By The Light of the Moon by Jodi Vaughn

I’ve recently discovered the amazingness of BookBub, which is a free daily email with book deals in preferred genres. It’s safe to say that I’m racking up books even faster than before. (What can I say? I can’t turn down a good deal on books!) By the Light of the Moon by Jodi Vaughn is one of those deals and it was perfect for a paranormal romance fix.

23822620Hell on Wheels…
Werewolf Guardian, Damon Trahan lives by a Code: Protect the Pack with his life. Damon has experienced death and betrayal, now all he wants is the freedom of his Harley and the loyalty of the men he rides with, the only family he has left. Those are the things he knows and believes in. Love and the hurt that comes with it has no place in his world…Until he receives new orders: Rescue female werewolf, Ava Renfroe from a Pack of rogue wolves.
Hell on Heels…
Bartender Ava Renfroe is tired of Alpha males running her life. Being raised as the daughter of a Military General made her want independence more than air—and she has it! Until she’s kidnapped. Damon Trahan, her alpha male rescuer and bossy pain-in-the-ass, is exactly the kind of man she doesn’t want, but try telling that to her libido. His brooding good looks are panty-dropping hot. Too bad he’s bat-shit crazy and thinks he’s a werewolf. Worse, he claims she’s a werewolf too. But when Damon shifts in front of her, she begins to doubt everything she’s known to be true.
Hell to pay…
On the run from the rogues, Ava and Damon can’t ignore the red hot passion between them. But Damon knows it can’t last. Will he sacrifice everything he’s ever known to have the one thing he’s never meant to have? Or will the war between the Packs destroy them before love is given a chance?

I have an obsession with werewolves. There I said it. Now I’m one step closer to recovery. I quickly fell in love with Jodi Vaughn’s Arkansas wolves because they were rough around the edges but loyal to a fault. I loved the unique twist of a wolf queen and the way that affected the wolves.

This story has the typical hot, alpha male pursuing the firecracker of a woman he can’t have. It has witty banter, sizzling tension and characters with heart. I was rooting for Ava and Damon the entire time. The secondary characters were intriguing and I’m hoping to see more of them in the rest of the series.

My big issue with this book was the easy plot fixes at the end. The whole book revolves around how Damon and Ava can’t be together because of wolf law, but this book ties it up way too nicely and out of the blue. I’d have preferred a fight to the death or for “Alphahood.” It seemed too easy for me. Granted, I did want them to be together so I’m not complaining too loudly. Even the mystery of the missing girls was solved “off the page” so the reader didn’t get the satisfaction of reading it all going down.

Alas, I still enjoyed it as a typical — and satisfying — paranormal romance.

STARS: 4 out of 5

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