As an alpha wolf, tattoo artist Derek Lowell won’t ever be called laid back. He’s a natural born leader and protector and when a terrified omega is dragged into his shop for inking, all of those instincts kick into overdrive. Ethan is a scared and abused omega whose obnoxious alpha fails to recognize the man’s true worth. When Derek frees Ethan and takes the frightened omega under his protection, he isn’t sure what will happen next, but he knows Ethan is meant to be his.
Ethan can’t remember the last time he was safe or that anyone actually cared for him. But Derek offers sanctuary and the kind of love that Ethan has only dreamed of. His old pack won’t let him go without a fight, though, and Ethan will have to find the courage to confront his past if he and Derek have any hope of a future.
Hunter’s Moon is the first in a series following three alpha triplets and, as a series, it’s off to a bit of a rough start. Hunter’s Moon struggles with its plot and its characters and often reads as sex for the sake of sex. And if that’s what you’re looking for, then great! But I wanted something with more bite.
The trope of fated mates pops up here, though even for instalove it moves insanely fast. Ethan goes from being a deeply abused man to wanting sex with Derek in almost the blink of an eye. By doing so, it completely undermines the trauma that Ethan has endured and it almost makes a flippant point of it. There’s very much the idea that the right man and good love will fix everything here. But when it comes to sexual abuse and essential imprisonment, I think a more serious approach should have been considered. Neither Ethan nor Derek seem particularly well crafted and feel like little more than sex dolls, lacking in real purpose and never achieving meaningful growth as individuals.
The antagonist, such as he is, is little more than a caricature and never poses any meaningful threat to Ethan once he’s under Derek’s care. As a result, most of the book is just a series of sexual interludes between Ethan and Derek with some kink thrown in for good measure. So Hunter’s Moon ended up feeling very hollow and missing meaning to me.
I think if you enjoy plenty of sex in your books, then Hunter’s Moon might be for you. I certainly don’t mind sex, but I want my reading to have some kind of substance to it as well and I didn’t find that here. The characters are weakly rendered and the plot focused so much on the physical side of Ethan and Derek’s relationship that nothing truly emotional or profound has a chance to take root. I’d recommend giving this one a pass.