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Handeland Has Mastered the Werewolf Tale,
This review is from: Crescent Moon (Mass Market Paperback)The fourth in Handeland's Moon series (with this installment it's changed to the Nightcreature sereis) is a spectacularly engrossing read. Hooked from the first page till the very last, it was difficult to put the book down till I'd finished it. Handeland's talent just keeps rising and rising and "Crescent Moon" surely will land her in the paranormal romance hall of fame.
Diana is a cryptozoologist hired to find a wolf rumored to be terrorizing the swamps surrounding New Orleans, a place where no wolves are supposed to be. Thrilled to have a chance at proving the impossible to the world, she accepts and is soon immersed in The Crescent City's world of danger, intrigue and murder. Something is definitely killing the locals and though no one wants to tell, Diana is determined to discover this deep dark secret. She's in need of a guide for the swamps and when her first is inconviently disposed of in walks local Adam Ruelle to take up the slack. Rumor has it his family is cursed, deranged....mad. What Diana finds is a sexy and mysterious man that burns up her nights and he vows to protect her from anything she might find. But is he for real? Or is hiding something of his own? Strange beginnings on her trip to the Crescent City just keep getting stranger and Diana soon knows without a doubt that she is headed for danger.
This installment is without a doubt the most solid of the series to date. Emotionally engaging, witty and unique characters, from the hero and heroine to the spunky voodoo priestess Cassandra, ensure readers will love this book for that aspect alone. Diana's character was strong, level-headed and reading her dialogue was so much fun. Adam's mysterious allure was the perfect ignitor for the puzzling circunstances surrounding the wolf (and his obvious sex appeal didn't hurt either). The plot was enthralling, with so many twists and turns and it kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know, no, needing to know what happened next. This installment could almost stand alone, but some characters from the previous title, "Dark Moon", do make a guest appearance and their inclusion enriches the story nicely. The previous titles are good reads as well, but "Crescent Moon" lands the entire series on my keeper shelf. The great news too is there will be more books after this one and all I cannot wait to read them all! Five very enthusiastic stars!