A 2014 Rainbow Awards nominee in Science Fiction, Shannon West currently lives in the South with her husband and family. A lover and avid reader of M/M romances, she began writing them a few years ago and now has over forty short stories, novellas, and novels to her credit. She was a finalist in the Rainbow Awards for 2013 and very honored to be an All Romance Ebooks Top Ten Author for 2013. She loves men and everything about them, and believes that love is love, no matter the gender. She mostly spends her days at the keyboard, trying to elude housework, which stalks her relentlessly.
Book Name: Moonstruck
Author Name: Shannon West
Cover Artist: 3 Rusted Spoons
Special Agent in Charge Jaden Malik’s meeting with the old gray alpha was the first step in an attempt to convince him a fight by his pack against their removal by the Bureau of Lupine Affairs or the BLA would not only be futile but would lead to their utter destruction. When he’s attacked by the son of the old alpha, he takes the handsome man hostage to ensure the pack’s cooperation and then finds to his horror that the man is his mate.Tyler Jenkins is furious at his capture and Malik’s plans to take his pack to one of the government preserves for wolf shifters. Malik is a shifter himself, and Tyler can’t understand how he can betray his own kind. Tyler’s pack has evaded capture for over thirty years, since the camps were first created, and he has no intention of being put behind bars. Despite his growing attraction to Jaden, Tyler manages a dangerous, daring escape with his pack, turning the tables on Malik by putting him in his own silver handcuffs and taking him with them.Tyler has only one chance to save what’s growing between them. He has to make it good or risk losing his lover and his mate forever.
Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Moonstruck is the start of a new series and it is written to get the reader's attention and ends with readers wanting more.
This is a story that I would say is dystopic-like, after humans discovered the existence of shape-shifters and magnanimously announce their horror of the new species which then results to genocide and all that stupid jazz. Normal behaviour if you ask me, for what do our politicians do when faced with the unknown? Destroy and conquer!
Well, they did destroy and conquer the shape-shifter population but thanks to PETA and multi-media, they went on the down low and pretended to behave and be accepting. NOT! The result was really a slow destruction of the future and the turning of the old into weapons.
Malik is one such weapon. Taken from his family at a very young age, he and his brothers were raised in concentration camps and slowly brainwashed then trained to follow. Their duty is to work unquestioning under a government that orders them to slowly take down all shape-shifter clans and do away with them. Malik does his job, he does as he is trained. Then he meets Tyler Jenkins, alpha son of a clan he is sent to take down.
Tyler is an alpha but he bows to the authority of his father. Unfortunately, age and reason renders his father doubtful, fearful and indecisive. The meet with Malik, the Bureau of Lupine Affairs representative , goes wrong and he finds himself under hostage and his clan dispersed. He also finds out that Malik is his mate and gets mated without his full consent. What he does next not only surprises his father but his new mate.
This is just the beginning of a series and there is a lot of information to be taken in but it all reads quite well and smooth. Tyler's actions creates a problem for himself and Malik's men. Going against the government has made them terrorists. What he will do next to free his people, well, that comes in the next installments.
Great series beginning.
Author Note about ‘Moonstruck’
I used to teach high school English and at one point I taught a class called Pacesetter, which was a kind of pre-AP Literature class. One of the units focused on Cultural Differences and how they had caused so much prejudice, misunderstanding and downright hatred over the centuries. Kind of a "man's inhumanity to man" theme. Really fascinating and also horrible to realize how utterly cruel human being can be to each other because of the difference in our skins, our religion or our sexual orientation. In Germany, Hitler tried to exterminate the Jews, the homosexuals and anyone else who disagreed with him politically. In Australia, the British tried to "breed the black" out of Aborigine and English mixed children to keep their race pure. In Rwanda, the Hutus tribe set out to exterminate the Tutsi tribe because they looked a little "more white" than the Hutus, and came very close to wiping them off the map. These stories abound all over history and literature. So I thought if a new breed of human (one that could shift into a wolf) were to be discovered, what would be the outcome? It would be nice to think we would accept them, but in reality, we'd probably do the same as so many other cultures--marginalize them and/or eradicate them. This is where I got the idea for the story and it will follow the lives of a small group of wolves who join with a few Alaskan wolves, who have already had their lives mostly destroyed by the government. Two alphas from these groups fall in love and decide not to just go along and meekly accept their fate. Instead they refuse to go into the camps and they try to fight for their own lives and for the future of their species.
Tour Dates: November 17, 2014
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