Moonstruck by Lauren Dane
Series: Diablo Lake #1
Published by Carina Press on June 20, 2016
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In Diablo Lake, Tennessee, a town populated by werewolves, witches, and more, magic woven deep into the earth protects the town's secrets from outsiders.
Katie Grady left Diablo Lake to get over a humiliating breakup; but her family needs her help, so she's back, in a sublet right across the hall from the guy she's lusted after for years. Jace Dooley is hotter than ever, and their friendship picks up along with massive doses of grown-up chemistry.
The very scent of Katie sharpens Jace's canines, makes the wolf within him stir. There's nothing more alluring to a Pack Alpha than a sexy female who is so very in charge. She won't be coddled, but if he plays his hand just right she might be convinced to become his.
Katie presents a challenge to Jace's wolf nature, whose chief instinct is to protect. Especially now that she's coming into the magic that is her birthright - and suddenly Jace isn't the only one who's interested in Katie, or the raw power she's just learning to use.
When I picked up Moonstruck, I was expecting a quirky town with even quirkier inhabitants. I kinda sorta got that but this was more about the politics of keeping the balance in a town surrounded by magic and inhabited by two wolf packs as well as a group of witches. Balance is hard to keep when one group decides it’s better than the other two which is exactly what happened here.
Katie Faith left after being jilted at the altar. I’m not sure I would have liked the Katie Faith of the past as she let herself be pushed around and completely overshadowed by her high school boyfriend and his family, the Pembry’s. In the time she was gone she truly came into her own and I really liked the woman she grew to be. She was strong, loyal, and brave. She didn’t want to start a fight but boy would she finish one.
Jace was everything you want an alpha wolf to be and a force to be reckoned with. He was protective of his family and of Katie Faith. It was refreshing that when they decided to start a relationship, they knew it would set the town on its head. They sallied forth with their eyes wide open ready to deal with the consequences.
The chemistry between them was hotter than Hades and just erupted off the page. At first we were teased with small tastes of what could be. It took a frustrating amount of time for them to finally get down to the nitty gritty, but it was well worth the wait.
The supporting characters added to the book in wonderful ways. Katie Faith’s best friend Aimee was the voice of reason, funny and snarky but not in a crass way. It’s a mixture in side kicks we don’t see often enough. Both Katie Faith and Jace’s family were perfectly crafted, loving and helpful but by no means perfect.
The Pembry wolves were a mess especially the alpha and his family. Mean, vindictive, and off their rockers, they knew they’d let a treasure slip through their fingers which made their behavior even worse.
Although not perfect, slow in places and a bit wordy, I completely enjoyed my time spent in Diablo Lake and look forward to seeing what else this cast of characters has in store for me.
4 Skillful Ninja-like Stars
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