Grace in Moonlight
Author: Stephanie Julian
Release Date: July 20, 2011
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Lucani Lovers # 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic
Book Source: Author/Publisher
About the book:
Kaisie Giliati is the lucani king’s best tracker. He’s used to hunting and capturing his prey with little resistance. He’s also old enough to know exactly what he wants, and the feisty redhead who stirs him like no other is at the top of his list. Too bad she’s the enemy and seemingly impervious to his charms.
Grace Bellasario has a target on her back, two children to protect from their evil father and she’s in love for the first time in her life. With a man who should hate her—a man she has no business craving. But does she ever. Grace doesn’t have a chance in hell of shaking Kaisie off her tail. Now he just needs to keep her alive to live happily ever after…
What B is talking about:
Trapped between two worlds, Grace Bellasario has done everything she can, including some truly horrible things, to find a cure to help her ailing son. Born a normal child into the world of the evil Malandante, she’s been shunned by her family as a disgrace, yet she’s still hunted by the Mal who will always consider her to be his.
Kaisie Giliati has plenty to deal with without the redheaded, fiery scientist his pack has taken in. At the age of forty-four, he’s got a grown daughter of his own, is the best tracker the pack has, and has a group of well-meaning friends who think they know what’s best for him. It doesn’t help that they’re probably right.
This is, perhaps, the most mature of the Lucani Lovers novels so far. Kaisie and Grace are both adults with children of their own, and while Grace may question her own self-worth as Kaisie’s mate, she never wavers in her devotion to her children, and later, the pack. Kaisie, likewise, takes his duty to defend his pack, and his loyalty to the Lucani king, seriously. But between Grace’s determination and Kaisie’s increasing restlessness, an explosive collision is bound to happen. Good thing it’s a lot of fun when it does.
Grace in Moonlight may be the sexiest of the series yet. Having experienced considerable hurt and regret throughout their lives, Grace and Kaisie reach more freely for what they want than some of the younger characters have. Grace’s painful past experiences cause her to hesitate at first, but she’s determined to make some good memories of her own, and Kaisie is more than willing to help. He is intuitive and generous, and gives Grace the control she needs to feel safe, even when she hands that control right back to him. The resulting scenes are enthusiastic and intimate, and certainly worthy of a reread or two.
I’ve been fortunate enough to read this series from the beginning, and am happy to say that I think Julian has succeeded in writing the best one yet with Grace in Moonlight. This is a great, quick read filled with enjoyable characters and well-written action that doesn’t disappoint. The relationship between Grace and Kaisie is fierce and sexy and gives the novel as a whole a real sense of heart. The Lucanis have me hooked, and I can’t wait for the next in the series.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)