Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he's hired by the "Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe". One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within...
A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control
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By Lisa Kessler, Liz Pelletier
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"Look Ben, we've been over this, my buyer is not paying for the upgrades. The inspection report is clear. It's your client's responsibility to have the addition up to code."
The realtor gave it one last push, but I wasn't budging. I'd already had my agent print out five new listings. We could find our buyer a new property. First rule of negotiating was to be willing to walk away.
"I'll give you forty-eight hours. If your client is still unwilling to make the repairs, then I'm terminating this deal."
I set my cell phone aside and stared out at my worn deck. I was beginning to think the carpenter might never leave.
Through my French doors, he tugged his tape measure out again, jotted some notes, and then checked the horizon. From this safe distance, I could admit he was easy on the eyes. Kind of a tan, working man's version of Hugh Jackman in a tool belt. Not a bad view.
Jared Ayres came highly recommended for his custom carpentry and woodworking, and my deck needed all the help it could get. The sun reflecting off of Lake Tahoe made it tough to keep the wood protected, and another coat of stain and sealer wasn't going to cut it this time.
Speaking of time, Charlie would be out of school in twenty minutes.
I opened the door. "Excuse me. I've got to leave soon. Are you almost done?"
He nodded and hooked the tape back on his belt. "Just about."
"Perfect." I closed the door and went into the kitchen for a glass of ice water. I poured a second one just in case my contractor was thirsty. Anything to save time at this point.
Finally, the door opened and he stepped inside. "I've got an estimate for you."
He waited on the other side of the bar, notepad in hand, and I froze. Up this close, his bright hazel eyes gripped me. I cleared my throat, breaking contact, and placed the other glass in front of him.
"Thank you." He took a quick swallow and turned his pad around for my inspection. "Here's what I'm seeing for the new deck."
His drawing was stunning and detailed, nothing like the chicken scratches most contractors turned in on my real estate deals.
"You're angling it?"
He nodded and pointed outside. "It'll cost a little more, but if we build it out an extra eight feet and then angle to the north, you'll have a perfect unobstructed view of the sunsets at night."
I tapped the drawing. "I'm impressed."
He chuckled. "Good, because it's not going to be cheap."
Flipping the page over, he showed me his math in figuring the estimate. Pricey was putting it lightly, but as the top commercial and residential broker in the Tahoe area, I could write a check without feeling too much of a pinch.
"Can I get back to you on this?"
He slid a card across the counter. "Yeah, give me a call when you're ready to get started, or if you come up with questions."
"I do have one question. Will you be able to finish before the snow settles in?"
The corner of his mouth quirked into a half smile. "That would depend on how long it takes for you to say yes."
"Excuse me?" My pulse jumped. Was he flirting with me?
He raised a brow. "How quickly you approve the bid will determine if I can get it finished before it starts snowing. We're already into the first week of October, so if you don't want to wait until spring, I need a decision very soon."
Maybe the flirtation had been in my head. I crossed my arms. "Then I'll be in touch."
"Perfect." He tore out the pages from his pad and laid them on the granite countertop. "I look forward to hearing from you."
He reached out his hand. I stared at it, and then up into his disconcertingly bright eyes. "I don't like to be touched."
"Okay." He lowered his hand, confusion plain on his face.
"Germs. You understand."
He raised a brow and nodded, plainly not understanding. Not that I cared. It was best for anyone who came in contact with me to know the limitations of our relationship immediately.
They didn't need to know it was for their own protection.
"My number is on the card."
"Perfect. Then I'll be in touch."
"I look forward to it." He smiled. Not a fake, I-wish-I-never-had-to-deal-with-you-again business smile, but a genuine, warm grin.
Something unfamiliar bubbled inside me. He tipped his head, respecting my boundaries while avoiding another awkward non-handshake, and walked out.
I held up his drawing, envisioning the custom deck overlooking the clear water of Lake Tahoe. I could've said yes on the spot. His idea for angling the space to view the sunset was inspired. I'd worked with plenty of contractors over the years. But this one had vision.
Not that it mattered. I'd still make him wait. I didn't keep my reputation for being a cold-hearted bitch by writing checks without bargaining first. My savings had enough in it to put Charlie through Harvard because I never took the first price offered. Once we agreed on a better discount, I'd pull out my checkbook.
I waited in my opalescent Cadillac Escalade outside of the elementary school as the children trickled out. Finally, Charlie wandered toward me with his backpack tight on his shoulders. He jogged to the SUV and opened the door.
"Hi, Mom." After tossing his books in the backseat, he twisted forward and clicked on his seatbelt.
"How was school?"
"Fine. I have homework in math, and vocabulary words, and a project for science." He paused, lowering his voice. "Could you help me on the science project?"
I pulled out of the parking lot, my hands tightening on the wheel. "That's what we have Lorna for." I shouldn't have picked him up. It always made him wish for things we'd never have. "I only came to get you today because Sherri was sick, remember? I've got lots of work I need to get done."
"I know." He nodded and stared out the window. "I just thought ..."
Thought his mother had a heart. Poor kid. I rubbed my chest and adjusted my seatbelt. What was left of my heart after his father had ripped it out died the day Charlie's twin brother did.
I stayed alive for my son, but I'd stopped living a long time ago.
We pulled in the driveway and his tutor, Lorna, opened the door. I stifled a sigh of relief. She was a retired teacher and thought the world of my nine-year-old. She was also a hugger, which was a perk for my little boy.
He raced out of the SUV and clung to his tutor and substitute grandmother. His real grandmother didn't even know he existed. For all I knew, she could be dead. My boarding school had housed many orphans. When my parents sent me away, I used to imagine I might be one, too.
Funny how life turned out sometimes.
I yanked his backpack from the backseat and walked it over to him. "You forgot something."
He took the bag and stood tall the way he should. "Thank you, Mom."
"I've got to go back to work. You be good."
"He's always a good boy, Taryn."
Lorna was the only member of my staff to call me by my first name. She'd been my first friend when I relocated to Tahoe as an ambitious single mom with a new broker's license.
I headed for the Escalade. "I'll be back to make dinner. Sherri's sick."
"All right," Lorna called.
When I got in the driver's seat, they were already inside the house. My pulse settled back into a normal rhythm. Only a few more years, and Charlie could go off to prep school. Life would be much simpler then.
I wiped a stray tear from my cheek and grumbled. This was the only way to protect him.
My office buzzed with activity. As the broker and owner of the firm, I not only worked my own deals, but I oversaw three real estate agents under me and two property managers.
And my new community relations manager.
Madison was fresh out of college with a bright future. Her bubbly personality collided with mine regularly, but I recognized the importance of bringing in an outgoing person to interact with the community and keep our name at the front of their minds. Referrals were our lifeblood. Madison brought them in.
"Ms. Goldstone, I have my budget for the Masquerade ready."
The Masquerade event. Halloween. Great.
"Can you email it to me?"
"Already did." She beamed, and I struggled to cling to patience. "But I wanted to discuss a couple of particulars with you."
She nodded. "Yeah. I've heard in years past that the company has sponsored events, but not really attended them."
"I always assign agents to go to our functions."
She raised her brows and gave a slow nod. "Yes, but that's not what I mean."
"Okay, how about cutting the subtlety and just tell me what you need."
"I want you to attend the event." Her unflappable grin was back in place.
"Me?" My eyes widened. "Why? That's a terrible idea. I hate those things."
"But you could fake it for a night." She plopped onto a chair across from my desk. "This is your business. Your name is on it. You should be there."
"I disagree." I shook my head. "I'm not going."
"Real estate is about people and relationships, that's why the reps have their pictures on signs and business cards. The residents here need to see you and feel like you're involved in their city. That's how you build customer and community loyalty. We're not the only ones moving properties up here."
I sighed, narrowing my eyes. "I'm well aware of that, and I have built a reputation for being tough, but fair. Dressing up for a Halloween party isn't going to help."
Her smile faded. "This would be the event of the year, and if you went, and people met you, and saw you having fun, they'd be the first ones to pick up the phone and call us or tell their friends." Her voice tightened, not quite whining, but close enough. "It's just one night."
"I don't know how to say this ..." She stared at her hands in her lap. "But some people whisper that you're ..."
"The Ice Queen?" Her jaw dropped as she snapped her head up. "Trust me. I don't care what they call me as long as they pay."
Madison sighed. "But your name is on the building. It's not good business to have people associating it with someone who might be ... difficult." She blinked big puppy dog eyes up at me. "This party could go a long way to improving your image, and ensuring that our phones are busy."
I rolled my eyes, shaking my head. "Fine. If you think it's that important for the business, I'll go, but I'm not being an emcee or anything."
"I'll prepare a little welcome statement for you to read to kick off the event. It'll be easy peasy."
She bounced out of my office, and I stared out the window. I couldn't possibly go to the party, but I could call in sick that day. Madison would pull it off without me.
That's what I paid her for.
After a few phone conferences, and a visit from a client considering the possibility of renting out their place next summer, I sat back in my chair. The sky was painted in oranges and purples as the sun settled lower on the horizon. Sunsets were gorgeous up here where the air was clean and crisp.
It was going to be an amazing view from my new deck.
I plucked the carpenter's card from my bag, turning it over and over with my fingertips.
"Night, Ms. Goldstone. You're the last one out."
I glanced up at Ray. "Thanks. See you tomorrow."
He nodded and walked away. The front door buzzed behind him. I picked up my desk phone and punched in Jared Ayers' number.
"This is Jared."
"Hi. It's Ms. Goldstone with the deck?"
"I know who you are. What's up?"
His deep voice carried a smile. I closed my eyes, wishing I wasn't picturing his face.
"I need you to knock a few dollars off the labor on your estimate so we can move forward with this project."
He was quiet for a moment. "I gave you a fair price."
"I'm not saying it wasn't fair, I'm asking you to discount the labor a little bit."
He sighed. "Look, I'm the best damned carpenter in the state, so if you want to save money, call someone else. I work hard and run an honest business, and I expect to be treated the same." He cleared his throat and added. "Thanks for calling, Taryn."
The line went dead. My jaw fell. I wasn't sure what threw me more, the fact he wouldn't drop his price, or that he called me by my first name. It wasn't like my name was a secret, but most people took my hint and kept our communications formal. Distant.
I hung up the phone and stared at it. He turned me down. I wasn't asking for free, I wanted to negotiate. Who did he think he was?
I snatched up the receiver again and hit redial.
I ground my teeth. My name had no business sounding so good when he said it. "We're not friends. I'm Ms. Goldstone."
"Is that what you called about?"
"Then what's on your mind?" His truck engine revved in the background.
"I want to know why you're not being flexible on your labor costs. It's a simple business transaction. I'm not asking you to do the work for free."
"And I'm worth every penny I asked for."
I tangled my fingers in the phone cord. "I always negotiate."
"And I always give a fair price the first time around."
Heat smoldered, burning in my belly. Oh god. Not now. I closed my eyes, forcing myself to slow my breathing. "Fine. Can you be at my house tomorrow?"
"Sure. I'll get the lumber ordered and start demolition in the morning."
"And it's Ms. Goldstone."
He groaned. "I pull on my pants one leg at a time, same as you. I'm Jared and you're Taryn. I don't need this job as much as you need it done."
I gripped the handset tighter, eyes still closed. "Tomorrow at ten a.m."
"I'll be there."
After replacing the phone on the receiver, I slowly opened my eyes. Fog lined the window, and the office A/C kicked on.
I'd need to be careful around Jared Ayers. For all our sakes.
I placed the plate of macaroni and cheese in front of Charlie and moved to sit at the other side of the table. "Did you get your project done?"
"Almost." He poked at the pasta. "Miss Lorna said we can finish tomorrow, but if you helped ..."
"Wish I could." And I did. "But I've got to get the deck cleared off tonight. Tomorrow the carpenter will be here to take our old one down."
Charlie peeked out the French doors. "Will it look the same?"
"It's going to be even bigger and he's going to angle it so we can watch the sunsets better without the trees in the way."
Charlie munched his food. "Can I help?"
He pointed his fork toward the door. "The deck."
My eyes widened. "No."
"Why not?" He grumbled, "I'm not a baby anymore. Is this because of my scar? I don't even remember getting it. I'll be real careful, I promise."
That damned scar. His entire right forearm was burned, the skin still pink and shiny smooth, a forever reminder that I should keep my distance.
"I know you're bigger now." I took a sip of water, collecting my thoughts. "But you've never used the tools. It's dangerous. I won't let you get hurt again." I set the glass down. "I'm serious, Charlie. No going out back until the new deck is ready."
His head drooped toward his plate. "Fine."
We finished dinner in silence.CHAPTER 2
Kilani brought beer out to the grill for Jason and me. "How are the kabobs coming?"
"Thanks." Jason leaned over to kiss her cheek. "Maybe another five minutes."
They'd gotten engaged a couple weeks ago. Good to see my brother so happy, but tough not to be a little envious. He'd found his mate.
I'd had plenty of relationships over the years, but being a werewolf, I'd never experienced the connection of my one true mate. Chosen by fate, recognized by the wolf inside.
When I pondered the slim chances of me actually finding this one woman ... I didn't like to think about it. "Got a new job today. Should be a good one."
"Oh, yeah?" Jason grabbed the tongs and started turning the teriyaki chicken kabobs again. "What is it?"
"I'm building a custom deck up in Tahoe for Taryn Goldstone."
He raised a brow. "The Ice Queen? You've heard about her, right?"
I chuckled and took a swig of my beer. "Who hasn't?" I shrugged. "I don't know. She didn't seem so bad. She did call this afternoon to dick around with me on my price though."
"Did you give her a discount?"
"Nah." I shook my head. "You know I don't play those games."
"I bet the Queen didn't like that."
"Probably not, but tough shit. I still got the job."
He clicked the neck of his bottle to mine. "Cheers, brother. I hope you won't be kicking yourself later for taking this one."
I took another swallow, staring into the fire. Something about Taryn Goldstone had surprised me. I'd heard the stories about her tough negotiations, her unbending will, and her reputation for getting her way, but when I got to her place, she hadn't looked so formidable. First off, she was younger than I'd pictured, with long red hair, tied up tight on her head, and dark, shadowed blue eyes.
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Ok, so I admit to continuing to stalk this author and her publisher looking out for when the next book in this series will be available - and then I get in as quick as I can to get a copy to read! Considering the number of books I've been reading lately, that should be a great indicator of how highly I appreciate the whole series and this is another great addition to it. Jared is the member of the pack who is the star of this story. He became a carpenter after traumatic events in his past, leaving his twin to become the doctor he also originally intended training to be. He's been hired to help a local realtor, Taryn Goldstone, to carry out home improvements. She's nicknamed the "Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe" and usually avoids any physical contact with anyone - including her young son. When Jared and she touch, it is like lighting a flame. It turns out she's a psychic who burns everything around her when out of control. She's so scared of her own ability, she's largely isolated herself to protect everyone she cares about. Jared, however, knows she's his mate and is determined to help her gain control of her gifts and to make her his. Unfortunately, Nero are not far behind, coming for her again and her young son has a secret she hasn't yet discovered, too . . . . Superb - the historic involvement of Nero and the pack revelations (no, not telling you what) are definitely unexpected! A new gifted psychic, another threat to the pack and another romance, wow, what an action packed story! I couldn't put it down . . . . the characters may well be paranormal and highly talented but their interactions, emotions and lives are portrayed in a brilliant manner, suspending disbelief to take the reader on their journey through life, complete with all the drama, turmoil and love that goes with it. I'm so happy to have been able to read an ARC of this, thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to do so. Only problem now is I can't wait for Blue Moon, the sequel, to be released, too, so the stalking will continue! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this (and the other books in the series) to anyone who enjoys to read a mix of genres, including an on-going thriller, suspense, romance, paranormal and mystery, too, in a superbly crafted story where the novels do follow on and add to the developing saga but may also be read as a standalone.
This is another one where it is partway through the series, and I haven't read any of the previous books. However, although I would recommend reading these books in order, this is only so that you gain the maximum benefit from the stories. There were some parts, usually involving Brightwood and/or Nero, where I was a bit lost but that was with the overall story arc, not affecting THIS story. Taryn has a psychic gift that can harm and kill. An event happened when she was younger, and it has left her afraid - of herself, of her gift and of hurting others. This means that she leads a very lonely life, by choice, where she keeps everyone at a distance, even her son. As her story becomes clear, it is completely understandable why she reacted the way she did, and her character takes on a whole new side. Jared is a werewolf carpenter with his own issues. He is content with his life, and works around his phobia the best he can. He quotes on a new deck for Taryn but can't figure out the scent of werewolf he can smell in her house, when she is completely human. As these two slowly get together, things hot up - in more ways than one. The main thing that I loved about this book is that although we have the insta-mate thing going on, they move very slowly, learning about each other and figuring out ways to be together without hurting the other one. Of course, there is the usual chaos, controversy and miscommunication. A wonderful story that can be read as a standalone. Well-written, with a smooth pace, and few grammatical errors. Definitely recommended. * I received this book from Entangled Publishing / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
I don’t know what Lisa Kessler is doing, but I will take a guess and say she was successful in making me enjoy reading first person narration titles or just her books. In The Moon series titled Ice Moon. Jared Ayers; Jason oldest brother and a werewolf, have to find a way to break through his mates “Ice Queen” persona. When Jason touched Taryn his wolf claimed her as theirs. Taryn on the other hand has to cope with her gift of pyrokinesis. At any time she could set something or someone on fire without even meaning to. She done it before, with dire consequences she has been trying to overcome some nine years later. And So the façade of “Ice Queen” was born. She doesn’t like the title but it keeps innocents from getting hurt mainly her son and Jared. Ice Moon had you cheering for these too, especially for Taryn because she lived the ultimate isolation from her son, she couldn’t touch him for nine years, distancing herself but loving him from afar. Until one day she met Jared. She tried to keep him at a distance like the others in her life. But like the old saying goes “Time heals all wounds” and if it doesn’t fate must step in to give it a swift kick into overdrive. Ice Moon, I really enjoyed reading and can’t wait for the next book in this series.
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review. Book 5 in the Moon series and up to this point it has seemed like the action was really ramping up. So Kessler changed the tune and really hit us in the feels. Dang but Taryn has had a hard row to hoe. And meeting Jared just doesn’t initially make it any easier. Fortunately for her he’s a hottie who knows what he is doing (when he isn’t being a bonehead with testosterone poisoning), and fortunately for us, this is romance so we know we’re going to get that happy ending. It is a good installment. We’ve got wheels within wheels conspiracies and counter conspiracies. We have both an adorable plot-moppet AND a plot-pet. Both too cute for words. I shouldn’t really call them that, both characters are integral to the plot and not merely sops for cuteness. And we have a rugged, sensitive, rough-tough-cream puff for a hero. And then there’s Taryn, who for some reason reminds me of a Nalini Singh’s Ashaya from Hostage to Pleasure. I’m still intermittently struggling with the alternating first person POV, it didn’t suck me in quite as well as it did with Gareth and Nadya (those two are still my favorite couple), but I do enjoy getting to be in both people heads throughout their courtship. How’s that for contrariness? But seriously, I think that you get a much richer sense of both characters this way, it is just that spending so much time in both characters heads has a tendency to slow the pace of the story down and, for me at least, the action. But that is a personal preference, as any long time readers here know, I tend toward more action-adventure Bruce Willis-esque stories. As for the plot of this particular book, we took some strange and interesting turns, we’ve got some insight into multiple characters, and a pretty exciting conclusion to this books’ individual story arc. Though the overall series arc seems even more shrouded in mystery than ever. It is hard to say much more than that, since this is a series that definitely adds up, but suffice it to say I can absolutely see where the showdown is coming from. But even with the small lags I mentioned, I find this series addictive. I like the characters, and I really love how the author is building up to a completed and cohesive story arc. This is the sort of thing you can easily binge on. 3.5 stars and I am eagerly anticipating the next one in March, bot because I am super curious who our hero is,and because it puts us that much closer to Book 8-the finale and the amoral hero that I love and love to hate. https://burnsthroughherbookshelf.wordpress.com/?p=1331 3.5 stars
Ice Moon is a fantastic addition to the already great Moon series. Ever wonder why Jared dropped out of Med school? Maybe it was fates way of putting him in the way of Taryn Goldstone the "Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe". Taryn has a frightening gift, pyrokinesis, of which she doesn’t have complete control. She has a young son that she accidentally burned and has since kept everyone away one way or another. She has never met anyone like Jared, nor is she likely to. One inadvertent touch and Jared knows she is his mate now he just has to find a way to convince Taryn and find a way that they can touch without going up in any but metaphorical flames. This is a terrific fast paced keep you in your seat type of read. Sit down. Strap in and enjoy. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
I loved this book. The story line was exciting and all the characters were well-developed as well as very likable. I liked Jared and Taryn's couple. I also like the irony behind her "Ice Queen" nickname when it was actually her ability to ignite fire that kept her aloof. It was a very engaging book from the very start. I like paranormal romance and this is definitely going among one of my favorites.
Ice Moon, Lisa Kessler Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy. I’ve loved this series but did feel the last book felt a little slow, but for me this is back on track. Doc Jason’s twin Jared is the subject here, and when he meets Taryn Goldstone about a new contract, some decking at her house he realises she’s his Mate. Taryn has issues though, as a Psychic with fire-starting talents she’s scared of hurting people so closes herself off. She adores her young son Charlie, but never touches him, never hugs him for fear of burning him. Her talent seems to be allied with strong emotion and she doesn’t have control, so avoids letting her emotions out. That’s why she gets nicknamed The Ice Queen. As we get to know more of her and Charlie we can see she’s just in the right place, just where she needs to be, guided there by an unexpected source. The shocks and connections keep getting stronger, and I can see how the Pack is amassing people with the skills they’ll need if and when there’s a final head to head with Nero. As well as keeping her Pyro-kinesis a secret Taryn knows nothing of werewolves, so Jared has a hard task in front of him. He learns about her problems by accident and of course then he’s waiting for the right moment to tell her about himself. Its not only him he needs to tell her about too....Of course as always Nero are looking out for those with skills they can utilise, and they don’t ask politely but will use anything to force people to them. Jared needs to protect her and Charlie but how to protect someone when you can’t tell them everything yet, as they’ll think you need locking up. He has a plan to show her its all real but until then his family agree to keep it secret. What happens with those though? Yes, they always get released at just the wrong time! There’s love and heated (!) emotions here, dangers once more from Nero, problems to overcome for not just Taryn but Jared too, and a wonderful boy, Charlie, to protect! Its a great read and one I really enjoyed, kept me gripped right through. . Stars: Five, a great instalment to the series. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, so I can make future reviews more helpful.
Taryn's life has been so lonely because of her gift, that she has developed a reputation of being an ice queen. Her gift can be dangerous and has forced her to keep her distance from everyone, including her son. It was great the way Jared broke down her walls little by little, until she was free to get close to people again. Taryn's son Charlie is so cute and his relationship with Jared made me smile. Nero is back causing trouble and bring out new secrets about the past. I think this might be my favorite of the series so far! I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
This is another outstanding storyline about the wolves, jaguars, dream walker and psychic abilities. Great story and HEA ending. ****vrnb***
Another great read by Lisa Kessler in this series!
In the story you'll find amazing, impressive and engaging characters, thrilling and picturesque scene descriptions, conflict, heat and lots of action. The plot moves at a good pace and the over all story is well written. I loved the relationships between the characters. Their chemistry was sexy hot just like the book cover. I recommend this book to all who love the paranormal. *****Gifted ARC copy****** L.
Once again Lisa Kessler has captivated me with her characters and swept me into her story with the world and lore she has created for the Moon Series. I just loved Jared and Taryn and think this may be my favorite story yet. The raw emotion from both Jared and Taryn could be felt throughout the book, leaving me with quite the case of “the feels”! Both Jared and Taryn are dealing with some pretty significant issues from events that have happened in their past. They have both found coping mechanisms, but have not really dealt with their problems. When Jared realizes that Taryn is his mate, he knows he needs to take things slow – although she herself has a psychic gift, she has no idea that werewolves are real. And to make matters even more interesting, she has yet to master her control over her pyrokinesis and strong emotions tends to have her setting things on fire. Between the attraction that exists between them and the danger that Taryn finds herself in, Jared finds himself on the receiving end of more than a couple of burns. I loved the inclusion of Taryn’s son Charlie in this story. He added such a wonderful depth to Jared and Taryn’s story. It was heartbreaking to watch Taryn struggle with her inability to control her power and her need to touch and comfort her son. You could see the love that mother and son had for each other, and even though it was hard to understand at first how they could be close and how Charlie didn’t resent his mother for keeping him at arm’s length, seeing the little things, like the journal they wrote messages in to each other at night, it was clear that Taryn found ways to be a good mother despite her refusal to touch Charlie for fear of hurting him. It was great to catch up with the Pack to find out how all the newly mated couples are settling into their lives. And of course getting more information on the Nero organization and the Severino family makes me anxious to get my hands on the next book to see where that story is going to go. This was another great book in the Moon Series that I would highly recommend to just about anyone, especially those who enjoy paranormal romance and shifters. Thank you Lisa Kessler for another great read and sharing your Wolf Pack with us! I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review.
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* Ice Moon is a great story about a werewolf and a 'firestarter'. If this book is representative of the rest of the series, then I can't wait to read the others. Although the story could be read as a standalone, I definitely wish I would have read books one through four, first. The continuing conflict with the Nero Organization is a large part of this series and reading the earlier books would have augmented this world of shapeshifters and psychics. I loved the romance and the action and highly recommend this book.
Taryn Goldstone is known as the Ice Queen. She has no friends and keeps everyone at arm’s length, including her son. Nobody knows the real reason why. When Jared Ayers, a local carpenter, refuses to bend to her normal constraints, she can’t help but be curious about the handsome man. Jared is intrigued by Taryn, but when he discovers she’s also his soulmate, he must get her to trust him and let him get closer. I really loved this book. Taryn’s situation had my heart really feeling for her. I was totally cheering Jared on as he refused to give up on her and her seemingly impossible situation. I also loved seeing the characters from the other book I read in this series. I highly recommend this story to anyone that likes this genre. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Holy ICE this is good In the Moon series book #5, this is Jared and Taryn story. Jared Ayers, who is Jason’s older brother, likes the solitary life, works outside and wonders if he ‘ll ever meet his mate…that all changes when he called to do a job at Taryn Goldstone aka Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe’s home. Taryn is a real estate agent and she is known as the Ice Queen because she keeps her emotions under tight control and she rarely touches ANYONE even her young son. Its sad but true and the reason is because she is a gifted psychic with pyrokinesis ability and one slip and someone could get hurt or even killed. Jared comes for the job, he takes one look and his wolf gets one smell and its on. When Jason touched Taryn his wolf claimed her as theirs. She didn’t know how to respond to Jared. She had never really touched her own child. She loved him but to protect him, she never really touched him. There is danger coming because there is a man who is coming for Taryn- a man that the pack is familiar with. There are twists and turns that turn this into a roller coaster ride of a story. The chemistry between Jared and Taryn is great—I loved that Jared saw how out of depth that Taryn was yet he took his time and made sure to put her at east as much as he could and he loved her son and protected them both. There are surprises and a lot of emotion in this story that made this such a great story. Taryn is a good woman who has had a lot of things put to her in her life but we get to see some sassy side of her while Jared is definitely an alpha male who protects those he loves. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. My rating: 4.0 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher via NETGALLEY for my honest review****
I strongly advise reading this series in order. While Ice Moon and the previous installment in the series I’ve read (Harvest Moon) can be read as standalones because they each center on a different couple, the ongoing story line and supporting characters are so intertwined that you struggle a bit to keep up with who is who (and what they are) at the beginning. This installment focuses on Taryn, a real-estate agent and single mom. She is known around town as Ice Queen because of her unfriendly manners and more than reserved personal life. As we get to see more of her we learn that she has a nine-year-old son whom she doesn’t touch. Ever. So to say she comes off as standoffish is putting it mildly. Jared is a carpenter and a werewolf. Taryn hires him to build a new deck on her house and one touch is all it takes for him to know she’s his mate. But that’s not the only thing he finds out. It turns out Taryn is a gifted psychic with pyrokinesis as proved by the burnt hand prints on the front of his shirt. But things are even more complicated than that, Taryn’s past is filled with heartache that has pushed her gift out of control. Jared has his own issues that he’s been keeping even from his pack. Now they not only have to unearth and accept each other’s secrets but the evil corporation, Nero is sticking its nose in their business. Action, romance, family time and a bit of drama makes Ice Moon a very engaging read. I felt it was a bit more focused on them as a couple and their relationship building than the ongoing story, which is what kept me from enjoying the previous installment as much. Now I’m really hooked on this series and can’t wait to know what happens next. *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Suffice it to say that I'll never view an ice cube the same again! Who would have thought ice cubes were sexy? "That first day when we met, when I gave you my estimate for the deck project and you wouldn't shake my hand..." I laced my fingers with hers. "There was something sad and lonely in your eyes. I knew all about your reputation, your nickname the Ice Queen, but that wasn't what I saw that day. When I looked into your blue eyes, I saw a princess locked away in a tower, a prisoner. I wanted to set you free." ICE MOON by Lisa Kessler has it all: suspense, mystery, humor, warm fuzzy moments, holiday magic, fairy tale allusions, sexy wolf shifters, and a breathtaking romance. The story is told in the alternating points of view of the hero and heroine, which allows the reader to be aware of the thought processes of each. This is the story of Jared Ayers, a talented werewolf carpenter, and of Taryn Goldstone, who is psychically gifted with pyrokinesis, but far from being in control of that gift, making it extremely dangerous, if not deadly, to being around her. I loved Jared and grew to love Taryn, who has been nicknamed the "Ice Queen" due to her defensive reclusive nature. I'm so glad that Jared has found his mate; but they each have serious issues to work through first. Being a fan of fractured fairy tales, comparing the heroine to Rapunzel locked away in her tower, and the hero being the prince destined to free her, completely captured my imagination. Supporting characters who ensnared my heart included Taryn's darling son, Charlie, and Jared's cherished canine companion, Tank. Favorite characters from the previous books figured prominently in the story and are guaranteed to increase the pleasure level for fans. The plot thickens with Nero, the nefarious quasi-military organization; Its people amaze me with their sick thought processes. Even though ICE MOON is the fifth book in the author's MOON series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone, if that is your preference, However, the story's entertainment quotient will be exponentially increased if you have read this series in order, as you will then become invested with the characters and captivated by the storyline that involves Nero. Lisa fills in the basics so the reader is never lost if the series is read out of order, but reading the books in order with all of their nuances, imparts a whole other perspective. The entire series is fantastic; I'd recommend a week of binge reading to catch up; You won't be sorry. Lisa is one of the most talented authors I know. I've read every books she's published and enjoyed each immensely. ICE MOON hit all the paranormal romance notes for me. I highly recommend ICE MOON and the whole Moon series to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances! Hunky wolf shifters are a plus! I can't wait now for BLUE MOON! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
5 STARS!! *****This was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review on raesrockinreviews.blogspot.com***** Ice Moon by Lisa Kessler is in the Moon series by Lisa Kessler. A paranormal Shifter romance with and HEA, packed with enough sexy times and action to keep your blood pumping and toes curled. Known as "Ice Queen," Taryn was detached from her emotions and especially from everyone else. While that served her in her negotiations (she runs a profitable real estate business in Tahoe.) She is left wanting in her personal life, with only her son left she fears to even be close to him, to hurt him or anyone else. Jared has to work outside, it calms his wolf, and he doesn't do BS either. Hes always charming to a fault and treats everyone the same, expecting the same in return. The last thing he expected was to have the stuck up woman he's building a deck for, and her son turn his life upside down, and wanting everything he never knew he wanted. This story warmed my heart with the gentle growth of their caring for eachother-- with a lot of shifter stories its very "you mate, we fornicate now" and this one was all about having the slow torture that we all love and crave. The gradual incline allows you to not only learn more of the characters but actually allow your subconscious to "become" one with them, feel what they feel and and experience what they experience-- and isn't that what reading a good book is all about? I hadn't read the other books in this series but I have to say that I am thoroughly looking forward to reading the rest of them and getting the full story-- this one COULD be read as a stand alone, but I truly think--- and will comment at a later date if I am correct-- that you should read them in order to get the full affect-- As far as I can tell, each story is a stand alone for a different couple with a central plot in play and I have to say the love scenes are deliciously steamy x