Book Review – Black Moon by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Wolf Moon Rising #1
Publisher: FlickerFox Books
Pages: 333
Characters: Linden/Colt
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series

An apple a day won’t keep this doctor away.

Linden Grove has always known that he’s not destined to be the next pack alpha. That position belonged to his brother Aspen—but then Aspen left the pack to join the military. When the unthinkable happens and the pack is left rudderless, someone has to step up and take care of it. Can a doctor go from “do no harm” to defending his own with his teeth and claws?

Colt Doherty is used to a certain kind of life. Glittering, picturesque, and . . . empty. As the youngest child of the country’s only werewolf senator, Colt has grown up in the spotlight, and he’s all too used to knot-headed alphas taking credit for the work of others, especially omegas like himself. When his editor sends him to write a story on the Grove pack, though, he finds something completely unexpected: Linden Grove in his unpolished perfection, as shiny and sweet as the apples his pack are known for.

A Grove pack omega has been kidnapped, and someone has to step up. The pack needs Linden to fill his father’s shoes, but no wolf can stand on his own. To save the day, sheltered Colt has to drop the politics and become the action hero he never thought an omega could be.

Black Moon is an 90k word standalone novel featuring one fiery journalist, one doctor with an obsession for hand knit sweaters, and the sweetest apple pies on the whole eastern seaboard, all bundled up in a non-mpreg A/B/O universe.

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I’m already a fan of these authors, and loved the first book in this new series. The characters are interesting, the worldbuilding fabulous, and it has all the feels of a small town setting. I’m looking forward to see where they take this series, as it’s off to a great start.

I loved Linden and how he’s an alpha who defies the stereotype. He’s a sweet caring guy, and yet is also exactly what his pack needs to protect them. I love how fiery Colt is and how he doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone, even the local alpha who has the not so brilliant idea of using him in order to advance. He and Linden are well matched as they’ll both go that extra mile to protect those in need.

The supporting cast is great, and I particularly liked Claudia and Skye. I’m hoping Skye gets his own HEA. Claudia totally rocks in every scene she’s in. Although Skip is an arse, I kind of hope he sees the light and becomes someone decent. I’d love to see more of Rowan, Linden’s brother too. Brooke also needs a HEA. He’s been through enough and needs a break. Linden’s encounter with Colt’s family was brilliant, and I love Colt’s mother.

I liked the take on an ABO world in this story, and the politics that go along with it. The Condition is a twist in the story, and I like that the wolves are out to the humans, yet having issues without the usual balance between alphas and omegas. I particularly liked how the omegas keep the alphas in check, and that they are reliant on them. I thought that was another good twist in the worldbuilding.

I enjoyed the story with its mix of romance, drama, politics, and action. It kept me turning pages and needing to know what happens next.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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