Kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever. Lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way. As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.
This is my first Rachel Hawthorne read, and unfortunately, probably my last. It seems to me that lots of first-time paranormal authors are having trouble breaking away from the Twilight clichés. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t help comparing. To me, Lucas was like the ugly, dumb-downed version of Edward, and Kayla didn’t have much of a personality. Plus, they fell in love way too fast, even if they were “soul-mates”. The only interesting and original part of the story was that there were humans after the shape-shifters. But all-in-all, unless you have a fetish for werewolves, skip over Moonlight and pick up something a little more redeeming.