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Edge of the Woods

(Moonrise #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  24 reviews
There’s something wrong in Pine Grove, Montana, and its bite is vicious.

Haley Fern has been the alpha of her local werewolf pack for less than a year when their law enforcement liaison retires, and Leland Sommers, a man who knows nothing about werewolves or their world, is hired in his place. What could be an awkward situation turns complicated when the man shows up his fi
Paperback, 302 pages
Published May 6th 2021 by City Owl Press
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Caitlyn Lynch
This is the author’s full-length debut, and it’s a genuinely excellent read. I’m marking it as LGBT despite being M/F because Haley, the heroine, is explicitly bisexual. It’s thoroughly diverse in lots of ways, with the two side characters with the most page time being queer as well; Diego is a young gay Hispanic man and Michelle a trans woman.

The lore of werewolves is really interestingly explored here, with discrimination against those who are ‘made’ versus those who are ‘born’, a nearby clan
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First off, a round of applause for the diversity in this book. Out of all the characters, we have some straight ones, some gay ones, some bisexual ones, and some trans ones, and even better, their sexuality wasn't what made up for any part of the plot. So big bonus there.

Werewolf books are a hit or miss kind of thing to me. This one lands somewhere in the middle. I really loved Michele and Diego. But when it came to Haley and Leland, I thought they were really boring and I didn't care about them
InD'tale Magazine
Ms. Kelley has managed to deliver a tale baying with real world issues, subtle LGBTQ inclusiveness, empowered women, and oh yeah, werewolves are real. Woof!

Read full review in the 2021 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Moonrise #1
Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable

One Sentence Summary: The small town of Pine Grove is full of werewolves and the last thing alpha Haley Fern needs is a new law enforcement liaison that has no idea werewolves even exist.

EDGE OF THE WOODS was such a fun paranormal romance and I’m really looking forward to more in this series! Jules Kelley has a great writing “voice” that was easy to read and kept me interested from beginning to end. The romance builds a little slower in this
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Edge of the Woods is the first book in a refreshing new werewolf series. The story follows Haley Fern, the alpha of a Montana werewolf pack, and Leland Sommers, new deputy sheriff in town - and the only one who doesn't know that half the town's population are werewolves.

I really enjoyed this book! I liked that it was a twist on the typical werewolf story in that the entire town was in on the secret, and Leland, the newcomer, was
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
"She smiled as she drew closer to him, hoping she looked suductive and not just like an idiot." - From Edge of the Woods

4 stars.

This is a sexy fun story with great writing and characters. The cover is beautiful, and it only got better from there. Diverse characters that physically weren't perfect, and were fine with that. I had just been asking for a romance with a bigger female lead that wasn't damaged about her size. It also included many unique plot points with a female alpha (who wasn't goo
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2021
Wow, what a wonderful story. Normally when I read werewolf story I expect another soulmate AU, where the werewolf part is secondary to the romance. That did not happen in this book. You could take the romance part out entirely and the events of this book (most of them) would still happen. I loved it. Well written, well rounded characters, I look forward to more from this author.

Also lots of LGBTQ+ representation without it being the main point of the story as well.

*Thank you to the publisher for
Brit Andrews
May 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Leland is use to moving around and never really feeling settled anywhere decides to take a job as a deputy in a small town. Quiet town where nothing ever happens? Sounds perfect to him and he can get in some fishing time... except on his way in to town he finds a naked young man by the side of the road. Not knowing where he should take him he calls one of the few numbers he has, Haley the nature preserve director. And unknown to him the local alpha of the wolf pack. He’s heard there are silly to ...more
Taryn Palmisano
May 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Edge of the Woods is a fast paced werewolf fantasy with a side of slow burn romance. As well as a bit of a who-done-it. This book is for fans of werewolf fantasy such as Shiver, Winter’s Wolf, and Matefinder.

Haley Fern is the new Alpha in a pack located in a small town she has lived in all her life. Taking on the responsibility sooner than she thought she would have to, she has a raging desire to prove herself competent. Enter the unauthorized, nonconsensual turning of a person into a werewolf
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
Overall an enjoyable book, and while it's not one that I'll be likely to pick up and read multiple times, I will be keeping an eye out for the next one in the series.

The characters are generally interesting and all have their own clear personalities and motivations, and the plot neatly tied everything and everyone together. At least three of the characters (one main, two side) are clearly identified as being queer, and there are subtle hints woven through of other characters that are also queer.
Mandy Parmenter
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Haley Fern has been the alpha of her local werewolf pack in Pine Grove, Montana for less than a year when their law enforcement liaison retires, and Leland Sommers, a man who knows nothing about werewolves or their world, is hired in his place. On his first day in the area Leyland shows up with an injured teenage boy he found on the road–a boy Haley knows has just been bitten. Working out wh bit the kid is not easy as it could be as Leyland is asking questions whilst also looking at Hayley in a ...more
Jessika Darkstar
Loved it, (But was hoping for more).

I enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow on things and I felt like I wanted to learn more about certain characters and the world they reside in. I hope the author will expand on in the next book. I think there needs to be more established world rules to help me better understand the dynamics of the world, like Yes there are Werewolves and Vampires in this story, but why do they stay hidden in secret, what happens to the people who discover these mythical creatu
fred jones
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable well written werewolf story. I liked the two main characters, the female alpha werewolf and the new deputy who has no idea werewolves are real. When a newly turned teenager is found by the new deputy a story unfolds that involving rogue werewolves, angry vampires, treachery and intrigue. The book starts with a bang and had me hooked from the first page, and then takes its time to build to a satisfying climax. It is a long book for its genre but keeps you entertained throughout. Ther ...more
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I’m someone who typically doesn’t read this genre of books. In reality, the last time I read anything paranormal romance was Twilight when I was 12. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by this. I thought the actual writing was well done and engaging. Although the plot was a bit predictable at some times, it was generally interesting. I wasn’t really invested in the romance but th
Margarida (mbooksbycandlelight)
This was a really good story. I hadn’t read a werewolf book in a long while and this one was very enjoyable. The whole mystery subplot and all the action at the end really elevated the book, it was very nerve-racking, but in a good way. Though I kind of wish we’d have gotten more of Leland and Haley after the conflict had resolved itself and all the secrets were out in the open. They were so cute together. This was a pretty diverse read in regard to LGBTQ+ characters and that’s always appreciate ...more
Beatrix Starling
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
My thanks to @Netgalley for the digital Arc of this book for an honest review.
It's been a while since i read this type of steamy romance/action book, but i thoroughly enjoyed it!
It was a well written exciting story, the first of many hopefully. I really enjoyed the meticulously organised werewolf society, the glimpse of the cool vampire camp, and how they all fitted into the human world. The characters were colourful and they felt real. The story was engaging, and while i don't read much romance
May 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I was given this book in exchange for honest review through LibraryThing giveaways.
Right, okay. Not my cup of tea. I do enjoy some paranormal stuff - as classic vampire stories... but I'm not into cheesy paranormal romance, as it turns out. So with this book it for me it just stops right there. I prefer it darker, more thought provoking, imagination engaging, more twists to the story (this was far too predictable).
Anyway, this is very lightweight read, easy, no fancy words, quick to flip through
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-to-be-read
Edge of the Woods is an awesome new read by Jules Kelley. I enjoyed reading this book. It has a bit of everything: suspense, mystery, and romance. What I loved most about this book is that the romance doesn't take over the book. The romance adds to the plot instead of overpowering it. The book starts off a bit slow, but it picks up in the middle towards the end. I think many paranormal romance lovers will find this book a refreshing read.
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Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
What. A. Delight.

I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to read this book, especially since I loved it so much. I devoured this book in two days and only stopped myself from binging it in one sitting because of work and sleep. It was addicting. I loved the characters inner dialogue, it had amazing representation and diversity, and such an well balanced plot.

I’m invested and need a sequel ASAP. (I’m already shipping some other characters from the book and I want to read their story
Rebecca Goss
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Haley Fern is a new alpha to a werewolf pack in Montana. She is concerned when their trusted deputy retires and a new one comes to town. He doesn’t know werewolves exist and will have to prove to be trustworthy. Unfortunately, on his first day, he finds a naked young man who has been attacked by a wolf. The secondary characters were interesting and caught my interest. There’s some departure from the lore normally associated with werewolves which will keep the reader intrigued. I read this book o ...more
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this!

Holy diversity! There are so many different types of people in this book which is awesome! I love a good werewolf book and this one was one of them, it was a quick read and a great twist on your usual werewolf story. I definitely recommend this one.
Karen Fisher
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: karen-fisher
This is a very good read. The writing so good I could see things happening. The "whack-a-wolf" startled a laugh out of me. Suspense wound through the story keeping me guessing. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and freely leave this honest review. ...more
Viviana Gonzalez
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy and am voluntarily leaving a review.
For me this is slow burn at first,i like the fact that romance doesnt take priority, werewolf business does. This 2 book i have read where a female is alpha and i love it. I can't wait for book 2
Merrit Townsend
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC from City Owl Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

This is book one in the Moonrise Series. The Main characters are Lelan Sommers and Haley Fern. Leland is a Sheriffs Deputy who takes a position in the small Town of Pine Grove Montana. He Meets Haley Fern who is the Nature Preserve Liaison. Haley is also a werewolf and so is most of the town. She has to figure out how to assist the sheriff with
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