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review 2018-06-12 07:07
great book and great characters
Hunt the Moon - Kari Cole

Luke wondered who would have thought being Alpha would involve so much paperwork. A truck rumbled out of Townes Aviation. Luke’s cousin Dean barged into the conference room wearing his deputy sheriff uniform. Fifteen months ago four of their packmates including Dean's sister and Luke’s father were murdered. Then Dean said said they had another missing person - a human - Eric Conroy who was the county clerk. No one had seen Eric since he left work yesterday. Dean said he had a bad feeling and so did Luke. That was five missing now. Here they had a pack and the pack could find anything in their territory. Yet they  had found no sign of the logger who has been missing seven months or the two female hikers who had vanished a month ago or even the lifelong resident who sold all his land just after New Years Day and disappeared without a word to his three kids . Dean was Luke's Beta- or second in command in the pack. Luke added no one was to search alone including Dean. If someone or something was hunting in their territory he wouldn’t let his wolves be easy targets. Ressa came into her family business- Townes Aviation- Freddie was her mate. Dean and Ressa had been Luke’s best friends since they were kids. The responsibility of their home and care for it and the people who lived there weighed on Luke. His dad would have said that is what an Alpha does- the worries, comforts, manages and directs. And when that doesn’t work he knocks heads. Grief pounded at Luke at the thought of his father and the others they had lost. Luke won’t rest until each of the missing humans were accounted for in honor of his dad. Fury ate at Luke for not being able to find his dads and the others murderers. Within him his wolf snarled. Izzy felt Freddie was more than just another parentless kid who shared a foster home with Izzy. In every way that mattered Freddie was her brother. Freddie said Izzy was nothing but skin and bone and their foster mom- Abby- was a force of nature, a tidal wave that swampede people with her care. Lately Izzy couldn’t satisfy her bottomless pit of a appetite. Then Freddie said not to worry that they would fatter Izzy up before their mom Abby and dad Hank got there. Izzy had flown a Blackhawk in Iraq just like Freddie. Izzy loved flying , it was her on;y refuge , the one place where the memories and fears didn’t take over. Sometimes on the ground she lost the ability to breath , panic seizing her lungs. Izzy avoided crowds, and sat with her back to walls so no one could sneak up on her. Sudden and inexplicable anger would pound through Izzy’s viens.make her want to rage at the world. Nightmares woke her every night. That more than anything else terrified Izzy, because she knew what drove the constant craving.Freddie asked the last time Izzy had talked to a professional. He said between her childhood, the war…. Bess she needed to talk about things. But Izzy knew her problems went beyond PTSD or dead sister. Izzy knew the man was staring at her and she stumbled and the weight of his gaze set off a new kind of fluttering in her stomach. His body shook as he inhaled deeply - as if straining against an immovable force. The cop grabbed the man’s arm and got snarled at for his trouble. The man never took his hungry eyes off Izzy. She wanted to run toward him . Her whole life Izzy had hidden from werewolves now her brother was to  marry one. Izzy’s grandmother had brought her granddaughters up that werewolves were violent vile monsters even though their parents had been werewolves. Izzy had never shifted.Bess had shifted then killed the man. Luke was sucker punched by the sight and scent of something he hadn’t expected as his beast declared “mine.” His wolf tried to break free to take what it wanted. Then Luke smelled ehr fear and his instinct to protect her was nearly overwhelming as Freddie’s foster sister was Luke’s mate. Izzy now understood Freddie knew about werewolves and also cared for them. Everything in Izzy told her to run but she would not leave Freddie. Not once had he abandoned her or Bess, even when he should have. He got beatings from all sorts of bullies in defense of the “Freaky Twins.” Izzy had already failed her sister, she would not fail her brother. Izzy was a werewolf as was her sister Bess and Bess had committed suicide after she had killed a man and showed Izzy on Videochat and also when she killed herself almost three years ago. Izzy was starving herself with the refusal to eat meat. Caine set his cell phone down despite the wolf growling in his head as he refused to lose his temper. A forty something blonde haired woman looked down the hallway at Caine with a look of distaste on her face. Caine didn’t care someday soon she would outlive her usefulness and he would probably snap her skinny neck. Holt - Caine’s employer and pack leader said Caine looked annoyed. Caine killed for many reasons and enjoyed while he did. Caine never loved anything in his life except the hunt. Caine wanted to live in the world Holt was creating so he’d take orders.

I loved this book, it was a great action packed read. I loved how Izzy and grew in this book and finally accepted her wolfand all that went with it. I loved the relationship between Izzy and Freddie as well as Izzy and Abby and Hank.I also loved how Izzy and Luke interacted with each other. I loved izzy and Luke together. I loved the pace and the plot. I happily could find anything to criticize in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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review 2018-06-11 10:00
Release Day Review! Hunt the Moon (Marked by Fate #1) Kari Cole!
Hunt the Moon - Kari Cole



Who’d think to bring silver bullets to a wedding? When Isabelle “Izzy” Meyers arrives in Montana and discovers her human foster brother is marrying into the local werewolf pack, she wishes she’d brought an arsenal. Werewolves can’t be trusted, and Izzy should know…she is one. 


Luke Wyland never planned on becoming an Alpha. He’s still navigating how to protect the pack from the rogue threat that’s been hunting in his territory, claiming his father as one of their victims. Yet the moment Luke lays eyes on Izzy, something primal takes root. Finding a mate who wants nothing to do with him is a complication he doesn’t need, but letting Izzy go isn’t an option.


After a childhood marred by shifter violence, Luke is everything Izzy was raised to hate. So then why does being with him feel so intensely right? With a thinning pack to defend, Luke knows what he has to do: embolden Izzy to unleash her true nature—or risk losing everything. 


One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!


This book is approximately 95,500 words


Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Mackenzie Walton.


I just visited a brand new world by debut author Kari Cole. This promising new shifter world – Marked by Fate – is well developed with strong, enthralling characters that easily draw readers in and invite them to stay. Kari Cole brought her world to vibrant life with well written descriptions that made it easy to picture the each and every scene as it happens and made it easy for the readers to imagine they are part of the story.


The hero and heroine, Luke and Izzy, of the first book – Hunt the Moon – are easily connected to and have a strong electrical chemistry that sizzles from every page. Their romance is rocky and full of emotional turbulence since Izzy has a very troubled and disturbing past that tugs at reader’s heartstrings but makes Izzy fear Werewolves despite the fact that she is one. Izzy’s characters is definitely a troubled one and the author did a great job of showing readers the past that caused such emotional issues that readers can certainly understand why she is the way she is and it also shows just how strong Izzy is and Luke is sexy and all alpha but with a heart that clearly has what it takes to help Izzy overcome her past and move toward a happily ever after.


The plot is fast paced and full of twists that keep readers on their toes, lots of action to get the adrenaline pumping and lots of suspense to keep readers glued to the pages wondering what will happen next and that’s not to mention that the bad guys have quite a few surprises for this pack as well so there is never a dull moment to be found in this exciting and thrilling story.


I was fascinated by Izzy and Luke’s story and was captivated by the other characters in this pack as well, so I will impatiently await the release of Vaughn’s story – Touch the Sky - which will be releasing this fall.


Note: Hunt the Moon has explict sex scenes, memories of child abuse, references to rape.



Hunt the Moon

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39966033-hunt-the-moon


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The 1st book in the Mated by Fate series.

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/231920-mated-by-fate


#2 Touch the Sky will be released on September 17, 2018.

Carina Press - https://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488099540_touch-the-sky.html



Hunt the Moon is available in ebook at:


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Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CBNTSMW/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=hqnweb-20

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Website - https://www.karicoleauthor.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17982981.Kari_Cole


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review 2018-03-28 00:00
Fearless in Texas
Fearless in Texas - Kari Lynn Dell Melanie and Wyatt have a history. From acquaintances to enemies, attraction has always meandered in the shadows. Their issues reach the boiling point when secrets start to reveal themselves little by little. What seems complicated is relatively simple, if these fighters give up the battle and surrender to their hearts. Ms. Dell checks all the boxes for any romance lover. Tempting, engaging, feel good read.
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review 2018-03-14 23:02
Pretty Poison - Kari Gregg

Mamma mia... era davvero tanto tempo che non mi capitava di sputare veleno e sangue dopo aver letto un libro, non che non mi siano capitati tra le mani soggetti pessimi sotto ogni punto di vista ma questo... AHHH la furia e la rabbia che ho provato per tutta la lettura non riuscirò mai e poi mai a renderla per iscritto... ho provato un tale livello di indignazione e mi sono sentita così presa in giro che non so neanche da dove iniziare per sclerare malissimo e lamentarmi come una pazza. Ci ritroviamo di fronte una storia che poteva essere PERFETTA e ORIGINALE ma si affossa da sola fin da pagina uno. Ci ritroviamo nel ormai classico mondo fantasy popolato da sexy shifter ed è rarissimo in questo universo creare qualcosa di originale e degno di nota in quanto troppo spesso ci si riduce alla solita minestra indigesta solo arricchita di elementi random e personaggi inutili. Solitamente i canoni impongono un'alpha cazzuto, super sexy e muscolo, pronto a spaccare il mondo intero con la sua forza e virilità e un dolce beta/omega piccolino, delicato, super kawaii ma in questo caso... ci ritroviamo un protagonista tutt'altro che banale, Noah è uno shifter danneggiato, vittima di un incidente si ritrova costretto a passare la maggior parte della sua vita su una sedia a rotelle, il giovane è costantemente vittima di dolori che lo spingono ad assumere pesanti dosi di farmaci, suo malgrado si ritrova a vivere recluso e nascosto dagli altri lupi in quanto dopo il suo incidente questi hanno pensato bene di cercare di... ehm...sopprimerlo, molto gentilmente e delicatamente e così la sua famiglia desiderosa di proteggerlo si è rivolta a medici umani per guarirlo almeno in parte, creando allo stesso tempo una "barriera" per difendere il ragazzo dagli attacchi e la crudeltà dell'ex branco. Noah vive quindi una vita difficile e tormentata, una vita complicata in cui solo l'amore della sua famiglia riesce a dargli gioia e conforto. Un ragazzo quindi fragile, un bel personaggio, che si ritrova catapultato in un mondo nuovo e ostile nel momento in cui Wade, il nuovo alpha degli shifter di città, non solo si mette in testa di prenderlo come compagno (così a caso, neanche conoscendolo) ma anche di salvarlo e farlo tornare ad essere il lupo che è sempre stato, curandolo dai veleni e medicine della società umana.... una trama insomma delicata e interessante che poteva dare spunto a riflessioni profonde, critiche alla società umana che troppo spesso usa farmaci per curare anche solo un prurito a un dito, riflessioni morali sulla famiglia e il sacrificio, in quanto la famiglia di Noah ha deciso di lottare contro tutto e tutti pur di salvare un figlio che per la comunità dei lupi era morto, sulla lotta che ognuno deve compiere per alzarsi dal letto ogni mattina nonostante il dolore e la malattia, la difficoltà di avere a che fare con un handicap e un compagno "spezzato" ecc riflessioni che avrebbero potuto portare i protagonisti ad avvicinarsi pagina dopo pagina, a confrontarsi umanamente, con i loro punti di vista, quello di Noah, un ragazzo vicino al mondo degli umani e ormai inserito completamente nella loro società e Wade, un'alpha legato ai valori del branco e quindi più "chiuso" per tradizione...i due ragazzi potevano avere dei bei momenti, dolci, delicati e perché no... anche erotici ad un certo punto visto il loro legame di compagni predestinati, un viaggio che poteva essere un cammino di due persone verso la guarigione e felicità che è stato invece STRAZIANTE e RACCAPRICCIANTE! A partire dalla prima pagina. Troviamo un povero Noah che viene rapito crudelmente con il ricatto velato del "non è che devi venire con noi però.... non vorrei che il tuo papino e i fratellini si facessero la bua sigh sigh" un ricatto vero e proprio che Noah accetta per amore della sua famiglia, delle uniche persone che lo hanno amato e protetto senza chiedere nulla in cambio ma anzi sacrificandosi e vivendo in costante pericolo, Noah sceglie di sacrificarsi e... si ritrova prigioniero di un incubo degno di Stephen king. Viene rinchiuso in una stanza senza che gli venga detto cosa gli faranno, dovendo convivere con il terrore che l'alpha e gli altri lupi uccidano i suoi cari, viene costretto a mangiare per "nutrire il suo lupo", rinchiuso e senza la possibilità di parlare con nessuno a parte il suo alpha che gli viene a fare visita ogni morte di papa e Fletcher, il beta stronzissimo che lo tratta a pesci in faccia considerandolo quasi al pari di un moscerino, gli viene tolta la libertà di comunicare con il mondo esterno in qualsiasi modo non avendo neanche un telefono o un computer, gli vengono tolte le medicine e nessuno ha pietà di lui neanche quando si ritrova per terra a strisciare e chiedere aiuto, mi ha disgustato la scena in cui c'è un Noah che prega e supplica il beta stronzo e questi scocciato chiama l'alpha, senza che so, avvicinarsi e preoccuparsi di toccarlo o tirarlo su... Noah si ritrova a vivere in una prigione avendo come unico compagno il dolore persistente dovute al suo incidente e mancanza di medicine che la setta di lupi cura con frasi motivazionali "il tuo lupo è forte! Devi nutrire il tuo lupo! Le medicine umane sono il demonio!! Sei avvelenato, starai bene" con frasi raccapriccianti che ti spingono a vivere nell'ansia l'incubo di sto povero ragazzo. Wade che è il compagno di Noah è impassibile... non pensa a spiegare come un essere umano che NON vogliono ucciderlo o umiliarlo (per un quarto del libro il protagonista crede che l'alpha voglia violentarlo e poi disonorarlo, renderlo al pari di una prostituta nel mondo shifter così che nessuno lo tocchi più!!) che vogliono cercare di trovare una cura alternativa a quella umana per far tornare il suo lupo, farlo mutare e guarire grazie al potere del lupo, non gli spiega le cose come un essere vivente, si limita a tenerlo prigioniero, ad andare a letto con lui legandolo a se e obbligandolo ad accettare il tutto e giustificando la sua prigionia con un bel "Ma non è che sei prigioniero... è solo che devi stare 24 h su 24 nella stanza perché non voglio ti faccia male uscendo come un qualsiasi umano/lupo e questo perché tvb, tadb compagno mio <3" per il 50% quindi c'è il MALE... il male assoluto, la sindrome di Stoccolma più nera e perversa nella storia degli M/M con Noah così vittima che si autoconvince che il suo carnef...compagno sia nel giusto, che arriva a non chiedersi neanche più della famiglia e quando rincontra i suoi è al pari di una bambola con Wade che mostra orgoglioso il morso della sua prostituta preferita ai poveri parenti sconvolti... come se fosse un pezzo di carne e non il suo innamorato... la prima parte è disgustosa e la rappresentazione in terra del pessimo gusto... e poi... il peggio! Perché ci sono più abusi? NO perché finalmente c'è qualcosa di concreto che ti fa smadonnare contro le 100 pagine che hai appena letto! FINALMENTE viene spiegato qualcosa a Noah, viene spinto a parlare con una dottoressa che gli spiega le cose tranquillizzandolo, Fletcher diventa più docile e come un fratello, Noah viene trattato come un essere vivente e finalmente, al 84% Wade diventata un essere degno di stima nel momento in cui ammette di amare il compagno e la FAMIGLIA del compagno, di amare Noah a tal punto da rinunciare anche a eventuali figli, tutto pur di stare per sempre con lui... una cosa bella che cozza completamente con il Wade indifferente alle torture e che non si era neanche degnato di accompagnare l'amante dal medico lasciando il compito al suo galoppino... La seconda metà introduce anche nuovi personaggi tra cui Mia, la nipotina dell'alpha con dei problemi a parlare e comunicare, una ragazzina insicura e spaventata per lo zio... viene approfondito questo tema? Viene presentata bene? La vediamo aprirsi con i protagonisti? È Mia che porta i due amanti a comprendersi? Ma ovviamente NO! Viene presentata 3 secondi e poi... puff... sparita! Ahhh questo libro... mi ha turbato, non solo per la prima parte disgustosamente offensiva ma anche per la seconda che nonostante sia carina e dolcetta, quasi godibile cozza completamente con la prima! È come se veniste rapiti da Saw e questi dopo avervi torturati, umiliati, spezzati, ricattati...di colpo vi regalasse le caramelline e un castello di cuoricini, regalandovi parole d'ammmore... WTF? Come dimenticare il dolore e le umiliazioni subite? COME? Come si fa a passare da un Noah prigioniero e al pari di un carcerato/criminale in isolamento a tutti uniti e felici? Come?
Sono.... turbata... Noah sindrome di Stoccolma a parte mi è piaciuto perché si vede che ci pensa alle cose, che ama la famiglia, che vuole bene al compagno (Come? Perché?) che pensa al suo futuro, che ha paura di non poter mai più camminare ed essere un peso, che vive costantemente con questo peso... il sentirsi un peso... il suo personaggio è caratterizzato molto bene e mi ha stupito in positivo ma tutto il resto AHHH avrei voluto prendere a fiori in faccia (come sono buona e poco minacciosa <3) l'autrice! Perchè aveva tutto, personaggi spezzati che potevano muoversi e amarsi seguendo UNA LOGICA, un PERCORSO SANO, ci potevano essere bei momenti intensi, lotte interiori dei protagonisti, angst pesante perché ci stava benissimo con l'insicurezza di Noah e la posizione scomoda di alpha di Wade che si ritrova un compagno non accettato dal branco e debole... ci poteva anche stare lo smut ma in un contesto di hurt/comfort, qualcosa di profondo, qualcosa oltre al semplice sesso... poteva non essere per forza un amore romantico e dolcetto con i cuori ma qualcosa di crudo e pesante con il giusto happy ending, qualcosa che poteva far stare male i lettori per intensità dei sentimenti e delle situazioni e invece mi ha ferito... di disperazione, delusione e disgusto... sarebbe magari 2,5 stelline per la seconda parte ma non mi sento neanche di arrotondare a 3 visto che non ne vale la pena. Lo consiglio? Ma assolutamente no... se cercate solo lo smut, non lo troverete o meglio troverete scene erotiche tra una scena cringe e l'altra, se cercate la dolcezza e siete facilmente impressionabili... AIUTO preparatevi agli incubi che di dolce c'è solo la seconda parte ma vi sfido ad arrivarci, se volete l'angst violento... rimarrete delusissimi dalla seconda parte fluffosa perché proprio quando poteva partire la tortura fisica alla Ramsay Bolton.. olè di coccole e la seconda parte è fin troppo dolce e.... è deludente sotto tutti i punti di vista... non si salva praticamente niente ed è sconsigliato... ironicamente ci sono romanzi pwp.... più belli e meno offensivi di questo! Tenetevene alla larga che è meglio

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review 2018-03-05 12:48
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Weave a Circle Round - Kari Maaren

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I didn't like this book at all. I thought about abandoning the book pretty early on and those thoughts seemed to pop up over and over with increased frequency. I don't know why I just didn't give up on this book and move on to something that I would enjoy more but for some reason, I kept pushing myself to keep listening for just a little bit more. I do think that this is a book that some readers will really enjoy but it wasn't the book for me and I should have stopped as soon as I started considering it.

I found this book to be rather confusing at times. As I was trying to get into the book, I often found myself having to back up the audio to listen to sections again in an attempt to make sense of the story. Things happen that really make little to no sense and the story shifts time and place without a lot of explanation. There were times that multiple versions of the same character were in a scene which just added to the confusion. I had a hard time following the storyline at times.

I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters. Freddy, Mel, and Roland were the most likable characters in the book but I never really felt any kind of connection to them. Mel and Roland play large roles in parts of the book but are absent in a large portion of the story. Josiah and Cuerva Lachance were incredibly strange. Cuerva Lachance may win the prize for the strangest character that I have read in all of her various forms. Josiah was hard to trust and it always seemed that he was hiding important things from Freddy. Freddy was the main character of the story and while we spend a lot of time in her head I still didn't feel like I truly understood her at the close of the book. 

I did enjoy the narration. This was the first time that I have listened to Eileen Stevens and I thought she did a good job with the book. Honestly, her narration is probably the reason that I continued to listen to the book even when I realized it wasn't going to work for me. She did an excellent job with all of the character voices and her voice was very pleasant to listen to. I would not hesitate to listen to her narration again in the future.

I will not be recommending this book to others. There were parts of the book that I did like a lot more than others. I thought that the opening scene was well done and I generally liked all of the scenes with Freddy, Mel, and Roland a lot more than the parts of the book where the characters were twisting around in time. I do think that other readers may have a very different reaction to this book and may really enjoy it. I would say to give it a try if you think the concept sounds like something you would enjoy. 

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc. via Audiobook Jukebox.

Initial Thoughts
Let's just say that I didn't like the book. At all. The narrator was good and there were some parts that were more interesting that others but as a whole this was not an enjoyable experience. The book was confusing to the point that I had to keep going back over parts to try to make sense of them. I found sections of the book to be incredibly boring and I never cared about any of the characters. Pretty early on in the book, I did consider abandoning the book but pushed myself on. I think I thought about marking the book as one I couldn't finish about once every 15 minutes of listening but for some reason I forced myself to continue. (Note to self - if you are thinking about marking a book dnf just too it and save yourself some pain.) I am honestly just glad that I finished it right now so that I can move on to a book that I will actually enjoy.

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