The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas

 

Born from a curse that allows her kind to shift from human to wolf, Kalysia won the genetic lottery. She is the offspring of an original, born to lead and bound by her duty to produce an heir to continue their bloodline she must leave the only life she has ever known to take part in The Lunam Ceremony. This ancient ritual will solidify her place in the pack and determine who she will love for the rest of her life. There’s just one problem – Kalysia doesn’t believe in love.
That changes when she falls into the hands of Dillan Dukes. The attraction is undeniable. The connection unbreakable. He is everything love at first site is supposed to be, suddenly her future doesn’t look that bad.
Unwilling to give up hope on going to college and having the life her and Dillan fantasize about outside the pack, she reluctantly takes on the role as pack leader. When an unexpected proposal is made that will grant both Dillan and Kalysia their freedom she is willing to put her ego, and her heart aside, to make her dream come true.
One night. 
 
One act of selflessness.
 
For the life she’s always dreamt about.
 
Only things are not what they seem.
Can Kalysia and Dillan find happily ever after with the consequences of that night haunting them forever?
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Dillan’s voice is like an echo in my head. “I just wanted to stop by and make sure you were still ok with this?” I detect something in his tone− fear, anxiety, anticipation.
She tells him she is fine and asks him to come inside. She is nervous, excited.
“No, I can’t stay. I have to get back to the brew house. I just wanted to, I don’t know. See you.”
I hop down and run, I can’t hear anymore. I don’t want to feel the tension between them. The sexual tension. I run to our cabin and phase back to human. I run up the steps and slam the door shut just as I hear Dillan’s snowmobile pass by. The hum of the engine fades as he heads back to the brew house. He didn’t even stop to see me. He drove back to camp for her. He’s probably counting the minutes until I leave. Another great idea, Kalysia. Leave camp so he can screw Cassie in peace. He’ll probably make love to her in our cabin. He’ll probably feed her chocolates and lick wine from her skin, in my bed. He’ll ruin the sheets. Ruin everything.

She can have him, those two deserve each other. Following their parent’s orders like sheep. They may be brainwashed morons, but I’m the fool that didn’t see they were setting me up all along. I thought Dillan was doing this for our future. I was wrong. And now I can’t stop him. If he doesn’t do it, his father will disown him. I definitely can’t condone it. Not now that I know he wants her. He’s probably always wanted her for years. Long before either one of them knew my name. She is probably his real match, his true soulmate. I don’t belong here. I never did. All I can do now is leave.

Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.
 
 
 
 
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The Lunam Ceremony
Nicole Loufas

This is an incredibly well written paranormal romance that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time needing to know what was going to happen next and I loved this! This story brings whole new meaning to the words it’s complicated. I can’t remember the last time I read a book where reading about what the characters are going through made me feel so many differing feelings all at once. It’s usually these types of stories that really stick with me in the long run. Kalysia is turning eighteen and where this should be a happy time filled with new beginnings for her she’s experiencing a bit of a different path due to the fact that she was born into an existence that is far different than the norm. Kalysia is a direct descendent of a mystical bloodline of people who can shift into wolves and since she’s fortunate enough to be pureblood as well, she’s got the added pressure to produce an heir to carry on the family name. She’s a bit different than even those of her kind since at a very young age her mother took her away from her pack and even though she’s always known of their existence, she’s never even met any of them until now. She’s experiencing mixed feelings about this entire situation and to be honest I really can’t blame her at all.
Just when I thought her situation was about as complicated and stressful as it could possibly get, I was proven wrong in a big way. The Lunam ceremony is a long held special tradition where everyone meets and gets together with their mates under the full moon. I was a bit taken aback by the fact that all of the magic of the situation was stripped from the proceedings and it felt a bit more like a social party where everyone gathers around and checks each other out. I did really enjoy all of the in depth explanations of the pack hierarchy and found it all extremely interesting. What drove me nuts, in a good way, was the whole mating situation between Kalysia and her man Dillan. I won’t give anything away here, but I will say that even though I can see why Kalysia would want to agree to go through with things that are happening regardless of whether she gives her consent or not, I so would NOT be okay with everything that was going on! I personally would’ve been raising some hell and making how I felt VERY clear to anyone within hearing distance. Then things get even more complicated from that point on when new twists are put into place and it was driving me crazy! The entire situation just felt so hopeless and frustrated the living daylights out of me! This is a good thing though since I find that the more a book gets a rise out of me the longer it stays with me after reading it and I love that. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be the last. I highly recommend reading this to anyone and I look forward to more from this author in the future.

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