Series: Black Hills Wolves #27
Published by Decadent Publishing on 9/18/2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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British Alpha wolf Jake Matthews spends his days among humans, pursuing a lucrative music career and avoiding his pack’s politics. When his current DJ tour takes him to the US, he stops in Los Lobos to visit family, and runs into the one Wolf he never wants to see again—the mate who rejected his claim.
While visiting her brother in Los Lobos, free-spirited Lexi Luparell is shocked to encounter the Wolf she’d denied when they were teens. Now she must face her guilt for the cruel way she spurned him all those years ago, make amends, and admit the truth. Jake was right all along—they’re meant to mate.
Lexi would love to explore the mate concept and her overwhelming attraction to virile, Alpha Wolf Jake, but he wants nothing to do with her. How can she break down his defenses when she’s the reason he built them in the first place?
Jake dates only human women now. Lexi had her shot at being his mate, and she threw it away. But when her life is threatened, he may have to rethink his position and do whatever it takes to claim his one true mate.
I’m an unabashed Celia Breslin fan, love her Haven series and the first of her contributions to the Black Hills Wolves series. So when she asked if I’d like to review Under a Mating Moon, her next werewolf shifter Black Hills Wolves installment, I was like…
The set-up: Lexi and Jake grew up together with one of those slightly older girl and younger boy with a crush going on. Only, Jake knew what he felt was more than a crush, that Lexi was his mate. 16 year-old Lexi, being the free spirit she is, wasn’t going for it, and instead of winning over his crush, Jake got a good ol’ shattered heart. He ditched town and Lexi, but never got over the hurt. Poor boy.
Fast forward eight years, and that’s where our story starts. Jake is back in town for a family visit and has no desire – none, nada, zilch – to run into Lexi while he’s there. He’s made a name for himself as a DJ (acquired English accent + musician + alpha shifter = yum), keeps his romances loose and exclusively with humans, and claims whiskey as his favorite drink. Yeah, so Lexi’s eyes are a whiskey color. Doesn’t mean he wants to think about her, right? *Snicker* Meanwhile, Lexi has matured. She’s just out of a relationship with an overbearing alpha, walks into the bar where Jake’s making the piano wail, and bam! Hello, grown up mate who she rejected and now recognizes as hers. And the fun begins.
Lexi is awesome. She’s the younger sister of Ross, the hero in Diamond Moon, and isn’t afraid to own up to her past mistakes. Tough and smart, she goes for what she wants, even if the wolf she wants is the epitome of stubborn. Jake, on the other hand, I wanted to kick around a little bit. I’m not as patient as Lexi! He held onto his grudges with both hands, not that I could blame him for being cautious or wanting a bit of satisfaction for being rejected. But seriously, if he knew Lexi was his mate when he was a teenager, why would he settle for something less, especially when she apologized and acknowledged the truth? Pft. Men!
Under a Mating Moon is another Celia Breslin classic full of action, humor, and shifter steam. If you love werewolves, snark, kicking ass, and some seriously hot romance, don’t let this one slide by!
Writer, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Mega Joss Whedon fan. Lover of dark chocolate and exercise (no kidding). I write about the sexy and mysterious creatures of the Otherworld. Vampires, werewolves and all manner of Fae hold an extra special place in my heart.
Writes for Champagne Books & Decadent Publishing.