Review: Fractured Moon by E.R. Pierce

Posted June 24, 2014 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Werewolves / 35 Comments

Review: Fractured Moon by E.R. Pierce
Fractured Moon by E.R. Pierce
Series: Aurelia Fridell #1
Published by Indie
Published on: May 25, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Pages: 201
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Aurelia Fridell is a freak. The only werewolf who can't shift.

As her thirtieth birthday approaches, isolation creeps in, and worry settles in her gut. She accepted her status long ago, and yet lately, she's felt off-kilter. Eyes follow her, prickling her senses, and her headaches are getting worse.

Is she paranoid, or is someone, or something, stalking her? Watching. Waiting. Drumming fingers to a sinister beat she can't hear.

Time will tell.

Ceithin Starkley isn't looking for a mate. Especially now. In fact, he doesn't believe in true-matings at all. While being recruited for a new job, a scent on the wind stuns him, and he begins fighting an inner battle he never wanted, yet can't ignore.

Sparks fly, as Ceithin and Aurelia fight fate, and race against a clock neither knows is ticking.
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Warning: This book contains a drool-worthy Alpha male, and a sassy heroine with brains and brothers you'll adore. A best friend every girl would love to have, and a terrifying road no one will see coming. Author's note: Fractured Moon has been rewritten from its original manuscript published in 2012 and republished May 26, 2014. This is 76K novel.

Fractured Moon is book one of the Aurelia Fridell Duology, with book two currently being written, titled "Moon Justice". There will be one novella and two short stories featuring characters from Fractured Moon.

Ever read a book and around eighty percent of the way in, it takes such a completely 360 degree spin, that you end up really questioning why the author chose to go in that direction? That’s what happened to me with this book. I was really enjoying the read and then it was like, WHAT? Did that just happen? I guess that’s a sign of a good story teller though, because I never in a million years saw this one coming. Intrigued yet? And here I thought I was just reading a really good paranormal romance. WRONG!

Aura is the daughter of an Alpha wolf, owns her own bookstore, spends more then her share of nights out with her best friend, Astrid, and oh yeah, has this huge problem. She has never been able to shift. Thankfully she has a big family that loves her, otherwise the rest of the pack would be her undoing. Pretty much bullied her whole life, she knows she will never find a wolf that will mate with her. When she meets a man from out of town, Ceithin, all that changes. Of course he has brought his girlfriend along on the trip and he’s not a cheater. Things do get interesting!

I liked the premise of Aura being a wolf that can’t shift, but really hated the bullying aspect. Of course it probably has a lot to say about the bullying in our schools today-well that’s where my mind went while reading it anyway. The bullying is mainly her memories, so don’t let that make you shy away from this.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters of Aura, Ceithin, Astrid, and all of Aura’s family. Besides her not being able to shift, her twin brother Ville, has a different sort of thing that happens when he shifts. Aura and Ville are also able to mentally talk to each other. Which gets me to the world building. I thought the back story of the world of wolf shifters was well imagined by the author. Most of it was pretty typical, but still nicely woven into a good story line. The author also introduces another paranormal creature that was pretty different.

There was an aspect of the story that was pretty unbelievable, and I am not even talking about the paranormal aspects. I don’t want to tell any specific spoilers because that would be no fun. Suffice it to say, it involves something Aura owns. If you read this, I think you will understand.

If you like your paranormal romance to have more of a story then just romance and sexual situations, then this book might be a good read for you. Don’t get me wrong, there is some pretty steamy parts as well. There’s also a mystery involved and some real surprises along the way. It is also part one of two, and I definitely will be reading the next one because I really want to know where this story is heading. Oh, and it really wasn’t a cliffhanger!

Lorna

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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.

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35 responses to “Review: Fractured Moon by E.R. Pierce

  1. You have sufficiently intrigued me, Lorna! I’m curious about whether or not Aura is ever able to shift…I want to know what the “What?!?” moment was, and Mr. Ceithin having a girlfriend in tow sounds interesting. Plus, it seems like there are strong family dynamics in play, and I love that in a story. I’ll definitely pick up this one. Great review!

  2. This book sounds like it was difficult to review, mainly because you’re trying to avoid spoilers. It’s intriguing, and the fact that there is a huge turn and surprise has my interest peaked. I love books like that, even if it’s hard to say anything about them.
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  3. Hi Lorna,

    (And everyone else!)I have to say I’m grinning like a fool. I hope it’s okay I’m commenting. I’d hate to be one of those annoying authors. You can just ignore me! Sorry, I just got home from a vacation in the woods (camping with the family – no phones, computers, internet, – nothing!) It was glorious, but now my brain is filled with things to do, like write! Now I’m rambling. *deep breath* I figured it might be okay for me to tell you that I have a novella coming out within the next few weeks about Ceithin, told in his POV from the… thing… that happens to Aura in Fractured Moon. You’ll get to see the entire family’s reaction and his emotional dealing as well. There will be a BONUS, because, who doesn’t love a bonus – chapter one from Moon Justice will be included at the end…

    Carry on, Wayne!
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