Title: Running With the Moon
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/15/2017
Genre(s): M/M Shifters, M/M Paranormal, M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 153
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Heart of the Wolf
What happens when a veterinarian ends up a patient in his own animal clinic?
Dr. Dae Anderson needs to lose the deadbeat boyfriend who is holding him back, but Jack is determined to hang on to Dae—even if he has to resort to violence.
Dae has worked hard to fit in among humans, and if his secret gets out, he’ll lose everything. His veterinary assistant, Sean, might be just the man to stand with Dae… against Jack and the world.
Courage of the Wolf
The most painful changes don’t involve the shape of the body, but of the heart….
Just as Dae and Sean are settling in to life as a couple, Dae is contacted by his brother, who still lives with his former pack and who exiled him for being gay.
If he refuses to return to Wyoming, a sociopathic alpha will slaughter Dae’s family one member at a time. And deep down, Dae knows he must confront his past before he can truly have a loving future with Sean. First, they have to stay alive.
First Edition of Heart of the Wolf published as Change of Heart by Torquere Press, 2007.
First Edition of Courage of the Wolf published as Change in Attitude by Torquere Press, 2011.
Running With the Moon is a novella comprised of two short stories about a wolf shifter and his human mate. I’d classify this more as erotica than paranormal romance because though the characters are flushed out and there is a distinguishable plot, it all felt a bit convenient and rushed. The writing itself was solid. It flowed well, the dialogue made sense and supported the characters, and there were enough details that the story felt complete. I just didn’t particularly click with the characters, romance, or conflicts.
The first story introduces the two main characters, the wolf shifter and small town veterinarian Dae and his veterinary assistant Sean. The romance is fast paced, and the couple falls into a serious relationship rather quickly. Their long-standing work history kept it from feeling unbelievable, but I did wish there was a bit more development to them as a couple where we saw the attraction take shape. I was missing the spark. Though the characters were good men, nothing drew me to their stories or their personalities. In turn their relationship felt flat. In the second story, the couple has established a happy life together when a family emergency leads to them visiting Dae’s estranged pack. Again the plot was solid but nothing really leapt out at me as different and gripping.
I think both stories showed promise. There were some surprises, but they didn’t lead to exciting or emotionally charged moments like I’d hoped. Instead, the twists ended up being a bit anticlimactic. I did like that the “villains” in both stories had their choices and actions completely explained. The resolutions were complete and didn’t feel rushed. However, between the underwhelming plot and characters, I was left feeling a bit ho-hum overall.