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The Moonlight Mistress (Mills & Boon Spice) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Janssen

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Book Description

It is the eve of the Great War, and English chemist Lucilla Osbourne finds herself trapped on hostile German soil.

Panicked and alone, she turns to a young Frenchman for shelter. Together they spend a night of passion, but their dangerous circumstances won't allow more than a brief affair. Even with the memory of Lucilla's lushness ever present, scientist Pascal Fournier is distracted by his reason for being in enemy territory—Tanneken Claes has information Pascal could use against the enemy but, even more extraordinary. . . she's a werewolf.

After entrusting Pascal with her secret, Tanneken and her mate, Noel, are captured. Suspecting a rogue scientist rumored to have a fascination with werewolves is behind the abduction, Pascal knows he must act fast to save them. He's all too aware of Professor Kauz's reputed perversions and lust for control. . . .

As war rages, Pascal and Lucilla combine efforts to stop Kauz, struggling with danger, power and secret desires. . . .


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Spice (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDOOUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,093,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and Definitely Different 14 Dec. 2009
By C. Duggan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed Victoria Janssen's second Spice novel. The setting of WW1 is unusual for a romance and adding in the paranormal element made it even more intriguing. The author does an excellent job of weaving the chaos of the beginning of the war in France in with the chaos surrounding Pascal's quest for the werewolves and the man who is experimenting on them.
The sex scenes are imaginative and smoking hot and cover all aspects of love. Lucilla makes an excellent strong heroine. In fact, all the women portrayed in this book are strong independent females who survive despite their trials and tribulations. I particularly appreciated that.
Readers should note that there are m/m and m/m/f sexual scenarios in this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotica with historical fiction! 4.5 Stars 16 May 2010
By J. Suarez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up The Moonlight Mistress by Janssen thinking it was erotica with paranormal elements and a bit of a historical background, especially after reading the above book description. Instead I found much more. The story begins in Germany right as they invade Belgium and WW-I explodes and introduces the reader to Lucilla and Pascal -- the core couple. However, most of the story takes place in France after the Germans invade that country and as war rages on.

There are multiple protagonists in The Moonlight Mistress and some of them are part of an English battalion fighting in France. The war is not used as background, instead Janssen thoroughly develops the plot and cast of characters while incorporating well-written historical details and making the war part of the story. The reader is right there with those men as they dig ditches, sleep in the mud, and as they experience battles, hunger, losses and small victories. Janssen cleverly integrates the historical details into the paranormal aspect of the book; an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

The erotic scenes are great and don't overwhelm the story, although there are plenty. The couples are all likable and their relationships are thoroughly developed. There are M/F, M/M and M/M/F erotic scenes to go with the storylines Ms. Janssen weaves into The Moonlight Mistress. The M/F scenes start on the warm side with Lucilla and Pascal and get hotter as the story goes on. In the beginning sexual tension is used to develop the M/M relationship, however the sexual encounters are hot from beginning to end as is the M/M/F. You will find that all the female protagonists in the story are either strong women or women with a defined path.

The Moonlight Mistress is a well-written, enjoyable adventure with well-developed characters, hot, erotic encounters, and thorough historical details cleverly incorporated into the overall story.

4.5 Stars
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WWI historical erotica 18 Sept. 2011
By Kimba - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The cover and title of this book are misleading, and I hope they don't turn people away from an extremely well written book. The erotica is hot/very well done, believable given the personalities and circumstances of the people involved, and supports the story arcs. I haven't read many historicals set in the WW I time period, so this was fresh and interesting. The introduction of the werewolves is pretty matter of fact, and is lent credibility (in the universe of the story) by German experiments on the werewolves in both their wolf and human forms. If you've read anything paranormal it will be easy to get into this part of the story. You'll be rooting for Lucilla and Pascal, Madame Claes and others of her kind (I don't want to spoil any of the other relationships here!) I highly recommend this novel to romantica readers.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WWI Erotica 28 Jun. 2010
By Jeannie Mancini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Standing in a German train station attempting to leave for England, Lucilla Osbourne learns that Germany has just declared war on Russia, and that this night begins what we now call the Great War. Lucilla, a 40 year old spinster, is a chemist who has been in Germany working at a scientific Institute on a research project that will enhance pain killing pharmaceuticals. As no outbound trains were leaving, she is turned away and forced to retreat back to the facility. Arriving at the front gate in darkness, she finds it chained tight, with no way inside. Screaming for someone to please let her in, another outsider, a young Frenchman named Pascal Fournier, informs her that all foreign scientists associated with the institute are no longer welcome. With concern she will be sleeping on the street, Lucilla accepts an invitation to join Pascal at his hotel room until they can devise a plan to get out of Germany. In the heat of the night, on this forbidding evening that starts off World War I, these two strangers find intimacy, friendship and passion. In each other's arms and as they drift off to sleep, Pascal lies with a pistol under his pillow and a plan to garner help from a relative's friend that may help them escape. Their night of passion is detailed with one erotic sex scene after another, and the following day has them stealing a car and driving all the way to France accompanied by many stopovers for heated sexual encounters.

Deep in an underground complex beneath the Institute, Herr Krau, a scientist who has proof that werewolves exist, is torturing beautiful Tanneken, a female shapeshifting wolf. He is using her as a lab rat for experimentation. She endures painful imprisonment day after day, and paces the floors hungry for an escape from her hell. He breaks her bones, he shoots her full of bullets, he tempts her with animal and human flesh, all to watch for healing regeneration and to examine the fascinating mysteries of her wolven body.

Along with Lucilla's brother Crispin, many young men of England and France are called to war. Gearing up under hasty training, they board a train to the trenches of horror. Bullets fly, young boys die, yet friendships bind and boys become men. They talk of their mothers, they write letters to their girls, they sit with rifles in hand as they dream of home, and pray the war is swiftly over. Some sit under the stars and talk bravely of their first sexual encounters, they crave whiskey, cigarettes, and the warm touch of a woman's skin. Or in the case of this novel, sometimes a man's skin as well; for this novel serves up many scenes of steamy straight, gay and menage erotica.

Half way through this very unusual story, I decided to throw in the towel. I wasn't sure if I was reading a war novel, a romance novel, or a werewolf book. The different ingredients didn't blend, and the story did not flow for me. It was executed in a very disjointed way without focus. Midway I was very bored, feeling the characters were very lifeless, and I found no interest in them or how their lives would unfold. The writing style of the author is o.k., not fabulous, adequate but not in my opinion polished. It could be that this book was just not to my personal reading taste, but I wonder if maybe the author tried to do too much at once. I give her two stars credit for creativity that's for sure, and the attempt is certainly not a total disaster. I think more focus and character depth would have helped streamline the plot. I believe the story of Lucilla & Pascal and their involvement with the German institute that revolves around the werewolf twist would have been very sufficient. Removing the extensive war sections and keeping that as a background historical event for the time period feel, would have also worked better I think. I wanted to really like this book because I'm so big on authors who have ingenuity and unique story plots to offer, but I just couldn't find enough to keep me heading toward the finish line. On the whole I say "close, but not quite there".
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better 21 Jun. 2010
By Little Red Imp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love werewolf stories and history. I couldn't wait to read this book but I was very disappointed. The book was confusing because the author called the characters by their first names at some points and then by their last names at other points. This made it hard to follow along.

I don't mind small amounts of male/male erotica but, I like to be aware that it is going to happen in advance. Nothing on the back of the book mentioned male/male gay sex. There are several scenes like that. If you do not like this sort of thing, don't read this book. I simply was not prepared for this when I was reading the book.

The characters Pascal and Lucila are strong characters and should be brought back in another book. Tanneka is a werewolf (one of 2 main werewolves) but her character is a bit under developed. There wasn't a lot of information about her and this made it hard to like her or really care about her.

I did like how it was during one of the wars but I did not like the stereotype of mad scientist and the "creatures" used to help the bad guys win the war.

If the book had focused on the werewolves It would have been much better. Maybe follow up books that delve into the individual pasts would be easier to follow. The book has a good idea but not enough character development.
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