Book Reviews of Blue Moon (Nightcreature, Bk 1)

Blue Moon (Nightcreature, Bk 1)
Blue Moon - Nightcreature, Bk 1
Author: Lori Handeland
ISBN-13: 9780312991340
ISBN-10: 0312991347
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 257 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
This is the first in a series of paranormal romances. The main character is a small-town female police officer named Jessie McQuade. A woman is badly injured when she hits a wolf with her SUV, and McQuade is sent to investigate. She follows the trail of a wolf and finds a gorgeous naked man. Are things about to get hairy?*

I am picky about romance novels, but this one satisfied my criteria. There are a lot of things I liked about it.
1) The heroine is smart. She has common sense and she calls for backup when appropriate.
2) Her love interest is a caring, mature person. Specifically, he appreciates the heroine for more than just her body. Also, although there is some sexy R-rated wrestling, he never pushes past what she's willing to give him.
3) I didn't care that I could see where the plot was going. Most romances are a bit predictable. That's okay, as long as they're good enough that you don't mind, and in this case I didn't. I knew who Jessie was going to end up with, but I really wanted to know how it would happen and what they would say to each other and how they would (inevitably) foil the bad guys.
4) Who the bad guys are and what their deal is remains a mystery up until the end.

I enjoyed this book and I will be looking up more of Ms. Handeland's work. Recommended for all fans of love stories with bite!* Four stars.

*Sorry, guys. I tried hard but I couldn't resist.
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Helpful Score: 4
Other than the Anne Rice Vampire chronicles I have never really gotten into supernatural fiction, and I don't think I've ever read a romance novel. So I didn't have high expectations for this book, but I was very surprised at how much I liked the book.

Mrs. Handeland really has something with this book. I was instantly captivated by the action that takes place at the beginning of the book. The main character, Jessie, was very relatable. I could see myself in her shoes and her thoughts and dialogue was something I could hear coming out of my mouth.

As the story progresses you begin to share the doubt that Jessie has and as new bits of the story come together I found myself trying to figure out who was the Wolf God.

Overall I think this was very well written and I will defiantly be getting the next book in the series. The only reason that I didn't give it a 5-star rating is that I don't see this book as being something that I would re-read. But I did like it and found myself for a few nights reading until I couldn't keep my eyes open, simply because I didn't want to put this one down.
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Helpful Score: 3
Jessie McQuade is just a small town Wisconsin cop when things start going screwy. What seems like a random car accident pushes her into a world where werewolves roam the streets, gorgeous professors walk around naked, and German werewolf hunters prove the most sane minds of the bunch. It's up to Jessie to try and stay ahead of the pack, before the werewolves win and nobody's left to fight them off.

I actually read "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding" before this, and got my first taste of the author there with her short story, "Charmed by the Moon." Because I enjoyed that one so much, I decided to check out the entire series, and I was thrilled to see the two characters from that in this first offering. Even better, the book turned out to be swiftly paced, with an incredibly likable heroine, a gorgeous romantic hero, and supporting characters that leap off the page. Jessie and Will both have their insecurities, and while the suspense was mildly spoiled for me because I read that later short story about them, there were still moments when I questioned just who was a good guy and who wasn't.

I'm also tremendously relieved because it doesn't fall into the whole mate trap that so many shapeshifter/werewolf romances do. That might change for later books, which I plan to start reading as soon as I can get them, but for this one at least, it made a welcome change.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was an awesome read!!! I just happened to stumble across it and Im REALLY glad I did! Its got were's, action, romance, and great plots!! What a GREAT mix! if you are a werewolf romance lover, this is the book for you!
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Helpful Score: 2
The only thing I don't like about the book was that it was in the first person and I don't like that in romance novel.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great book, held my interest to the end. One of those book I was unable to guess the ending. Looking forward to reading more of Lori Handeland's books.
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this was really good. i finished it in one night in the bath ,but the water got pretty cold. the next book in this series gets better.i goofed and read it out of order . have fun reading,Dot.
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By the light of a blue moon, danger prowls-Miniwa, Wisconsin, is under siege, but not by the usual summer tourists....
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Great book with a great twist in the end.
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Miniwa, Wisconsin, is under siege, but not by the usual summer tourists. The area's normally shy wolf population has begun stalking human prey, and their victims have been disappearing...or worse. Something is happening in the woods. Something no one can explain....

Officer Jessie McQuade has seen plenty in her years on the force, but nothing as intriguing as the gorgeous, naked man she encounters while tracking a rogue wolf. Professor Will Cadotte is a Native American activist. He's also the only man capable of distracting Jessie from her work. And for a cop, distraction, no matter how pleasurable, can be deadly. It's against Jessie's better judgement to accept Will's help in her investigation, yet she soon finds herself doing exactly that, and more. Will's dark, penetrating eyes see into a part of Jessie's soul she never knew existed, It's exhilarating...and terrifying. Now, as a town's deepest secrets come to light, no one is safe: not friends, lovers, or strangers. And as Jessie follows a trail to the shocking truth, she'll have to decide who she can trust when the moon is full....
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Good book! keeps you guessing all the way through!
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I got half way throught the book and fell asleep inbetween the short chapters. The book was trying to keep my attention but I did not even laugh at some of the main character's quick smart replies or comments. I guess I did not like the "I" dialogue, the first person writing. I do not reccomend this book and it really was bad that I did wanted to know how the book ended.
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I really liked this book and will read more by this author.
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Great read! In Blue Moon, Officer Jessie McQuade comes upon some strange happenings in her town. Matters get complicated when she falls for a professor specializing in wolf lore. Is he a werewolf? Is someone in the police department involved? Is the special hunter sent by the goverment who he really says he is? Fast book-now I need to find the others in this series.
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This book was amazing. Lori Handeland really knows how to pull the reader in with her descriptions and suspense. I couldn't put the book down. :)
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I loved the book! It was the first of the serious that I read. Half way through I was hooked and couldn't wait for the next book.
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Not a bad book. I'll read the next one. The story had a hole or two but nothing I couldn't live with.
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I really hate to say this, but this book disappointed me. The first hurdle was the first person narrative. After that, the book just couldn't catch my attention. I'm only 80 pages in and it's already been a week. It's not well written, the main character isn't very deep, and at times it's outright boring. I'm sorry if this seems overly negative, but it is very disheartening to actually give up on a book.
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I'll start off by saying this, Jessie McQuade is not your typical heroine. She is rough, crude, sarcastic, tomboyish, pervy and often annoying. All qualities that put me off to her from the get go, yet somehow besides all that you grow to accept her as the far from perfect woman she is. I can't say you grow to like her but you get used to her and appreciate how real she is, for me this appreciation came with her frequent pervy thoughts that often had me laughing. Yes girls have them too guys!!!!
Anyway, the story is set in a small town, and the book does a great job of maintaining that small town feel, often from the descriptions and just the "simple" train of thought shared through the characters. Our story begins when a routine traffic accident leads to a wolf bite which spreads a special strain of rabies throughout the town, a strain that turns people into crazy murders within 24hrs. Now if anyone has any common sense they will note that rabies don't do this but remember this is a small town...lol. Jessie eventually puts two and two together and realizes that these are not your average wolves. Werewolves anyone?
Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the day of the traffic accident she runs into a hot naked man in the woods named Will. Her investigation of the wolves eventually leads her back to this mysterious naked man and Chemistry ensues. Yes people this is a romance mystery but do not fear its not sappy and its packed full with unintended/intended comedy to keep, well me, interested. There is obvious attraction between the two but the pursuit of a relationship is halted by.
1. The fact that he is way hotter than her and a known playboy therefore he cant be serious
2. Her insecurities about herself and her uncertainty in her ability to love.
3. She thinks hes a werewolf trying to kill her, even though he constantly says he isnt.
Regardless sexual attraction is mighty powerful and they do hook up. Yeah! (BTW Will can be mighty innocent and cute besides his manly powers and perfect physique). Back to the mystery part of the novel, Jessie learns that there is a master wolf who is turning everyone in the town into werewolves in order to build a werewolve army and take over the worldJessie has to find the bad guy by the next blue moon or disaster will ensue. This part of the book is rather fun and will keep you guessing almost till the end.
Overall, the book was written well, the mystery is intriguing and simple, the romance is realistic-ish and steamya definite page turner. The reason I cant give it a higher rating is because I dont feel that you can take anything away from this novel and it doesnt really leave you wanting. Its just over and youre o.k. with that.
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Funny & exciting, great character development. She's a cop, is he a werewolf?
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This is the first of the series. Very good read.
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This was a great book. The heroine was a wonderful, sarcastic, strong woman. I laughed out loud about every other page. The sexual tension was hot but did not detract from the main story as it raced on. Awesome book if you like lycanthrope stories.
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Good first book in a new series about werewolves.
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By the light of a blue moon, danger prowls--Miniwa, Wisconsin, is under seige, but not by the usual summer tourists. The area's normally shy wolf population has begun stalking human prey, and their victims have been disappearing...or worse. Something is happening in the woods. Something no one can explain... Officer Jessie McQuade has seen plenty in her years on the force--but nothing as intriguing as the gorgeous, naked man she encounters while tracking a rogue wolf. Professor Will Cadotte is a Native American activist. He's also the only man capable of distracting Jessie from her work. And for a cop, distraction--no matter how pleasurable--can be deadly. It's against Jessie's better judgment to accept Will's help in her investigation, yet she soon finds herself doing exactly that--and more. Will's dark, penetrating eyes see into a part of Jessie's soul she never knew existed. It's exhilarating...and terrifying. Now, as a town's deepest secrets come to light, no one is safe: not friends, lovers, or strangers. And as Jessie follows a trail to the shocking truth, she'll have to decide who she can trust when the moon is full...
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Part of a series about werewolves who meet and romance their chosen life mates. This book is the first of the series and takes place in Wisconsin.
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This is my favorite in Handeland's Wisconsin moon series. The heroine is great, and the hero is wonderful.
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I really enjoyed this book. It had mystery and romance which I found was a lot of fun to read.
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A REALLY GREAT SERIES,WILL BE LOOKING FOR MORE.
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Great book, can't wait for the next one...
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By the light of a blue moon, danger prowls--Miniwa, Wisconsin is under siege, but not by the usual summer tourists. The area's normally shy wolf population has begun stalking human prey......
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I really liked the book up until why it was explained how the werewolves came to be and the roll they played in the story. It's a first person narrative which I usually don't like, but Jessie, the heroine, made it enjoyable and sometimes funny.
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A pretty good take on the werewolf-native american legends.
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a bit raunchy in parts, but a great one if you're a fan of the genre!
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can't go wrong with anything handeland
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Excellent series in this genre.
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Chilling and sizzling
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I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and I didn't want to put it down.
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Great read. Held my interest.
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My first Lori Handeland book and definitely not my last. I liked the characters and the writing style of first person through the heroines eyes. The plot was strong and the suspense/mystery kept me guessing all the way, which I thoroughly enjoy. The only beef I have is that I prefer my heroines to be less butch and not so mouthy with all the bluntness and cursing, but hey, I'm opened-minded and appreciate the book for its uniqueness. Now on to Hunter's Moon.
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For me the book was ok... the whole Whites not wanting to mengle with the Indians thing really got on my nerves, honestly!!!! but other then that it was ok!
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Officer Jessie McQuade has seen plenty in her years on the force-but nothing as intriguing as the gorgeous, naked man she encounters while tracking a rogue wolf. Professor Will Cadotte is a Native American activist. He's also the only man capable of distracting Jessie from her work. And for a cop, distraction, can be deadly. It's against Jessie's better judgment to accept Will's help in her investigation, yet she soon finds herself doing exactly that. Will's dark, penetrating eyes see into a part of Jessie's soul she never knew existed. Now, as a town's deepest secrets come to light, no one is safe:not friends,lovers, or strangers. And as Jessie follows a trail to the shocking truth, she'll have to decide who she can trust when the moon is full...
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this book is considered time travel romance.