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Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  679 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
From the author of "Alpha Instinct "comes a sexy and thrilling novella about a man who must protect the woman he loves and convince her to be his completely....
Lupine shifter Nikan Lawless has it bad for Esperanze Cordona, the sweet and curvy woman who views him only as a friend. But when Nikan is assigned to act as Esperanze's bodyguard during a weekend education confere
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Published August 1st 2012 by New American Library
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Claire Robinson
Nov 17, 2016 Claire Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "I don't share..." Stars!

Another great read from the Moon Shifter series, also easily read as a standalone, so don’t let the fact that it’s not the first book from the series deter you.

That-said, there is a lot of mention of things that occurred in the first book Alpha Instinct that made me want to immediately start reading it when I had finished Nikan and Esperanze’s novella, to find out the full story.

"For the record, I want to be anywhere you are."

This is a couple that have been circling
Book Nook  Nuts
Nov 29, 2016 Book Nook Nuts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book: Lover's Instinct (A Werewolf Romance)
Author: Katie Reus
Publication Date: 11/15/2016
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

Nikan knows exactly what he is doing when his best friend and the woman he want's more than life itself decides she is going to conference out of state he makes sure he is going with her.

Esperanze loves Nikan and has all kinds of womanly thoughts of the tall,dark and handsome alpha male. She also knows he is off limits because she is not a stro
I read the first in the series and was impressed, it would seem that I like virtually everything KR writes! I am not usually a lover of novellas as they are so too short but this was a fair size and being able to continue with this series made me happy ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Feb 27, 2013 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
The early stages of Nikan and Essie's courtship reminded me somewhat of an S&M relationship with their alpha / beta roles. The progression of their feelings for each other was believable and impressive for a short novella. The flirt scenes are almost as hot as the sex scenes. The plot ties in nicely with what's going on in the series and the ending is satisfying.
Laura Wright
Aug 15, 2012 Laura Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mmmmm, Nikan!! Nothing hotter than a protective Lupine Shifter! Loving this story..
I'm ready to move on to the next full length novel in the series. This was a pretty good novella.
Dec 18, 2016 Zita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tough alpha and a feisty beta...

This is a novella in the Moon Shifter series that can be read as a stand-alone.

Alpha wolf shifter Nikan Lawless knows who his mate is but she doesn’t know it yet, she thinks they’re just friends, his inner wolf though knows the truth. With the recent deaths of shifters, learning that his envisioned mate will be attending an education conference in Washington D.C. for a weekend, away from the safety of pack lands, Nikan arranges to accompany her as her protector.
Elizabeth Neal
Dec 23, 2016 Elizabeth Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5 Stars**

Esperanze needs to get away from reality, just for a few days, even if it's to attend a lecture her former professor is giving. The pain of losing her youngest sister is overwhelming and escape from all the memories is necessary. Although she won't be truly alone as her friend, Nikan, will be accompanying her, a fact she didn't know until she was preparing to begin her trip. But, when Connor, the new alpha male, issues an order, it's pretty much guaranteed that you need to follow it
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
This is a novella in the Moon Shifter series that can easily be read as a stand-alone book. That's one of the greatest things about this series. You can read them in any order and not be lost.

Esperanze (Essie) is going to a conference in Washington DC and her friend, who happens to be a warrior, too, is going with her as her bodyguard. She really didn't want anybody to go with her since Connor, the Alpha of the pack that she belongs to, needed all the warriors for protection.

Helloooo Nikan! Na
** At the time of posting this review, Lover's Instinct was FREE on Amazon: ***

It’s not often I get to read a story with a Native American hero so of course I jumped at the chance to read this novella. This is the second story in the Moonshifters series but it can be read as a stand alone.

Nikan and Esperaze are friends but he wants more from her. It isn’t until they get to go on a trip that he decides it’s time to convince her to bondmate to him. The thi
Rosemary K
Nov 28, 2016 Rosemary K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esperanze Cordona is on an adventure with Nikan Lawless. She's going to an educational conference where she will visit with her college mentor. Nikan is her bodyguard, but he has his own agenda. He wants to convince her to be his mate. Will he be successful? Essie is attracted to this strong warrior. Her biggest concern is that he's an alpha and she's a beta. She won't be dominated like her mother. I was drawn to this couple by their chemistry and their fiery interaction. The story takes an unex ...more
Niken Widyastuti
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

The first novella in the series, and boy I love novellas by Ms. Reus. There are times that I prefer novella than full-length novel, of course ones that good enough to hold itself against full-length novels. Katie Reus’ novellas are always as good as her full-length novels.

This is a story of Nikan, an alpha-wolf, and Esperanza, a beta-wolf. They’ve loved each other for some times. Yet their difference (that alpha-beta thingy), made Esperanza reluctant to
Jan 06, 2017 Abra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esperanze is a beta wolf shifter, meaning that she is a submissive wolf in pack hierarchy. She decides to go to a series of lectures hosted by vampires in Washington DC because an old professor is speaking. Esperanze is accompanied by Nikan, a alpha warrior. Nikan has been going after Esperanze for several months, but she thinks he only is interested in friendship when he's actually going along to the lectures with her to convince her to mate with him. Esperanze's parents were an alpha/beta pair ...more
Dec 25, 2016 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esperanze and Nikan are best friends. However, Nikan is ready to move the relationship forward to something more and makes plans to do just that. Esperanze is scheduled to attend a conference in DC over the weekend and finds out that she will be accompanied by Nikan. She also later finds out that they only have one room. Let the adventure begin.

Nikan's plans to get Esperanze alone for the weekend appear to be working until they are asked to help find the kidnapped friend of Esperanze's former pr
Nov 19, 2016 Annmarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lover's Instinct is book 1.5 of the Moon Shifter Series by Katie Reus. This novella features a mix of paranormal and suspense. As lupine shifters, Nikan is assigned to watch over Esperanze while she attends a conference held by one of her previous professor. Nikan sees this as a perfect opportunity to move their relationship from the friend zone to something more. When rogue shifters threaten her old professor, Nikan and Esperanze promise to help. Nikan is alpha warrior class and Esperanze is a ...more
Felice Foster
Nov 26, 2016 Felice Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella is a good quick read. Nikan and Essie have been dancing around each other as Friends for months. Finally, Nikan takes the steps to claim Essie during a weekend outing. Along the way there's some mini drama with a Vamp from Essie's past. I enjoyed the quick read and also Nikan's character. He refused to let Essie deny what was between them without being a jerk about it (well, maybe a little bit of a jerk), but for the most part, he made her acknowledge her feelings. Nice transition s ...more
Dec 07, 2016 Becki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lover's Instinct

I liked this book and look forward to reading more from this series. I've read several books from this author and haven't been disappointed yet. You meet many characters in name only as a beginning to the series. It will be fun getting to know all of them as the series progresses. A great romance with a hot alpha hero and a strong beautiful heroine, add in a little mystery, makes a good read.
Dec 02, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alpha and Beta

This is the second book (novella) in the Moon Shifter series. It falls within an overarching storyline, which left me feeling like I'd stepped into a moving vehicle, yet enough information was provided to make sense of it. I'm a fan of the Red Stone and Serafina series, but am new to the Moon Shifters. Unfortunately, it lost me with the Antiparanormal hunters. And because of that, I doubt I will be reading more of the series, even though I enjoyed this book.
Lisa Lenox
Nov 21, 2016 Lisa Lenox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orphans
Not a bad little short. Makes me actually want to read more of this series. Considering that in the past I've not been fond of Reus' work, that's saying something.
Marie Andersson
Nov 26, 2016 Marie Andersson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nikan is a yummy Alpha warrior shifter.:)Katie's writing is wonderful.
Jan 03, 2017 Sabrina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, prn
3,5 stars
Short but nice shifter romance.
Besides wolves (lupines) we get glimpses of vampires and a feline shifter that I for one would LOVE to read more about.
Dec 06, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I haven't read any of the rest of this series, maybe if I did I might have enjoyed it more.

A quick, easy read of the paranormal romance variety. Book candy.
Debra French
Definitely a different type of book for me to read. I'm not sure that I have ever read a book about werewolves and different types of paranormals, but it was an interesting read.
Aug 10, 2012 Franjessca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
This was a very short and sweet novella that quenched my lupine love just a bit.
I also got a sneak peek of the first chapter of the next book of the Moon Shifter series that comes out next month, "Primal Possession", which I've been counting down to. =)
I had not been able to read for a few days now thanks to errands and school I needed something to read in between college assignments that would take me away from American Government (that happens
Dec 25, 2016 Marisa marked it as no-apuntados  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 18, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVER’S INSTINCT (Moon Shifter Novella #1.5) by Katie Reus

LOVER’S INSTINCT is the August 7, 2012 release in Katie Reus’s Moon Shifter series.

Nikan Lawless is a wolf shifter: an alpha warrior who knows what he wants and he wants Esperanze. With the recent poisonings and deaths throughout the pack, Nikan wants to ensure that the woman, who would one day be his mate and bond-mate, was well guarded and protected. Suspecting the Antiparanormal League is responsible for the series of deaths, Nikan ac
Dec 13, 2016 Edith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Very Good Read

I thoroughly enjoyed the continuation of this series. Katie Reus writes a tale with characters the reader can become vested in. Quick witted, with humor, a love entanglement, mystery and paranormals for days. Ms, Reus pens a lovely story with hot kales and smart females who are stronger than they think.
Valerie Valicento
Dec 08, 2016 Valerie Valicento rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esperanze is a smart wolf shifter in need of a break. She has survived a horrible tragedy that resulted in the loss of many of the people that she loves. To get that break, she decides to go to a conference and connect with an old friend.

Nikan doesn't like the idea of Esperanze going anywhere without him, so he tags along. They're mates, but she doesn't know it yet.

After meeting with the old friend, they get caught in a kidnapping/rescue with vampires. Action ensues and Nikan will not keep his f
More Than Friends!!!

Nikan Lawless, an Alpha Lupine who had it bad for Esperance Cordona. There was a mutual attraction so when he was assigned as the sweet and beautiful woman's bodyguard during a weekend vacation conference. He saw it as his opportunity to make his move.

Esperance Cordona or Essie (Nikan's name for her) was a sweet, beautiful and curvy shewolf. She was also a beta. Essie was friends with the handsome Nikan. She was attracted to the man but she feared things wouldn't work out bet
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Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. ...more
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