Monday, June 18, 2018

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

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.

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.

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