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Monday, October 19, 2009

Under a Shifter's Moon by Kari Thomas

Under a Shifter's Moon by Kari Thomas
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Full (201 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

He was fated for another,
but created to love her ...

Decreed by Elders, alpha Jaguar Shifters Lyon Savage and his brother must decide Pride rule in a way not seen for centuries. Under a Shifter's Moon, a mating can take place with a chosen human to produce a child, and the father of that child will become the one Alpha. Now Lyon must choose the love of his Truemate-or accept the decree to save his Pride and secure his future.

Strong and selfless, Kitlene is a rare woman whose blood, like her niece's, carries something of the Shifter within its DNA. Willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of family, she offers herself to the Alpha Cat whose very presence pulls at her soul-and whose love brings with it a deadly complication.

Under a Shifter’s Moon had my adrenaline pumping throughout because I never knew what was coming next and because of that, I could not put it down.

Kitlene is older, more mature and has a secret that prevents her from living life to its fullest. She has a lot of love to give and the beneficiary is her niece, Ariel. She’s accepted her lot in life with grace, dignity and a bit of hopelessness but she’d never let on to anyone that she felt that way. Until one moment, one glance and her world changed. Everything she thought she knew was torn away. Everything she believed about herself needed a re-think. The measure of a person becomes known when they face adversity. Kitlene not only faces it, she kicks butt. Her character shows that even the mildest mannered and serene person has an inner Lora Croft itching to get out; at least just once. But you have to make that moment count. The interesting thing about Kitlene is her getting more than one chance to show herself and the world she’s someone to sit up and take notice of.

Certainly Lyon Savage has taken notice. He’s an alpha with a few problems. He thinks there is going to be only one way to solve them and he’s ready. He’s focused, determined and sure of his path. One glance into Kitlene’s eyes and Mr. Savage turns into a confused pussy cat. He wants to rage, he wants to purr and on top of everything, he wants to tear apart any threat to his future wife. The one he wants not the one he’s supposed to get. His character is sort of funny. I mean, one moment he says he’ll never leave her alone and he’ll protect her and the next, his inner Jimminy Cricket is saying, “No no no that will never do.” The poor guy is torn between wanting and not, between almost having and being interrupted. He doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going and he’s driving everyone else nuts too.

This story is funny though it is not meant to be. What I mean by saying that is the pursuit of Kitlene and Lyon’s relationship is so fraught with internal and external angst it’s a wonder they got together at all. It’s like the Perils of Pauline times two, the adrenaline rush of never knowing what is going to happen, or thinking you know and in an eye blink find out that something else totally bizarre but connected is pulling the strings like a master puppeteer. It blew me away.

The secondary characters are a strong force which enliven, enrich and confound the storyline.

Again, Ms. Thomas made me think I knew what was what when I surely didn’t. I simply could not stop reading this story until the very end. Each chapter was an amazing step forward. I love the part about the vase. That whole scene, though fraught with tension, had me in giggles. That Jade is a hot ticket. Poor Mason, he never stood a chance. Bryce, I really wanted to hate. He had the ear markings for a terrific piece of villainy.

My only head scratch came from the lions. I’m not too sure what the point of all that was. That scene threw me because it hinted at something that I felt should have been explored or at least explained and it never was. Then it became a moot point. So why leave it in?

All in all, Under a Shifter’s Moon was an action packed, sensually charged ride into a very satisfying happily ever after. The fight scenes, the teasing, the intrigue and Lyon and Kitlene’s growing romance will entertain and keep a reader riveted.