Turn of the Moon (Royal Shifters #1)
by L.P. Dover
One girl. Two wolves. Promised to one. Destined for the other.
To escape the cruel, overbearing, Kade, the Yukon Pack alpha she’s been promised to, Bailey Whitehill flees her home in search of a new life, one of freedom where she can make her own choices. However, Kade will stop at nothing to make her his and begins the hunt.
As Bailey starts her new life, everything she’s known to be true, is not. Time is of the essence and choices have to be made or consequences suffered. Not only does Bailey fear Kade, but another danger lurks deep in the recesses of the forest. Unbeknownst to her, that danger is what she’s been searching for all along. At the turn of the moon, her fate hangs in the balance . . . and it’s up to her to make the right choice.
Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense are my two favorite genres so when I find a Paranormal Romantic Suspense it quickly gets added to my TBR. And when I have the chance to get my hands on an ARC? Even better! Well, I just got done reading Turn of the Moon and L.P. Dover did not disappoint.
Bailey is an arctic wolf shifter that has been promised to Kade, an abusive asshat, to form an alliance between their packs. To say that Bailey handles her own in the situation with Kade is a huge understatement and I knew that I was going to love her right off the bat. Taking off with not even the clothes on her back, Bailey doesn't stop running until she decides it's time for a quick bath. And that's when she runs into Ryker.
Ryker has known that Bailey is his mate for years and when she shows up in his territory he knows it's time to make her his. Unfortunately for him, Bailey doesn't remember him from when they were younger, she knows nothing about true mates, and to top it all off, she's on the run for killing Kade.
To say these two go through a lot before they have the chance to finish their mate bond is definitely an understatement. Everything that Bailey has ever known is quickly unraveling around her but luckily she has Ryker by her side the whole time. And when these two finally get to mate? Whew! Definitely worth the wait!
Turn of the Moon could have easily been a five star read for me if not for my inability to believe in Ryker's alpha status. I expect my alpha shifters to behave a certain way, and while Ryker was definitely protective of Bailey, he wasn't the possessive alpha I was hoping him to be. A true alpha shifter wouldn't let anything stand in the way of him and his mate and the fact that Ryker has always known Bailey was his and did nothing to claim her just didn't sit right with me.
Overall, Turn of the Moon was a great read and definitely a must read for fans of paranormal and romantic suspense alike. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Turn of the Moon in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.