by Lori Handeland

October 2004
ISBN: 0-312-99134-7
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

This is the first book that I have read by Lori Handeland and one I highly enjoyed. Normally paranormals are not something I prefer to read, but after looking at the information that came with the book, I thought...what the heck, and gave it a try. Iím glad that I did. I found that Blue Moon isnít your typical werewolf story, since they seem to possess a great intelligence and there is a scheme of things to happen.

Jessie MacQuade is with the sheriffís department in Miniwa Wisconsin. She believes in black and white only and can see nothing in between. She does not believe in what she can't see, touch or taste. Mystical legends were just that - legends, they were not real. Or so she thought until one fateful night.

William Codette is a new professor at the university. He is a specialist in legends, especially the ones that involve and revolve around Indian tribes and folklore. To say he likes his privacy is an understatement, and walking around in the nude is one of the reasons. That is how Jessie comes across him one night - nude - and he didnít have a care in the world about being that way. To say he was comfortable in his own skin is very accurate.

Miniwa seemed to be having a problem with wolves so an expert is called in to help. Only this isnít your normal expert, and Jessie is along for the ride. Of course the wolves being hunted are not your typical wolves either, but werewolves.

Jessie and Will have both been looking for something and they seem to find it in each other. Of course the sexual tension and the sex between them was there and it seemed that whenever they were together they couldnít keep their hands off each other no matter where they were.

The interaction between the characters in the story was fantastic. The dialogue was witty - yes witty - fast paced, and had some laugh out loud moments as well. Jessie and Will pretty much had a go at each other from the moment they met; the attraction between the two of them was that great. It seemed that Will had a comeback or an innuendo to almost everything Jessie said. Blue Moon is a story that has deceit, misguided trust, love and the ability to believe in other things that are not black and white and not something that you can see. If you enjoy werewolves that are linked to folklore with characters that seems to be in every town, whether it is small or big, then pick up a copy of Blue Moon. You will not be disappointed.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Pam.

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