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An apple a day won’t keep this doctor away. 

Linden Grove has always known that he’s not destined to be the next pack alpha. That position belonged to his brother Aspen - but then Aspen left the pack to join the military. When the unthinkable happens and the pack is left rudderless, someone has to step up and take care of it. Can a doctor go from “do no harm” to defending his own with his teeth and claws? 

Colt Doherty is used to a certain kind of life. Glittering, picturesque, and...empty. As the youngest child of the country’s only werewolf senator, Colt has grown up in the spotlight, and he’s all too used to knot-headed alphas taking credit for the work of others, especially omegas like himself. When his editor sends him to write a story on the Grove pack, though, he finds something completely unexpected: Linden Grove in his unpolished perfection, as shiny and sweet as the apples his pack are known for. 

A Grove pack omega has been kidnapped, and someone has to step up. The pack needs Linden to fill his father’s shoes, but no wolf can stand on his own. To save the day, sheltered Colt has to drop the politics and become the action hero he never thought an omega could be. 

Black Moon is an 90k word standalone novel featuring one fiery journalist, one doctor with an obsession for hand knit sweaters, and the sweetest apple pies on the whole eastern seaboard, all bundled up in a non-mpreg A/B/O universe.

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Growing more than just apples

I enjoyed this story quite a bit. Linden and Colt are interesting characters with strong personalities. As a doctor, Linden is naturally nurturing and supporting his pack. It’s funny that he can’t see his own worth as an alpha, but that’s part of his appeal. Colt has struggled his whole life to get alphas to acknowledge his strength and worth, so he’s massively confused by Linden’s ease. The two of them just mesh so well as a couple. The complications from the Condition add drama, as well as a thread for the series to follow and solve which is something I appreciate. Michael Fell does a good job with narration and is pleasant to listen to.

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Linden and Colt

I loved Linden with his gentle demeanor and kindness to a traumatized pack member. He's caring, goodhearted, selfless, and always putting others first. In short, he's the perfect leader. It seems that he's the only one that can't see it. He steps into his father's shoes and stumbles around a bit because it's so foreign to him. Once he accepts that he's the only choice he becomes an even better leader than his dad. I liked that he never assumed what Colt wanted, he always acknowledged Colt's intelligence and will in their relationship. I so enjoyed Colt and his snarky attitude. When he isn't surrounded by his domineering family he is so self-assured. He's used to being overlooked, looked down on, and expected to be a good little omega sitting quietly in the corner. He so isn't. It was funny that everyone saw him as the alpha mate before the two of them did.

Audiobook: very enjoyable narration

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Don’t give up

Both the story and the narrator have a shaky start with this audiobook. The first third is a bit cliche and the narrator seems unsure. The rest of the book catches its stride and the narrator comes into his own. It’s a sweet story and a lovely HFN ending. Give it a try. Ultimately it doesn’t disappoint

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Black moon

I am really enjoying this series. Colt was a character I really loved getting to know all about along with Linden. Both the characters had a lot to figure out and their relationship was a lot of fun to watch develop. There were a lot of emotions and a few parts that definitely made me want to hug these characters. It was a great start to what is going to be an amazing series. I can’t wait to see what will happen next for this world.

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An amazing series starter!

This is an amazing start to a new series.

I loved this sweet and sexy opposites attract paranormal romance.

The characters were likeable, relatable and engaging.

The storyline was compelling and appealed to me.

The narrator performed an exemplary audio delivery and narration

Definitely recommend

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solid series opener w/slightly misleading blurb

A Joyfully Jay/GRR review.

3.5⭐️

Dr. Linden Grove has been assured most of his life that as an alpha wolf, he’s pretty useless. He’s a doctor when shifters don’t need them; he’s thoughtful, practical, and almost pacifist by nature instead of the typical violent, fighting alpha. Basically, Linden is everything a pack leader is not. Content to quietly tend to the pack elderly, oversee the care of a young omega with the Condition, and never wanting nor expecting to lead the pack, Linden is perfectly fine with this assessment. Unfortunately, when the neighboring Reid pack kidnaps a Grove pack member and the rescue ends in tragedy, quite of few pack members look to Linden to lead, and having listened to his pack mates’ extreme dislike of the other alpha positioning himself to be leader, Linden reluctantly agrees to toss his hat into the political ring.

When reporter Colt Doherty receives permission to visit the Grove pack, he jumps at the opportunity. Having been trying for months to connect with rural packs that seem to be managing the Condition better than urban packs, the invitation couldn’t come at a better time. As the only omega child of the only wolf Senator in Congress and having only alpha siblings, Colt needs a break from his father’s constant demands, perpetual disappointment, and his alpha-heavy family’s suffocating, condescending alphaness. Expecting to write a simple story about some hick pack’s “weird traditions and backwards habits,” he’s surprised to find a pack in mourning and upheaval and the most progressive alpha he’s ever met.

Between the death of the pack leader; distress over his kidnapped friend and pack mate, Brook; and trying to figure out how to deal with the Reid pack, Linden is less than pleased (and a bit distrustful) to have a reporter in the middle of pack business, but soon learns that Colt is as compassionate as he is handsome and delicious smelling. For Colt, the uptight doctor with a love of sweater vests and wariness from the pack will not deter him from getting his story (and possibly another juicy scoop). Instead of finding a town full of backwards yokels, Colt finds a vibrant, warm community of (mostly) forward-thinking people whose omegas are simply equal pack members (not commodities), and despite himself, Colt feels more at home within this small, rural town (and in the arms of the swoony town doc) than he ever has with his own family. But with Colt’s life being back in D.C., their reluctance to admit to one another what they want, continued danger from the Reids, and pressure from Colt’s family, Linden and Colt’s rosy, apple-picking dreams may be squashed if the two can’t learn to trust in themselves and their own worthiness enough to overcome the obstacles in their way.

Black Moon is the first book in the Wolf Moon Rising series co-written by Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes. The series opener has a distracting combination of both solid and flimsy world building and development, but is still an overall good listen. I’ll be honest, the story and Colt had to grow on me. In Colt’s own words, he’s sharp and difficult, and he comes across as the arrogant, presumptuous, city slicker who hopes to benefit from a rural pack’s success with omega care while simultaneously doubtful he can learn anything from primitive, countrified rubes. Despite being snarky, opinionated, and a bit defensive and judgy, Colt’s a good person whose outer confidence is more hollow than he realizes. ‘Finding your inner worth’ is the main obstacle for both MCs (and unexpectedly the main plot point), the difference being that Linden is fully aware of his lack of self-assurance, while Colt comes slowly to the realization.

Linden lacks faith in himself in all areas of his life, even his worth as a physician. What’s endearing about him is that even as he questions his value and abilities, he’s still willing to push himself outside his comfort zone and improve any way he can. Colt’s awareness comes from moments of realization as he interacts with members of the Grove pack and “facts” about his uselessness that pop into his mind. Despite his lifelong attempts to prove his independence, capability, and value to his family, Colt has internalized the garbage alphas spout about omegas. As a couple, Linden’s almost painfully formal manner and Colt’s straightforward, yet teasing way with Linden make them adorable and oddly well-matched. Their individual growth and unexpected romance is the strongest aspect of the story, especially since there are several plot lines introduced that have less weight/development than I expected. Even the ever-present danger of the Reid pack turns out to be less tornado and more stiff breeze. And I know blurbs are meant to sell books, but “To save the day, sheltered Colt has to drop the politics and become the action hero he never thought an omega could be” is a bit much considering Colt isn’t sheltered, he DEFINITELY doesn’t drop politics, and if he’s an action hero then every person who’s done some self defense should be qualified to scream “Yippy-ki-ay” while running along the outside of Nakatomi Plaza.

While I appreciate the in-depth look at the MCs, trauma, and the many lovely personality traits of important secondary characters, the lack of follow through on plot points and/or presenting them as important when they’re more like background noise are examples of inconsistencies in the narratives that are also found in the world building. Black Moon takes place in an America where wolf shifters came out of hiding decades ago, and for twenty years, omega populations have been afflicted by a degenerative, often fatal disease known as the Condition, which seems to strike during times of hormonal imbalances/physically taxing times such as puberty, pregnancy, and childbirth. No one seems to know its etiology (origin or continuing cause) or how to cure it, although rural packs have larger numbers of healthy omegas, as well as ones living with the Condition. I love a good medical mystery, so I was disappointed that the only known medically trained shifter has done nothing but treat the disease. Until Colt’s arrival, it doesn’t seem to cross Linden’s mind to begin research into the condition or try to establish some connection with other packs. This is particularly odd to me as effects of the Condition are what motivated Linden to become a doctor and Linden apparently takes great pains to document every aspect of an affected pack mate’s treatment.

While unraveling the Condition is a great set-up for Colt’s arrival and an overarching series arc, the incongruity between what is and isn’t the same in the human world highlights the world building elements I find mismatched. For example, a shifter holds an office as high up as U.S. Senator and the story gives the impression that there are other wolves (some out as shifters, some not) involved in government, but there is no human or wolf governing body and law enforcement “leaves wolf problems to the wolves.” Considering the founder of the Grove pack came from a rich, landed family who upheld the same societal markers as humans, such as status, wealth, and primogeniture-based succession, having no centralized group or even a local council/loose alpha affiliation or something doesn’t fit with the other details to me. While I like Fawkes and Burns’ attempt to portray more modern cultural elements and how modern shifters struggle with urges from their wolves that don’t bow to progressive thinking or logic, I think creating specific details without comparable general ones weakens the story.

However, Michael Fell’s performance as narrator helped keep me engaged. His voice for Colt is spot on and manages to convey all the character’s sass, vulnerability, and fire. Linden’s voice is also well-matched to the character, but Fell doesn’t always take advantage of the opportunities first person POV gives in my opinion. Having access to the character’s inner thoughts usually provides a layer of distinction between how the character is perceived and who they are. Linden is perceived as somewhat remote and uptight, but has very strong feelings and reactions to situations that are muted when Fell continues to use Linden’s contemplative and distanced tone even when the narrative shows Linden isn’t holding back and/or is deeply affected. This isn’t overly disruptive; what is though are the weirdly placed and/or too long pauses. Generally, overly long pauses are present when a narrator’s pace too slow. But, the pacing here is fine; there’s just pauses in dialogue or between connected/related sentences that are as long as those between paragraph and some as long as section breaks. It’s the first time I had to speed up a book because the pause lengths made the sentences disjointed. However, I found that at around 1.6-1.8x speed, the pauses are much less noticeable and the quality of the character voices and performance are not distorted, allowing Fells’s engaging and enjoyable narration to take center stage.

Overall, I think Black Moon is an entertaining introduction to an interesting shifter world and culture that I think many readers of paranormal will enjoy, and that the quality of Fell’s portrayal of the Grove pack and Colt in particular can obscure that particular production issue (especially for listeners who don’t mind higher narration speeds).

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Michael Fell! Wow, what a narrator! Need more!😍

Sam Burns and W. M. Fawkes have come up with a shifter series that's original indeed. They give us a villain that will shake anyone existing on the planet to their very core but the victims targeted in these books especially are shifters. And the heroes are those who will discover the danger to shifters and work to ameliorate the damage. The omegas of the shifters are getting sick, weak, and dying out. Male and female, omegas provide a calming influence to the pack. Losing them results in feral packs with dangerous alphas that pose a threat to others.
In Black Moon, Wolf Moon Rising Book 1 alpha Linden Grove is feeling overwhelmed with grief as he is unable to save his father's life. With all the education and training as a medical doctor, he's feeling like a failure who has wasted time and money. Having been attacked by a neighboring pack leader who kidnapped an omega, Linden's father begs him to contact Aspen--the brother who ran from the pack ten years earlier. Recovering from the loss of the pack leader is bad enough. Planning to rescue the omega when so many of them are weak and dying out is essential and requires meticulous planning especially when a feral pack leader is involved.
Omega Colt Doherty is a journalist whose father is high on the political ladder. As a blue-blood shifter, he is well aware that his robust health may have more to do with the money his family has than anything else. Learning that the Grove pack has some of the healthiest omegas in the country, Colt request to visit the pack to collect information about those things in their lifestyle that may account for it. His request has been honored courtesy of an alpha who hopes to get elected as the new pack leader. Presenting the pack with a new alpha will seal the deal, or so he thinks. It quickly becomes clear Linden and Colt are drawn together in their joint concern for the wellbeing of the Grove pack and the safety of the omega captured by the feral Reeves.
Readers are in for a special treat with the shifter series as writers Burns and Fawkes give them more than just the rival pack scenario. There is a worldwide threat that is driving pack rivalry with more than just the need for an omega for procreational reasons. The absence of the omegas is causing behavioral changes in all alpha-led packs, making it hard for them to be seen explicitly as the villains. The writers share enough in the narrative to allow the readers to infer that the feral alphas of the Reeves pack are victims, to some extent! That's some AWESOME world-building right there! As for character development? I'd be here for another hour at least! We see growth all over the place and not just between the main characters! We see them grow with respect to other characters in the story. Colt grows to love the Grove pack, Linden grows to be a leader, several secondary characters grow too! Dang, this was so good!

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That was a LONG book!

I enjoyed the story because it was from a good Arthur but wow that was long! Lol. I also thoroughly enjoyed the narrator made it very pleasant to follow.

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Colt is the omega son of a prominent senator who is trying to investigate what makes some packs to be more successful in fighting the condition. Linden is the pack doctor until his father is killed while trying to get back an omega who was kidnapped by another pack. He is reluctant to become the alpha of the pack. Colt is shown by Linden that not all alphas have to act all macho. These two were so perfect together. I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review.

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Below is my review of the ebook itself. For the audio, I’ll have to admit, this narrator just blew me away. Every emotion, every action, came through clearly with each spoken word. I truly enjoyed listening to the story as much as I did reading it for the first time! This is a new narrator for me but I’ll definitely be looking into his backlist.

I’ve learned to just one click books by this duo and I’m never disappointed. This is a wonderful story with hurt/comfort, opposites attract and yummy wolf shifters, oh my. Linden doesn’t want to lead. He may be an alpha but he wants to take care of his pack with his medical skills. When tragedy strikes, he is forced to look at his priorities. Colt is an omega from a very prominent political family and all he wants is to write articles that help make the world a better place, hopefully as far from the political machinations of his family as possible. When he gets a response from the Grove pack, he takes it as a sign and hits the road.
Neither man expect to find love in the other’s arms, maybe some yummy lust though. When Colt’s heat hits in the middle of the pack’s struggles to decide the new Alpha and worry of their rescued packmate, Linden, of course, agrees to help him. Their closeness just brings their wants into better focus but they have to deal with the pack’s decision, a feral pack alpha and Colt’s family. Their snark and sweetness, along with their smokin’ hot smexy times, make me hope for their HEA. I’m really excited to get the next book in this series!

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  • Rebekah
  • 08-26-21

Brill

This is a brilliant book and I loved the world building with Linden growing to become the alpha and with Colt realising what it means to be part of a pack.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 08-24-21

A good book, hope there's a follow up

This stand alone novel is touching, sweet and action packed. The world building is great, and it looks like we might have the set up for a follow up as there is one huge loose end. I really hope so as Linden and Colt are adorable together and I’d like to spend more time with the Grove pack.

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  • choccygrl
  • 08-17-21

Great start to a new series

Another cracking read from this writing pairing and enjoyable performed by the narrator. Still on the supernatural spectrum but this time it's wolf shifters. Omegas in peril, a kidnapping, a pack left leaderless. But more than that it's about finding home, the softest, sweetest alpha (with a core of steel when his own are threatened), sweater vests, and picking apples. Linden is a sweetheart and Colt is a fiesty omega.
What else do you need to know, here's a summary:
* supernatural
* shifters
* City boy in a small town
* finding home
* doctor
* journalist
* knotting
* NO MPREG
* alpha softie
* fiesty omega
* start of a series

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 08-17-21

Great start to the series

Oh my word do I love this new series, the world Burns and Fawkes have created, the Grove pack and the characters of Linden and Colt. Here we have an alpha who never expected or wanted to have to lead a pack and an omega who is used to never being taken seriously or getting credit for his work. Both men in this book learn just how resilient, tough and talented they can be both separately and together. The world building is of the usual stunningly high quality these authors always deliver, the mystery is intriguing and there are clearly things going on in the world that we will learn about in future books. Michael Fell brings all the characters to life with skill and flair.

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  • alias11
  • 08-17-21

Enjoyable story with intriguing mystery

Content warning for kidnapping, trauma, forced mating, and presumed sexual assault of a secondary character. This action occurs 'off-page', but the trauma and suffering have lasting effects on the victim and other characters. Usual shifter violence when two alphas fight to the death (brief, but semi-graphic).

I really enjoyed this audiobook and the slightly different take on the shifter world. It has a bit of a dystopian feel with 'the condition' taking out most of the omegas, and the alphas going aggressive and practically feral without them. There is some drama and trauma here (see my warnings). Although the actual crimes occur off-page, the aftereffects are very evident and tragic. There are a couple mysteries here. The big one is 'the condition', what causes it, and why some packs' omegas were decimated, while other packs suffered less. (Note: This mystery is touched on but not really advanced, so I presume it will be picked up in future books.) There is also a smaller mystery in the alpha who helped Brook. Not sure if his appearance was a one time thing or if he will play a larger role later on. I really loved Linden and Colt and the way they both grew and came to realize they were much more than what they originally thought. I'm looking forward to more from this world. I sure hope we get a book about Brook and his healing. He deserves a good alpha (not sure that would be Linden's brother, either!)

The narration was very good and really brought the characters to life. I loved the snarky attitude of Colt.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • KBR
  • 08-17-21

Black Moon

This is my first listen/read of Burns/Fawkes, but it won't be my last. I really liked the story and the characters. Linden and Colt are so perfect for one another. I'm ready for more. I enjoyed Fell’s narration after I sped it to 1.3.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 08-15-21

Another (interesting) take on shifter lore!

A sickness that affects only omegas, a relatively successful wolf pack, a kidnapping, an Alpha doctor
(Linden), an omega journalist (Colt) and pack politics. Just a few of the things that make the story interesting.
Linden and Colt make a good couple – together they were able weather issues like Linden’s insecurities about being the pack leader and Colt’s preconceived notions about Alphas, as well as the pack in fighting and mistrust.
Overall, a good story with interesting world-building, good dialogue/banter and interesting characters. A good start to the series.
Michael Fell was a very good choice for the narration. He has a good range of voices for the different
characters, good pacing/timing and portrayed their emotions really well. He made the story an
enjoyable experience.

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  • Gwen
  • 08-15-21

Black moon

I like the world building and also the background that sets the mood for this pack. Linden is not the typical Alpha but he is kind hearted and had left his pack to study medicine. When Colt arrives as per Skip’s invitation, the attraction to Linden established. He is a reporter and with a prominent family. They might not be the stereotype for who they are in wolf world but they are a cute match and they are strong. I enjoyed the book. Hope to read the next one in the series soon. Great narration.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 08-15-21

so good!

I loved the everyday alpha role of Linden. He's your "Joe regular" and I loved him for it! He's an alpha bit doesn't need to do all the alpha posturing that is present in so many books. Linden cares deeply for everyone and was humbled to be chosen as pack alpha. it was refreshing! I loved the underlying intrigue of "the Condition" and am so interested to see where it goes and where it came from.
I loved confident, fierce and independent Colt. He's the perfect jucstaposition to Linden and while his family kind of sucks I love his big heart! and omg Brooke! I felt for him so badly and I look forward to his healing, recovery and hopefully HEA!
A great start to this series and world and I'm itching for more!!

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 08-14-21

On A Quest For Knowledge.

MM Alpha/Omega Shifter Paranormal romance, Reporter Colt heads to Virginia to visit the Grove pack to look into why they have been so successful keeping their Omega's healthy and seem to be relatively unaffected by the disease that is affecting werewolf Omega's globally. He's arrived at a terrible time as the Grove pack are in Crisis at the time with pack Alpha's son Dr Linden Grove and the pack suffering tremendous loss. Fantastic story with action and drama throughout, steamy true mates NO Mpreg. Narrated brilliantly by Michael Fell.