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Review: Kiss of Moonlight

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Kiss of Moonlight

Author: Stephanie Julian 
Release Date: October 2009
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Lucani Lovers Series, Book 1
ISBN: #978-1419925399
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica
Format(s): E-book
I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.

From the author’s website:

Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, she didn’t expect to find a sanctuary from her demons or hot sex. But appearances can be deceiving. His tender touch and the hunger in his eyes brands her his for life.

But otherworldly forces are afoot and death hovers…

Etruscan werewolf Kyle Rossini is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate.  Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra stumbles into his world and his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing will keep him from her.

What B is talking about:

Like any proper Alpha Male, Kyle Rossini keeps mostly to himself, is content to do his job as his king’s assassin, and likes to work on his muscle car in his spare time. An early (and refreshing) deviation from the stereotype comes in the form of Kyle’s fifteen year old daughter, Catene, who decides their new neighbor might be in trouble, and needs checking on.

Tamra McMillan is running from her memories of a horrific attack and has isolated herself in her family’s old, run-down cabin in an attempt to come to terms with it and eventually reenter her former life. She’s looking for a decent night’s sleep and some inner peace, not earth-shattering sex, and certainly not a Lucani (an Etruscan skin-shifter) mate. Of course, things hardly ever go as planned, and Tamra gets more than she could have ever anticipated.

Readers should know that there are vague flashbacks of the attack on Tamra. They aren’t overly explicit, but are mentioned through her memories and as details from the police report, as well as in a general overview of her case Kyle discovers while looking for particulars on Tamra online. I didn’t feel they overwhelmed the story in any way, however, but instead illustrate Tamra’s inner strength in overcoming what happened to her.

Kiss of Moonlight definitely has some predictable moments and repetitions, but they don’t do the book any real harm. Julian injects a lot of originality into familiar tales, which keeps the story fresh and unique. Kiss of Moonlight is the first novel in the Lucani Lovers series, and while lighter faire overall, it’s a sweet and sexy read. I’m very excited to be able to read the other three books in the series and see what these gorgeous shifters are up to next.

B’s Rating: 

Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)

 

  • I just read this one not too long ago, and really liked it. I was shocked that I liked Tamara so much, because I normally don’t like traumatized heroines, but she was just really likable!

  • B.

    She really was! I think it’s because the trauma she went through didn’t weigh down the story, nor did it turn her into Superwoman. It was well-balanced within the story. It was a good story all around. Glad you liked it, too!

  • I liked this one and overall this series is pretty good!

  • This looks really good! I have to admit that I have a soft spot for traumatized heroines, but only if they show some kind of backbone. I cannot stand a weak heroine.

    Dammit, I have to add another book to my TBR pile! LOL

  • I’d love to read this. Sounds really good!

  • Great review Jen! This does sound like a good book to check out sometime. I’m glad to see that her attack doesn’t overwhelm the book but enough details and images are given to develop her character and help you relate/understand her more.

  • Hey Jen, I’m so glad you enjoyed Kyle and Tam!

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