Moonlight – Lisa Kessler [Review]

MOONLIGHT is the first book in the Moon series by Lisa Kessler. This paranormal romance novel was published in 2013 by Entangled: Otherworld.



Moonlight cover Author: Lisa KesslerRancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.




The following review is from our old blog. I haven’t changed it, except my overall rating. Please keep in mind that this originally posted in 2014.

Jen’s Review of MOONLIGHT

During the Halloween season, I won Moonlight through a giveaway on Lisa Kessler’s blog. Then, not long after, I was offered a review copy of the third book in this series from Entangled Publishing. I went to Amazon and purchased the second book, so I could review the whole series. I’m running behind schedule, but I finally finished reading Moonlight. Reviews of books two and three will be following soon, I hope.

I was very impressed with Moonlight. It was the first book by Lisa Kessler I had ever read. My opinion now is that she is a great writer. The book was clean with very few errors or inconsistencies. The plot moved along nicely with a clear beginning, middle, and end. There is a great mixture of romance and action in Moonlight.

I liked a lot of things about this book:

  • The relationship between two different kinds of shifters was a nice change from the shifter & human relationships I usually read about
  • It kind of had a Romeo and Juliet type feel (without the suicide) because Adam and Lana had to keep their relationship a secret from his family
  • There is a constant threat to Lana; the danger doesn’t disappear once the romance comes into play
  • At the beginning of each chapter, the author tells you whose POV the chapter will be in
  • The characters waited until at least 30% into the book before falling into bed together. This was better than a lot of books I have read where they are all over each other in the first or second chapter.
  • The characters are well developed; they have interesting personalities and histories.

On the negative side, there were a few things I didn’t like:

  • The book included my second biggest pet peeve–a vehicle with a name. I’m so tired of this being in practically every book.
  • A few scenes didn’t seem to do anything to advance the plot.
  • Some questions were left unanswered.
  • In some places, emotions were told instead of shown to the reader.
  • I don’t particularly care for shifting POV in first person. I would have rather it have been in third person. If it had to be in first person, I would have liked for it to have been told from just one POV.


Overall, my likes outweigh my dislikes by far. I am happy I won this book. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Hunter’s Moon.

I recommend Moonlight to mature paranormal romance readers who like action and danger mixed in with the romance and sex.


I originally rated this book 4.5 stars. Because we don’t do half stars anymore, I’m bumping it up to 5 stars. I really did enjoy reading Moonlight.
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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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