When the Moon Shines by Lucia Ashta

The Six Shooter and a Shifter #1
number of pages
April 1st, 2022
adult, fantasy, western

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Welcome to Traitor’s Den. I hope you like it here, because there’s no leaving the small western town that’s more theme park than authentic. Once you walk through the portal, you’re stuck as a boot heel in a half foot of mud.

I’ve never seen the outside world and I don’t care. The cannon-toting, trigger-happy residents here are like family, even if most of them are a few spoons short of a full set. Eventually, everyone grows on you, kinda like nail fungus. But the booze flows freely, and Tiger keeps me company. He’s as much a prisoner as I am.

I don’t figure there’s much point in wanting what you can never have. I’ll eventually accept one of my boyfriend’s marriage proposals and then keep policing the one-way town while I pop out the babies he wants. I was born knowing how to make chicken salad out of chicken shit.

At least I won’t be bored. Denners aren’t fans of following the rules, and the longer they’re in town, the worse they behave, thanks to the spell that keeps us all trapped here.

Just when I think I’ve made my peace with my lot, the portal pops open and two men shoot through, throwing punches before their feet even finish landing in my town. When they finally look at me, all I see is problems. Big, ginormous, entirely-too-handsome problems. And that’s before I even take into account the little “surprise” they brought through with them.

No one’s ever looked at me the way they do.

They aren’t the kind of men who back down after claiming something.

Or someone…

Did I say I had my life in Traitor’s Den all figured out? Hell, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

* A sexy fantasy western with growly shifters, sketchy vamps, peculiar mages and creatures, and one badass cowgirl sheriff. Within this small town, magic and gossip flow as freely as whiskey, and work and pleasure are nearly the same thing. Weird things happen on the regular in Traitor’s Den. Come and join the quirky family, where everyone’s packing. Oh, and don’t mind the tiger

Out of revenge, a strong wizard made a pocket portal where everything is western-inspired. Not only did he trap his brother and his wife, but also their unborn daughter. Since then every now and then the portal opens and new people come in. There are some rules to the Traitor's Den, every newcomer is somewhat magical, witch, wizard, shifter,... Once you enter, you get a new name, you can't curse and most importantly you can never leave.

Loretta is the sheriff, trying to keep the peace between the residents of the Traitor's Den. Then a portal opens again and two guys drop-in, fighting. Not to mention totally gorgeous. They bring excitement and a whole lot of trouble with them.

I haven't read anything like When the Moon Shines, before. The setting is picturesque. I just love the setting, it's Western-inspired, to the point that it appears cartoonish and goes right along with the language that the residents speak. However the best part is the characters, well developed and so vividly described, I felt like I know them. :) There is a lot of cowboy speak and dialogues are often hilarious. :)

It's the first book in the series, it introduces the world and the characters to the reader, so the main storyline starts after quite a while.

It's one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time. :) Highly recommend it!

about the author
Lucรญa Ashta is the Amazon top 20 bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal women’s fiction filled with wild magic, spicy romance, and quirky characters that make you snort-laugh.

A former attorney and architect, she’s an Argentinian-American who lives in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains with her husband and daughters.
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Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Great review! This sounds like a very well written read - especially in the world building and creativity. So happy you liked it! :)


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