Jessica Macks is a she-wolf on the run from a band of murderous rogues. When she finds a job at a shifter bar, it seems like a safe haven from her hunted life on the road. But the minute she walks through the swinging doors of the Blue Moon Saloon and comes face-to-face with the man she once loved, she's tempted to march right back out. No way, no how is she risking her heart to that infuriating alpha bear again.
Simon Voss thought he had lost everything in an ambush months before: his home, his family, his past. His new job at the Blue Moon Saloon is a desperately needed fresh start. Then along comes Jessica, the irresistible she-wolf his clan forced him to reject years before. When Simon is obliged to hire Jessica and work side by side with the one woman to ever make his bear go wild, he's half in heaven, half in hell. He hasn't forgotten her, and she sure as hell hasn't forgiven him. Is this just another path to heartbreak or his last chance to claim his destined mate?
Behind the doors of the Blue Moon Saloon, alpha shifters confront their darkest fears and their deepest desires. Each book is a complete standalone story - no cliffhangers!
A paranormal romance with adult content. The perfect audiobook for fans of strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves and shapeshifters, red-hot cowboys, romantic westerns, paranormal suspense, action-adventure romance, and fantasy romance!
©2016 Anna Lowe (P)2016 Anna Lowe
I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC copy of the audiobook the author graciously sent to me.
After the decimation of her pack by a band of rogues, wolf shifters Jessica Macks and her sister feel blessed to find jobs and a home at the shifter bar, Blue Moon Saloon. Ready to stop running, Jessica is looking forward to a little peace in her life, so when she sees bear shifter Simon Voss, the only man she ever loved, standing behind the bar, her first instinct is to turn around and run. But Jess and her sister have been running for too long.
Simon Voss and his brother returned home to find their entire world lost too the night Jessica's pack was attacked. After hunting down all the rogues involved in the ambush they could find, Simon and his brother were left with nothing but survivors' guilt and the need to start over. When Simon sees Jess walk into the bar, he is thrilled by the knowledge that his one true mate is alive, but devastated by the sinking feeling that she will never forgive him for the months leading up to the attack. Will Simon be able to convince Jess that even though what he did was wrong, he was trying to act in her best interest? Will she ever forgive him and allow him to claim her, or are they destined to forever live and work side-by-side in their current state of heartbreak?
This story has lots of drama, action and romance.The concept of romance between a bear shifter and a wolf shifter is an interesting take on shifter romance with promise for lots of interesting plot complications. The chemistry between Simon and Jessica is hot, hot, hot! Yet the characters are not uni-dimensional--they are sensitive and real, and the depth of pain they carry is palpable. In Simon's case in particular, the amount of misplaced guilt he carries as a result of being away when his pack was attacked is tragic. In addition to Simon and Jessica's romance, Damnation's plot features action that makes the story exciting and allows us to see the main characters' bravery and heroism. The narrator's crisp, feminine voice is particularly well-suited to the passages told from Jessica's point of view, but was adequate for the entire story. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Blue Moon Saloon Series, and while this installment felt like a complete story with a definitive ending, the plot showed promise for interesting future stories featuring some of the other characters. Anyone who enjoys shifter romance with lots of action and strong female leads will enjoy this first book of the Blue Moon Saloon Series.
Romance Reader Enthusiast
I would recommend to any friend that loved shifters. Would also recommend to those that are willing to try something different.
I loved the whole story but my love affair started when Jessica walks into a bar. Also love how a shifter lets you know where their territory is.
I have not listened to other performances but that will change when I listen to the second book in this series.
The moment that moved me was the point where Jessica and her sister started to insert themselves into the everyday workings of the bar. Simon didn't know what hit him. It's a story that shows how two people with diverse backgrounds can love each other. Just like in real life, we have to stop judging a person by what they are or what they look like. Jessica has such a kind heart that you don't want to see her get hurt.
I loved listening to this book. Having Ms. Osborne read the story allowed me to really concentrate on what she was saying as I went about cleaning my yard. She also made me realize that I was missing something. This story picks up where the prequel leaves off. Once I read the prequel and find out how Jessica and Simon come to meet, I'll listen to this one again. And I can't wait to listen to the next book in the Blue Moon Saloon series. At this point, I can see myself listening to this series more than once.
I voluntarily reviewed an audio version of this book.
Tell us about yourself!
A few years ago when things seem so simple in her life and she had a family and pack. A she-wolf named Jessica fell in love with a bearshifter named Simon.
Simon fell for her too and best of all they were true mates. They went to their families and pack to get a mating set up and made it happen!
Cloud 9 right?
She thoyght so But Simon seamed to have backed out on her. Jessica was crushed but things got worse the wolf pack and the bear clan here attacked and killed leaving Jessica and her sister on the run until now. The twin moon wolf pack said the she wolves could work here and they would be safe.
Blue moon saloon
Jessica and her sister walks in and good god Jessica could have well over as she meet the owner Simon. Talk about a shock. The man who broke her heart and walked out on her! This couldn't work! But darn it. It had work her sister and her needed a place to live and work.
I LOVE the story the action is a wow top notch story! Wild fun and not to be missed.
The characters in this are fantastic and so easy to connect to.
Shifter fans don't miss it.
This new series looks awesome I can't wait for the next book!
The relationships that were built throughout the story. Between sisters, brothers, mates, friends and their community. This story is about a lost love...but also a forbidden love that needs lots of nurturing to try to mend on everyone's part.
I would've liked to hear more inflection and differentiation in the characters voices. Especially between the males and the females.
A good start to a new shifter series. A good foundation was set to get to know the characters and a foundation was built to continue with the series. Not a long listen, I finished in one sitting.
Yes, it's fun, flirty and even has a bar fight. I enjoyed the flow of the story and how the author filled in the backstory while telling the current story. I enjoyed the back and forth chatter between wolf and human. It showed while the two were one, that human and animal see the world differently.
I totally loved the humor which was sprinkled liberally throughout the story.I loved how the girls practically took over running the saloon. They're brainstorming session was freaking hilarious.
I loved it when Simon realized Jessica was selling his muffins.
"Muffins? She was selling his muffins?
"Giving my muffins away, he nearly said"
I have no idea. Sorry.
My only turn off in the story is taking the Lord's name in vain. I have little problem with other swearing, but that always makes me wince and jars me out of the story. That said, the cursing is not over the top and fits the moments it's used.
While I enjoyed the narrator, Kelsey Osborne, I kind of wish she had a bit more definition in the male voices. That said, I'm looking forward to listing to the next one.
Required FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this audiobook.
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