The first dedicated shifter paranormal title that I’ve read in a while, the first of the Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves series from Jodi Vaughn is on the blog today. Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer, please read on for my review of the audio version of
By the Light of the Moon
It has been a while since I read a shifter story, and the rules for these are a little different from my usual fare. Knowing that I would have to have a healthy dose of ‘go with it’ for some of the more fantastical moments, I was curious to see just what would happen. I’ve heard good things about Jodi Vaughn’s writing, so the chance was one I jumped at.
As an introductory story, it did provide some of the background and world building needed to understand this author’s creation stories and mythologies. While I found that some of the questions I had going in were still unanswered at the end, the story did manage to create a world where I could see this pack surviving and thriving.
In this story, Ava is the one to discover, when after her kidnapping she discovers both the existence of shifters and her own connections to them. With her own rather smart-ass attitude and a touch of immaturity, she isn’t shocked more than the time it would take to change shoes. In fact, her entire thought process circles around, too frequently, her attraction to Damon the pack’s guardian.
For his part: Damon is pretty solid he-man alpha mine-mine-mine sort of guy, willing to give Ava a bit of space and time, but even with the threats and danger from the rogue wolves, he can’t really stop his own obsessive thinking.
Together – this is a wild ride: lots of danger, angst, twists and plenty of sexual tension – tension that strings everyone (from characters to readers) tighter than a bow string. There’s plenty to love even with the loose ends and unanswered questions, and the action here is non-stop. While I didn’t find myself desperate to finish the story, I also wasn’t counting the minutes or pages until the end.
Narration is provided by Jeffrey Kafer, there’s an interesting growly ‘America’s Most Wanted’ tenor to his voice, adding nicely to the tension. Clearly distinguishing the male and female voices without overacting or sounding too comical, Kafer provides a nice balance that keeps the listener engaged and listening.
A nice mix of tension, action, steam and push-pull between the couple in this solidly southern tinged story: sure to please those wanting a bit of different in their romance.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: By the Light of the Moon
Author: Jodi Vaughn
Series: Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves #1
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Suspense Elements, Werewolves
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Published by: Self-Produced, Self-Published
Published on: 5 September, 2016
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 59 minutes
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Hell on Wheels…
Werewolf Guardian, Damon Trahan lives by a Code: Protect the Pack with his life. Damon has experienced death and betrayal, now all he wants is the freedom of his Harley and the loyalty of the men he rides with, the only family he has left. Those are the things he knows and believes in. Love and the hurt that comes with it has no place in his world…Until he receives new orders: Rescue female werewolf, Ava Renfroe from a Pack of rogue wolves.
Hell on Heels…
Bartender Ava Renfroe is tired of Alpha males running her life. Being raised as the daughter of a Military General made her want independence more than air—and she has it! Until she’s kidnapped. Damon Trahan, her alpha male rescuer and bossy pain-in-the-ass, is exactly the kind of man she doesn’t want, but try telling that to her libido. His brooding good looks are panty-dropping hot. Too bad he’s bat-shit crazy and thinks he’s a werewolf. Worse, he claims she’s a werewolf too. But when Damon shifts in front of her, she begins to doubt everything she’s known to be true.
Hell to pay…
On the run from the rogues, Ava and Damon can’t ignore the red hot passion between them. But Damon knows it can’t last. Will he sacrifice everything he’s ever known to have the one thing he’s never meant to have? Or will the war between the Packs destroy them before love is given a chance?
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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