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Monday, April 27, 2009

Mark of the Moon by B.J. McCall

Mark of the Moon by B.J. McCall
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (46 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Vervain

The mark of the moon prophecy ordains that Ivy Ward must mate with the werewolf bearing a birthmark similar to the one she bears, a crescent-shaped moon. No were in Ivy’s pack will touch her and she’s lived her life saddled with the nickname, Poison Ivy.

Frustrated and looking for love, Ivy takes an extended vacation with a California pack. Since her mark isn’t readily visible, Ivy embarks on a personal mission of passion. All she needs is a sexy, unsuspecting were to help her.

Lodan Hunt bears the mark of the moon, but there is far more to the prophecy than a preordained mate.

One were and one she-wolf, destined to mate.

Ivy has spent her life hating the mark of the moon branded on her skin since birth. It’s kept her from accepting a mate and having a normal life; so when a friend invites her for a visit in California, Ivy jumps at the opportunity. She feels this is her one chance to have a wild, passionate time without her horrible nickname following her – Poison Ivy.

Lodan has always been a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy. However, it isn’t because he doesn’t want a mate, it’s because he can’t take one. Marked at birth with a waning moon, he is part of a prophecy, with a destined mate chosen for him at birth by the fates. Lodan isn’t sure he believes in the prophecy… until he meets Ivy and the sparks begin to fly.

Even though the story was short, it still had a good plot and the characters were well developed. While Lodan first appears to be a “typical man” only interested in sex, it doesn’t take long to discover that there is more to him than meets the eye. It’s obvious from the first that he and Ivy are meant to be together, but it’s interesting to watch them come to the realization themselves. The love scenes are plentiful and steam up the pages with graphic detail and delicious descriptions. Occasionally the sentences were a bit stilted, but overall it flowed pretty well.

I can recommend this story, hands down, to anyone looking for a quick read with scorching love scenes and a good storyline. Mark of the Moon is a page turner, gripping the reader from the first page and not letting go until the very end. Ms. McCall definitely has writing down to a science.

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