Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Review - Lucani Lovers Series Bk3: Edge of Moonlight © Stephanie Julian

Edge of Moonlight (Lucani Lovers Series Bk 3)

Author: Stephanie Julian

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

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third in the Lucani Lovers series

Etruscan wolf shifter Kaine Giliati has longed for John Simmons since he willingly agreed to wipe all memory of her from his mind. The pain in her heart is only magnified by terror—the ability to call her wolf appears to have deserted her, as well.

For months after he and his sister escaped a crazed kidnapper, John has been dreaming about a beautiful woman he’s never met but who seems so familiar. A woman he’s shocked to find in a dark bar one night. A woman who agrees to come back to his apartment for raw, passionate sex.

One erotic, stolen night reopens old wounds, uncovers buried memories and sets Kaine and John on a path filled with danger, magic and potential heartbreak.

He needed that. He needed her to cling to him. Or fight him. He wanted her to push him away or grab his head and pull his mouth down to hers.

But she just stared up at him like a sacrificial fucking lamb.

So he dropped his mouth on hers and kissed her. Hard. Put his hands on her shoulders and dragged her against him, until he felt every slight curve of her body pressed against his.

Lips smashed together, he worked at her until she opened to him, until he could slide his tongue into her warm mouth and curl around her tongue. He pushed her deliberately, sucked her breath away and felt even more desperate when she let him.

She stood there and let him kiss her, let him ease the ache in his chest with her lips and her taste and the feel of her body against his.

But he didn’t want her docile. He wanted… No, he needed her to respond.

One hand slid to her neck to hold her to him while the other slid from her shoulder to her breast. He cupped the small mound and felt a primal rush when the hard tip of her nipple pressed against his palm and she moaned into his mouth.

Yes. More.

Releasing her neck, he let that hand slide down her back until he reached her ass. Sleek and firm, her body was made for him to touch her. He wanted to rip her jeans down her legs and bend her over the nearest table.

Just the thought that he would treat her like that should’ve brought him to his senses. Instead, it made him kiss her harder.

And finally, finally, she began to come to life.

© Stephanie Julian

My Thoughts

EDGE OF MOONLIGHT is my third visit to this Lucani world of Ms Julian and if truth be told this is my favourite book of the series so far.

After leaving us in a will she, when will he situation in the last book MOONLIGHT MENAGE, I was pleased Ms. Julian started this book relatively within a few month after I had left the team. Kaine one of the  Lucani assassin is struggling, she wants the man who can’t remember her, yet she wants to be her own woman and be strong above else.

Kaine is a part of a tight knitted team that protect the Lucani, she is a team player and she has learned over the years that she has very little secrets from her two male team members who just happens to be married to the same woman. With this sort of combo in the house where they all live Kaine compartmentalises alot since “The Incident” and this does not sit well with not only her team mates but her friends as well. 

When her parental history rears it’s head with some surprising result, Kaine is packed off for the night to find out about her past so to speak and as luck or misfortune depending on who you ask would have it she meets up with John. The one man she has been trying so hard to not exactly forget but at least find a way of dealing with the emotion that is swirling around inside of her because of him.

John feels something is different about him, not in a bad way but more of a “just there and out of my reach sort of way”, however with a sister that he is worried about as well as trying to keep it together at the job where he works he has no time for his life to go haywire. Which is exactly what it does when he meets his dream woman at a bar.

John, Kaine and John’s sister has a few hours left of normality once John meets Kaine – because a whole lot is about to change, some good and some definately not so good and it all centres around Kaine.

I really like EDGE OF MOONLIGHT, it is a faster book than the previous two books in the series, probably because I was really looking forward to seeing how this romance panned out between John and Kaine and the author certainly didn’t disappoint me.

I liked Kaine alot she was not only a gutsy chic but she never played the girl thing and she rolled with the punches. Her heart and her genetics however had something to say about her tough girl stance and this alone really set this book in motion.

Just by meeting her, John sister has an almost instant reaction which set not only the whole team but the whole book moving. We get new characters being introduced as well and through her eyes I got the chance to revisit  Nic, Tira and Duke, the three  people I was hoping Ms. Julian would revisit in this book.  

John was likable and he does have some move on him when it comes to the smexing. While John wants to be all and everything to his sister and eventually Kaine, he was really limited by the amount of info he knew and eventually had access to. He played his part well and was quite assertive once he made up his mind about what and who he wanted – which is Kaine.

This book was a much more straight forward book and with little burst of action here and there and some well timed angst,  I ended up really enjoying EDGE OF MOONLIGHT. If I had a niggle it would be that after two books I really now need some solid info on the bad guys/woman. While she and her probably circumstances is not in the shadow anymore – I am still really wanting to know some of the WHY’s.

Bottom line

After two books The Lucani Lovers Series is only getting better, I am comfortable with the people I am meeting in this world, some of them to be honest feels like old friends. The world building keeps on growing, getting darker and more intense with each release and in a good way may I add.

The scenes in EDGE OF MOONLIGHT are crisper as well, less fluffing around, this obviously might be a niggle for some readers, but I found I quite like the fact that Ms Julian cut right to the chase, emotion flowed, and even the few testosterone filled moment were very bearable.

There is no clear indication of who will be the next couple to be under Ms. Julian’s pen in this series, but I am hoping it is  Cat who is one of my favourite characters in this series.

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9 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 6 July 2010 at 15:20 said...

The covers do keep getting better :) That first on still scares me though

Chris on 6 July 2010 at 15:30 said...

Brr! Look at him, shirtless in the background on that chilly cover!

Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) on 6 July 2010 at 15:52 said...

Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I really liked the first to and still have to get this one. Great review.

Erotic Horizon on 6 July 2010 at 19:53 said...

@Bloeuedd

I agree - this cover is totally rocking and quite reflectve of the book itself..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 July 2010 at 19:54 said...

@Chris..

I know you are dying to get your grubby little mitts on him to do something evil with him...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 July 2010 at 19:55 said...

@Laurie..

Hope you get to it soon- this is one you must read...

E.H>

Sassy Brit on 6 July 2010 at 20:10 said...

Thanks EH, will look out for this one!

Hope you are well.

Sassy
:)

Erotic Horizon on 6 July 2010 at 21:17 said...

@Sassy..

It's a series - so make sure you read the other two books first..

I am good hon.. Thanks

E.H>

Stephanie Julian on 11 July 2010 at 13:59 said...

EH, I'm so glad you enjoyed John and Kaine's story! Thanks for a great review.

(Sorry I'm so late posting but I was visiting the Great Mouse in FLA with my guys.)