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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bad Medicine: Wishing Moon by B.J. McCall

Bad Medicine: Wishing Moon by B.J. McCall
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Beneath the Wishing Moon, Avana Vasson made two wishes. The first was granted, a kiss that forever changed her relationship with Trace Canaan. The second wish must wait until he returns from active duty.

But be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

He's back and he wants forever. She loves him, but not the conditions that come with being his alpha mate. She loves her life in the city and her job with WishLabz, a cutting-edge, wish-granting firm.

Wishes can be purchased if one has the coin, but be careful, wishes are powerful magic.

Be careful what you wish for. Never has that old adage been more true than it is for Avana Vasson.

As a teenager, she made two wishes, both involving Trace Canaan. One was for a kiss, and that kiss changed both their lives. Trace spent eight long years away from the pack, trying to prove he was worthy of being alpha, but more important, proving his worth as Avana’s mate. Now, Trace wants it all: alpha of the pack, with Avana by his side, a forever love. But Avana left and made a life of her own away from the pack, a life she loves, with a job she adores. Yes, she loves Trace with all her heart, but not on his terms. Can two stubborn people find a way to be together, or are they doomed to both be alone? Can there be a middle ground for these two "all or nothing" people? Is there a way to get a happy ever after for them?

B.J. McCall does wolves like no one else can. I love her wolves; they are all strong, determined and fiercely independent.

At eighteen, all Avana wanted was Trace, but he left, first to college, then the military. As a strong alpha female, Avana is determined and unwilling to sacrifice her hard-earned freedom. She is smart, and uses those smarts to be the best at what she does. She is determined not to let love get in the way of her life, no matter how she feels about the alpha in question. Trace does everything he can to prove he is worthy - both of taking over as alpha of the pack, and of claiming Avana as his mate.

I love Avana’s attitude. She takes her job seriously, and knows she is good at it, and isn’t about to become some alpha mate, just to please family and friends. She is even resigned to losing Trace if it comes to that. I love Trace’s determination as well. He does what he has to, to prove his worth, and more important, to prove his love.

There were two wonderful twists in this that I didn’t see coming, and they absolutely made this story so much more amusing. If you like your happy ever after with a few surprises, this one’s for you.

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