Series: Moon Shifter #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on 4 February 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Antique Reading Roadshow
Erin Flynn bucks the trend as she is a female Enforcer in a world dominated by men. She and Noah, the werewolf that adores her, travel down to New Orleans to try to investigate the disappearances of a group of pregnant shape-shifters. Angelo, their packmate and Brianna, a Fae warrior, are also recruited to help out.
I’ve had a pretty soft spot for Erin ever since she was introduced. She clearly had a traumatic past even though she wouldn’t open up about it and despite that, she still managed to kick-ass. Erin is even more special because Reus’ world is exceedingly masculine with the female characters often needing to be coddled and taken care of. This case brought back some very painful memories for Erin of her own assault yet she used them to help others also suffering loss.
Noah is also fairly unusual as he is proud of Erin’s strength and fights his werewolf need to protect her. He knows that if he steps in, he is undermining her power as an Enforcer. We see him support her in both word and deed as he has no problem fighting alongside her. Unfortunately Noah has his own demons to fight in the form of his father whose overbearing manner led his sister running away from home and getting killed by vampires. Rather than this tragedy bringing the Noah and his father closer together, it drove them further apart.
It was a shame that the romance between these two had to share page time with Angelo and Brianna as two such interesting female characters deserved to play sole lead. Noah’s determination to have all of Erin rather than settle for a physical relationship (even though they had lots of chemistry) set him apart from the other men we’ve seen and I really enjoyed the genuine partnership between him and Erin. Angelo and Brianna though went the traditional Reus way with him being getting ultra possessive way too early in the relationship and her often giving in because the sex was great.
I was delighted that we got to leave the ranch and get a feel for the supernatural New Orleans. Many paranormal authors like put their own spin on this town so it is always pretty cool to see what they come up. Reus introduced different classes within the vampire ranks with bloodborns and those that have been bitten which added a new facet to the world she has been steadily building.
This is my favourite book of the series as the relationship between Noah and Erin is far more balanced. I really hope Reus continues down this path and gives us more strong women that can hold their own.