Moon Shine by Vivian Arend

moon shineTitle: Moon Shine

Series: Takhini Wolves bk 4

Author: Vivian Arend

Genre: Paranormal

When the past hurts, it bites.

Takhini Wolves, Book 4

Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got a good handle on his world. At least, he did—until the night he ends up in jail, soaking wet and wondering what the hell just happened.

The “what” is Amy Ryba, a vengeful female who’s decided it’s long past time to make Evan pay for his sins. Amy has spent years tracking him down, and the last nine months working in secret to destroy him. She’s ready for anything—except discovering the shifter she hates is her mate.

Suddenly, Evan’s not so very in control, of himself or his pack. And unless Amy can learn to forgive and forget, she’ll have to do the unthinkable: reject her mate.

With two packs watching, one thing is certain. Their personal issues won’t stay personal for long. If Amy and Evan can’t find a way to work together, there won’t be a happily-ever-after for them…or any of the wolves of Whitehorse.

Warning: Contains angsty wolves. Lots of angsty wolves causing explosions of all sorts, playing bad pranks, hacking computers, and having angry sex against a wall or two. Not all at the same time, though, because that would be silly.

Thoughts: Of all the books that Vivian has written there have been two that I have wanted desperately. This one and Travis’s from the Six Pack Ranch series. With Travis’s book I was ecstatic, it was everything I was hoping it would be. This one however, well lets just say that I wasn’t happy.

Evan is one of those characters that you fall in love the first time that you see him on the page. He cares about the wolves in his pack, he loves his friends, he reminds me of another amazing wolf from another series by another author I love.

See in my mind and heart, Evan is a lot like Hawke from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. He’s what I imagined Hawke would have been like if he hadn’t had the tragic past he’d had. So I couldn’t wait to get his story and see who his heroine would be.

And I hated her.

Yep, you read that right, I hated her.

In fact I still don’t like her.

I doubt there could be anything to make me ever like her.

I get it, Evan needed a strong wolf to match his wolf. And I get that Evan is a man and can be set in his ways, stubborn even.

What I didn’t like was that upon meeting his mate Evan rolled over and let her control everything. He didn’t get angry with her for what she’d done to his pack. He didn’t angry with her for the way she treated him. He rolled over and showed her his stomach. This went against everything I’d come to love about him. He simply accepted that she’d beat him, and went on with the mating dance/ritual.

I don’t want to say that it was like a betrayal from the author, but it was.

To me, Amy had absolutely no redeeming qualities. Evan did everything he could to prove he was worthy of being her mate. She did nothing. Evan changed to be what she needed him to be, and she didn’t change anything. Not once did she show that she was willing to meet him halfway. It was all her way or there was no mating.

Just writing this review gets me angry all over again about this book.

Not even after a lengthy discussion with Vivian about why she wrote Amy the way she did, did I like her. I saw her point, but I still didn’t like Amy.

Other than that, it’s a good book. I know it doesn’t seem like it after this but it is. Am I happy about it? No. Does that detract from the writing and story telling? No. Should you read this book if you’re a fan of the series? Most definitely yes.

Grade B

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