Series: Exiled World: The House of the Crescent Moon #1
Published by Self Publish on 2021-07-26
Length: 225 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2021 New Release Challenge, COYER 2021
I’ve been on the run from wolf shifters since the day I was found as the sole survivor of a pack massacre. It would figure that days after my twenty-first birthday I would be abducted off the street and dragged to the one place I don’t want to be.
The one place I shouldn’t be if I want to live more than a few days: The High Alpha’s Estate.
Every five years the horny old bastard holds a feast where any wolf who has come of age is to shift for the first time.
It’s supposed to be a gathering of packs so that wolves can find their fated mates, but Mr. High Alpha likes to use it to inspect all the new shifters and get his pick of the litter. It’s why his pack is so powerful, and why he rules over everyone. It’s also why the female shifters flock to his estate in the hopes of being picked as his mate.
Which is yet another reason I shouldn’t be here. I was supposed to be hiding from the High Alpha, but now he seems to be everywhere, and it sure as hell looks like he’s got something planned for me.
I need to get out of here, and fast, because what I’ve been running from for the past twelve years is about to explode. If I’m not careful it’s going to take out more than a few wolves, including the one guy who can probably tame my beast.
My fated mate.
That is, of course, if the High Alpha doesn’t claim me first.
Wolf, Mated is the first book in the Crescent Moon Shifters series. This book is chock full of rejected mates, sarcastic females, powerful alphas, and so much steam you will need to recharge your kindle...
Wolf, Shifted by Rebecca Ethington is the first in a new series called Exiled World: The House of the Crescent Moon and follows Nova, a lone wolf shifter who has been in hiding since she survived the slaughter of her pack as a child. “Summoned” to the high alpha’s home for a festival that all the shifter packs are required to attend, Nova becomes suspicious of the high alpha’s intentions and questions what others think of her. The story also follows Asher, a true alpha, his sister Peyton, and his beta Dax. Asher arrives at the festival to “make nice” with Greyson, the high alpha, after shifting and taking over his pack. He hopes to stop a war and find out why his father would submit to Greyson. But he isn’t prepared to find Nova.
I really enjoyed Nova. She has a special brand of dark, dry humor that I subscribe to. I like that despite her circumstances she just rolls with it. Her father kept her in hiding for several years after the demise of their pack, and with his death two years prior, she’s been alone. Something a wolf should never be is lonely. Now, after all her years on the run, Greyson has found her. Conflicted is an understatement. Nova is torn at the idea of being with other wolves and also curious. She wants to understand her nature, but the idea of shifting scares her, and that is exactly what Greyson plans to force her to do.
As much as I liked Nova, I loved Asher. He is cocky, a little arrogant, but wholly focused on his pack and doing whatever needs to be done to protect them. Not only did he shift early and without Greyson’s permission, he took over as alpha of his pack, again without permission. In this hierarchy that Ethington has created, that is a big no-no. Then he sees Nova, and he knows he’s found his mate. But who she is? Why is Greyson so interested in her? And can he save her and still protect his pack?
This book really focuses on building the hierarchy of the shifters in this world and introducing you to the key players. However that doesn’t mean it lacks plot. Nova and Asher are separated for most of the book, their own stories and plot running parallel to one another. Nova struggles with trusting Greyson and not jumping him, something that confuses her to no end. Asher struggles with submitting to Greyson as all the other pack alphas have done. There is something about Greyson that doesn’t sit well with Asher or Nova, neither can place it though, and the consequences are dire.
Overall, I really enjoyed Wolf, Shifted. This lays the groundwork for the series and is an excellent start. I like Nova and Asher, I even loathe to like Greyson. I cannot wait to find out what happens next! If you enjoy dark paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and shifters, I highly recommend it.
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