- Angela Colsin
- Release Date
- February 2013
- Book 1 of The Crucible Series
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance
When betrayed by his Alpha, Cade Hodgins takes the role in leading the Arkin City pack and begins his search for those responsible for his father's death. Information is hard to come by however—until a stray lupine wanders into his territory.
But Ashley Passmore is no ordinary stray. She's a newborn wolf, turned from being a human with no prior knowledge that lupines existed. Due to her blackouts, she can't recall who turned her or why, but Cade suspects her attackers may be the same as those who entrapped his father.
In the meantime, Cade takes Ashley in to help her regain control of her new life, and finds more than just a lead—she's his mate. But Ashley is adjusting to the new world she's been thrust into, making it uncertain she'll accept the growing bond between them, while those who turned her want to make sure she's silenced for good.
Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Sep 22, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
He is an alpha out for vengeance. His focus is on killing the shifter that murdered his father. She is brought violently and suddenly into his world. She has to adjust to her new life and the man that has captured her attention. Love adds a complication neither expected.
Cade took over as alpha of the wolf pack after his father was betrayed and murdered. He takes his responsibilities seriously but his main focus is on tracking the shifter who killed his dad. He gets little enjoyment out of life. He and his sister run a business and the pack keeps him occupied. A relationship is something missing from his life. When a fellow pack member discovers a newly made wolf, he agrees to help her make the transition to her new life. He never expects to develop such strong feelings for her.
Ashley just wanted some freedom. She was moving away from home and her controlling father when she was attacked. Her attackers kidnap her. When she escapes, she does not even remember much of what happened to her. Her new strength and out of control feelings scare her. The offer to have someone help her control the changes is her only option to live a life again. Cade is an attractive man but she has lived a sheltered life and is not sure what to make of her feelings for him. It seems like the wrong time to get involved but love doesn't often listen to reason.
This book offers a good mix of action and romance. Cade's mission to get vengeance is the driving force in his life, at least until he meets Ashley. Once they meet, it does not take long to realize that they share a common enemy. As an Alpha and a man that begins to love Ashley, he battles the desire to protect her and to use her to get justice for his father. Ashley is also conflicted by her feelings for Cade. She had a difficult relationship with her father and is not sure she wants a life controlled by another man. These concerns complicate their romance and add an interesting dimension to the story.
I prefer books where the author alternates between the points-of-view of the main characters. It helps me feel a connection to the character when I can better understand their thoughts. The author does a great job of developing the characters and really getting you into their heads. There is no rush to the romance but instead a steady build up of feelings. Their concerns and struggles feel real to the situation. I found myself invested in the story and eager to watch these characters find a way to be together.
I read a lot of paranormal romances and after awhile, many of them can feel very repetitious in terms of the characters and situations. But this author takes the time to develop multi-faceted characters. The alternate point-of-views that narrate the story help build a strong connection to the characters. The author makes it so easy to connect to the characters and really makes me want to spend more time with them. I am definitely interested in reading more books by Angela Colsin.
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Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Oct 12, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
This book was a hoot! Or should I say, a howl? *snicker*
Ashley is looking for a change. Of scenery, that is. But during a long drive south, she crashes her car and is attacked by a large strange wolf. Then, she gets a change that she wasn't looking for. The kind where her entire body shifts into a different species. You guessed it... a wolf.
Cade is still trying to find justice for his father's murder. He hasn't had much luck as he stays busy enough leading his wolf pack and running Blue Moon restaurant and bar with his sister. So when a member of his pack brings in a stray wolf, Cade is suspicious that Ashley may unknowingly hold the clue to finding those responsible for what happened to his father.
Cade has to keep her nearby in order to protect the town, and everyone in it, from Ashley while she learns to control her new abilities. But a close proximity leads Cade to realize that his wolf side is just as attracted to Ashley as his human side. Both want to get to know her better and keep her around. And once a wolf begins to bond with another, the path can only lead to one thing: marking of your mate.
Ashley cannot deny her attraction to the Alpha any more than she can avoiding shifting into a wolf. But becoming someone's mate is permanent. She has enough to worry about already, being stalked by the cruel wolves who turned her against her will. Becoming forever bonded to another wolf was not in her plan.
This book was a fun ride. I bonded (pun intended) with Ashley and Cade from the beginning. Watching their love blossom and grow was enjoyable and kept me turning the digital pages. It had steady pacing and dual plots as Ashley's transition was one plot and Cade's solving of his mystery was another, though the two plots intertwined. The romance was believable and the love scenes sizzled. I was thoroughly entertained.
I will, no doubt, continue reading this series to see what else Angela Colsin has to offer! Four stars!
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Book Review by Lilly (reviewer)
Jun 06, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
71 people found the following review helpful
The Crucible series starts off quite well, I must say. A book full of action that keep you hanging, BLUE MOON is also a story about acceptance and healing.
Our main characters, Cade and Ashley, meet at a perfect timing.
Ashley has been unwillingly created as a lupine, while Cade still deals with his father's murder and his new position as Alpha. Cade's father's killer is one of the guys that held Ashley prisoner and forced her to fight as a young lupine, for the other's amusement. Because of her blackouts, she cannot remember much, so they both have to get at the bottom of things and that will bring them closer.
Both characters are very well built, their feelings in different situations and their reactions seem normal. Ashley has to accept and learn how to control the wolf inside her. For a newborn, she shows a great deal of strength when it comes to her temper. But she has been welcomed in the pack with open arms by most of the other members. If only she could figure Cade out…
Our Alpha's struggle is more profoundly described. Maybe because he has to keep his emotions in check, be the leader and keep his pack safe at the same time. Ashley is nothing but a trouble bringer. She wakes up feelings, she shakes his apparent equilibrium. However, he cannot let a newborn run freely on his territory, right?
The relationship between the two evolves at a natural step. They both have to earn each other's trust, have to understand they can depend in one another. So, from a romance perspective, all is okay as well.
The author has created a world of supernatural beings, most of whom can be seen at the Blue Moon Bar. We have lupines, demons, dragons, witches and maybe even others. I liked how we were offered sneak peeks into the next stories and from what I could grasp, they will be at least as intense as this one.
I loved this book, I loved the characters, I would have wished for an ending much less rushed but except that, I cannot wait for the next books in the series!
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