostility. She just wishes that they would heap it on the man himself. She didn't create the mess they all find themselves in. She just happened to be the first in the long line of women who fell for the seemingly perfect guy who turned out to be a liar.

Taking a job with the Capriotti Winery, she's hoping that the gossip will die down while she's gone, and she can find a way to move on with her life. What she doesn't expect to find is Mark Capriotti and his twin daughters. Seems as though she's not the only who's had to deal with a troublesome spouse. Only Mark's wife didn't die, she just left him and his children for the single life a continent away.

Both Mark and Lanie have trust issues and it’s interesting to see how they manage to work through those issues. They each have to deal with dramatically different issues about why they refuse to let anyone close to them, but in the end, it's all a matter of trust.

I thoroughly enjoy this series and can't wait to see what happens next.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series – and whilst I think it stands up well as a stand-alone read, why would you deny yourself the pleasure of a Jill Shalvis book and not read book one first?

I think the underlying theme in this book – other than the joy of families, love, and romance (obviously) – is not to make assumptions about people based on what you see. Time and time again, Lanie jumps to a conclusion based on her previous experiences rather than asking and listening to the answer. It is not an unusual failing, I am sure we can all agree! It is a clever way of telling the story though, as we can see the bigger picture, and are not restrained by her preconceptions. We, therefore, can question her behaviour, even when we would probably have done the same as her. She has been dealt some cruel hands and has persevered and continued to be the naturally good person that she is.

Luckily when she starts at the winery, she joins a family with a heart as big as hers, and no intention of ever letting someone down. And whilst she struggles to understand how it can possibly work, she is engulfed in their charm and caring. And then there is son of the family, Mark, a damaged soul himself, doing the best he can for his family and his twin daughters. Those two girls have some of the very best lines in the book – especially amusing given Uncle Jack's terrible jokes! They both play an important role in addressing the fears and dreams of their father, and Lanie too.

This is a book which you want to climb into and join in with the life they lead, and be there in person to enjoy the highs and hug through the lows. From romantic evenings body boarding, to emergency trips for chocolate cookies, it is difficult not to become totally invested in Mark and Lanie's future.

Beautifully written, thoughtful, caring, and also very romantic. Jill Shalvis has done it again!


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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone #2) by Jill Shalvis to read and review.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Breaking Point by N.R. Walker Audiobook Review


A fight for what’s right becomes a fight for his life.

As guilt plagues him, Matthew Elliott’s world begins to spiral out of control. The harder he holds on, the more it slips through his fingers, and he’s helpless to stop it.

Entering into the underground cage-fighting scene, he starts out fighting for what’s right. The deeper he gets, the more guilt consumes him – the more pain he takes for his penance, and he’s soon fighting for more than justice.

He’s fighting for love.

He’s fighting for his life.

The third edition has a new cover and has been re-edited, though no new content has been added.

Audiobook Details
Length: 7 hours
Narrator: Sean Crisden

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angela☆☆☆☆☆
Breaking Point returns us to Detective Matthew Elliot as he embarks upon his biggest investigation since the Tomic case, quite possibly of his entire career. That’s a little bit of a spoiler, but as it’s something you learn very early in the book, I’m okay with disclosing it because it weighs heavily on my review. Before I devolve into what is going to come across as a gripe-fest, let me state clearly that I absolutely loved this audiobook. The tension came from an entirely different source this time around, but I was still glued to my Echo Dot, listening intently because I needed to know how things were going to play out for Matt. Knowing that there’s a third book in the series only alleviated my fear that Matt wouldn’t make it out alive, but as I haven’t read the blurb for Starting Point beyond the mention of Matt recovering, his survival was the only outcome I was certain of when things started getting dicey in Breaking Point.

There are two main sources of conflict in the story, one external and one internal. The external source was the undercover investigation Matt embarks upon. This part of the storyline produces a level of action and suspense similar to what we saw in book one because of the criminal elements and the danger inherent to his job. The internal conflict nearly drove me nuts. Why? Because I was too far into Matt’s head, feeling his sense of isolation, his guilt, his anger, his fear, and his anxiety. Between Walker’s wordsmithing and Crisden’s performance, I felt as though I was being dragged down Matt’s rabbit hole, whether I wanted to be or not – and I didn’t want to be. The rational side of my brain is screaming at Matt, “Why haven’t you taken any time in the past year to discuss the possibility of undercover work with Kira?!?!?” Wondering more than once why he wouldn’t let Kira know there was an ongoing investigation without telling him the details, especially after I got the impression that it was Matt’s decision to keep it a secret from Kira, not a mandate from his boss. Matt’s internal conflict trampled all over my last nerve because it’s so well done and feels so real.

As a reader, Matt’s withdrawal and sense of guilt over lying to Kira seems overblown. His internal insistence that he’s no longer a cop – while he’s working undercover – is absurd and annoying and reeks of self-pity, but I suspect that’s the point. Matt’s isolation from all members of the force puts a huge strain on a man who is used to constant camaraderie. This, in turn, puts a strain on his relationship with Kira. And while, to an outside observer such as myself, it seems overdramatized, I worry it’s not and that far too many in law enforcement find themselves in similar situations. With that said, I still wanted to smack Matt Moonstruck style and tell him to snap out it. Contradictorily, the psych student in me was fascinated by how Matt’s guilt surrounding Kira’s abduction in book one resurfaced in some extremely dangerous ways. And while the story is told from Matt’s point of view, I still found myself wanting to pull Kira aside to tell him to stay strong, not to give up on Matt, and to THINK about who the man he loves is at his core!!! I was irrationally annoyed that Kira didn’t figure out what was going on, while wanting to comfort him at the same time. And then, when everything went down as it did and the fallout from it, oh, my heart hurt for both men. Not surprisingly, I was exceedingly pleased when Yumi made her dissatisfaction about the investigation known at the end of the book (hehe). It’s odd not to say the ending was perfect when reviewing an N.R. Walker book, but not only does Matt’s story continue in book three, he also paid a really high price to close his investigation and it left me conflicted. Because of that, I am, for once, very happy that I’m a tad behind on my reviews as I have the audiobook for Starting Point cued up to listen to next.

Regarding the narration, I was very pleased to see that Sean Crisden had reprised his role as Detective Matt Elliot. Crisden did such a good job in creating voices for the main cast of characters in Point of No Return that I cannot imagine someone else at the mic. The narrator not only expresses the despair and darker emotions Matt experiences this time around, but Crisden also makes Kira’s worry, resignation, and anger so obvious that you cannot miss it in a single word. However, I must admit that the snicker-inducing jock strap shopping scene was even more entertaining in audio versus reading it. Yet none of it compared to the level of emotion shown when Matt and Kira finally reconnect or with what happens in the final chapter – something I’ll leave as it’s meant to be, a surprise for other readers. Now I’m off to listen to Starting Point because I must know if Walker has given these two men the happily ever after they’ve earned with their blood, sweat, and tears.


Also Available in the Turning Point Series

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For reviews & more info, check out our Point of No Return post.



N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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I have been a professional voice artist since 2006 (wait, people pay me for this?) but my history extends further than that. As a child, I was known as “Radio Man” for the articulate, listenable qualities within my voice. I don’t know any other kid who took quite so much pleasure in standing up and reading out loud Tikki Tikki Tembo or“Bunnicula for their class.

This lead to an early pursuit of performing and I performed for nearly a decade with the prog rock band Divided Sky as vocalist and guitar player. I have expanded my abilities into on-camera acting, appearing in numerous commercials and films including M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. I was even fortunate enough to act in and choreograph the combat sequences in Le Meduse Rouge.

I continue to grow, develop and refine my talents in an ongoing effort to find fulfillment by drinking of my creative well. I also train in several martial arts and do my best despite the lure of my bed and apple pie to stay in excellent physical shape.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Breaking Point (Turning Point #2) by N.R. Walker, narrated by Sean Crisden to listen to and review.

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier


This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who's been searching for the truth all these years...

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he's something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo's first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela's death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it? Find out in Jennifer Hillier's Jar of Hearts.


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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller
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This is a dark story. Just be prepared for that if you're taking this story on. It is wonderfully written and there is a lot of really good development.

Geo is a character that you want to do well – you want her to succeed. However, there is a part of you that wonders if she really should get that second chance. I enjoyed the fact that you were able to see the story from the before perspective and after – it gave the book a depth that really helped the reader know the mindset of the characters.

As you read, you see that the flaws of Geo are due to immaturity and not necessarily malicious intent. However, as you keep reading, there are aspects that definitely make you question her.

I loved this story and the only reason I didn't give it the five-star rating is that I found it to be somewhat predictable. You saw the ending before it happened and that was somewhat disappointing after a wonderfully complex story unfolded.



JENNIFER HILLIER was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, lived in the Seattle area for years, and has just moved back to Toronto with her husband and son.

Jennifer is the author of Wonderland, Creep, and Jar of Hearts.

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Hunt the Moon by Kari Cole


Who’d think to bring silver bullets to a wedding? When Isabelle “Izzy” Meyers arrives in Montana and discovers her human foster brother is marrying into the local werewolf pack, she wishes she’d brought an arsenal. Werewolves can’t be trusted, and Izzy should know… she is one.

Luke Wyland never planned on becoming an Alpha. He’s still navigating how to protect the pack from the rogue threat that’s been hunting in his territory, claiming his father as one of their victims. Yet the moment Luke lays eyes on Izzy, something primal takes root. Finding a mate who wants nothing to do with him is a complication he doesn’t need, but letting Izzy go isn’t an option.

After a childhood marred by shifter violence, Luke is everything Izzy was raised to hate. So then why does being with him feel so intensely right? With a thinning pack to defend, Luke knows what he has to do: embolden Izzy to unleash her true nature—or risk losing everything.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆☆
Kari Cole is a new-to-me author. Not realizing this was the first in a new series, there were a few times I thought I was reading a continuation and just rolled with it instead of being confused. Now that I know it's the first book, I wonder if this is a spin-off of another series? There was slight confusion, as backstories were told as if the reader experienced it firsthand in another book, with most of the pack already mated, leaving few to narrate future books, which is one of the main reasons I thought this was a continuation. I just rolled with it, not finding it too confusing as long as I focused on our narrators.

This was a solid paranormal novel featuring the fated mates plot device, where two people meet and are instantly connected. But where this was unique is how Izzy is suppressing her wolf, removing the insta-love/lust connection often used in this genre.

Izzy is in town for her foster brother's wedding, which is one of the reasons I thought this was a continuation or spin-off, as that seemed like a story that had been told. Izzy never acknowledges she's a shifter, thinking weres are monsters, including herself, only to land in a town full of weres.

The book was much deeper than anticipated, with grief, guilt, and shame riding shotgun for a handful of the characters. Izzy was an identical twin, Bess having committed suicide due to being unable to handle her wolf side after years of abuse at their human grandmother's hands. There're still threads of Izzy and Bess's backstory left to tell at the end of the novel, which I believe will be voiced by Chicago's alpha.

Luke is a reluctant alpha, grief over the loss of several of their pack members, including his own father/alpha, has made it difficult for Luke to connect to his new position. Even with his wolfy instincts riding him, he still manages to be a patient hunter.

Murders are occurring around town, the alpha, beta, and gamma are investigating, which is the main focal point of the novel, with the fated mates romance just skimming the surface. Mystery. Murder. Betrayal. Politics. These facets converge to create a well-rounded paranormal novel.

I do recommend and look forward to the next in the series, and I'll be checking out Kari Cole's backlist as well.


Dawn☆☆☆☆
I felt this story was a little slow to start but once it did I really enjoyed it.

It's full of angst and heartbreak, you feel it as you go through the journey with Izzy. I enjoyed that the second half of the book kept me on my toes, so many twists and turns.

I liked Izzy as a character. All she had been through and she still refused to be victim or back down, even though she was terrified.

The chemistry between her and Luke was great. I was rooting for them the whole way through.

Not going to lie, Freddie annoyed me quite a lot. He acted like a petulant child for a lot of the book; glad he calmed down towards the end.

I'm excited for Vaughn's book. I can't wait to get my hands on it.



Kari Cole is an award-winning author of paranormal romances. Her action-packed stories have earned several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®, the Kiss of Death’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and the Toronto Romance Writers’ Catherine. Kari lives in upstate New York with her college sweetheart, two way-too-smart-for-their-own-good sons, and a ridiculous labradoodle named for the bravest of Star Wars heroes, Artoo.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hunt the Moon (Mated by Fate #1) by Kari Cole to read and review.