Bearing a heart filled with grief and with vengeance on her mind, Tatyana is intent on killing the hunters she’s tracking and returning to her vampire bloodline, but her plan didn’t include being shot with poisoned arrows or rescued by a glowering alpha werewolf who stirs forbidden hunger in her.
When the hunters make their move, will Nicolae be able to stop them before it’s too late? Will he be able to overcome the darkness in his heart and embrace his desire for a vampire? And can Tatyana face her fears and risk her life for the sake of forbidden love?
My Rating: ★★★★
Title: Hunter's Moon
Author: F.E. Heaton
|Download at: email||Published:February 2011||Length: 65000 words/novel|
Tatyanna, a member of the Nocens clan was seeking out the human hunters who murdered her sire. They were hunting, capturing, or killing vampires and werewolves for study, gene manipulation, and experiments. Fortunately for her, she was able to loose them by escaping into the wilderness. Unfortunately, they managed to shoot her with two poison arrows before they lost her. She was lost in the trees and dying until she was rescued by someone she never would have expected. Tatyanna never thought she would be rescued by a werewolf or fall in love with one. I enjoyed Tatyanna's character. It was refreshing to have a female protagonist vulnerable and at times shy, yet still have a strong inner strength. I loved the passion she felt with her clans evolution and progressive beliefs. She was proud of her bloodline to not enslaving werewolves, try to find peace with them, and look toward modern technologies as steps in evolving. It was easy to like her.
Ever since the Tenebrae vampires had murdered his pack, Alpha wolf Nicolae had been living in the Canadian wilderness brooding over his failure to protect them. He lived in a modest cabin in the woods away from civilization. He spent most of his time running with the wild wolves rather than joining the local werewolf pack. In fact, he was running with them when he stumbled on to a group of hunters searching for something, a woman. It just so happened Nicolae found her first and saved her. I absolutely love Nicolae's character. While he was a lone wolf and no longer an alpha, I felt he still carried the essence of one. But, he was also a man tormented by his own failures. And even though he loathed her kind, he was also a man who helped Tatyanna because it was the right thing to do. Sure, he tried to blame it on needing information and he denied that he was attracted to her. But in truth, Nicolae was just a good guy, an honorable man. Personally, I think the world needs more like him.
The chemistry between Tatyanna and Nicolae was compelling and credible. Both characters suffered from their past failures and both were fighting their attractions for each other. I think what I liked most about thier relationship was not only the dynamic of thier characters, but the romance. The author teased with several fire flickering intimate moments that never quite burned and the anticipation of that first kiss or that first sensual bite was killing me. The author did an amazing job pulling me in and making me feel the emotional development of the characters every step of the way. I felt their emotions change from hatred to understanding and understanding to a sort of friendship. Soon after, I felt thier emotions continue to change into something stronger.... love. It was interesting to watch as each dealt with their feelings toward each other and the fear of thier feelings not being reciprocated.
Overall, this was the first book I read from this author and I must say I enjoyed it. I felt the author did a wonderful job with the characters in substance, depth, and personality. I also felt the author did a great job with the world building and plot. I loved the secluded environment that Nicolae lived in. But, I think I would be more like Tatyanna and want some of the more modern technologies available. While the plot was simplistic in nature, the story had a strong hold on my imagination. I found it to be not only compelling, but memorable. Hunter's Moon, a fast-paced and romantic read about healing hearts and forbidden love that will appeal to any paranormal romance reader..
What is not to like about this cover? I mean come on...sexy man back, bright full moon, pretty blue night sky, and dark mysterious tree line. This cover makes me want to howl.