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Skye and Dante don’t disappoint with a beautiful slow burn romance

58311425._SY475_Cold Moon by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is definitely one of my favourites from Sam and Waverly.

It has everything I enjoy in a paranormal romance – good world building, interesting characters and a strong plot which threads it all together.

This book focuses on Linden’s young assistant at the client, Skye, who is an omega who has had The Condition since birth and has been very poorly all his fairly young life.

As a result, the pack tends to still baby him and treat him like he’s made of glass.

Except for Dante Reid, alpha son of the hated Reid pack who kidnapped Brook but a completely different type than his insane father.

Dante is the one who helped Brook escape, he’s gentle, out of place in his own pack and afraid he’ll not be left alone by those in the Grove pack who don’t think he should still be alive.

This is a slow burn romance, which absolutely makes sense. Dante is almost dead when we first meet him, Linden saving his life, and he carries a weight of guilt on his shoulders.

What I loved best about this book is that both Skye and Dante bring out the best side of each other, they make choices which empower their own sense of self and are the support of the other is what makes them stronger.

I will also say, Sam and Waverly threw in a plot element I never saw coming and which left me jaw a-dropping and then, when I thought I might have an idea about where they were going with it, they did another out of left field switcheroo which, now I think about it, actually makes perfect sense and has me dying for book five!

Things also move along with the investigation into The Condition and we finally get more of a hint as to the sinister reasons behind it.

I still have many questions though and I definitely also need Rowan and Cliff to get their happy ending, plus I’m also intrigued by Dr Lawrence, who we meet in this book and I want more of Nick’s story (Aspen’s Navy SEAL buddy) so hurry up you two!

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Aspen’s good at grovelling and it’s a good thing too because Brook deserves his apologies

58025210._SY475_Hunter Moon by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aspen’s good at grovelling.

And it’s a good job, because boy does he need to, having left not only his family and Grovetown behind, but also Brook, his teenage sweetheart, when he joined the Navy.

Brook has been through Hell. Pay attention to the trigger warnings, although nothing is given in detail. There are mentions on page to what happened when he was kidnapped by a rival pack.

This second chance romance is, understandably, a slowburn. Although it’s clear from the start that all the feelings which tied the two men together for 10 years before Aspen left – doing what he thought was the best thing for the pack – are still there.

It would be easy for everyone to reject Aspen if he were a douche, but he’s not. Everything he’s done has been out of a good intention, even if the execution has left the opposite result. He knew his younger brother would make a better Pack Alpha, so he took himself out of the equation.

Unfortunately, he hadn’t considered the wider implications and there are lots of people he needs to make it up to when he returns 10 years later.

I really loved the pacing in this book, it feels like it’s slowly drawing you into the intimacy of Aspen and Brook’s rekindled relationship, first simply re-establishing their friendship bonds, but then reigniting the attraction and comfort of knowing they are mates.

Brook, for all he’s an omega, isn’t a weak man, even though he’s dealing with massive trauma and sheltering himself away. When Aspen returns, it means he has to look again at what the effects were from his abduction.

Together they start the healing process and there’s no magic dick cures all in this. It takes time and lots of work from both men.

There’s also movement on the series’ over-arcing plot and a big confrontation with the Reid pack which I won’t go into any detail on.

Suffice it to say, by the book’s end, I was more than happy with where Aspen and Brook’s relationship ends up and champing at the bit for book four!

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Another wonderful entry in this new series from Sam and Fawkes.

57824061._SY475_Harvest Moon by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This time the over-arcing plot moves along at a rapid pace, leading to something I hadn’t seen coming, but now it’s there, makes total sense (cryptic eh!)

For our romance, we get Claudia’s cousin Alexis’ story and he was a real sweetie. Very similar in temperament to his cousin, he’s another go-getter omega, even if he’s been waiting five years for Ridge to finish college and come home.

Now, one thing I will say here, I felt both characters read as older than their 23 years but, as they’re werewolves, I just put it down to them a species being generally more capable of dealing with the vagaries of life!

Through circumstances which made perfect narrative sense, both young men end up with the Grove pack and that’s where the main plot develops its – on the surface – surprising twist.

Ridge may come across as a slow thinker, but he’s actually pretty smart, especially when it comes to farming and how integral the provenance of the food shifters eat is to their way of life.

There’s a not-so-subtle message here in this book to the mass consumerism lifestyle which a lot of people have been kicking back against in recent years and one which I very much agree with. Local and unprocessed is far better than mass produced and shipped from across the world!

The romance is a mix of frustration and sweetness, as both men suffer from LackOfCommunicaton-itis which thankfully it isn’t allowed to linger for too long, and because of Ridge’s demisexuality.

However, once they have the talk, it’s straight to the barn for some extra special get to know you intimately time, very hot.

The rest of the Grove Pack pop in from time to time and there’s a few longer visits with Colt and Linden, as well as Claud and Birch, obviously.

This book also holds another surprise, which I very much appreciated, and we get a sneak into book three, which will be all about second chances and grovelling I suspect 😁

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