Release Day Review ~ Running with the Moon by Kiernan Kelly
Title: Running With the Moon
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Category: Paranormal: Werewolves/Shifters
Dae has worked hard to fit in among humans, and if his secret gets out, he’ll lose everything. His veterinary assistant, Sean, might be just the man to stand with Dae… against Jack and the world.
Heart of the Wolf
What happens when a veterinarian ends up a patient in his own animal clinic?
Dr. Dae Anderson needs to lose the deadbeat boyfriend who is holding him back, but Jack is determined to hang on to Dae—even if he has to resort to violence.
Courage of the Wolf
The most painful changes don’t involve the shape of the body, but of the heart….
Just as Dae and Sean are settling in to life as a couple, Dae is contacted by his brother, who still lives with his former pack and who exiled him for being gay.
If he refuses to return to Wyoming, a sociopathic alpha will slaughter Dae’s family one member at a time. And deep down, Dae knows he must confront his past before he can truly have a loving future with Sean. First, they have to stay alive.
First Edition of Heart of the Wolf published as Change of Heart by Torquere Press, 2007.
First Edition of Courage of the Wolf published as Change in Attitude by Torquere Press, 2011
This is the story of Dae, a veterinarian and wolf Shifter, and his veterinary assistant Sean, who loves Dae with all his heart yet keeps it to himself because of Dae's tumultuous relationship with his cheating drug addict ex-boyfriend. When Dae is hurt on a run and ends up in his own clinic, he is forced to reveal himself to Sean. To Dae's surprise, Sean doesn't turn his back on him and instead the two discover they were made for one another.
Unfortunately, things are never simple and Dae's ex isn't ready to give up his free ride. He's in trouble and the only one who has what he needs is Dae. He'll do anything to come out ahead and if he needs to get rid of Sean in the process he doesn't care.
This is an easy, fast-paced read. There wasn't a ton of substance here but you get the picture pretty quickly. Since this is only part one of the book everything gets wrapped up pretty quickly without a ton of focus on the relationship between Sean and Dae. It seems we'll get more of that in part two.
Dae has to go home for the first time since being thrown out of his pack for being gay over a decade ago. His family turned their backs on him and now to be going home and introducing them to Sean, his human Mate, he's apprehensive. It's unavoidable, though, because Dae has to find out what's been happening to the pack and help his little sister who was brutally attacked.
This part of the story had a much more serious feel to it. I definitely enjoyed it better and found myself invested in the outcome of Dae's visit, the inevitable confrontation with his ex Alpha and what his relationship with his family would become. It's sad and at times made me mad but in the end I enjoyed it. There were some points that I could see potential for further stories if the author chose to write a sequel and I'd definitely check it out.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*