Title: Hunter’s Moon
Series: Vampire Realm #9
Published: March 2011
Author: Felicity E. Heaton
Length: 65000 words
My Copy: From Author
The horror of the night he failed to save his werewolf pack from the cruelty of their vampire masters has haunted Nicolae for one hundred years, driving him deep into the Canadian wilderness in search of peace. That peace is threatened when unfamiliar hunters and the scent of blood lead him to a beautiful woman and a hard decision—face his past and help her or risk losing everyone he cares about again.
Bearing a heart filled with grief and with vengeance on her mind, Tatyana is intent on killing the hunters she’s tracking and returning to her vampire bloodline, but her plan didn’t include being shot with poisoned arrows or rescued by a glowering alpha werewolf who stirs forbidden hunger in her.
When the hunters make their move, will Nicolae be able to stop them before it’s too late? Will he be able to overcome the darkness in his heart and embrace his desire for a vampire? And can Tatyana face her fears and risk her life for the sake of forbidden love?
This is the second book I’ve read by Felicity E. Heaton and I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of hers. Not only is she an amazing writer but Hunter’s Moon is about my favorite subject: werewolves! How could I go wrong? Add to that a real live pack of timber wolves and I’m in heaven. But that’s not all! There’s also a forbidden love story between two species who’ve been enemies since the dawn of time. There’s just so much awesomeness crammed into this tiny package. I completely lost myself in this book and I didn’t come up for air until I was finished.
The wolf pack is a side story in the overall scheme of things but for me, it added an extra wolfish element that I’ve not come across before. Nicolae is a loner but his heart lies with the pack and not the werewolves. He’s spent decades with them developing a relationship with the alpha and earning their trust. Now they’re like family. Whenever something is amiss in the woods the timber wolves and Nicolae look out for each other. I loved how they communicated with each other. This element really appealed to me because it linked werewolves and their wild brethren tightly together. My favorite kind of supernatural beasts are the ones that favor their animal side over their human one. There’s just something about witnessing a human giving in to their primal instincts that makes me weak in the knees.
The blooming love story between Nicolae and Tatyana is also very moving. Both of their pasts are tainted with pain and suffering. Trust doesn’t come easy to either of them and they’ve both pretty much given up on ever finding happiness. Add to that the seething hatred that exists between their two species and you’re left with a match made in hell. Even though they both feel inexplicably drawn to each other they resist it tooth and nail. In both of their minds a werewolf and a vampire can never be together; the only thing that they should feel for each other is hate. But fate has other plans and forces them together against a common foe. They both savagely resist, which made me incredibly frustrated but it also made for a great story so I guess I can’t complain!
Hunter’s Moon is the ninth installment in the Vampires Realm series but it’s not essential for you to have read the previous books to be able to enjoy this one. In fact, this is the first book of this series that I’ve read and I didn’t feel lost at all. Felicity E. Heaton is a talented author who weaves captivating and well-written love stories that’ll have you feeling a wide range of emotions. Her characters are well developed and life-like and her understanding of wolfish nature is phenomenal. Fans of paranormal romance will be swept off their feet by Hunter’s Moon and werewolf fanatics will find themselves on cloud nine. Heaton is a hard working, independent author and if she’s not already on your radar then I strongly recommend that you rectify that immediately!
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I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada
When I saw this cover all I could think about was the fact that it has a full moon on the cover and that seemed to be a common element on last weeks “Top 5 Sunday UF/ PNR Pet Peeves”… 😉
Anyways, I always love when an author includes lots of paranomal critters, so I think that this sounds like my kinda book!
Thanks for the review Carmel and have a great weekend!
PS. I tweeted about this!
This one isn’t for me. But I do think it’s hilarious that there’s a moon on the cover!
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@Avery @Vivien LOL, I’m glad you ladies took note of the full moon on the cover. Hehe 🙂
Loved, loved, loved your review! I agree with you 100% about this book and about Felicity. this is the second book I read of her and I’m now a huge fan of her now since I notice in her writing that she really know how to develop real-life characters that come to life and her word play of the plot and scenarios always make you feel that you are there in the moment.
So true people need to notice this author more because she is great!
I been wanting to read her books for awhile now
Great review. This is the first I have heard of her or her books. Always like to find out about new authors.
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