Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ice Moon by Lisa Kessler @LdyDisney - New Release, Review, and Giveaway

Ice Moon
by Lisa Kessler
Series: Moon, #5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2015

Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he's hired by the "Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe". One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within...

A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control– sometimes with dire consequences. With Jason, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion–and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.

     My black body suit fit like a second skin. I stared at my reflection from every angle. I kept myself in good shape, but this get-up was going to be tough not to be self-conscious in. Not to mention, I’d never been to a costume party before. Maybe this was modest compared to what the other women would be wearing? I brushed my hair and let it fall down my shoulders.
     This would also be the first time my clients and employees saw me without my trademark messy bun.
     Lots of firsts. Made me nervous, but it was thrilling at the same time.
     I pulled up a picture of Dr. Jean Grey on my phone and compared. The form-fitting black suit was an amazing match to the movie version. Madison had done a great job finding it. Other than my blue eyes, I looked pretty close. People at the party should at least be able to recognize the costume.
     Satisfied, I forced myself to walk out into the living room. If I couldn’t be Dr. Jean Grey in front of Jared, there was no way I’d be ready to parade around the Masquerade on Friday night. I came down the hall and turned to the right.
     And practically choked on my tongue. Jared turned around in his body-hugging black uniform, a dead ringer for Wolverine. He’d been growing out his sideburns, and while I was back changing he even combed his hair up at the sides for Wolverine’s signature do.
     "Rugged and handsome" didn’t really do him justice.
     “Wow.” I was usually pretty articulate, but that was all I had.
     His gaze ran slowly from my feet all the way up to meet my eyes, his sexy grin curving on his lips. “You look amazing, Taryn.”
     And for the first time in years, that was exactly how I felt, too.

Once again Lisa Kessler has captivated me with her characters and swept me into her story with the world and lore she has created for the Moon Series. I just loved Jared and Taryn and think this may be my favorite story yet. The raw emotion from both Jared and Taryn could be felt throughout the book, leaving me with quite the case of “the feels”!

Both Jared and Taryn are dealing with some pretty significant issues from events that have happened in their past. They have both found coping mechanisms, but have not really dealt with their problems. When Jared realizes that Taryn is his mate, he knows he needs to take things slow – although she herself has a psychic gift, she has no idea that werewolves are real. And to make matters even more interesting, she has yet to master her control over her pyrokinesis and strong emotions tends to have her setting things on fire. Between the attraction that exists between them and the danger that Taryn finds herself in, Jared finds himself on the receiving end of more than a couple of burns.

I loved the inclusion of Taryn’s son Charlie in this story. He added such a wonderful depth to Jared and Taryn’s story. It was heartbreaking to watch Taryn struggle with her inability to control her power and her need to touch and comfort her son. You could see the love that mother and son had for each other, and even though it was hard to understand at first how they could be close and how Charlie didn’t resent his mother for keeping him at arm’s length, seeing the little things, like the journal they wrote messages in to each other at night, it was clear that Taryn found ways to be a good mother despite her refusal to touch Charlie for fear of hurting him.

It was great to catch up with the Pack to find out how all the newly mated couples are settling into their lives. And of course getting more information on the Nero organization and the Severino family makes me anxious to get my hands on the next book to see where that story is going to go.

This was another great book in the Moon Series that I would highly recommend to just about anyone, especially those who enjoy paranormal romance and shifters. Thank you Lisa Kessler for another great read and sharing your Wolf Pack with us!

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

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, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

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