Wednesday, July 4, 2018

#BookReview – ‘Kiss of Moonlight’ by Stephanie Julian


Blurb

Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons in his arms. In fact, everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss... He wants to brand her as his for life.

Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra, battered but not broken, stumbles into his world and tumbles into his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing—not kidnappers or visions of his possible death—will keep him from her.

Review

After suffering a horrible attack several months earlier, Tamra McMillon takes up residence in a small cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania and befriends two wolves who keep coming around the property. Little does she know these wolves are more than what they seem.
Kyle Rossini and his teenage daughter Cat are worried for their new neighbor, and the chemistry between him and Tamra is off the charts. It’s definitely insta-lust and insta-love. He knows right away what’s between them is special and that she’ll be a perfect mate for him, but their lives take a turn neither expected when someone tries to hunt Tam down.
Though I enjoyed the story for the most part, the insta-love didn’t feel real to me. I did like, however, that Tamra wanted to have a sexual relationship with Kyle. Even though she was previously raped, she wasn’t fearful of sex. So kudos to her!
Though the characters are interesting, and I liked the author’s writing style, this book needs an edit. There were stray typos (a few random periods and quotation marks that didn’t belong) and there was head-hopping between characters without proper scene breaks (but most of these flowed well, and I didn’t become too confused as to whose POV I was reading in). Also, the author forgot the heroine’s last name in one instance (she wrote McDonnell) and misspelled a minor character’s name.
There were a lot of secondary characters. Though this book is number one in the Lucani Lovers series, it’s connected to another series. Since I haven’t read any of those other books, some of these characters were confusing.
There are unanswered questions. The main two are: ‘Who tried to kidnap Tamra?’ and ‘Who shot Cole?’ The reader never learns who the bad guy is, and the conflict isn’t resolved. I hope everything is answered in the next book in the series, but I wish I could’ve read it here.
3 Stars

Disclaimer – I downloaded this book from Amazon and volunteered to review it. I am not compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.