Genre: Paranormal Romance – Werewolves
Published: May 7th 2015
by Anna Lowe
Source: ARC copy
Kyle Williams is a lone wolf just trying to settle in to a new skin. But when a brown-eyed girl from his past turns up, bloodied by a rival male, the instinct to protect overrides everything — including duty to his pack. He’s ready to risk everything for her. But what’s love, and what’s an illusion?
* A paranormal romance with adult content / 50,000 words. *
~ 4.5 Desert Fate Stars ~
“There’s more than meets the eye on Twin Moon Ranch, home to a pack of shapeshifting wolves willing to battle for life and love.” – The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch Series
Desert Fate is book three in The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranchby Anna Lowe. All the books so far can stand-a-lone. This was my first experience with this series and ALowe. She blew me away with her writing and captivated me with her characters.
I like reading about werewolves and I enjoy the different takes on how they can be portrayed. ALowe captivated me from the beginning to the end. I could not put this book down. I become so engrossed in her characters lives that I felt everything with them; when they were frustrated, sad, mad, hopeful etc… It’s such an emotional joining that Kyle and Stefanie take.
Stefanie had made a great life for herself, but things are ripped apart and her life has been turned upside down. She does not know what to feel, how to deal with what she is becoming or what that is, but something inside will guide her. I felt for Stef and her situation. Nothing was in her control and Kyle is the only thing that was keeping her grounded, but she does not fully understand yet why.
Kyle is a sexy alpha, strong, and has a good sense of justice. He was changed into a wolf not by choose and has found a niche in the pack, but still does not truly feel like Twin Moon Ranch is home. I felt for him. His frustrations, his fears, and hope that maybe Stef is that one and just maybe they can belong and make a home.
Stefanie and Kyle complemented each other completely and I loved how their relationship grew and changed from friends to mates. The chemistry between them was fabulously done. The plot was small, but significant enough to add tension for everyone and also shows us that not all packs are good.
The only thing I don’t like is no one is explaining fully what it is to be a changeling wolf and what the laws are. From what I understand women who are changed against their will, have very little chooses, if any, which makes it feel a little barbaric. This did not turn me off though.
Desert Fate was such an amazing read. I was captivated with the emotional journey that Kyle and Stef go through and how they finally found a place to call home. I can’t wait for more in The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch series. Paranormal romance lovers will enjoy Desert Fate and this series.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy free of charge from Anna Lowe with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
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“Just leave me alone,” she said, though her fingers were gripping him tight.
“You need help.”
“I need to be left alone.”
A memory kicked toward the surface from the depths of his memory. He’d said exactly those words when he first came to Twin Moon Ranch. Lucky no one had heeded him.
“Believe me, you need help.”
“No one can help me.”
He took in her matted hair, the dark lines under her eyes, and wondered how long she’d been on the run. He took a deep breath, reminding himself not to get too involved. He had to do a lot of that in his job. Usually, he could tune out, step back. But this time, his wolf was stirring, his nostrils flaring to catch more of that alluring scent.
He leaned in with a whisper. “I know what you are.”
He saw her eyes go wide and her body stiffen, though she tried to strike a nonchalant pose. She was proud, that was clear. Reluctant to show weakness. He knew the type; saw it in the mirror a couple of times a day. Or at least, the few times he bothered looking.
“And what am I?”
He looked at the colors swirling in her eyes, the inner wolf begging for release.
“You’re the same as me.”
Or what he’d once been; close enough. He’d made it through the Changeling stage and out the other side, becoming a true shifter, capable of changing from his human body to wolf and back.
He could see her weighing believing against fleeing and wished he could explain. Every human carried a second side deep inside, and hers had been awakened. If only he could just say it. Changeling.
But words would never convince her, so he held his tongue, afraid to spook her off. More afraid than he ought to be. Why did it matter so much?
It matters, his wolf growled.
Slowly, carefully, she reached a hand toward him. The woman had guts, that was for sure. He held his breath when she touched a single finger to his jaw, and the rush came again. Whatever strange energy she carried had jumped over to him and was spinning crazy laps around his body.
She tilted his chin up, examining his neck. A second later, she pulled away with an angry cluck.
“I don’t think we’re talking about the same thing.”
“We’re the same,” he insisted. It’s just that his neck wasn’t where he carried his scars.
The woman watched, wary, as he worked down the top buttons of his shirt and pulled one side toward his shoulder, exposing the four parallel scars. Claw marks, puckered and red even after all these years.
“A bite’s not the only way to turn someone,” he explained, keeping his voice steady even as memories roiled inside.
She stared, first at the scars, then at his face.
“Wolf?” she whispered.
He nodded, letting out a puff of relief. At least she hadn’t turned tail and run again.
“There’s someone we need to see. Someone who can help,” he said, tilting his head in the direction of his truck.
“How can anyone help?” The hopelessness in her tone made him ache.
He ran a hand through his hair; the sweat was already making it go stiff. What the hell should he tell her?
“I don’t know. But I know they can.” Somehow. He nodded toward the truck, wondering if she would follow.
But the woman had gone stock-still, gaping at him. What had he said? Kyle tensed, ready to grab her if she tried to flee again.
She didn’t run, though. In fact, she took a step closer, eyes swirling like a witch’s brew.
“It’s you,” she murmured, lifting a hand as if to touch his face.
He blinked, wondering if maybe she was on drugs, after all.
She nodded, a look of wonder replacing the raw distrust on her face. “It is you. Kyle. Kyle Williams.”
He rocked back on his heels, unsure what to make of this stranger who knew his name. Then something in his memory gave a sleepy lurch, and just like that, the woman wasn’t a stranger any more. The freckles, the tousled hair, those eyes… Take away the glimmering flecks, and the hickory color was one in a million. A melody kicked off in his mind, and there she was, his brown-eyed girl.
“Stef,” he managed. “Stefanie Alt.” He gaped a minute longer, trying to process it all. “What are you doing here?”
Her eyes asked him the same thing.
Anna Lowe is a teacher who loves dogs, sports, and travel – and letting those inspire her fiction. She spent a year working on an Arizona ranch, the inspiration for her Twin Moon Ranch paranormal series. The real-world ranch had decidedly fewer hunks, so she had to populate it with some hot shifters from her imagination.
On any given weekend, you might find Anna hiking in the mountains with her husband and young children or hunched over her laptop, working on her latest story. Either way, the day will end with a chunk of dark chocolate and a good read.