Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review - New Moon by Lisa Kessler

New Moon
by Lisa Kessler
Series: Moon, #8
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 19, 2017

Sometimes Fate plays dirty... 

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.

Wow! What an awesome ending to this series! This book has everything I have come to expect from a Lisa Kessler story – heart, heat, and humor with some suspense and mystery – and not only wraps up the Moon series nicely, but also leaves room for a spin-off.

Throughout this series it’s been hard to decide how I felt about Sebastian. He’s not a nice man, or should I say Jaguar shifter, but knowing he’s the product of his father’s manipulations has always made me think twice before just wishing Adam would take him out. He’s helped the pack but he’s also hurt them. And I loved how the author has given Sebastian a shot at redemption.

Isabelle was the perfect match for Sebastian. She’s fierce and determined and not about to let Sebastian dictate the terms of their relationship – either professional or personal. She has to come to terms with the fact that he is her mate, which has posed all sorts of problems for Isabelle since she blames him for her father’s death and knows the evil that he is associated with.
My wolf didn’t understand this man – our mate – was evil. And I didn’t know how to explain it to her.
With things coming to a head these two really didn’t have time for a proper romance. Sebastian is right in the middle of everything going down, so their relationship is formed in the trust that they need to have in each other for the upcoming battle – trust that is hard to give to someone who you have always seen as the enemy. So those moments when Isabelle and Sebastian connect are even more meaningful. Isabelle sees beyond the mask that Sebastian wears which makes him want more. Their romance was raw and rough, but also very intense since there’s a good chance that one or both of them might not come out of things alive.
He brought up both hands to hold my face. "I would die for you, Isabelle."

"No." I shook my head. "Live for me.”
I loved that previous characters were brought in and loved everything about Adam’s role in this book. He’s always been such an awesome alpha to the Reno pack and it was great to see him take charge and make decisions which seemed questionable but truly had the strength and security of the pack in mind. It was great seeing the Reno and Sedona packs come together and finally taking a stand against Nero.

Although this is the last book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone since the author does a good job filling in any necessary gaps. Of course for the best effect I would recommend starting at the beginning and getting to meet all the pack.

Well done, Lisa Kessler – and thank you for sharing your world with us. This has been one of my favorite series that I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves wolves and shifters.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from NetGalley.

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