Lies of Lunar Falls
Lunar Falls, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Lashell Collins
Date of Publication: 232
Number of pages: January 29, 2015
Word Count: 82,830
Drawn to the mysterious and sexy shifter who is now her mate by forces she still doesn’t fully understand, Carly Tipton thought she had uncovered all the secrets Lunar Falls was hiding. Secrets that shook the very foundation of her own family tree. But what she’s about to learn is that the secrets of Lunar Falls are only the tip of the iceberg, and that the lies it tells actually go much deeper than she or Gabe ever imagined.
Gabe is determined that he and Carly are going to be free to build a life together. A life without the limits or the stigma of prejudice. But he soon comes to realize that he’s not only fighting for the freedom of their love, he’s fighting for the freedom of all five packs. As GrandAlpha, the fate of his entire people rests squarely on his shoulders as the threat of civil war looms ever larger above him. And when the ruthless cat shifters begin killing innocent humans, Gabe's problems quickly go from bad to worse.
Lies of Lunar Falls is book two of an adult, sexy shifter romance trilogy.
Gabe’s gray eyes glowed like the embers of the fire as he stared into the flames and thought about the Katjie. Why were they here? They normally preferred to stay as far away from Ohio as they could get. Ohio was werewolf territory, and the last thing the cat shifters wanted was to be surrounded by them. They only ventured in when it suited their purposes somehow, and the last time they’d come around, James Masters - his father, beloved Pack Master and GrandAlpha over the five packs - had ended up dead. There hadn’t even been a body for his family to weep over. And now the cats were back and a human was dead, found mutilated and partially eaten on one of the hiking trails.
It had been a long busy couple of days trying to deal with the public’s alarm and the media’s constant intrusion. All that on top of everything going on in his personal life with Carly and his family’s reactions to their bonding had Gabe tense. More than tense.
He felt the touch of a single finger at his temple and a slow smile broke his brooding expression as the light behind his eyes dimmed. He turned to look at her as she unwrapped the soft throw from around her delectable body and climbed into his lap.
“So what exactly happens during the hunt anyway?” Carly asked as she watched her fingertips take a slow meandering path through the dusting of black chest hair that covered his pectoral muscles. She loved looking at him. He was so beautiful, in all of his forms. And she smiled as she thought about how those same powerful pecs swelled and morphed into something beyond human. Something wonderful and ghastly.
Gabe tightened his arms around her naked body as she sat facing him, and he snuggled deeper into the comfy couch. He’d lit a fire in the fireplace of the small farmhouse they now shared, and the whole place had taken on a snug cozy feel. The scent of sex lingered in the air, mingling with the intoxicating smell of her skin, and the combination soothed him. Relaxed him. It was exactly what he needed - the ultimate aroma therapy.
“The hunt is our most sacred ritual. It’s not just about food to survive, there’s much more to it than that. It’s almost like … a religious rite of sorts,” he explained.
She looked at him with a small frown. “Like a rite of communion or something?”
“Mmm … something like that, I guess,” he answered. “We gather, usually in small family packs, but sometimes in communal groups - friends hunting together, that sort of thing. And when the moon rises, we disrobe.”
“Disrobe?” Carly repeated with raised eyebrows and a surprised expression. Gabe smiled at her.
“Yes, disrobe. It’s a show of respect to the Great Father and the goddess, Moon.”
Secrets of Lunar Falls
Lunar Falls, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Lashell Collins
Date of Publication: October 31, 2014
Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 102,260
When veterinarian, Dr. Carly Tipton, takes a new job in the tiny farming community of Lunar Falls, she expects to build a new life for herself. She expects to meet new people and have new experiences. Maybe she’s even expecting a little adventure. But what she’s not expecting is to fall head over heels in love - not with the town, and certainly not with its ruggedly sexy sheriff, Gabriel Masters. She’s also not expecting all the secrets Lunar Falls is hiding. Secrets that could destroy everything she ever believed was true about her own heritage and the family she left back home.
Gabe isn’t ready for Carly when she blows into town. That woman has the power to bring him - a man born and raised to be a GrandAlpha - to his knees, and she’s human! That simple fact alone makes her dangerous to Gabe’s position within the pack. But the fact that he can’t seem to stay away from her tells him that this woman is the one. Human or not … she’s his mate. And now Gabe has to find a way to make their bonding complete without sparking a civil war among his people.
Secrets of Lunar Falls is book one in an adult, sexy shifter romance trilogy.
There was something about the golden glow to the moon that intrigued me about this cover. Then I read the blurb and my interest was piqued. A town called Lunar Falls and we have shifters, an alpha and a pack? I immediately went with wolves. And I was correct. But they don't label themselves werewolves, they are are Moon Hunters. Hiding in plain sight in a town that celebrates it's "werewolf" heritage.
Right from the beginning I was sucked into the story. Carly is a vet who has recently moved to town. She has a wolf-dog hybrid called Lobo, that everyone thinks is just too coincidental to be funny. She also has unknowingly bought the house of a woman who had committed suicide there and was special to many in the town. Carly has an unusual reaction to the local sheriff and it isn't long before she gets sucked right into the undercurrents and secret political machinations that are boiling beneath the surface.
As this was the first book in a trilogy, there is no happily ever after yet. There is a minor cliffhanger, but nothing that left me cursing the author for leaving me stranded on the edge of my seat. I am looking forward to book two, Lies of Lunar Falls and finding out more about the Moon Hunters. This was a good read and worth 3 stars.
Thanks to Ingenious Indie Promotions and the author for the chance to read and review the book.
Lashell Collins is an American author of romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance. She spent the last twenty years of her life working in veterinary clinics and garden centers in her home state of Ohio, and is now living her dream of writing full-time. When she's not busy tapping away on her laptop and living vicariously through her characters, she can usually be found watching TV, rocking out to Slash, stuffing her face full of Chinese food, or riding on the back of her husband's Harley-Davidson. Give her a shout, she loves to hear from readers!
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