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Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. Her award-winning vampire series – The Tranquilli Bloodline – is available from Champagne Books. Diamond Moon is her first werewolf story for Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves shifter series. When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
Under a Mating Moon by Celia Breslin
Series: Black Hills Wolves #27
Published by Decadent Publishing
Published on: September 18, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
British Alpha wolf Jake Matthews spends his days among humans, pursuing a lucrative music career and avoiding his pack’s politics. When his current DJ tour takes him to the US, he stops in Los Lobos to visit family, and runs into the one Wolf he never wants to see again—the mate who rejected his claim.
While visiting her brother in Los Lobos, free-spirited Lexi Luparell is shocked to encounter the Wolf she’d denied when they were teens. Now she must face her guilt for the cruel way she spurned him all those years ago, make amends, and admit the truth. Jake was right all along—they’re meant to mate.
Lexi would love to explore the mate concept and her overwhelming attraction to virile, Alpha Wolf Jake, but he wants nothing to do with her. How can she break down his defenses when she’s the reason he built them in the first place?
Jake dates only human women now. Lexi had her shot at being his mate, and she threw it away. But when her life is threatened, he may have to rethink his position and do whatever it takes to claim his one true mate.
So now we’re back in Los Lobos, site of the authors previous novella, Diamond Moon. I enjoyed that read, and quickly agreed to read this one as well. I received a copy of the book from the author, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When Jake, a wolf shifter, was fourteen he realized that his mate was sixteen year old, Lexi. Lexi, being a pretty typical teenage girl, was pretty horrified with the idea and completely spurned and embarrassed him. Because of this, he never dates other wolves, only humans. He moved away from the U.S. to England, and now has a lucrative career as a dance music DJ and travels all over. During his latest DJ tour, he takes the time to stop in Los Lobos, to visit family. Los Lobos is home to a wolf pack, exclusively. What he didn’t know is that Lexi is there for a visit as well. Recipe for disaster or for a life long mating? And the question is because Jake is still hurting from Lexi’s rejection and wants nothing to do with her.
I did really like the character of Jake. He’s an extremely dominate alpha male, and Alpha heir to his father’s pack in England. After hearing the story of how he got turned down by Lexi, I really felt for him. So I knew that it was going to take some doing for me to like Lexi. I shouldn’t have worried, an older Lexi is also a much more mature Lexi, and after she sees Jake again she realizes he was right about them being mates all those years ago. And she is horrified at what she did to him. Can she get Jake to overcome all his bad feelings for her before he leaves again in a couple of days? That’s the premise of this story, and I did enjoy it.
We do get to see the couple from the last book in this series by this author, Ross and Darci, so it was fun to catch up with them, as well as returning to Los Lobos. The author also added in a side story with an stalker ex of Lexi’s showing up. What could have been just a romance, becomes a thriller of sorts, and that really added a lot to the story for me.
Keep in mind that this is a novella, so although there is some development of the characters, and some world building, there really isn’t as much as is usual in a book length read. It actually didn’t bother me as the story kept me reading, and I really enjoyed the whole thing. Of course it was a really fast read. If I had a criticism, it would be that I really am not a big fan of the cover. Jake is supposed to be really good looking, and the guy on the cover just isn’t. So don’t let that be a turn off.
Recommended to adult paranormal romance readers. Adult due to some pretty steamy scenes.
Black Hills Wolves Series