Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

Posted February 13, 2019 in review Tags:

Stray Moon by Kelly MedingStray Moon by Kelly Meding
Pages: 336

Series: Strays #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
Also in this series: Stray Magic
Also by this author: Stray Magic
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Para-Marshal Shiloh Harrison has always been a great number two for the East Coast unit. But after her boss is found dead (having betrayed the paranormals he was sworn to protect), she’s suddenly thrust into a leadership role she isn’t prepared for. And it doesn’t help that she traded away memories of one of her most important team members to save another’s life during her last mission.

Too, she’s in charge of a unit that is mired in bureaucratic red tape, meaning she’s essentially under house arrest. But a West Coast Para-Marshal has astral-projected a warning: werewolves are going missing, and she needs Shiloh’s help. Last time it was vampires. This time it’s werewolves. Half-djinn herself, she knows she can’t just sit around and do nothing while paranormals are getting snatched. Her old boss may have broken his oath, but Shiloh will do anything to serve and protect.

Stray Moon picks up where book 1, Stray Magic, ended. You do need to read these in order as a series because the world Meding has created is complex and there are lots of supporting characters.

Shiloh, our heroine, is a para-marshal who has recently been betrayed by a colleague they all trusted and used a spell that wiped a friend from her memory entirely. Now, the team is on suspension and decide to help out another para-marshal from the West Coast. Turns out, werewolves are going missing. Shiloh’s friends are all very interesting. She has a vampire who she can’t seem to get away from and there is some sexual tension for sure. Add Jaxon, the ex-boyfriend/teammate she can’t remember. Then mix the fascinating abilities the team has and you have a truly unique story.

It was really great, to me, to get to see Shiloh and Jaxon rebuild what they had. It quelled the need I have for all things romance in a story that doesn’t have a focus on romance. The mystery of what is happening to werewolves keeps you guessing and interested throughout the story. Even though the characters have been introduced and the ‘world’ establish, Meding still brought in some new thing that kept you feeling like there was more to know about the characters. If you like Urban Fantasy, Stray Magic and Stray Moon would be a delightful addition to your shelf!


  •   POV: 1st
  •   Tears: no
  •   Trope: magic, werewolves, vampires
  •   Triggers: none
  •   Series/Standalone: series
  •   Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »

Ilona Andrews, Dannika Dark, Patricia Briggs…then you will probably like Stray Moon!


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About Kelly Meding

Born and raised in Southern Delaware, Kelly Meding survived five years in the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia, only to retreat back to the peace and sanity of the Eastern Shore.  An avid reader and film buff, she discovered Freddy Krueger at a very young age, and has since had a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal. She is also a mama to two amazing fur-babies named Jinx and Puck.

Three Days to Dead, the first book in her Dreg City urban fantasy series, follows Evangeline Stone, a paranormal hunter who is resurrected into the body of a stranger and has only three days to solve her own murder and stop a war between the city's goblins and vampires.  Additional books in the series, As Lie the Dead, Another Kind of Dead, and Wrong Side of Dead, are available in both digital format and mass market paperback from Bantam. Books five and six, Requiem for the Dead and The Night Before Dead, are published in digital and paperback by Smedge Press.

Beginning with Trance, Kelly's MetaWars series tells the story of the grown-up children of the world's slaughtered superheroes who receive their superpowers back after a mysterious fifteen-year absence, and who now face not only a fearful public, but also a vengeful villain who wants all of them dead.  Trance and Changeling are available now in both digital format and mass market paperback from Pocket Books. Tempest and Chimera are available in digital format only via Pocket Star. All four books can also be purchased as a digital bundle.

Writing as Kelly Meade, her paranormal romance trilogy with Berkley Intermix features three shifter brothers and the women they come to love, starting with Black Rook, and continuing with Gray Bishop and White Knight.

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