Friday, March 27, 2009

Review – “Racing the Moon” by Michele Hauf from Midnight Cravings

Harlequin/ Silhouette Nocturne
Published: April 1, 2009
ISBN #: 9780373250936
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 297
Midnight Cravings is a collection of paranormal romance novella’s that first appeared individually under Harlequin’s specialty line of eBooks called Nocturne Bites. Now for the first time, six of these have been gathered together and are available in print.

Table of Contents:
Michele Hauf – Racing the Moon
Karen Whiddon - Mate of the Wolf
Lori Devoti - Captured
Anna Leonard - Dreamcatcher
Vivi Anna – Mahina’s Storm
Bonnie Vanak – Broken Souls

Over the next week or so I will post a review of each. Personally I think it is great that Harlequin has compiled this anthology for readers that prefer their books on paper. First up I offer you Racing the Moon by Michele Hauf.

Racing the Moon
Novella Blurb - When the full moon rises, his urgent sexual desire becomes overpowering...and satisfying his demanding lust is the one way he can stop his transformation. But now he’s stranded in the middle of nowhere, with a storm raging outside, and moonrise imminent. And only the beautiful stranger who rescued him can keep the wolf at bay. Only, she’s resisting his ardent seduction with all her might. It’s not that she doesn’t ache for him every bit as hungrily as he does for her. Their mutual attraction is fierce and explosive. But they are very different species...and surrendering to her desire will call forth something much more terrifying than the wolf.
I was quite taken with the whimsical nature of this paranormal romance story. First off it started with nice role reversals. The big tough cowboy type is stranded at the side of the road with a broken down vehicle and is rescued by a sexy female tow truck driver/mechanic. A little mutual ogling occurs and Sunday brings Dean back to her garage to make repairs. The sexual tension begins to ratchet up almost immediately.

A storm, lack of repair parts, and distance from town strands them together for the night. It doesn’t take long for them to discover each other’s supernatural nature. Dean is a werewolf and Sunday a familiar (cat). They spend the time getting to know one another discovering each is a bit of a loner. Their natural ‘cats and dogs’ antagonism makes for some entertaining dialogue as they explore their mutual attraction. I enjoyed the author poking a little fun at her usual preference of supernatural creature -
"You thinking about vampires?" he asked, his mouth still at her neck.
She chuckled. "Hate 'em."
"Me, too. Glad to know we share the same priorities."
Some of the world-building ideas are kind of fun and tongue-in-cheek too as Sunday relates –
In familiar years, she was yet young, at an actual mortal twenty-five years. Most familiars didn't master bridging until their second lifetime--yes, they had nine.
Of course there is a fly in the ointment. With the full moon imminent the only way that Dean can suppress the wolf is through sex. But with a familiar? And Sunday reveals that if she has sex, her familiar powers will create a bridge and draw a demon into the human world with a 50/50 chance of it being evil and possibly destroying them. But the alternative is for Dean to change to the wolf which also might result in her own death or injury. What to do, what to do.

The big climactic scene (in more ways than one) is both hot and sexy and delivers some fine action (the other kind) too. This is a fairly short novella at 45 pages but delivers a charming romance and HEA. It would be nice to see more Dean and Sunday stories. A strong first novella in what promises to be an entertaining collection. If you like paranormal romance - start right here.


AUTHOR PROFILE

From Michele - I've never been into werewolves. Not sure why. Maybe because vampires fascinate me so much. Then, in Kiss Me Deadly, I wrote a small part for the werewolf Severo. He intrigued me enough to want to explore werewolves a little more. Dean Maverick walked into my brain, all sexy and swaggering and desperate to find some sexual healing before the full moon. And what better woman to pair him with than his natural opposite—a cat-shifting familiar. Dean made me fall in love with werewolves. I hope you'll love him, too.

Look for Severo's story this fall in Moon Kissed!

Read an excerpt from Racing the Moon here.



5 comments:

  1. I know I haven't read any of these authors before but this one sounds good. Love the 'cats and dogs' thing, very interesting take!

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  2. Lady_tink I am finding this novella collection has a similar charm to the paranormal short stories in the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. I've read several of Michele Hauf's novels and always enjoyed them but have only read short stories by most of the others in various anthologies. That's what's nice about collections - you get to check out new authors!

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  3. I actually picked up this book at Border's today! So, I really can't wait to read it. I do have to say SciFi, that I do love your reviews.

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  4. Thanks so much Cecile. Feel free to drop back once you've read the book, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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  5. I sure will. Thanks for allowing me to do that. As soon as I done with Wicked Hot, I will read this one. And I shall return! =)

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