New Moon by Lisa Kessler
Series: Moon #8
Published by Entangled
Published on: June 19, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side...
Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.
Each book in the Moon series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Finally we get Sebastian’s story. Sebastian has been the jaguar villain at times (mostly) and has been hated by the pack since the beginning. But over the course of the books, Sebastian’s loyalty to Nero, the real villain of this series, has been questioned and now even his father is suspicious. It’s certainly fitting that the last book in Kessler’s Moon series belongs to Sebastian-although I did have my questions of how he could become a good hero. I shouldn’t have worried because the author had that in the bag!
As in the previous book, Wolf Moon, the action begins in Sedona, Arizona with the wolf pack there. Isabelle, Raven’s sister, is still living there, even though her sister has moved with her mate, Luke, to join the Reno pack. She’s a bounty hunter and has good fighting skills. When she tries to kill Sebastian, the insta-love thing that werewolves are famous for, hits her hard. That had to be the fastest I’ve read for that to happen! Not a real spoiler, as it happens fast (and is mentioned in the blurb). As Sebastian is her enemy she isn’t going to tell him, and of course killing him is now off the table. It’s not about her loving him, it’s all about her inner wolf, and that wolf is enthralled by him. Her human side still hates him-at first-and of course she has what she thinks are good reasons. On Sebastian’s part, he is supposed to make the pack from Sedona attack the Reno Pack. His father, the leader of Nero, is a cruel man and driven by his madness. Sebastian has no intentions of going up against the Reno pack and he knows it’s going to culminate in either his death or his fathers.
And now that we get Sebastian’s side of the story, we get his thoughts, and his reasons for doing all that he did in the past as assassin for Nero. And most of all, his extreme hatred for his father. His father, head of Nero, was responsible for horrible experiments being performed on werewolves, whether it killed them or not. Nero has been the villain throughout the series, and now it’s time to take it down.
Laced with full tilt action and violence, this book also features the sensual romance between Sebastian and Isabelle. And no, it’s not non-stop sexy times and actually takes awhile to get there, which I can appreciate. Since they are on the brink of war with Nero throughout the book, the romance was needed to balance that. And of course, each of these books has featured a couple finding their mate, and this was no exception.
I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Reno wolf pack. It was fun catching up with the pack this time, even though it’s mostly under disturbing circumstances. Kessler has pulled out all the stops to give her readers an excellent ending to this series. And she succeeded admirably. Highly recommended to adult readers of paranormal romance, and urban fantasy fans might enjoy these books as well. Although these are billed as standalone, I would read them in order as the story does progress from one book to the next. Just my opinion anyway.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.