Black Hills Wolves Book 12
Human-wolf hybrid Darci Diamond spends every full moon locked in auntie’s basement in Southern Oregon. Her excruciating shifts terrify her, the last one causing her heart to stop beating. Seeking a cure, she journeys to Los Lobos.
Ross Luparell returns to the struggling Tao pack, using his millions made in the tech industry to build homes for pack families in need. He never imagined he would also find his one true mate. But when a hybrid with the biggest green eyes he’s ever seen lands on his doorstep in the middle of a wicked summer storm, there’s no denying it. She’s the one.
She wants a normal human life, free from pain-filled shifts. He won’t give up on her Wolf, and will do whatever it takes to help her accept her true nature. But can he convince her to trust him with her heart?
Dang this one damn near tore my heart out.
First Darci’s Aunt kept the message her father had written to her a secret until she graduated from college. I get she didn’t really know any better and wanted Darci to have a “normal” life. However, when Darci started shifting she should have given her the missive and traveled with her. Instead she fostered the hope that the shifting could be stopped and she could be a normal human. Now Darci thinks the shifting can be stopped if she seeks out the people in her dad’s letter. Little did she know that she would find her mate.
Ross is so sweet! He had no idea who was stumbling into his house during the violent storm. Darci completely took him by surprise, a delightful one. His mate sort of found him. A big surprise for him and me was when they were about to eat, one of my favorite scenes.
“Ready to eat? Burgers are done.” He piled the patties on a plate, collected the platter of fixings, and carried both to the table, setting them next to bowls of beans and slaw.
Darci sank onto a chair and slid a shiny purple laptop case next to her plate. “Thank you. Beans and coleslaw sound great.”
He sat across from her. “What, no burger?” He pointed at the beverages in the center of the table. “Water or coffee? There’s beer in the fridge if you prefer.”
“Water, thanks. And no burger. I, uh, don’t eat meat.”
He froze, his fork speared in the top burger on the pile. “Say what?”
She dropped a miniscule amount of beans and slaw on her plate while he gaped at her.
“But, how can you not eat meat. You’re a….” He bit back his next words. They hadn’t actually acknowledged their shifter identities.
“Wolf?” she finished for him.
He nodded. Good, he liked having the truth exposed. Would make it easier to segue into the and by the way, you’re my mate discussion. Later.
She poked at the slaw with her fork. “I never really gave the food thing much thought. My mom was human. My dad was a Werewolf. They died when I was six and my human aunt raised me. She’s vegan.”
“Sorry to hear about your parents.” Shitty way to grow up. He couldn’t imagine his life without the unconditional love and support of his parents.
“It’s okay.” She shrugged, a nonchalant gesture, but hurt glimmered in her eyes. “As a vegan, Aunt Jessica doesn’t eat or wear animal products. But she raised me vegetarian since she thought my Wolf side might need some animal protein.”
Ross snorted. “She was right.” He piled a meat patty, lettuce, and tomato on a bun. “No meat. It’s just contrary to the natural order of things.” Wolves hunt and eat what they kill. What did she do with hers? “You’re not supposed to play with the bunnies in the forest. You’re supposed to eat them.”
Diamond Moon (Black Hills Wolves #12) (Kindle Location 334-351). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Oh and Ross has a kitten, I love it, a wolf with a kitten! I did a lot of sniffling and outright crying while reading this one. I just didn’t want to put it down. I would love to see more of this couple in future BHW books.
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Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
She writes for Champagne Books & Decadent Publishing.