By the Light of the Moon

Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves, Volume 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Werewolf guardian, Damon Trahan lives by a code; protect the pack with his life. Damon has experienced death and betrayal, now all he wants is the freedom of his Harley and the loyalty of the men he rides with, the only family he has left. Those are the things he knows and believes in. Love and the hurt that comes with it has no place in his world, until he receives new orders to rescue female werewolf Ava Renfroe from a pack of rogue wolves.

Bartender Ava Renfroe is tired of alpha males running her life. Being raised as the daughter of a general made her want independence more than air - and she has it! Until she's kidnapped. Damon Trahan, her alpha male rescuer and bossy pain-in-the-ass, is exactly the kind of man she doesn't want, but try telling that to her libido. His brooding good looks are panty-dropping hot. Too bad he's bat-shit crazy and thinks he's a werewolf. Worse, he claims she's a werewolf too. But when Damon shifts in front of her, she begins to doubt everything she's known to be true.

On the run from the rogues, Ava and Damon can't ignore the red hot passion between them. But Damon knows it can't last. Will he sacrifice everything he's ever known to have the one thing he's never meant to have? Or will the war between the packs destroy them before love is given a chance?

©2015 Jodi Vaughn (P)2016 Jodi Vaughn

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Great start to a new series!


I was expecting the average shifter book, you know...werewolves, sex and little plot but I was thankfully wrong! I really enjoyed this story line. The Characters were great, I love dominate bossy wolves! I love that she wasn't weak and even though she did't know it in the beginning, she was very dominant too. The sexual tension in this book is off the charts too! The side characters were great too, especially Granny, she was the funniest. I can't wait for the next book in this series!

The narration was really good too! He has a great voice and does a good job on the female characters. In the beginning I was reminded of the announcer from the old TV show, America's Most Wanted and that made me giggle.

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A nice mix of tension, action, steam and push-pull

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It has been a while since I read a shifter story, and the rules for these are a little different from my usual fare. Knowing that I would have to have a healthy dose of ‘go with it’ for some of the more fantastical moments, I was curious to see just what would happen. I’ve heard good things about Jodi Vaughn’s writing, so the chance was one I jumped at.

As an introductory story, it did provide some of the background and world building needed to understand this author’s creation stories and mythologies. While I found that some of the questions I had going in were still unanswered at the end, the story did manage to create a world where I could see this pack surviving and thriving.

In this story, Ava is the one to discover, when after her kidnapping she discovers both the existence of shifters and her own connections to them. With her own rather smart-ass attitude and a touch of immaturity, she isn’t shocked more than the time it would take to change shoes. In fact, her entire thought process circles around, too frequently, her attraction to Damon the pack’s guardian.

For his part: Damon is pretty solid he-man alpha mine-mine-mine sort of guy, willing to give Ava a bit of space and time, but even with the threats and danger from the rogue wolves, he can’t really stop his own obsessive thinking.

Together – this is a wild ride: lots of danger, angst, twists and plenty of sexual tension – tension that strings everyone (from characters to readers) tighter than a bow string. There’s plenty to love even with the loose ends and unanswered questions, and the action here is non-stop. While I didn’t find myself desperate to finish the story, I also wasn’t counting the minutes or pages until the end.

Narration is provided by Jeffrey Kafer, there’s an interesting growly ‘America’s Most Wanted’ tenor to his voice, adding nicely to the tension. Clearly distinguishing the male and female voices without overacting or sounding too comical, Kafer provides a nice balance that keeps the listener engaged and listening.

A nice mix of tension, action, steam and push-pull between the couple in this solidly southern tinged story: sure to please those wanting a bit of different in their romance.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions and expectations are my own responsibility.

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Excellent Narration & Story!

This is the first Jodi Vaughn book I have listened to and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. I don’t usually choose shifter stories so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This book had a good storyline, great characters, action, suspense and even some comedy. The visit with granny was hilarious! She is a great character. I really liked Damon and Ava and liked how strong Ava was. Jeffrey Kafer is an amazing narrator. He can do so many different voices it is difficult to believe there is just one narrator doing them. He also conveys emotion when necessary and makes the listening experience totally enjoyable. I received a free copy of this audiobook and am providing an unbiased review. I have no problem recommending this audiobook.

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Great narration. Excellent story.

If you could sum up By the Light of the Moon in three words, what would they be?

Enthralling first book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of By the Light of the Moon?

When she finally realized what she really was.

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

His narration was steady and clear, and, in my opinion, he was perfect for this book. I'd like to listen to more books Jeffrey has narrated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did, and I will more than likely listen to it again before book 2 releases in audiobook.

Any additional comments?

The story flowed nicely. It was intense, suspenseful and sweet. And did I forget to say it was hot? OMG! I hate reading spoilers in reviews, so I'm not about to do that. If you want a book that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster, download this one now.

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So Good, Didn't want it to end!

What did you love best about By the Light of the Moon?

I loved the fact that Damon and Ava were so drawn to each other

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

I thought that Jeffrey Kafer's performance brought so much depth to the story I love the way he brought it to life

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book didn't make me laugh but it did bring a smile to my face when I though about Granny's antics!

Any additional comments?

This is a very good start to what will I hope be a very good series. I really enjoyed listening to this and I so wanted everything to work out for Damon and Ava. Every character in the story was excellent and I'm sure that Jayden deserves a book of his own. I fell a little in love with Damon I have to admit he was so very strong and stoic about what he thought he would have to do. I'm so glad he didn't have to give up Ava.

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Suspenseful! Hilarious! and Hot!

Suspenseful, hilarious and hot! This was my first Jodi Vaughn's book and I really love it! The story is well written and the plot is really interesting and entertaining. I love how the author writes the storyline. It's filled with suspense, hilarious moments and hot scenes. This book has it all! I love the main characters, Damon and Ava. They are made to be together and we can feel their chemistry! I also like the secondary characters Granny (she's hilarious!!), Jayden, Braxton and Barrett. I really enjoyed my listening. Jeffery Kafer's narration was well done and easy to listen. I like his female voice. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the Series. I'm looking forward for more books from this author. She got a new fan. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review

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Great Series Starter

I got this ARC via audiobook boom. I loved the way this story started. But the plot twist and the way the two main characters joined forces really made the story come alive. the narrator did a good job of moving the story forward. You could hear the emotions as he told the story. After being expelled from his last pact, the hero thought he had finally found a home then just when he was settling in he is sent on assignment alone. You can imagine how he felt. Being kicked out again. But that was not the case. You will have to listen to the story to get the full extent. Can you imagine waking up in a drug induced state and being on a cold cement floor? well imagine no more listen to the story and find out what happens. You won't regret it.

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Kicking Hot New Series!

I was gifted this audiobook with a request for an honest review. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this series. Book one has Damien, a Werewolf Guardian, on a one man mission to rescue the General's kidnapped daughter. Jaden is gorgeous and fearless but is unaware of the existence of wolf shifters, let alone that she is one. The mating attraction is hot! The revenge is complicated. The characters are believable. Talented writing and kick ass narration make this a winner! 👍🏻👍🏻 Two Thumbs Up!

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hot werewolves

Jodi Vaughn has brought us a tale of a hot werewolf biker and a beauty who has no idea who she really is. I listened to this story in one setting. I will be looking for the next book.
The Audiobook is narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. I felt like I was listening to one of the detective shows on TV with his voice. It's not a bad thing, but I do wish he had of put a bit more feeling into it.

Damon Trahan is a Werewolf Guardian. He rides a Harley and lives by a code of loyalty to his pack.

When he is called on to help find Ava Renfroe, the pack General's daughter who has been kidnapped. She will put his loyalty to the test. Ava is Werewolf Royalty but has no clue she is even a werewolf.

The attraction between Damon and Ava is way to strong. But Damon knows she is Royalty and will be mated with the strongest Alpha in the pack. Being a orphan he knows he is beneath her status. Now he just has to keep his hands off her and get her back to the pack.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Unique and entertaining shifter romance

I really liked this book and finished in one sitting! The storyline and rules of the pack are different from others I've read which makes for a fun and interesting listen. Jeffrey Kafer's narration is great, too. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series! I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • jey cee
  • 12-29-19

Volume 1

This audio book is very entertaining especially with listeners who like this genre. The story and the narrator did a good job.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 11-15-19

Not much character development nor worldbuilding

I decided to listen to this audiobook because I was curious about a shifters story, and Jeffrey Kafer is a treat for the ears. I also wanted a light read and did not mind it if it were spicy. It was a very light listen, almost mindless. The story was quite straightforward without much going on. A female werewolf is kidnapped by a band of rogue werewolves, and Damon Trahan is sent to rescue her. They do not like each other much at first but they feel an attraction that they cannot confess. Things get rough and they end up spending more time together than initially expected. It was an okay book, but I expected to have the characters shifting more than once or twice. The story was mostly centered on an impossible love story and their constant physical attraction. Damon and Ava ended up making out in the worst possible moments, but I guess that was intended to create sexual tension. There is not much character development nor worldbuilding. The red werewolves are rogue and they kidnap females but we do not get more information or background history about them, which could have maybe redeemed the book. It seems the female werewolves were scarce, if they had to kidnap them, but this is also not mentioned in the book. The ending made me roll my eyes, because things were they did not seem realistic; and the jealous and possessive attitudes of Damon and Ava made me cringe. I guess there is some public for this kind of messages but I believe we should spread a different concept of love. Jeffrey Kafer’s narration was excellent, as always, and it made the book bearable. Kafer is one of those narrators that could read the phone book and make it interesting. He did justice to the hot content in the book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Lin
  • 08-03-19

Absolutely loved it

Lots of action, danger, romance and hot sex. Guardian's deal with rogue wolves and keeping wolf shifters secret from the rest of the world. Damon is sent to find Ava, who has been kidnapped. The attraction between Damon and Ava was sizzling from the start and any wolves meeting them thinks they are mated, but due to duty as a guardian and her rescuer Damon tries to keep it professional. Ava has no idea she is a wolf when Damon tells her she definitely has the scent of a wolf. Things get more complicated when Ava's house is blown up, and they found out other's have been kidnapped. Ava is determined to help find the kidnapped woman and Damon has no luck persuading her otherwise. Lots of great characters. Love Granny the church going sex toy party host, selling to church ladies and strippers alike She is hilarious! Even though Damon and Ava act very possessive when anyone shows the slightest attention to the other, event seem to doom them to never be mated. Ca't wait to meet them again in the next book!