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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Book Review: When the Moon Shines (Six Shooter and a Shifter, #1) by Lucia Ashta + giveaway

When the Moon Shines 
(Six Shooter and a Shifter, #1)

by Lucia Ashta
April 1st, 2022
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Western
Welcome to Traitor’s Den. I hope you like it here, because there’s no leaving the small western town that’s more theme park than authentic. Once you walk through the portal, you’re stuck as a boot heel in a half foot of mud.

I’ve never seen the outside world and I don’t care. The cannon-toting, trigger-happy residents here are like family, even if most of them are a few spoons short of a full set. Eventually, everyone grows on you, kinda like nail fungus. But the booze flows freely, and Tiger keeps me company. He’s as much a prisoner as I am.

I don’t figure there’s much point in wanting what you can never have. I’ll eventually accept one of my boyfriend’s marriage proposals and then keep policing the one-way town while I pop out the babies he wants. I was born knowing how to make chicken salad out of chicken shit.

At least I won’t be bored. Denners aren’t fans of following the rules, and the longer they’re in town, the worse they behave, thanks to the spell that keeps us all trapped here.

Just when I think I’ve made my peace with my lot, the portal pops open and two men shoot through, throwing punches before their feet even finish landing in my town. When they finally look at me, all I see is problems. Big, ginormous, entirely-too-handsome problems. And that’s before I even take into account the little “surprise” they brought through with them.

No one’s ever looked at me the way they do.

They aren’t the kind of men who back down after claiming something.

Or someone…

Did I say I had my life in Traitor’s Den all figured out? Hell, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

* A sexy fantasy western with growly shifters, sketchy vamps, peculiar mages and creatures, and one badass cowgirl sheriff. Within this small town, magic and gossip flow as freely as whiskey, and work and pleasure are nearly the same thing. Weird things happen on the regular in Traitor’s Den. Come and join the quirky family, where everyone’s packing. Oh, and don’t mind the tiger.

The Wild West with cellphones! Cute story of a town created for magical individuals who find themselves trapped with no way to return to their “normal” realm. Created by a powerful mage to exact revenge on his brother, Traiter’s Den is now inhabited by many different colorful paranormals that have to live by a “Wild West” type code with many unusual rules!

New arrivals come by the portal randomly and are assigned a horse, a hat, and a new unique name. It is up to Loretta Maybelle Ray to keep peace and order in this town. The problem is she is the only non-magical being that resides there!

I felt the story was cute and original but there were only a couple of events that caught my attention. Perhaps this first book is just to introduce this “world” and there is more excitement to come. It’s a light read with NO foul language (one of the rules) and a couple of hot guys that might keep you entertained but I did have a hard time getting invested in the story.

Getting 3 “Motherflapping flashers” sheep

Jeanie G

About the Author:
LucĂ­a Ashta is the Amazon top 20 bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal women’s fiction filled with wild magic, spicy romance, and quirky characters that make you snort-laugh.

A former attorney and architect, she’s an Argentinian-American who lives in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains with her husband and daughters.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your review of When the Moon Shines, it sounds like a good read

  2. Sounds like an interesting book.