Run With the Moon (Valen’s Pack #1) by Bailey Bradford

Two species that have always kept themselves separated are about to collide and create a new world.Humanity almost managed to do itself in. Ravaged by wars and plagues, the human population on earth has been bordering on extinction, although pockets of people have been forging on over the past few hundred years. It’s a
hard life, and one Aaron Olsen fears he doesn’t fit into. As a son of a village leader, there are pressures on him he can’t manage, and things he keeps hidden, desires he doesn’t know how to express that keep him up many nights as he worries over them.
Valen is an alpha, born with the crescent moon mark on his chest. It means he’ll have to leave the pack he was born and raised in. It is the way of the wolf, and the only way to prevent it is to fight his father. Valen has no intention of doing such a dishonorable thing. He leaves as he’s supposed to, only to find himself the victim of thievery. When he hunts down the party responsible for stealing his belongings, Valen finds himself attracted to the human Aaron Olsen.

Now, if they can only survive their own pride and insecurities, and an attack that threatens everything they love, they just might have a chance at happiness in Valen’s Pack.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM.
I want to start this by saying I’ve read A LOT of shifter books, of all kinds. From wolfs, to lions to hawks, to horses to rats! So I know my shifters, and I can safely say this one is truly unique. And this day and age, with so many MM genre stories being turned out more and more (which is awesome) that is really kind of hard to do.
The way Valen is born to be Alpha by a birthmark and has to search out his own pack or fight the current one. The bratty, annoying kid brother, adorable! And of course the mate Aaron, clumsy and sweet yet strong and willing to fight for what he wants.  The host of secondary cast, great story line set in possible futurists but realistic times.
All makes for a fast past and entertaining read.
A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn’t happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey’s brain demanding to be let out.
Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey’s office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey’s presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.