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Crave The Moon (The Nightcreature Series) Mass Market Paperback – 8 Aug 2011
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"Fans are in for a treat in this hard to put down story." --Fresh Fiction on Marked by the Moon"Great reading...plenty of passion, drama, and chills." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Marked by the Moon"Handeland's supersexy brand of science and fantasy doesn't disappoint." --Booklist on Marked by the Moon"Marked by the Moon is a sly, sultry tale with twists and turns that will have you holding on tight as you anticipate what's around the next corner while immersing you into a secretive world of sizzling hot desire." --Fallen Angel Reviews (5 Angels) on Marked by the Moon"I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down till the end. The attraction between Alexandra and Julian was in turns humorous and heart wrenching...a really good love story about werewolves. Enjoy. Thanks again Lori Handeland." --Night Owl Romance Reviews on Marked by the Moon"Will absolutely rivet you to your chair. Murder, mayhem, humor and horror form a tale that keeps the reader on edge to the very end. Thunder Moon is a well-crafted story that will leave the reader longing to dig into the next Nightcreature book as soon as possible." --Night Owl Romance Reviews on Thunder Moon"Handeland is at the top of her game in this taut thriller. Part detective tale, part supernatural chiller, this is a full-on exciting read." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Thunder Moon"Handeland has a gift for creating and sustaining a mood throughout her stories that keeps the reader eagerly turning the pages..." --Fresh Fiction on Thunder Moon
About the Author
Lori Handeland is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Nightcreature Novels, The Phoenix Chronicles and Shakespeare Undead. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA awards, a Romantic Times Award for Best Harlequin Superromance, and the Prism Award from Romance Writers of America. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and a yellow lab named Ellwood.
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This tale was some 300 pages long and we only actually get into the possibility of werewolves and a very loose tie-in to the NC series circa page 209. The rest of the book seems to be a fond reminiscence of the male lead's memories of his mother's quest to find and prove the existence of an Aztec baddie. We got told of the legends, we learn of her death and how his future was shaped, but what I didn't get a sense of is his depth of attraction for the female lead, nor did I get how her best bud, who has always been like a brother to her, is suddenly revealed to be the reason for which she has only ever been on first dates in her life.
The sex scenes between the leads weren't hot, weren't descriptive and 2/3 came at a time when it was utterly ridiculous for them to be happening. Mandenauer very conveniently seemed to be on speed-dial on a tribal elder's mobile and the explanation of his existence, his origins and that of werewolves seemed to be accepted by all and sundry, no questions asked, a little too conveniently.
Was it a para tale? Just about. Was it a romance? Not really, as there were no sparks and no real description of the leads to be able to even imagine their mutual and immediate attraction. Was the baddie believable? Yes, in the sense of `a man scorned', but not in any other way. Was this really a NC tale? Only in the very barest sense. Would I buy another alleged NC tale? No, but I would read one if my local library got it in.
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This books really gave me back the thrill of reading. Crave the Moon is well-plotted, has well-defined characters who jumped off the page and made me care about them. When it appeared that the book would end with the the to protagonists worse than dead, I was devastated. The situations were believable, so much so that I even believed in the Nuahua while I was reading. (I love stories that can make me suspend my disbelief).
There were no sentences that ended in the middle, leaving me hanging as I wondered whether I had skipped a page or what, words so badly misspelled that I wondered what the author had been trying to say, nothing to mar my immersion in this story, or to interfere with my enjoyment of this wonderful book.
Congratulations Lori Handeland on one of the best books I've read in a long, long, loooong time.
Anyway the action felt very M. Night Shyamalan-ish. It gears you up, keeps you reading, the creature does some damage and when the climax is about to happen...bam! It's over and done with. But other than that it's not bad, not the best in the series. But if you like curses, werewolves, and good characters, then go for it.
I am a sucker for a hunky but geeky hero and Crave the Moon's leading man Teo is just the right mix of gorgeous, capable, and clueless (when it comes to dealing with people). I actually liked the instant connection that he forms with the heroine, Gina, who also a bit of a square peg and it helps that both have common ground of guilt and loss associated with their parent's deaths. And I thought that their chemistry together was really good. I also really liked the Aztec mythic elements that were the foundation for the creature part of the story - that part reminded me of a bit of Nightkeepers' Mayan lore - and I also liked the way that Handleland tied this into a Ute curse to give the story a home in Colorado. So, with all of this good stuff going on, I would have ended up loving Crave the Moon if I hadn't been a bit disappointed by the part of the story that followed the reveal of the 'nightcreature'. After reading Moon Cursed, I was all ready for Handleland to take on mythical creatures from all over the world and the creature in Crave the Moon - or at least its minions - felt too much like ones from earlier books in the series.
Despite my expectations, I still did end up liking Crave the Moon and I am happy that Handleland is still branching out and tackling new lore but haven't given up hoping that Handleland again takes her show on the road - there is a whole world of mythic creatures out there who need love too.
One persistent potential customer is archeologist Matteo Mecate. He wants to excavate a section of her ranch in search of an Aztec tomb his mom told him about when he was a child. He believes her stories about a sorcerer buried on the O'Neill ranch. She plans to say no to the moldy ancient academic so is stunned when a young hunk arrives to make his case in person. As they fall in love, they awaken a dormant shapeshifting sorcerer with a thirst for revenge against the descendants of those who incarcerated this evil werewolf.
The latest Nightcreature urban romantic fantasy (see Moon Cursed and marked by the Moon) is an exhilarating thriller starring two intriguing individuals especially the archeologist whose letters the heroine rips and tosses out are written in stilted intellectual English. The story line is fast-paced as sometimes you get what you wish for and he does twice: on first sight he wants sex with his hostess and second is the dig that gives hope of escape by a malevolent monster. Lori Handeland has another engaging Moon tale.
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