What a surprise! These authors create a paranormal romance world very similar to Sherrilyn Kenyon's in all its abundance of shapeshifters. I have to admit I prefer Hunter's Moon to Kenyon's stories.
In a refreshing departure from current convention, the authors chose to tell a story from the hero's point of view in first person narration. Tony happens to be a hired killer, and his latest client, Sue, wants him to kill none other than herself. However, he is also a werewolf, and something about this lady's scent gets right under his skin.
Scent features prominently and quite originally in describing a werewolf's ability to recognize emotion. At times, it may even become too much, but I was quite taken by the complexity of Tony's awakening to his own feelings. Rather potent concepts of energy exchange make for quite a climactic final battle.
I also appreciated that we are introduced to a world of shapeshifters through the perspective of a hero who is himself knew to being a werewolf. Tony's relationship with Sue brings his new powers to the fore. The more he lets himself be drawn to her, the more of his powers come into play to challenge his course of action, the deeper he is taken into a reality populated by paranormal beings as varied as people, and with just as many rules. I love the way the authors used the concept of wolfs mating for life to deepen Tony's internal struggle rather than make the plot predictable. Even though I knew I was reading a romance and that they always end happily ever after, I was curious and riveted right to the last page, where I could hardly wait for the next installment, Moon's Web.
I read up to the point where the werewolf hitman for the mob had managed to lose track of when the full moon was and shift in front of the woman who was trying to hire him to kill her and gave up. Sorry, just can't buy a werewolf assassin dumb enough not to be more careful about when and where he's going to get furry.
A great read about a not so perfect woman at the end opf her rope and knowing no way else out but death, hires Tony, woh it turns out isn't wholley human. But he doesn't care that Sue's not perfect,neither is he obviously. I read this in one night, and though I've never read these authors before, i wouldn't mind reading more of their imaginitive tales.
I think I could have stomached this book had it not been for the heroin in it, Sue. She was annoying and overly needy to the point that if I could slap her I would. The hero Tony starts out real tough but the character changes, it is subtle but he just isn't the tough guy he starts out as, could have been a good book but sadly I found it tough to read.
R. E. (re) reviewed Hunter's Moon (Tale of the Sazi, Bk 1) on
The main character is a shapeshifter, a 'were. A different "take" from the vampire series so prevalent around, which I also love to read. I am looking forward now to getting ahold of the next book by these two Texas authors.
This is a fun, quick read. The fact that the male is the one telling the story adds an interesting angle. A tiny quibble I have, though, is that the female lead tended to get on my nerves. She admits that she doesn't have any "backbone," and, frankly, she's right.
Sue Quentin has reached the end of her rope shes desperate, and theres only one way out: death. Her plan doesnt include falling for Tony, the mysterious his man she hires. He listens when she speaks and somehow convinces her that maybe her problem arent entirely insurmountable. He even thinks her little potbelly is sexy. So hes a werewolf everyone has flaws.
Sue enjoys being coddled by Tony, and, for his part, Tony likes the way Sue moans when he touches her. She begins to think she and Tony might have a shot at a future together, despite his unorthodox professionand even though she doesnt know his real name.
But when Tonys enemies not all of whom are fully human decide Sue makes a perfect target, will Tony risk letting his darker side out during the day to save her?
Overall this book was a fairly standard paranormal romance plot - werewolf meets woman and immediately forms strange and powerful bond with her. They try to fight their attraction to each other, various bad things happen, they overcome the bad guys and accept that they're together.
The book is written from the man's point of view, which was interesting at times. The female lead annoyed me quite a bit - she was unable to stand up to her over powering and demanding family to the point that she decided death was the only way to deal with it. She was very passive at the beginning of the book, with odd moments of standing up for herself. She did improve as the book went on, as the mail lead was helping her gain confidence in herself, which was nice.
The beginning was interesting, but about three-quarters of the way through the unique qualities of this world and these characters were no longer enough to hold my interest in the fairly standard plot, and I wound up skimming the last bit of the book.
Overall, not a bad book, but no interesting enough to get me to the next book.
Interesting concept. Sue wants to die, so she hires Tony, an assassin to off her. Told in first person, Tony's POV, also different. What came next was also interesting.
At first I wondered why Sue was a well known face, didn't have to wait long, it's found out in chapter 2. I was a little disappointed in both Sue and Tony. Neither are that sympathetic or likeable. Sue was such a pushover and doormat. Instead of contemplating suicide, there were so many other ways to get away from her dreadful family! Tony is unapologetic for what he does for a living.
What worked for me is the support each gave the other and acceptance for who they were, without changing. I liked that Sue went into therapy. For 2 characters that I didn't like at first, I liked them both by the end and was entertained by their journey.
The "Sazi" are brought up in the last part of the book, could have used more info about them. Good start to a new series. (That's been out for awhile now, but new to me).
Next book Sue and Tony again, I will probably not read it.