Fresh Face Friday: Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark

Happy Friday, Everyone! I hope you all have had yet another wonderful week and looking toward an even more wonderful weekend.  Today I am really excited to share this book and author with you.  Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark is a great addition to the Paranormal Romance genre.  I adored this addictive story and can’t wait for Victoria’s next adventure.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.

17853994Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Valkyrie Victoria Storm desires nothing more than to provide her wolf pack with a safe haven, but her position as priestess to the Goddess Freya also brings with it certain… obligations. Not to mention complications.

War with the Barrett family resulted in the deaths of her parents and most of her pack. Now, hunters are hot on the trail of the remaining pack members. Sawyer Barrett, a human hunter hell bent on revenge, is convinced that Victoria murdered his brother. He will stop at nothing to see her dead.

Victoria must defend the survivors and somehow lead them to safety. Months on the run has weakened the pack, and there are newborn pups to protect, making swift travel impossible. Ahead, the promise of refuge beckons.

Their best chance for survival lies in Sierra Pines, California: Arik Koenig, a powerful, dominant male wolf. He promises to protect and provide for the pack, something Victoria knows the pack needs for survival. His mysterious past is riddled with violence and death, including the slaughter of his entire family twenty years before. His wife died under mysterious circumstances and his son, Logan, is rumored to be her killer.

What is truth? Who can she trust? The desperate spirit of Arik’s murdered wife calls out for help, and Logan begs for assistance in clearing his name. Victoria must solve a murder that has pitted father against son, rooted in a mystery reaching back two decades. Her quest starts her on a journey from the human world to Odin’s Valhalla and back again.

Victoria will find salvation or face destruction beneath the Hunger Moon…

Warning: story contains heart-stopping action scenes, sizzling hot sexual tension and language you wouldn’t want your mother to hear

Review:

Hunger Moon begins in a burning building with Victoria Storm holding a knife on a hunter who has been targeting her pack.  Victoria Storm is a Valkyrie and Priestess for the Goddess Freya.  She is also the Alpha of her pack of werewolves.  In being the Alpha it is her responsibility to protect what is left of her pack.  After one of her pack dies and she ushers him to Valhalla she is pointed in the direction of Sierra Pines, California.  She knows that there lies her lifemate, whomever that may be.  When she meets Arik Koenig she realizes immediately that he is her lifemate and very strong werewolf.  With Arik comes his son Logan.  Victoria immediately realizes things aren’t as perfect as they seem with the Koenigs and secrets threaten the safety of her pack.  She must decide to continue running from the hunters with no help or stay and figure out the secrets of Arik and Logan Koenig.  It is Victoria’s decision that will change the course of the pack and impact her life forever.

I really loved this book.  I didn’t realize this book was actually the second book in this series.  I was very impressed that this book almost read like a standalone book.  There were very few things that referred to the first book.  I fell in love with these characters and the story.  Victoria’s and Arik’s mini-courtship was quite steamy at times and you could understand why Victoria felt the way she did.  I really did feel for her though.  I felt bad that the relationship was kinda one-sided.  No matter how this story would have ended it would always be Victoria caring more for Arik and Arik still pining for his deceased wife.  I hope that with the next Victoria finds something a bit more lasting.  I get the feeling that Victoria has had so much loss it is time for something positive .  No matter what though I know I will be reading Melissa Snark’s next Victoria Storm book.  I even feel the need to go back and read the first one.  I would whole-heartedly recommend this book for any PNR fan.  Once you pick it up you will be like me and itching for more!

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

5756824A friend asked me once how I chose my pen name. I told her the following: “Melissa, because when people mix up my first name, it’s the most common goof up. Snark, because it amuses me. A) I love the word ‘snarky’ and B) I love Lewis Carroll.”

As an individual, I’m sarcastic, stubborn and blunt to a fault. I have a strange sense of humor and I like to laugh (usually at my husband or children), but also at myself. I’m not particularly extroverted, although I do enjoy time with my family and close friends a great deal.

At the moment, I’m a stay at home mom who writes in my spare time. I’ve got a B.S. from Arizona State University in Business, and I’ve worked a variety of different jobs, including as a medical device documentation specialist, a technical writer, and an auto liability adjuster.

I live in the San Francisco East Bay of Northern California with my husband, three kids, and three cats. My hobbies include roleplaying, cooking and reading.

I maintain a blog, which I update regularly at http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so please drop me a line at MelissaSnark at gmail dot com.

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