Erryn reviews ‘Black Moon (Wolf Moon Rising Book 1)’ by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes. The ebook is 310 pages and was published April 22, 2021. The audiobook was released on July 16, 2021 is 10hrs and 15 mins and narrated by Michael Fell. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I listened to another book by Sam Burns and enjoyed it.
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.
I listened to another audio by this duo of authors and wasn’t overly impressed. I decided to try again and I’m so glad I did. This book was really good on a bunch of different levels.
First I’ll start with Michael Fell. I always enjoy his narration. There wasn’t as much differentiation between the two leads, but the story and chapter headings were clear enough that I was able to follow along. Michael also had some great female voices. I think he nailed this one.
The opening scene finds Linden, a doctor and alpha, trying to save his father. When he fails, a huge weight falls to him. A weight he’s not prepared for. He always believed his older brother would return when the time was right, and he’d assume the mantle of leadership. Well, you know what they say about assuming. Members of the Grove community turn to Linden. He’s been so busy treating a mysterious omega illness that he hasn’t worried about pack politics. That ignorance is about to bite him in the butt.
Colt is an easy-going guy. His father is a senator and so there’s been a spotlight on their family for his entire life. As an omega, he’s been able to skate by with a bit less attention. Instead he’s focused on his job as a journalist with the Washington Post. When he gets the scoop that there’s a pack in Virginia who are coping with the mysterious illness, he goes to investigate. He doesn’t foresee getting involved with the pack, a missing omega, and the alpha of the Grove.
This was an interesting book set in the alpha/beta/omega world of werewolf shifters but without the mpreg. Alphas still dominate and mark their mates, betas are still the helpers, and omegas are there to keep the alphas calm. An interesting dynamic.
Anyway, this book worked for me and I spotted where subsequent books will go and I can’t wait.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Asexual, anxiety sufferer, author of queer romance. She/her. Pessimist who wants to change her ways.
W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. With coauthor Sam Burns, she writes feisty Greek gods, men, and monsters in the Lords of the Underworld series. She lives with her partner in a house owned by three halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.