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.
This is my first audible book but will not be my last. I enjoy the flexibility of being able to listen whilst doing other things.
The Narration was quite good but I find it difficult to have one voice doing many characters.
A great new series coming up.
I read the prequel PERFECTION before this book and it was so sweet. You do not need to have read it but it makes what happens in this book so much sadder.
Jessie has done nothing wrong but been left by her unmated mate. She has suffered 3 years of hurt and then things get worse. Her pack is wiped out by purist rogues that only her and her sister Janna escaped from.
Jess believes she could have done more to help her pack and her guilt at not fighting enough, on top of not being wanted by her mate and living on the run has taken her from being a feisty she wolf to a shadow of herself.
Simon thought he was doing the right thing in hurting Jessie and turning her away and making her hate him. What a ninny.
Why do males not understand that talking can solve so much. IF Simon had told Jessie what was going on, IF he had not hurt her so bad, they may have been able to be together and their respective pack and clans may have been able to help and protect each other from the rogues. Big IF I know.
All in all a very enjoyable read with a good storyline that is leading to a series of books for some of the other lovely characters we meet in this book.
Really want Soren to have his HEA.
I love to read about Shapeshifters of all kinds but am partial to Bears and Wolves. I love series that connect .
loved this story, looking forward to next audio book. i got lost in the story and got through my gym workout without realizing how hard I worked. Loved the bear and his wolf and the hardships they went through to get back together.
The premise had promise but the author was too forthcoming with all the inner thoughts of the main characters. Knowing all the characters motives upfront ruined any mystery and kept me from pining for the characters to come together. (Think about one of your favorite romance books. Instead of wondering what the character is thinking or what motivates him or her, what if you knew every thought upfront? It robs you of being an active participant as the story as it unfolds. You have now become a passive listener with no emotional connection....boring)
I considered not finishing this book several times throughout the story but made it to the end just in case I missed something really amazing. I missed nothing. :(
I enjoyed the story. The author held my interest all the way to end and I'm curious to read the other two books in the trilogy. Maybe the author will include stories about the wolves. The narrator was surprisingly good. Can't find to many people that can narrate.
Jessica and her sister have been on the run. They don't know who they can trust and they aren't the same girls they used to be. Simon and his brother Soren have restarted their lives when they come face to face with Jessica and Janna again. Damnation was an excellent title as it described the bad shifters but it was the hell that Jessica and Simon where living through just to survive.
The start of the story revolved around the pain of Jessica and her sister. But all the sudden before you knew it, Simon was opened up to us and his pain was revealed. What he had to go through even before he left to go east. What he buried in his heart. Damnation: Reckless Desires took the reader on a complete journey in order to find Jessica and Simon "home."
I found a new narrator to follow. This was the first I had listened to Kelsey Osborne. She was animated and told the story in all the right places, whether it was characters speaking or thinking, or setting a scene, she was able to evoke the emotions of the story that Anna Lowe had written. There were several places where I found myself emotionally invested in the story to the point of being choked up or teary eyed. Ms. Lowe did well in weaving her spell with this story and then choosing Ms. Osborne to cast it. I look forward to more stories by both.
Sweet, Intense, Addicting
My favorite part of the story would have to be the fire. I know, I know the most terrible thing to happen during the book is my favorite part? The intensity between the characters during the fire had me sitting at the edge of my seat.
I really loved Osborne's style. She didn't try to over-do a southern accent like many performers do and the twang came out almost naturally (as it should for the characters) in some of the words. Her voice is clear and crisp, it gave more life to the story and differentiating between characters was a breeze.
The fire was the most moving part for me. As Jess ran from the fire, calling for her mate, my heart twisted. I felt what she felt.
This book is one I would definitely recommend. I was hooked from the first chapter and will definitely be picking up the next one in the series. I really hope Soren gets an audio book, he's intriguing and I sooooo want him to find his HEA.
Now I've read this book also and found listening a little weird for me but did really enjoy as well. In all honesty, I prefer to read my books, but will still enjoy the odd audio, as it did 'feel' good in that you could see the characters in the US settings.
I've always loved the Bears in this series and of course their mates. there is so much emotion given their past lives to where they are now. :)
After getting over the initial surprise, I found she read well, though as a reader who reads fairly fast, I did also note it was slow to flow, but that's just me. :)
I felt all the emotions I had from having read it, thought probably more from reading the book.
Just a thought, but couldn't help wondering what it would have felt and sounded like if the males had their own voices within the reading of the book.
Another out of the park hit by Ms Lowe. Love this authors stories!!! Her character are such fun to get to know. They are witty, strong, funny, brave and off the charts sexy. I highly recommend this and all her books.
The narrator does a good job of bring life into the characters with her voice.
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Shifters, Love, Bad-ass
Jessica because she is a strong female, who kicks butt, and continues to do what she can to improve her and her sister's lives in the face of some really heart-wrenching events.
She has a great tone to her voice, and put the right amount of emotion into each scene.
Yes, definitely! I love shifters and second-chance romance, so once I started, I didn't want to stop!
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Loved this! Second chance romance with shifters, I'm all on board for that! Jessica and her sister, Janna, are starting new at the Blue Moon Saloon after their whole pack was wiped out by Rogue shifters. They are wolf shifters, and Jessica is very thankful to have found a place at the Blue Moon, but when she finds out her new boss is a past lover, she isn't too happy, but there isn't anywhere else for her and her sister to go, so Jessica is going to have to just deal with it. Jessica was deeply hurt by Simon when he broke things off with her without much explanation, and finds it difficult to be in his presence; especially since her wolf wants her mate, and Jessica is still affected by being near Simon. Simon is a bear shifter, and he can't believe it when Jessica walks into the Saloon; his bear growls mate and wants to make her his, but Simon hurt Jessica when he broke it off, so his bear is just going to have to wait. I love that there is POV's from both Jessica and Simon! Jessica is a strong and intelligent woman, and I really felt for her, when she lost her pack and when Simon turned her away. The romance is so sweet and wonderful, and Simon was adorable! I love that he rubs up on stuff! I know that sounds a bit weird, but it's a shifter story, so I think it fits. I love that he is a bit of a gruff bear, but his soft side comes out with Jessica. I also like that we get some action scenes, and I really enjoyed the writing! I also loved all the side characters, and I am super excited to read each of their books! This is a great shifter read, and I'm definitely looking forward to more from Anna Lowe!!
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