Monday, June 21, 2010

Review: Moon Craving by Lucy Monroe

 Title: Moon Craving
Author: Lucy Monroe
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Series: Children of the Moon #2

I remember reading the first book in this series, Moon Awakening years ago and falling in love with it. I was so excited when it had book #1 by it-I couldn't wait to read about the other characters in this story. Little did I know how long I would have to wait. I want to thank all the fans who wrote to Lucky Monroe and asked for this book-in the dedications section of the book she thanked everyone who wrote in and begged for this story. I tried reading other books by her, but none of had the same magical feeling that Moon Awakening did.

This was such a sweet story. While Moon Craving is the second book of the Children of the Moon series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone book.  Talorc is Laird of the Sinclair clan and he is ordered by the King to marry an Englishwoman-Abigail.  Talorc isn't happy by this order, but is determined to follow his Kings order. Abigail is torn-she doesn't want to marry a man she hasn't met, but wants to leave the house where her mother has treated her horribly since she became deaf at age 10 from an illness. She also wants to go to Scotland, because it's where her stepsister, Jenny (from book 1) lives. Abigail figures that if her highlander turns out to be horrible, she can always escape and go and live with her sister-the only family member who really cares about her.

Abigail doesn't want her future husband to learn that she is deaf. She views it as a weakness, and based on the awful reaction of her mother and sister  thinks that Talorc will never love her if he finds out about her deafness. Little does she know that Talorc has a secret of his own-he happens to be a werewolf, as is most of his clan. This is a secret that generations of his kind has kept secret from both outsiders and members of their clan that aren't werewolves for fear of what would happen when their secret was discovered. Then something happens that the two didn't expect-they begin to fall in love with each other. They have major obstacles to overcome but Abigail feels deceived when she finds out that Talorc has kept such a big secret from her, and he will do anything to win her back.

I really liked how Abigail wasn't your typical heroine. She was deaf, and the story dealt a lot with how she handled not being able to hear. I loved seeing her grow from someone who wasn't sure of herself into someone who knew what she was all about. I also loved how Talorc defended Abigail, and both were able to help each other out with their issues. I thought the book dragged a bit in the middle, but made up for it at the end.  There was also another love story going on-between two of the guys in Talorcs guard, and while I have no problem with that kind of storyline I thought it was weird to be thrown into this story. It was well done, but just seemed out of place. This was a cute story, but I think my expectations of it were just too high after four years of waiting for it.

Crush Meter: Low
Sigh Meter: Medium
Sizzle Meter: Low
Sleep Meter: High
Barrons Hero Hotness Meter: Low