Friday, July 8, 2011

Crave the Moon-Lori Handeland

Crave the Moon
Lori Handeland
St. Martin’s, Jun 28 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780312389369

Gina O’Neill needs cash to pay the mortgage or lose her Nahua Springs Ranch that she and previous generations of her family have lived on for ages. She believes her best solution to earn money is more paying guests at her dude ranch.

One persistent potential customer is archeologist Matteo Mecate. He wants to excavate a section of her ranch in search of an Aztec tomb his mom told him about when he was a child. He believes her stories about a sorcerer buried on the O’Neill ranch. She plans to say no to the moldy ancient academic so is stunned when a young hunk arrives to make his case in person. As they fall in love, they awaken a dormant shapeshifting sorcerer with a thirst for revenge against the descendants of those who incarcerated this evil werewolf.

The latest Nightcreature urban romantic fantasy (see Moon Cursed and marked by the Moon) is an exhilarating thriller starring two intriguing individuals especially the archeologist whose letters the heroine rips and tosses out are written in stilted intellectual English. The story line is fast-paced as sometimes you get what you wish for and he does twice: on first sight he wants sex with his hostess and second is the dig that gives home of escape by a malevolent monster. Lori Handeland has another engaging Moon tale.

Harriet Klausner

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