Review and Giveaway: New Moon by Lisa Kessler (@Mollykatie112, @LdyDisney, @EJBookPromos, @entangledpub)

Posted June 20, 2017 by Lorna in Giveaways, Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Werewolves / 18 Comments

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               I dusted my cheeks with blush, fixed my eyeliner, and put on some lipstick. Hardly a glamorous movie star, but I cleaned up okay. I stepped out of the bathroom just as Sebastian was adjusting his tie. For a second, we just stared at each other. I’d never seen him dressed to impress. His dark hair was slicked back, and damn, he filled out his tuxedo perfectly.

               James Bond had nothing on Sebastian Severino.

               He shook his head slowly. “Isabelle, you’re beautiful. No. You’re always beautiful, it’s just…”

               “Oh my God. You’re stammering.” I grinned. Seeing slick Sebastian unable to complete a sentence made me feel sexier than ever. I turned all the way around. “You think it’s okay?”

               “‘Okay’ doesn’t begin to scratch the surface.” He came over to me with a rectangular velvet box. He cracked it open to reveal a gorgeous rhinestone necklace with matching dangling earrings. He removed the necklace, unfastening the clasp. “May I?”

               I nodded and turned around, reminding myself to breathe. He clasped the necklace around my neck, and I faced him again. “How does it look?”

               “You’re stunning.”

               I let my gaze wander down to his toes and back up. “You’re not so bad yourself.”

               He smiled but didn’t offer any smarmy reply. He opened the shoe boxes. “I didn’t know what size, but hopefully one of these will work.”

               I plucked the black velvet pumps from the box and slipped them on. Tight, but I wouldn’t be crippled. Still…I popped them off and picked up the patent-leather sling backs with rhinestone buckles. Much better fit. I walked over to the mirror, proud of myself for maintaining my balance. Heels weren’t part of my usual gear.

               Sebastian came up behind me, his dark eyes on mine in the mirror. “Thank you for coming with me tonight. I wish it could be under better circumstances.”

               I turned around, looking up at him. “Will your father be there?”

               “Yes.” He nodded. “Tonight we need to convince him that I’m using you to keep the Sedona Pack on task for the final mission. He has to believe you’re committed to working with me against Adam’s Pack. It’s the only way to get you into the compound tomorrow.”

               I sucked in a deep breath. “Okay.”

               He took my hand and surprised me by lacing our fingers together. His voice softened, barely a whisper as his eyes searched mine. “I promised Madeleine I would bring her home.”

               I nodded, not quite sure why he seemed so…desperate.

               “I’m…afraid, Isabelle.”

               And there he was. The real Sebastian stood in front of me, dropping all his defenses and leaving him open to be wounded.

               He was fucking brave.

               I reached up with my free hand to caress his cheek. “We all are.”

               “You don’t understand. I’ve never protected anyone. Usually if I fail, someone lives. I can’t fail her…or you. Your lives are on the line.”

               “So is yours.”

               He pulled away, walking to the window. “My life is inconsequential.”

               “Not true.”

               He faced me, pain lining his brow. “You’ve seen all my scars. Until you, I’ve stitched them all myself. No one will miss me. Most will be glad when I’m gone.”

               “I would miss you.” I blinked at the confession that fell from my lips. My voice squeaked.
“You’re not in this alone. Not anymore.”

               He crossed the room to take me into his arms. I returned the embrace, my heart racing like a fucking Thoroughbred. He whispered against my ear, “I need you to trust me tonight.”

               Trust. I blew out a pent-up breath and nodded. “I’ll try.”

               He straightened, walking me toward the door to the other room. “It starts with helping convince Adam to give himself up.”

About Lisa Kessler

Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

My Review

Review and Giveaway: New Moon by Lisa Kessler (@Mollykatie112, @LdyDisney, @EJBookPromos, @entangledpub)
New Moon by Lisa Kessler
Series: Moon #8
Published by Entangled
Published on: June 19, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Pages: 257
Format: eARC
Source: Tour
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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.

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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.


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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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