Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hunter Moon by Cait Lavender

Title:  Hunter Moon
Author: Cait Lavender
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: A Lupine Moon Novel #1
Main Characters: Shelby and Cash
Release Date: March 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: self-pubbed

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Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing her heart and everything she ever loved.

My Review:
Shelby is one tough cowgirl and, for this California rancher, it seems like everything in her life has become extremely complicated lately. Her grandfather died a year ago, leaving her alone to run the ranch. She grew up with him as truly her only family. Now greedy relatives are trying to steal the ranch from her and she's barely making it financially as it is. So when she comes upon a large wolf among her calves, she is terrified and more than a little angry that he's trying to steal her livelihood. The next day the sexy new game warden is on her doorstep asking why she's out shooting in the middle of the night....and again Shelby gets angry.

Shelby gets angry a lot...hehe. She's seriously feisty...and prickly...and horny...and the sexy new game warden is driving her crazy. One minute he's completely turning her on with his sexy eyes and the next she's threatening him with a gun.  She's independent because she's had to be. Besides her best friend, Shelby doesn't get close to too many people. She lives in this small ranching community and everyone knows her, but she keeps to herself a lot of the time, especially when it comes to guys. But Cash, the game warden, isn't taking a hint or a shotgun pointed at him. He just keeps coming back.

This is just a fun book. Shelby is a fabulously conflicted character. She likes Cash a lot, but she really doesn't want to. She holds onto her independence with all that she can, even though she definitely is connecting with Cash. The problem is, Cash is hiding something, and every time Shelby is finally ready to move forward with him, he pulls back. He's running hot and cold and it just ticks her off. In her book, it's way better to get angry than to get vulnerable, which is about the worst thing that she can imagine in this world. She works extremely hard not to show her vulnerability to anyone except for maybe her bff, Jessie.

And Cash. *sigh* I loved him with his emotionally changing eyes. 6'4" of rock-hard yumminess. I love how he seems to get Shelby even when she's spitting fire at him. There are a lot of questions not answered about him until the end of the book, but I definitely saw it coming...I just loved him and his super-sexy over protectiveness and the way he would just show up when Shelby needed him.

This is a long book. I was surprised at how long it took me to read, but the story really sucked me in once it got going. There were a few issues, but the story line was good enough that I could overlook those easily. So you can imagine my surprise when the book simply ends. Yep, this is one of those that ends in a cliffhanger. *gah* So not cool, although you can bet I am going to be standing there when the next one comes out because it worked...I'm hooked and definitely want to read more to this series.

Tour wide giveaway:

Cait is giving away 
5 print copies of Hunter Moon 
and a $25 Amazon gift card

You can find the giveaway HERE!

About the Author:

Cait Lavender is a twenty five year old wife and stay at home mother of one in Central California. Living on a cattle ranch and raising her daughter doesn’t afford her much leisure time, but when she has a spare minute or two she loves riding horses, baking and reading everything she can get her hands on. She grew up loving the written word and creative writing and finally decided to work on her dream of becoming a published author.

She has a short story, Cowboy Moon, and a full-length novel, Hunter Moon, both available on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She’d love to hear from you on her Facebook author page@caitlavender on Twitter or on her blog,

1 comment:

Cait Lavender said...

Thank you for reviewing!