Title: Wolf Moon
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Justin James
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
When college student Jack Coleman meets Derek Malone at a party, it’s mutual lust at first sight. Lies and secrets almost derail the relationship, but they face the problems head on, and it isn’t long before Jack and Derek decide to take their relationship to the next level. That’s when things get complicated.
It turns out Derek and several other people Jack thought he knew are werewolves… and so is Jack. In fact, his unusual birthmark brands him as a Chosen One, a werewolf of great power destined to be alpha. But Jack isn’t sure he’s cut out to be a leader. When a pack rival, Elias Fairchild, kidnaps Derek to force Jack’s hand, Jack has to make up his mind: Will he deny his newfound heritage or risk it all to save Derek’s life?
Wolf Moon is Ethan Stone’s take on shifters. As he is known for mysteries, so this one, of course, had a mystery slant. The mystery was a combination of old and new. Jack is the Chosen One, but there are people on both sides of the debate on whether “he” actually exists… not to mention the fact that he has grown up completely oblivious to this fact, being raised by human parents. There were part of the mythos that I questioned, but Stone did an admirable job sucking me in for the ride despite my questions.
This is one of Stone’s earlier works, and there are times it shows. He did a lot of telling, through time jumps and summaries, instead of showing. Also, there were some pretty major events that seemed to almost be glossed over. Jack was a more accepting of this huge life change than I would have expected, and it threw me for a bit. I appreciated that this wasn’t a case of fated mates and that Jack and Derek chose each other, but I felt Jack was pressured and coerced into forming a lifelong bond, again without any reaction. Also, he took to his unexpected role as Alpha almost too easily. Oh and of course there is my pet peeve of insta-love.
I enjoyed that, while Jack showed mercy to Elias, he didn’t always show that mercy just to remain a “good guy.” I would have expected just a bit more aftermath for the lives that were lost along the way, however. Yes, Derek takes some time to “get over it,” but this was another tell instead of show situation, so I was unable to feel the issues and loss.
We spent almost half of the book getting to know Jack, Derek, and all their friends as humans and not enough time understanding their world and roles as werewolves. While I enjoyed Stone’s take on shifters and would not turn down another story in the universe, I hope for a slightly fuller universe in future installments.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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