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Friday, May 7, 2010

Moonlight Madness by Marilyn Lee



Moonlight Madness by Marilyn Lee
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Anthology
Length: Full Length (308 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Agapanthus

One beautiful, addictive woman. Two warring brothers prepared to fight to the death for her love.

There is no more compelling force in a vampire's life than that of bloodlust. During a difficult and prolonged Feast of Indulgence, vampire/shifter Etienne Gautier has found his perfect mate, his bloodlust, Raven Monclaire. But in order to claim her, he'll have to wrest her from the clutches of his twin brother, Acier. Etienne is determined to have Raven -- even if he has to kill Acier to get her.

The only peace and joy Acier has known during the last few years is finding his bloodlust, the beautiful but unpredictable Raven Monclaire. After a lifetime of subjugating his needs to ensure his twin, Etienne, has everything he desires, Acier learns Etienne is now demanding he relinquish Raven. A furious Acier comes to the painful realization that Etienne must die.

Only Raven can save them from themselves. But who'll rescue her?

Vampires, Werewolves, Aliens and hybrids abound in this collection of three integrated short stories by Marilyn Lee.

Part 1 – This is the beginning of our tale. Twins Etienne and Acier are thrust into the throes of their Feast of Indulgence in this story. As beginnings go, this is a good one in that it has a strong cast of characters who develop well within the story, without seeming overblown. I fell instantly for Acier’s fiancĂ©e, Raven. She is a strong woman but her relationship with half-vampire, half-shifter Acier gets very interesting as the story progresses. Filled with an abundance of characters and vividly written, this tale is a great start to the anthology.

Part 2 – Continues the tale of Acier and Etienne. Saved from his feast, Acier must now deal with the traitor in his pack that tried to kill him. The continued character development in this story is a great continuation from part 1. The story of part 2 picks up just after part 1’s conclusion. This section is definitely the rough and tumble section of the book that has erotic scenes that might make some people uncomfortable.

Part 3 - Moonlight Healing – In the conclusion to this epic tale, Etienne is saved from madness and the bonds between the twins and their bloodmates, as well as the secondary stories of their family, wrap up and all loose ends are tied. The third and final chapter of this saga continues to develop the relationships of the main characters with their fathers. The interpersonal relationships between Etienne, Acier, Raven and the twins’ vampire kin is interesting and engaging and keeps the reader turning the pages to the very end. I have to admit I am a little disappointed that some of the resolutions are alluded to but never really explained.

The only real problem I had with the story is that more supporting characters appeared with each section. These secondary characters didn’t hurt the story but they did certainly make things a bit confusing. The erotic scenes of the book seemed to be rather crudely worded to me but given the majority of the sex in the book is rough, the wording, in retrospect, seems appropriate.

Ms. Lee has written a great story that develops not only the main characters but also the supporting cast, weaving an intricate and interesting world of the creatures that roam the night.

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