Recently I was offered the chance to read and review Secrets of Lunar Falls by Lashell Collins. After reading the small excerpt I was hooked and eagerly jumped at the chance to receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of the story.
Before going too far in this review I have to fess up- I have a thing for any books that are supernatural in nature. Add in werewolves…romance…hot werewolf guys…sex…well you had me at “hello” so to speak! I love a hot alpha male and it doesn’t get much more alpha then when you start talking werewolves! (Or Moon Hunter, as this book refers to them.) Now that I’ve got this out of the way, time to talk about Secrets of Lunar Falls specifically.
Stories that have characters starting over and taking chances in their lives are always intriguing to me. From the beginning I was captivated by Carly Tipton’s story. I wanted to know more about her. How she chose Lunar Falls, how she adapted to her new enviornment, what drove her to leave a life she was comfortable with, and how would the people of a small town embrace an outsider. Lashell Collins expertly answered all of these questions for me, pulling me into Carly’s world, allowing me to experience a new world vicariously through Carly. I found that Lunar Falls and Carly became very real for me while I was reading this story. When the ‘real’ world forced me to put the book down for a bit, I found myself thinking about Lunar Falls and wondering how Carly was doing. Overall I liked her character, she’s intelligent and brave, but I would have liked to have seen her be a little less giggly and more secure in herself. Although that part fit in with what we know about her, and therefore stay trues to her character, I have a strong, personal preference for strong, intelligent, self confident women.
Carly wasn’t the only person I was intrigued by, I thought that the majority of the characters and their relationships with one another, were colorfully woven together creating a world that popped from the pages as it came to life word by word. By far my favorite relationship, other than Gabe and Carly, was Jessica and Joey. I was really rooting for them throughout! I found I was almost more interested in their relationship then Gabe and Carly, as I tried to figure out ‘will they or won’t they?’ I was curious to see how it was all going to work out in the end.
But back to Carly and Gabe, the main characters in this book. The chemistry they had was electrifying, to say the least. I could actually feel butterflies and goosebumps at different times as their attraction was slowly revealed. And Gabe was just hot, plain and simple!
He couldn’t stop himself from looking again, turning to his right and studying the back of her form from across the room. She was beautiful. Warm brown skin and big hazel eyes. Long raven hair that hung past her shoulders. And that scent! It was like the sweetest mixture of honey and spice roses, and he suddenly wondered if her flesh would taste just as sweet.
So much chemistry and sexual tension! The denial of their sexual attraction lasted just long enough to work me up, but not so long that I was bored with it! There was a good balance of tension and release…so to speak 😉
While I like hot sizzling sex scenes, and the first time they give into each other definitely fit into that category, I was disappointed with this encounter. The scene fit in with the information about Gabe and his animalistic nature, so I feel that their coupling was true to the nature of his character. That said, and this is my personal preference, I prefer sex scenes in which the woman’s pleasure is the man’s primary concern, even if he’s being dominant. I didn’t care at all for his treatment of Carly in this part of the book. I also felt that it had been established that he was an intelligent man, which to me would indicate that he’d be able to express himself in a way that would be less primal and more sensitive to her needs. By the end of the book she was able to understand the, “You are mine,” but I have to admit I just couldn’t get past this chauvinistic attitude. This didn’t stop me from enjoying the rest of the story, the sex scenes, or his alpha “I’ll take care of you” attitude, so take that for whatever it’s worth! I didn’t like it, but yet still responded in my own primal way to his he-man ways! Darn hot werewolf men!
The above aside, I enjoyed the flow of this book. I was actually a little surprised when it was over because I was so into it I hadn’t realized I had reached the end! I was relieved to find that there’s another book being released in January 2015. I’m eagerly wanting to know what happens next! Lashell Collins has created an intriguing world that realistically combines myths with modern life. Lunar Falls becomes a real place, with real people, and a real history. A place to visit again and again. She has left enough loose ends dangling that any one of them could be picked up to weave into yet another enticing story in the lush world of Lunar Falls. Many would lend themselves well to novellas…hint hint!
In conclusion, I thought this book was a well written, quick read, full of hot guys and sex, with a good storyline. I liked the werewolf mythology and felt that, even though I didn’t care for some of the character choices, Lashell stayed true to the characters’ natures. I will definitely be on the look out for Lies of Lunar Falls in January!
Author Bio & Links:
Lashell Collins is an American author of romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance. She spent the last twenty years of her life working in veterinary clinics and garden centers in her home state of Ohio, and is now living her dream of writing full-time. When she’s not busy tapping away on her laptop and living vicariously through her characters, she can usually be found watching TV, rocking out to Slash, stuffing her face full of Chinese food, or riding on the back of her husband’s Harley-Davidson. Give her a shout, she loves to hear from readers!