Redemption of Lunar Falls
Lunar Falls, #3
Genre: Paranormal/Romantic Suspense/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Lashell Collins
Date of Publication: May 1, 2015
Number of pages: 318
Word Count: 81,180
Carly Tipton's life has been turned upside down since she moved to Lunar Falls. She came looking to start a new life for herself, but nothing prepared her for the adventure that awaited her in the mysterious little town. A place where werewolves not only walk among the humans, hidden in plain sight, but where the roots of her own family tree are deeply entwined with the noble creatures. And when she and her mate, Gabe, are declared the answer to an ancient Moon Hunter prophecy, Carly finds herself wondering if the secrets and lies of Lunar Falls will ever end.
Gabe Masters is an Alpha on a mission – to re-educate his people in the ancient ways of the imprinting and abolish the purity movement, all while getting the five packs to accept his new human mate as one of their own. Easy, right? Until shifting alliances and a small faction of wolves join forces with the cat shifters in a last-ditch effort to overthrow Gabe's authority before his and Carly's wedding. A vicious battle ensues as Gabe leads his men (and women) against the rebellion. But can he defeat them in time to keep Carly safe?
Redemption of Lunar Falls is book three of an adult sexy shifter romance trilogy.
He placed a hand behind her right knee, prompting her to raise it, allowing him to glide the sponge over the length of her leg and down her foot. Then he repeated the process with the other leg, and Carly couldn’t help the squirm of delight when she suddenly felt the sponge hit the apex of her thighs. And when she felt his fingers running slowly through the folds of her sex a soft gasp parted her lips. The lengthy moan that followed was inevitable.
Gabe let his fingers linger as he enjoyed the sight of her slightly writhing soap-covered body and the expression of desire and longing on her lovely face. He smiled as he watched her, feeling the need to adjust his kneeling position as his manhood took notice and his pants became uncomfortably tight. Turning her on hadn’t been his intention, but this little exercise had suddenly grown a lot more fun and interesting. Slowly, he inserted one long finger into her creamy depths and began a rhythmic circular motion. He felt her spasm around his finger almost immediately, and she called out, gripping his arm with one hand and the side of the tub with the other when she climaxed.
For Carly, it was over all too soon, but she couldn’t help it. She had been so worked up from the sensual feel of his hands all over her body and the way he looked at her, the things he had said in her mind. There was no way she could have contained the small fire that had been building inside her for one more minute. As she sat panting softly in the water he wrung the sponge out over her torso and her arms, slowly rinsing the soap off her skin. When he was done, he leaned in close and kissed her lips, letting his tongue play over them in a sweet tease before delving in and tasting her. Then he stood up and turned toward the vanity for a towel. He dried off his arms and hands and placed the towel on a stool within her reach. Then he picked up his shirt and pulled it over his head as she watched him.
“You’re leaving?” she asked telepathically when he moved toward the door.
Gabe stopped and turned back around to face her. He was wearing a cocky satisfied smile on his face, and Carly recognized that he felt very pleased with himself.
“I’ll see you in the woods underneath the Moon,” he thought at her with a sexy smile on his lips. “Don’t keep me waiting. I am anxious to show you off.”
He left the bathroom then, and a few seconds later Carly heard the door to the bedroom close and he was gone. She let out a long breath and then smiled as she looked around the bathroom and thought of him. She couldn’t believe he had done this for her. She wasn’t entirely certain what his motives had been, but it was the sweetest, most thoughtful gesture, and she loved him for it.
She spent a few minutes just lounging in the tub and feeling more relaxed than she had in weeks. Then she rinsed off all the lingering soap and the rose petals and carefully grabbed the towel as she stood up to exit the bath. She stood at the vanity as she dried off and caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror. Gabe had called her beautiful just a little while ago. He said he was proud and anxious to show her off to the pack. And for some reason that she didn’t fully understand, those words had gone a long way to easing the crazy fear and anxiety she had been feeling about tonight. To know that he was proud of her and that he couldn’t wait for the entire Moon Hunter community to meet her. And earlier, Henry had said that the people felt she was trying to make an effort to embrace their culture and fit in. He said she had earned their respect by agreeing to this public ceremony. She took a deep breath as she thought about it all. She could do this. She would do this, for Gabe. But also for the packs. If this is what it took for the Moon Hunter community to accept her as one of their own … she could do this, easy.
Well. Maybe not so easy. But she would get through it.
She left the bathroom and ventured over to the dressing table in the corner of the bedroom and opened up the small overnight bag she had carried her things here in. Then she pulled out a bottle of her favorite lotion and began to moisturize her whole body. If she was going to go parading around her new pack in her birthday suit, she wanted that suit to look flawless.
She spent several minutes distressing over whether or not she should trim the hair on a certain area of her anatomy. Did female werewolves do that kind of thing? Were male werewolves into that or did they prefer a more natural look? Gabe had never said one way or the other, and he had never seemed to mind the action she had going on down there.
This isn’t about sex for them, Carly!
She rolled her eyes and looked up at the ceiling for a second. This wasn’t about sex. She had to remember that. And it struck her as sort of interesting as she thought about it. For humans, being naked always had a sexual connotation to it in nearly every circumstance, but especially when it was done in public. But for Moon Hunters, it was different. Getting naked in a communal setting for them was always solely about their spiritual connection to the Moon, and nothing else. It was a distinction that she needed to remember and take to heart.
I'm very happy to be guest blogging today on Musings & Ramblings. Thanks for having me! I'm often asked about different aspects of my writing process – what tricks and techniques I use to help get me from a cool story idea to a fully finished product. From the “meet cute” to the “happily ever after.” Well, the truth is there are a lot of different things that come into play, but one of the tricks I use with every single story is Pinterest.
First, let me just back up and say that I love Pinterest, like with a capitol L! I have tons of boards on there, and only about half of them are actually book related. The others are all personal boards, and I have been known to spend hours scrolling through and pinning images of my favorite things. I have boards for my favorite music, and for clothes that I wish were hanging in my closets. I have boards for beautiful jewelery that I'll never own, and for Bernese Mountain Dogs, which I adore! I have boards for sexy men that make me weak, and for sayings that motivate and encourage me. I have boards for gardening, and boards for couples in love (or is it lust?). Boards for beautiful outdoor spaces I want to create someday at my own house. I even have a board dedicated to my current celebrity crush, Todd Kerns! But after I fell in love with Pinterest, I quickly discovered that it's not only a guilty pleasure and an extremely fun way to pass the time. It can also be incredibly helpful to my writing process as well.
You see, I'm a very visual person. So when I begin a new story, I have to be able to visualize things in order to be able to write about them. Not only my main characters, but other things too, like my characters' houses, or their cars. A special piece of jewelry or an item of clothing they wear. Even the places in my story. I like to be able to picture it in my mind, even if the setting is a fictional small town that I totally made up. Pinterest helps me to do that. I begin a new board with each new story or series, and I keep the board private during the writing process. At this stage, the board is just for me, and I pin images that inspire me while I'm plotting the story out. And I will refer back to this board often while I'm writing – looking at the pictures for inspiration and adding new ones as my story evolves.
Once the story is finished, and it's been edited and has a shiny new cover on it, I'll go back and sort of “clean up” the board on Pinterest, deleting any images that are no longer relevant to the completed story, and updating the info on each of the pictures. Then, once the book releases, I'll finally make the board public so that my readers can get a peek inside my head, so to speak – view the actors and models I've cast in my character's roles, and get a look at the places and things talked about in the story. As a reader myself, I know that I love getting a behind-the-scenes look at what inspired a favorite book, and I hope that my readers enjoy getting a look at my vision as they read my books as well.
Redemption of Lunar Falls is the final book in the Lunar Falls trilogy and a very satisfying end to the series. This is the book where all the characters have been introduced, the plots exposed and the villains unmasked. It's also the one with most action because all those villains and plots have to be wrapped up into a nice neat bow. With the hero winning the day of course.
I have some serious respect for the author for keeping Carly Tipton from becoming a MarySue character. To really make the story work, Carly had to be a bone-deep, honestly good, kindhearted person. Too often though, these characters become caricatures or just plain boring. Carly managed to maintain an air of believe-ability about her that worked for me. Additionally, there was another female character, Becky Bodine, that could have easily chosen career over family, but the author resisted the temptation to take that cliched path. That restraint was refreshing. This was a very female positive series.
As this was the third and final book in the trilogy, we all knew where it was headed. I mean, it's a romance, so the Happily Ever After is a given; it's all about the final journey at this point. And the author did a fantastic job in getting us there. I especially liked the prologue of this book. It was like a promise to the reader that no matter how bad things would get, just remember, it had all worked out in the end.
To be honest, this was an interesting world, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of it. Maybe from a Katjie the next time, or someone from on of the other clans, or even something from the historical side of things. I am giving this book 4 stars.
Thanks to Ingenious Indie Promotions and the author for the opportunity 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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