The Sunday Post #21-16

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Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, then I included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Resurrecting Her Dragon By Julia Mills

One dragon on the brink of death…

One extraordinary woman who is so much more than she seems…

ONE PROPHECY THAT COULD RUIN THEM ALL…

This one’s for all the marbles.

Fate Will Not Be Denied but that was before the Sun got involved…

Rebel Bear by Anna Lowe

Up-and-coming supermodel Hailey Crewe can’t wait to escape the limelight and return to the modest, anonymous lifestyle she once led. Escaping literally? That was never part of her plan. But when an unwanted suitor — and her scheming mother/manager — go a step too far with a surprise Hawaii wedding, Hailey becomes a bride on the run. Before she knows it, she’s not only being hunted by a greedy oil tycoon, but by his creepy security force too. A good thing she bumps into her very own Lancelot at exactly the right time.

Eventide of the Bear by Cherise Sinclair

All her life, Emma longed for someone to love. Instead, disaster sees the brand-new bard banished from her people for long lonely years. Injured saving a child, the werebear has to steal food from humans, breaking shifter Law. The territory’s Cosantir and his lethal grizzly warrior catch her in the act. To her surprise, she’s healed and welcomed. Obviously, they don’t know her past. But oh, she can’t resist being around other shifters—especially the captivatingly powerful warrior. Maybe she can stay…just a little while.

The Commanders’ Mate by Grace Goodwin

Commander Karter is a Prillon Warrior. His first duty is to protect his people, to defend the Coalition worlds from a fate too terrible to comprehend. Battle is his life. His heart. He fights. He has never once been selfish enough to believe he deserved an Interstellar Bride. Until he’s matched at the worst possible time.

Ghost Wolf by Heather Long

Julian has been juggling the conflict without a real target for months, they always seem to be just one step behind the Volchitsa and even the wolves they’ve captured can’t tell them enough. With the fate of the packs resting squarely on his shoulders, Julian, the Chief Enforcer, will swallow his pride to seek out the one wolf he knows can help them all, the one who seems to know all the players, who can think like them…if anyone can find the Volchitsa it’s the ghost he’s hunted for decades…

Don’t Let Your Guard Down Just Yet!!!

Case in Point:

Yes, folks in many states the age limits for getting a COVID-19 Vaccination is tumbling. But, please don’t let your guard down yet, there’s more to the story that you may not be aware of.

My oldest daughter lives in PA with her husband and the bright 2 1/2 year old daughter they adopted a year ago. They have faithfully taken every precaution recommended. She works from home most days, while he works on construction wearing appropriate gear. Riley wears a mask at her daycare center. Until recently, they have avoided gatherings with people they didn’t know.

Easter weekend, they attended a small family gathering. Sandra didn’t say, but it was undoubtedly outdoors. You would think that everyone would be safe. The older adults were getting their vaccinations as soon as possible, so they were covered.

Two days later one young man who was there tested positive. A week later my daughter started feeling poorly. She skipped church on Sunday because she didn’t feel good. Thinking she needed something for a sinus infection, she called her doctor. The doctor sent her to get a Covid test to rule that out. She stopped by CVS for a 3 day test. During this timeframe, she found herself not being able to taste things.

The three days went by, and she checked in with the pharmacy. They had no record of her having a test done! So she went to the local Urgent Care clinic for a Rapid Covid test. In no time at all, she found herself speaking to their doctor with a positive result!

The next day, her husband went for a test, while they took the baby in later in the evening when it would be quieter. At this point, neither adult has had a vaccination. The county where they live isn’t giving them to people in their 40’s yet. The surrounding counties have just now dropped the age requirement down to that level but are understandably swamped with calls. No appointments are available.

Now she, at least, will have to wait until she recovers from the virus to get her shots. People, remember that just because the state government has lowered the age limit to the next bracket, doesn’t mean every county falls in line. They want to, I’m sure, but they have to take supplies into consideration. It may take a few weeks or more, for your local area to start giving vaccinations to your age group. In the meantime, keep following all the precautions!

Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Book 2: Rebel Bear

Bear shifter meets runaway bride in this steamy, suspenseful paranormal romance!

Up-and-coming supermodel Hailey Crewe can’t wait to escape the limelight and return to the modest, anonymous lifestyle she once led. Escaping literally? That was never part of her plan. But when an unwanted suitor — and her scheming mother/manager — go a step too far with a surprise Hawaii wedding, Hailey becomes a bride on the run. Before she knows it, she’s not only being hunted by a greedy oil tycoon, but by his creepy security force too. A good thing she bumps into her very own Lancelot at exactly the right time.

Bear shifter Timber Hoving is just another Special Forces vet slowly adjusting to island time. That is, until an irresistible stranger rushes into his meticulously organized world. Before Tim knows it, his human side is wrestling with temptation, and his bear is head over heels in love. But Hailey’s first encounter with shifters is a terrifying one, and Tim can’t reveal the truth about himself without losing her forever. Worse, sinister shifter forces are closing in, following a ruthless agenda of their own. They’ll stop at nothing to capture Tim’s destined mate — dead or alive.

The Reviews!

Bookworm555
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Karter and Ronan
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2019
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After seeing Commander Karter in several books and watching him interact with Dara (Chloe, Seth, and Dorian's daughter), we have begged Grace for him to get a mate and she answered us with this great story.

(To understand my review, I just want to put it out there, I read for story and could care less about the sexy times)

This story drops us right into the middle of the Hive war, as mentioned in the previous books, the Battlegroup Karter is actively holding back the Hive in sector 437. Karter was tested years and years ago and has been too busy to have any thoughts of a bride. Ronan is also a Commander and is just as intense as Karter due to the heavy weight of responsibility demanded by their positions. Erica has always loved the stars and jumped at her chance to be among them, especially after her testing as part of a Prillon sandwich (her words, not mine).

This story is told from all three POV and we get to see just how tortured Karter is and how much weight is on his very broad shoulders. I really loved Karter and Ronan and even though Erica is just a feisty as the other Interstellar Brides, I guess I just wasn't as impressed with her as I was with the other brides - she does love both of them and fights for a true mating but that's about it. BUT, Karter and Ronan make up for any deficiencies I felt Erica had. The new development in the war is a major game changer and the Coalition is going to have their hands full dealing with it.

I love this series and while I have received advanced copies of these books (yes, I joined Grace's review team to get my hands on these books as soon as possible), I have purchased every single one. Purchasing these books and writing reviews so that others have a chance to discover this talented author's work is my way of supporting her and my habit 🙂
Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, an amazing, intense, steamy romance - love this series
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2018
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What has always drawn me to Anna Lowe’s books are the word pictures she paints. I can smell the salty tang of the ocean breeze, I can see the mischief in Joey’s eyes, I can taste the Hawaiian lunch truck food on a picnic at the beach, I can feel the growing attraction between Hailey and Tim… and I can sense the concern of his brothers, friends and fellow shifters as well. When an author can take the time to paint a word picture that transports me into their world, allows a story to build at its own pace and gives me an exciting story with several layers – then I’m going to be hooked on their work for a very long time.

I was easily swept into the world of the Aloha Shifters once again with a very dramatic opening scene that sets the pace for the rest of Rebel Bear. Tim may now be ex-Special Forces but he has no intention at all of getting involved in the mad hunt for the woman running desperately searching for a hiding place or to escape these goons chasing after her. No, he’s no knight in shining armor these days — but his bear has a different reaction. Help her. Save her. Destiny. He might have been successful in ignoring his bear if it weren’t for that smell of shifter excitement of the chase in the air. Reluctantly Tim heads for his future, one that will bring him everything he ever wanted – if he can overcome one woman’s fear of the animal in him.

Hailey had been completely duped by her mother. She knew this dress was the wrong color for a bridesmaid. And that suspicion came true when the jerk she’d been about to break up with tries to stage a forced wedding/proposal in front of a huge crowd, reporters at the ready to capture the whole farce. Since Jonathan wasn’t accepting her repeated No, Hailey did the only thing she could think of… she ran. Which might have worked if there weren’t several henchmen of Jonathan’s after her as well – or if she hadn’t backed herself into a corner with no escape. Why she trusted the strong male voice on the other side of the door she had no idea, but she did, and really he was her only way out of this mess. Putting her faith into a stranger’s hands might not have been the logical choice, but she felt safe and that feeling alone was worth the risk. Soon she’d be accepting the kindness of strangers… and entering into a world she never dreamed existed.

Rebel Bear brings us an engaging, at times intense, romance with more than its fair share of potholes. Tim knows that Hailey is his mate but her intense fear of animals from something in her past, to the onslaught of her fears when encountering what cannot be true in her world will keep Tim from confessing his own secret. He will do everything in his power to keep Hailey safe from those who want to do her harm… but if he can figure out a way to have her in his life that would be the perfect solution. There are a variety of villains in this story. Some are truly vile and dangerous with an agenda that has been planned for a very long time. Others are the more selfish, self-serving kind, Hailey’s mother in fact. And an older known enemy will be brought into this current situation with menacing possibilities. There is a bit of several things going on in Rebel Bear, some that will, I’m sure, be revealed in the rest of the series.

I loved Rebel Bear, easily got caught up in this magic once again. We’ll run into old friends, learn a bit more about several situations and simply sit back and enjoy the unfolding romance of Tim and Hailey. I would highly recommend this story and series to any Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance reader who loves a good solid story, believable characters, secondary characters that bring the book to life, vile villains to hate and a strong love story to enjoy. (and yes, I know this review went on too long… but I did love this story)
Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story about bear shifter and his mate
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
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Tim is in construction, a bear shifter, and has a logical mind. He meets Hailey who is the model and he's being forced to marry someone she does not love. Can Tim save her I'm convinced her that she is his mate?

This series is about the pearls of Desire and is a 5 stories complete this series. This is the second story. The character of Tim who doesn't believe the Haley is his mate although the bear knows it. Hailey is a successful model whose mother is pushing her toward marriage. The character of Hailey develops because have the people who rescued her. Plot is fast-paced drama with many twists and turns that makes the reader eager find out what's happening next.

I highly recommend this book and would give us a higher rating if I could.
LeMiliere
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim and Hailey - Will She Stay
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018
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This review is written after listening to the audio version of this book. I had previously read the book and enjoyed it so much I just had to listen to it too.

This book about Timber and Hailey, we met Timber aka Tim in the previous book when he and his brothers arrived on this island paradise to work security for their friends. When Tim meets Hailey she is running, she got up that morning thinking she was going to be a Bridesmaid at the wedding of her boyfriend's sister. She had been planning on breaking off her relationship with Jonathan but didn't want to spoil his sister's wedding for him. So she enters the wedding space to find she's been ambushed, for want of a better word, Jonathan goes down on one knee and proposes so THEIR WEDDING can take place now!

This plan has been concocted by Jonathan and her mother (a really greedy, selfish piece of work in my opinion, she tries to tell them both NO but they won't take no for an answer the only option left to her is to RUN! Run she does straight into Tim who helps her ESCAPE and offers her a place of safety. Tim has already recognised her as his fated mate but how to convince her.

Hailey is invited to stay with Tim and help him fix up a property belonging to Boon, another bear shifter, did I mention Tim is a bear shifter? Whilst they spend a week together working on the property and getting to know each other Hailey is falling for Tim but Tim is holding back, could Hailey love a shifter?

When Hailey is attacked by a wolf shifter working for Jonathan Tim and his brother Connor save her but she is so frightened by the experience that Tim feels he can't tell her what he is. So despite a deep love on his part he decides to keep his secret and loose Hailey. But once again Destiny steps in and forces both their hands, the truth comes out in the most dramatic way, Anna Lowe never does things by halves, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how Tim and Hailey were going to survive this part of the story. I loved this book I loved getting to know Hailey and watching her character grow and I adored Tim, I can't look at a door frame now without thinking of him - you will know why when you listen to this book. I can't really say anything further without giving out too many spoilers, if you have read the blurb you know what to expect but whatever your expectations - this book will exceed them. I loved it

Aloha Shifters is by far my most favourite series to date, this book is the second book in Pearls of Desire, a follow on from Aloha Shifters but I personally think of it as one series. The writing style of Anna Lowe is so very good and easy to follow along, her descriptions of the places and the people make you feel like you've met them and the depth she gives to all her characters is just incredible her words paint a picture and that picture in painted beautifully by Kelsey Osborne who does the most amazing job of narrating this book. I can't praise her or Anna Lowe highly enough. Bring on the next book I say!

This book was given me as a gift and I am voluntarily writing my review.
Silke K
5.0 out of 5 stars Timber just wants to be happy, Fate and Destiny step in.
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
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Hailey was going to her "boyfriend's" sisters wedding in Hawaii, sure why not. As she goes to walk down the aisle, ask eyes are on her?? She gets the idea and no no no it's not happening! She runs away, fast and hard as possible. A mall is a great place to hide! While passing in the food court, she eyes a hunk with emerald green eyes. Yum and suddenly distracted. She runs into a department and hides. Timber's bear is frantic about helping this woman in despair, go he goes after and protects her. His bear thinks it's the best idea around! Being a shifter is a closely guarded secret, so why help a human?

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 3: Lure of the Bear

Secrets. Fears. Burning desires. A bear shifter willing to risk everything for love.

There’s not much that can get this grizzly shifter worked up — except a threat to the woman he has secretly loved for years. Then, all bets are off, and he’s willing to risk anything — including the most closely guarded secret of his lonely shifter soul.

Trust issues? Officer Dawn Meli has a few. She’s not ready to rely on any man — especially one who can turn into a raging beast. But strong, silent Hunter, with his steady voice and soulful eyes, calls to something deep in her scarred soul. So much so, that she’s dangerously tempted to let her wild side free. At the same time, she has other problems to concentrate on, what with a valuable gem, a celebrity wedding, and a tropical storm all converging on Maui at the same time. Hardly the time to give in to simmering desire — even if destiny has different ideas.

The Reviews!


midniteink
5.0 out of 5 stars HEART-STIRRING & SIZZLING ROMANCE
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2017 Verified Purchase
Enchanting Koa Point is the home of Special Forces Brothers; a mixed secret group of shifters. This fascinating story lures the reader into the lives of Hunter and Dawn. Breathtaking vivid scene descriptions wow you, gripping suspense/spine-chilling action thrills you, emotional moments tug your heart-strings, steamy sensuous romance captivates you and a heart-melting happy ever after leaves you more than content.

Hunter the powerful bear-shifter has been in love with sassy, sultry Dawn for years but this is unknown to her. Dawn a police officer is independent and keeps her affectionate feelings for Hunter at bay. She has a haunted past that causes her to have trust issues when it comes to men. Security duty at a celebrity wedding catapults them into horrific danger when a villainous shifter from Hunter's past is a guest at the wedding.

An incredible heart-stirring story that keeps you turning pages until the end. The full cast of characters is certainly praise-worthy and spring to life with clever dialogue. The back stories of Hunter and Dawn are sensitive and give insight to their personas. The romance between them had a rocky start but destiny has a way of bringing true love together; their romance is genuine and filled with fiery passion and I loved them together. If you treasure action/spicy shifter romance this is definitely a terrific book for your library. I found this to be a most entertaining read and I loved it so much {I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy}. Without reservations, I recommend this book.

Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Savvy, Officer Meli gets her Bear!
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2017Verified Purchase
It's about time that Officer Meli gets her man! And what a bear of a man! Hunter is so painfully shy around Dawn. He carries a lot of scars from childhood and Dawn has her own painful issues. It's a wonder that these two manage to get a first kiss let alone a date. Thankfully they both have really good friends. I really liked both Dawn and Hunter. They were sweet but tough & savvy.

There was a depth to all the characters in the story to make the twists enjoyable. Not too much was given away but it all came back together. When you are wondering how things are going to tie up and make it, you find yourself at the end and wanting more.

This is the third book in the Aloha Shifters series, it can be read as a stand-alone without missing out from anything in the first two books

R Hartweg
4.0 out of 5 stars It's book 3 (although each is a stand alone story) I hope you've treated yourself to books 1 & 2
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
So this story was my least favorite of the series so far. And the fault is probably my own. Each of these stories basically follows the same general format. What keeps them separate it the back stories and personalities of the MFC and MMC. Well, that and of the 5 men that live on the luxurious compound, 4 different types of shifters are represented. I really enjoy reading about the habits and other things that are particular to each species.

Now here is my problem. Hunter's story was just so stinking sad. Sad childhood. Sad and lonely adult, up until he is finally pushed toward Dawn. But his interaction with the bear part of his soul breaks my heart. Compared to Kai in book 1, where I laughed and giggled at him and his dragon giving each other grief. I'll say mayyyyyybe part of this is that I'm now in month 6 of isolation due to Covid-19, but I think I would feel upset whenever I read it. I refuse to give any other spoilers than that tidbit. And it's not so bad that you should skip this story, but be prepared for a heck of a different tone in this one that the previous 2, and know that they do get their happily ever after in the end,

Christy W.
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG OMG This series just keeps getting better and better!
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book
When we last saw Hunter and Dawn she had just learned that Hunter has a Bear inside him. I could not wait to read this book to find out
how she handles finding out that Hunter is a shifter.
Hunter, a bear shifter, is not at peace, nor has he been for a long time. Yes, he has a good job and his co-workers, former teammates in the military, are his family, but his tragic past constantly weighs on him. The loss of his parents at such a young age, and the brutality of it, haunt him. He's surrounded by the family he's built with his friends, and yet, he's never felt more alone. He knows who his mate is, and has for a long time, but she seems scared of him, well, his bear, and for that, Hunter tends to hate that part of himself. He yearns for her though with his every breath.
Dawn, a police officer, works hard to not let any vulnerabilities show, therefore, she never shows her true self to others. Due to an emotionally scaring incident in her past, trust does not come easy for her, and when she saw the one person she thought she could trust change into something dangerous, she began to doubt her own judgment even more. But she can't stop thinking about him.
Hunter and Dawn both feel the connection, the attraction. It's always been there between them, but neither acted on it, though they both wanted to. However, things may be changing. Dawn may have been scared by his bear before, (read Lure of the Wolf to find out why) but looking back she recognizes that the bear, Hunter, was protecting her. As she and Hunter begin exploring their mutual attraction, and she comes to terms with his shifting ability, other concerns arise. Such as the fact that Hunter's past has returned, and it's colliding with his future, putting Dawn in danger.
Anna Lowe always amazes me with her creative mind, This new world she has created is wonderful Such amazing descriptions of the island that you feel you are there in person. I LOVE it

Blue Moon Saloon Book 4: Salvation

One hero, assumed dead. One woman who refuses to give up. One destiny.

Anna Boone won’t give up the search for her cousin, Sarah, who everyone assumes dead. And she refuses to give up on the wounded bear found next to the ashes of her cousin’s house. There’s something deep in his eyes and in his soul she just can’t resist. Something special. Something…human, almost. When her search for the truth leads her to the Blue Moon Saloon, Anna finds more than she ever bargained for — and unwittingly leads a deadly foe to those she loves most.


Charleann Davis
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars A Exciting Paranormal Shifter Romance Story with lots of action
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016 Verified Purchase
A fourth book in the blue moon Saloon series. Anna just keeps the series getting better an better. Anna doesn't believe her cousin died in the fire that killed her family.,deep down she believes Sarah is alive an she plans on finding her. As she visits the animal control as she always volunteers she comes across a badly burned an scarred bear. She asks if she can sit with him an they say it's ok but he probably won't make it much longer he's too badly injured. She sits and talks to the bear all through the whole day into the night an stays outside the cage but she reaches through the bars an strokes his fur where he still has some. She tells him to fight to please live an feels like he understands her. Todd stays in his bear form he doesn't shift but after the lady helps him escape he starts walking but doesn't know why he's going the direction he is but he finds his cousins Soren and his mate an a surprise he didn't expect, he almost knocks Anna down she doesn't recognize him as a man an he is too upset to realize she is the woman that talked him into fighting to live. Can Todd an Anna find happiness like their cousins have . This is a touching shifter and the woman they love story with danger threatening the woman an child they love. Can they stop the rogue wolf shifters before they lose the families they love. This book will make you laugh, cry and smile at the end. I love Anna Lowe's books and voluntarily decided to review it so others might enjoy it as much as I did. A Great Paranormal shifter book with bear shifters an wolf shifters. It's a great read couldn't put it down til the very last page.

Thelma
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these series of hot sexy shifter love stories
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2016 Verified Purchase
Anna Lowe writes a great series of hot sexy shifter love stories. Anna is hunting for her cousin Sarah who's home was burned down by the group called the Blue Bloods. Anna does find a wounded bear that was found next to Sarah's house. She spends time talking to the wounded bear (Todd) & tells him not to give up. Anna helps the wounded bear escape. Everyone thinks Sarah is dead but Anna just knows in her heart that Sarah is alive. Anna finds Sarah at the Blue Moon saloon just after (Todd) arrives & he was just told that he is the father of Sarah's four month old baby. These books are a great sexy love stories about finding your true mate, you family, your friends, a new home & new start. I can't wait to read Summer & Drew's stories when it is released.

K Cram
5.0 out of 5 stars Love of a Mate Heals
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2017 Verified Purchase
Loved Todd and Anna's story. Todd was presumed dead when he saved Sarah from a fire that killed her parents. In helping Sarah get away Todd was attacked by the Blue Bloods and everyone assumed he had died. Todd wished he had died, but something/someone pulled at him and kept his battered and damaged body going. Anna never truly believed that her cousin Sarah was dead and when she heard that someone else had survived the horrible attacks that killed Sarah's family and the two other families that were attacked she headed to Arizona to see for herself. She found her cousin happy and alive, but she also found Todd, with the bluest eyes, and seemed oddly familiar. This is an emotional story that grips you from the beginning and never lets you go.....and yes it rips at your heart strings and has you reaching for a tissue.

DRFMAC
5.0 out of 5 stars The most engaged I have been with a story in a very very long time.
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2019
I love all of Anna Lowe's books, and I've happily followed the Twin Moon Ranch and Blue Moon Saloon saga. This one, though, really grabbed my heart. I've never EVER rooted so hard for a couple as I did for Todd and Anna, especially with what Todd has been through.

In fact, I'd love a follow-up (short?) story about how they and their family are doing in their new situation.
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Blue Moon Saloon Book 3: Redemption

True love is about forgiveness, not pride.

Bear shifter Soren Voss lives and breathes for the new clan he leads as alpha. It’s all he has left after the rogue ambush that murdered the woman he loved — the woman he swears he’ll always love, even if it’s only in his dreams. But the day his dream comes true is also the start of a nightmare, because his destined mate may no longer be his and his alone. Is it fate’s way of torturing him or his last chance at redemption?

Sarah Boone narrowly escaped the inferno that claimed her family and her home. For months now, she’s been on the run with a secret that will soon be impossible to hide. But the clock is ticking, and she needs a place to settle down soon. She never expected to find the love of her life running a funky little place called the Blue Moon Saloon. He’s darker and more dangerous than ever, but somehow more vulnerable, too. Does she have it in her to be the woman her world-weary warrior needs most of all?

Judy C. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS ADDITION TO THE SERIES!!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019Verified Purchase
Title: Redemption
Series: Blue Moon Saloon
Author: Anna Lowe
Designation: Book 3 of Series, Long Novella/Short Novel (Approx 160 pages), *Can Be Read As A Standalone (See Notation), Paranormal Romance, No Cliffhanger, HEA
Reading Platform: eBook & Audiobook Editions
My Rating: FIVE DIVINELY ENTERTAINING STARS*****
*The author does an exceptional job of giving the reader ample backstory in each release, and Redemption could certainly be read as a standalone, but please be aware there is an underlying interconnected conflict running throughout the series. For a richer reading experience and to avoid possible spoilers, this reviewer recommends reading the books sequentially. This is such an awesome series, so I'm sure it's one decision you'll never regret

LeMiliere

5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah and Soren - Happiness At Last
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019Verified Purchase
My review is written after reading and listening to this book

This book, the third in the series brings completion to Soren's story. Sorin and his brother Simon both moved to The Blue Moon Saloon after their whole clan/family were murdered, burned alive, by The Bluebloods a group of fanatical killers determined to stop shifters mating outside their own species. But Sorin didn't only lose his family he lost Sarah, the human, who was his Destined Mate.

Many months later Sorin gets his second chance at love and happiness when Sarah gets off the bus just outside the Blue Moon, she's thin, she's frightened, she has scars after trying to save her parents from the fire which killed them. Sorin is both shocked and elated to see her alive but then he notices something which could change everything - Sarah is pregnant and there is no way the baby could be his!

JodyL

5.0 out of 5 stars Enticing and tintalizing
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2018Verified Purchase
Soren thinks that his mate and love of his life died in a fire set by their enemies. He now owns a bar with two other bear shifters in the town by Twin Moon Ranch.
Sarah survived the fire by a twist of fate. She believes that Soren died and takes comfort with his cousin. One night things go to far when she gets drink and imagined that it is Soren she is with. The enemy finds her and she goes on the run.
Now she is in Arizona, eight months pregnant and realizes that Soren is still alive. Can these two get their second chance? Or are there too many things between them. What happens when the enemy catches up to her?
This is an intriguing way to continue this series. There is plenty to entice and tantilate in this story
Barbara @ Barbara Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling Story
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016Verified Purchase
The story between Sara and Soren was so good and the characters were made for each other. I liked the fact that Soren new Sarah was his mate but kept fighting it because she was pregnant with someone else's baby. Sarah did not know she was pregnant by a shifter and that moon lust was real. Sara is a sassy but scared woman because a group of men are out to finish what they started when they burned her family home.

Anna Lowe did such a great job with this story and the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Blue Moon Saloon Book 1: Damnation

He hasn’t forgotten her, and she sure hasn’t forgiven him.

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 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 on life. 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?


MaryLou Hoffman
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2018 Verified Purchase
DAMNATION is the first book in the Blue Moon series. While each is meant to stand alone, I believe it will be better to read them all and in the order of release. This is a spin-off of the Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch series. I have not read any of those books and had no trouble with following the characters (but I’m mighty curious now!).

Grabbed me by the heart and held on straight until the end. I loved every minute of listening to this story of destiny and love that was meant to be claimed and celebrated.

While in some stories it is annoying to hear inner dialogue, in this one it made the wolf and bear additional characters and they are terrific! They are so simple, single-minded, and in love with each other. Now if they could just get their humans to quit being so proud.

This is the first book I have read from Anna Lowe. I want more!

Krystinna Collett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shifter book!
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2019Verified Purchase
This is one of the best shifter books I have read. What happens when a wolf and a bear try to mate? All he** breaks loose. It starts when these two ask permission from their class to be married. The clans approve a marriage, but it is not to each other. What results is heartache; that breaks up the two, and brings death and destruction among the clans by a rouge clan. Running for their life's, the she-wolf and her sister find themselves in Arizona. They find a new friend and allies who offer them work and room and board. There is one catch.... They will be working for and sharing quarters with two shifter brothers. When the time comes for them to meet, it's her mate. Find out what happens by picking up this book, you won't regret it!

lala
5.0 out of 5 stars Damnation, glad I read this!
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2017Verified Purchase
This seems like a really good series. The author is not one I am familiar with but, one I am now interested in. The characters Simon, Soren, Jessica, Janna and Cole are all interesting. Simon a bear shifter and Jessica a wolf shifter met a long time ago and each recognized their destined mates in each other. However, their respective clans and packs forbade them from mating. However, they changed their minds and decided Soren and and Jessica should mate, each being the first born of their respective families. Simon tries to get the respective families to change their minds but they refuse. During all of this Jessica is unaware they intend to mate her to Soren, Simon's older brother. When Simon gives her the cold shoulder out of necessity she becomes angry . Soren also has a mate unknown to his clan. She is human, also not accepted by his clan. When rogue shifters destroy his clan and her pack in a sadistic plan to keep shifter blood pure they learn they failed to kill Jessica and Janna. Simon and Soren were away at the time and were also spared. They meet up again at the Blue Moon Saloon. Read the story to find out what happens next. It's a tale worth reading!
Lyn & Nino
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2016Verified Purchase
What an amazing story! I am a huge fan of shifter stories and of Anna Lowe's books. The way this book is written is so warm and real, I think that is one of the things that I loved so much about this book. The storyline was incredible, there are so many twists and turns in it, making it a compelling page tuner that is filled with action, adventure, pain and love. The characters were so well thought out and descriptive, each character having their own strengths and all of them having inner demons that they try to deal with on their own. Throughout the book they realise they can trust others.
This is a definite must read!!!!!
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Too Much Too Bear: Paranormal Dating Agency

Boone Wayland was a shifter, a problem solver, and a protector, not always in that order. When he decided he wanted to find his mate, there was only one place to go… the Paranormal Dating Agency masterfully run by Gerri Wilder. He’d visited the website in the few minutes that he’d managed to wrest control of his computer from the teenaged shifters he fostered and read a number of her reviews… okay, all of the reviews. He contacted the Agency because it was the boys that he’d been thinking of. 

Mostly. 

Partly.

Okay, not really. 

He wanted a mate.

Hungered to hold her to him, make her smile, lose himself in her eyes and her body for the rest of his life. 

But, finding a mate when he had a store to run and a houseful of boys to raise made the traditional model of ‘dating’ nearly impossible.

It seemed like a Hail Mary pass one might make in a sporting game, but if there was one thing Boone didn’t have in his life it was time. So, he picked up the phone and asked Gerri for her special brand of help.

Willa Barnes wanted a family so bad she could almost taste it. The future would be as sweet as the fruit pies that she was known for at her boyfriend’s Diner, and it was all within her grasp.

But that was before Charlie ran off with the hostess at the diner, leaving Willa to watch the shop while he was on his honeymoon in Las Vegas. 

Hearing her woeful story, her favorite customer has a crazy idea. It turns out he knows a matchmaker and that feisty matchmaker just might know the perfect man for Willa. 

Only, he’s not just a man. 

Willa’s fascinated by the idea of meeting a bear shifter, but it’s not just becoming a wife that’s the offer on the table. He’s got a whole bunch of teenaged shifters that are waiting for her too.

Is this ‘insta-family’ just what Willa wants or will the reality of it be Too Much to Bear?

Wanda 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2020
I really enjoyed this book,it was filled with love,friendship and romance.I look forward to reading more from this author on the future. I can't wait
Lady Lovely
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, Really, Really, Sweet Read
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
I really really like this book! I like the fact that the author took the time to really develop the characters, to develop the scenes, and to develop the setting in which led to so much more for both the characters. I liked that she didn't automatically jumps them to having sex, but instead took their time to get to know each other. Often so many times in these paranormal books they have it where they just jump right into the sex which I'm perfectly greatly fine with. However, it's nice to know that at some point there are few human women who actually really just have learned so much from their prior relationships that they actually do really want to take the time to actually know the hot sexy guy on a mental level before they come to know him on a physical level. For me that was the real sweetness of the story and I love how it unfolded. I love how she came to love the boys even sooner than she came to love Boone. For me that was a sweetness in itself. I highly recommend this book!!

Blue Moon Saloon: Three-book collection, Volume Two

Behind the doors of the Blue Moon Saloon, alpha shifters confront their darkest fears and deepest desires.

Discover a rich world of startling revelations, ruthless enemies, and hot-blooded romance. Witness a fierce, loving bear/wolf pack emerge as a force to be reckoned with in the desert Southwest. Follow the characters you love and meet new heroes & heroines straight through to the series finale. And save $$$ over the price of three individual titles!

Salvation, Book 4, is a deeply emotional tale of loss, love, and discovery. Get your tissues ready!

In Deception, Book 5, a tenacious she-wolf thrusts herself into danger, risking it all for her destined mate and the shifter families she loves.

Finally, in Celebration, join the whole clan for holiday festivities and tear-jerking happy ends in a series finale guaranteed to satisfy!

These highly acclaimed, emotional tales feature wounded heroes, powerful alphas, kickass heroines, and the spellbinding scenery of the desert Southwest. Everything you need for an unforgettable bear/wolf shifter romance!

So far l haven’t read a book by this author l haven’t liked. Her characters strike a cord in your heart and before you know it your so involved in their lives and reaching for the next story. There are 6 stories in blue moon saloon series, this set has 3 of them.

Each of her series intertwine the characters with cameo visits from other series. I really enjoy this and get a buzz when reading ,for example, Pearls of desire series have some of the wolves from the Twin moon stories lend a helping hand. Recommended reading.🤓

jennine

I was told before that you can tell a talented author by the way they have you invest and feel toward their characters and this book had me see a few in a completely new light. While I enjoyed the first three books I couldn’t believe Sarah and Soren had the audacity to use Todd during moonlust, then treat him like the bad guy not even allowing him around his son. And while I understand the need to protect your family, a “hey I’m not dead” to someone you supposedly view as a sister (especially once you thought the danger was over) would have been nice. Honestly don’t know if I would have been as easy going about it as Anna.

MoniL

Aurora Champions Box Set: Paranormal Dating Agency

The Way to a Bear’s Heart

The last thing retired arena champion Gaius Osborn wants is a bossy spitfire of a chef to tell him how to do his job, but Nessa Baxter’s getting under his skin, and her talents in the kitchen are working their way straight to his heart.

Hot Wings

After Pomona lands a job as a personal chef to a pair of dragon shifters, she learns they’re two of the most famous celebrity athletes on the shifter home world. Once they set eyes on Pomona, both men crave only one thing. Will they be able to convince her that they want to share more than just her cooking?

Triple Talons

After losing her mate a year ago, Simina’s only wish is to fulfill his deathbed promise: have the baby they always wanted. If anyone can help her find the right match, the Paranormal Dating Agency can. Simina has only one rule for the matchmaker: no League champions. But what if not just one, but three League champions capture her heart?

Midnight Star

Astra Garrick, the Midnight Star, is the Nova Aurora Arena League’s reigning solo champion. As the late Ebon Claw’s younger sister, she has quite the reputation to uphold—especially when a title-hungry opponent attacks her using the same drug that killed her brother.

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Perfection: The She-Wolf on Forbidden Territory (Blue Moon Saloon Prequel)

Boo, he murmured, sending the thought right into her mind.
She scowled. Boo?

Jessica knew she had made a major mistake. This wasn’t a little bit of snow ❄️, this was a blizzard. And if she didn’t find some kind of shelter, she’d freeze. Finding a bear den only seemed fortunate. Given the stories she’d been told about bear Shifters, she really didn’t want to meet one.

Simon always kept extra supplies in his den in case he was caught away from his home. This time he’d been at the den for a short while already. But something had drawn him away. Coming back, he was surprised to find a she-wolf in his den.

What truly surprised them both was when they both started hearing each other’s thoughts. This was something that only happened with mated pairs. Nevertheless, something was drawing them to each other. But what of their conservative families?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wonderful introduction to the next series, Blue Moon Saloon. The descriptions are as intricate as always. Having grown up in PA, I can definitely see the blizzard happening!

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