I give 4.5 stars / Top Pick to Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark. This is an urban fantasy / paranormal romance and is for readers 18+ due to sexual content.
Valkyrie's Vengeance (Loki's Wolves Book 0) should be read first before reading Hunger's Moon. The beginning of Hunger's Moon (Loki's Wolves Book 1) starts off a little after the ending of Valkyrie's Vengeance. Reading the two books in series order gave me a deeper understanding of what drove the characters personalities, what happened in their pasts. I understood why the Storm Pack was running from the hunters, and leaving false trails in Hunger's Moon.
Otherwise, this book was up to a very good start. I liked the elements of Norse mythology, werewolves, shaman, healer, priestess, vampires, witch, and hunters thrown in the modern story. The book held together, and characters' dialogues made sense. I got caught up in the interesting, original storyline, drama, action, and suspense. The sexual tension between Victoria and Arik; Victoria and Logan had different densities between them. All the scenes unfolded at a good pace throughout the book, and the setting was realistic. I felt I could walk through the woods in Sierra Pines, and peer into Valhalla. I could not put the book down. I wanted to see how the Storm Pack survived, what conflicts arose. How was Victoria, 24 year old female werewolf alpha, going to save her pack?
I was not happy about the werewolf-hunter pact broken over misunderstanding, and miscommunication. The needless loss of lives from werewolves, hunters, and mates lost.
Melissa Snark is next on my reading list. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Thanks for reading my ARC review.
Victoria Storm faces seemingly insurmountable odds to keep her dwindling pack of werewolves alive and together. She fights hunters- including the brother and father of her deceased lover-and the pack takes another devastating loss. When they seek sanctuary in a small town near Lake Tahoe, high in the secluded Sierra Nevada Mountains, Victoria discovers they are infringing on the territory of a vastly more powerful Alpha wolf. To save her pack, she uses her feminine wiles to seduce the Alpha. Nothing comes easily for Victoria. Her plans are complicated by the Alpha's erratic son, a ghostly wife, and a vengeful witch. Not even her status as a Valkyrie or the favor of the Goddess Freya can change the course of destiny for Victoria or her pack mates.