In the South Georgian small town of Wayland, a coven of witches waits to take their revenge. A hundred of year heritage of the town rising against their own who possess paranormal gifts has left a burning rage and determination for revenge. Led by Falcon, the coven plans to take revenge on the town whose citizens killed generations of parents and grandparents.
Adam Marshall comes to the Olakimpa swamp, a privately owned Nature's Refuge, to take the place of its previous ranger, Ken White, who was killed in an unsolved shooting. Soon after arriving, a mysterious scent leads the shapeshifter to witness a coven of witches cavorting in the moonlight. The powerful herbs cast on the fire mesmerize him until he must flee for his life with the coven in hot pursuit.
The next morning Adam returns to the site, to find a woman gathering herbs. Biologist Sara Watson researches the local fauna for commercial medicinal plants as part of an agreement between the swamp owner and Granville Pharmaceuticals. Shortly after her arrival in Wayland, Sara begins to have an awakening of her psychic talents - gifts she has repressed since she was four. As Adam and Sara struggle to control their mutual attraction they quickly find themselves joining efforts against danger as the coven targets them next.
Author Rebecca York pens an exciting read in WITCHING MOON. Adam's use of his shapeshifting abilities adds an unusual element to this police procedural even as his sensuality lends the romance delightful heat. Sara's struggle to reconcile her abilities with her determination to fit into the ordinary world leads to an intriguing internal struggle. Indeed, the characterizations, including wonderfully developed secondary characters, are the novel's greatest strength. While York's knowledge of Wicca seems superficial at best, and requires the reader to accept paranormal gifts as the sole definition of a witch, the cult's combined abilities do result in a riveting read. WITCHING MOON comes highly recommended.