Series: Moon Compound, Book 2
Author: Jackie Nacht
Length: Novel (126 Pages)
Publisher: Extasy Books (October 31st, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: With all great sacrifices for love, there must be consequences.
Brendan has been at Moon Compound and gone through his first shift. He feels like hell when his mate walks into his life in chains. Devastated that his mate is feral, he mourns for the mate he is bound to lose before he ever has him. Desperate not to lose his mate, he does something that will forever change his life. Will Brendan be able to save his feral?
Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/full-moon-feral/
Review: The first line of the blurb says it all in one point. With all great sacrifices for love, there must be consequences. The author has once again written a truly gifted story. I loved the story altogether. The plot was intense and exciting. The danger, Brendan puts himself in just to save his mate, kept me on the edge of my seat. Ripley, who didn’t even know what he was forced to learn and accept in such a short time, was terrifying and sad. They fell for each other in such a way that was loving and very wild. The sex between them was explosive. The dangers all around them, what with hellhounds and the feral parts of them, made each one of them even more protective of each other.
This story has a very good plot to the story, what with (and who could live without it) love, danger, excitement and a touch of fear. I was attracted to Brendan, because of his tender heart and desire to help his mate overcome most of the feral parts of himself. With Riley, it is his innocence and yet there is this rough and tough side of him that you see. Their feelings are so strong and yet heart breaking with what they will need to learn to live with. This story will grab you and make you wish you were there to help them and protect them. To be able to feel the love that they have for each other, you know that is what you would want to feel each time you were snuggled up to your lover. I am honored to have this story in my library.
Thommie’s Review: 3½ Hearts
Oh my, the second installment of Moon Compound Series comes back with Brendan and finally that character took a bit of solidity in my mind. I was having a bit of an issue with his “I’m-not-good-enough” attitude in the previous book. As it is, Brendan continues to believe that for most of this book as well but things drastically change when he’s forced with life-long mourning or find a solution to his problem.
What problem is that? At this point I feel I should make it clear that this book is a part of series best read in order. So if you’ve read the first book you already know that it ends with a feral being admitted to Moon Compound and that the moment he lays eyes on Brendan and vice-versa thing get crazy. It is important to stress here that this author has a big talent for making thing intense and relying that tension at the reader as well. We get to see and feel how the feral and Brendan deal with the first time they see each other, how Brendan reacts and the enormity of the situation that has to fated mates finding each other only to face doom shortly. As I mention on the review of the first book, despite the fact that these shifters deal with “fated” mating, it does seem as a lot of work and things don’t get all sugary, easy, and colorful when “magic” happens. On the contrary here we deal with agony, bone deep agony.
A feral has a very short life span, not because they are weak, on the contrary they have exquisite power, but because they don’t care about pain, they have no notion of sanity, and they mostly end up causing extreme damage to themselves to the point of no return in their frenzy.
Imagine finding your mate in such frenzy eyes, on a person ruled by madness and with no cure. Imagine finding your soul-mate only to find out that there is no future for you, not being able to talk to him, not even knowing his name. What would you do?
And here is the point that Brendan’s character and strength come forward. His determination not to lie down and take what fate throws him, but to fight for what could be his. His recklessness is admirable when matched with his cause and the results are stunning. The turn this story took was fantastic, the possibilities it opened for future installments, endless. What take place are a series of events, dipped in blood and passion. Berserk takes a new meaning and I absolutely loved it. The bloody fights that came with the hellhounds (what you thought they were gone?) call to my violent soul and made me love this book all the more.
Even as all hell broke loose with the demons fighting werewolves, Brendan and his mate going berserk and being spectacular, the author makes us gasp with a surprise that is in itself horrifying. I can almost taste and see what is to come and how the hellhounds will feature in the future. We got a glimpse of the lore and how the shifters and demons they’re fighting came to be, what their past is, and that promises for a fantastic series I absolutely cannot wait to inhale.
Now all the above sound nice and good, but there was this little thing that managed to damp my enthusiasm and let me somehow down. For me this book ought not to be a novella, this pair deserved more space, more relationship development and the hasty, rushed way Ripley was introduced left me wanting. This book could easily have been a fiver for me if only the relationship between them two was allowed the time it needed. The confusion, the emotions, and the passion needed time to bloom, and we (the readers) needed to space to take it in and actually feel those emotions as well, because as it is the rolled over me and didn’t manage to make the strong impression they had the possibility to.
Overall though I loved the second book of the series and I’m literally bouncing up and down in anticipation of the third. Strongly recommended!