Moonlight Captivation by Angela Castle
Publisher: Torrid Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia
Uncontrolled passion ignites when Neman, an ex-Sumerian Moon god turned hunter, rescues a drunken woman from being killed by a demon. Not long afterward Vanessa finds herself pregnant, with little clue as to who the father is. Then a drop-dead-sexy man turns up on her doorstep claiming to be her baby’s father—and a god.
Neman realizes the woman he couldn’t resist, and impregnated, is part of a six thousand year old prophecy. But now, every demon ruler from hell wants Vanessa and the baby dead.
During an action packed ride, Neman must bring the prophecy to pass, and protect Vanessa. The woman gets under his skin and into his heart. She gives him a new sense of purpose, one to replace his revenge-filled, demon hunting existence.
Vanessa (Nessa) is having an extremely bad day. After coming home from her monotonous job as a Medical Records clerk, she catches her boyfriend in the act of cheating with the hot next-door neighbor. While that normally is enough to set a person off, it isn’t until he asks her if she would like to join them that she knows enough is more than enough. She finds her temporary solace at the bottom of a bottle and staggers back to her apartment a few hours later only to be stopped by the hottest guy she’s ever met. Now that wouldn’t be such a bad thing until the reality of the next morning hits and with it a migraine and no memory of what happened the night before. Nessa carries on though and decides it’s time to take out the trash – also known as her ex-boyfriend’s things. Little did she know that she was being watched and a tall, dark, and handsome knight is about to come to her rescue.
Being an immortal, ex-god turned demon-hunter does have some advantages. Like an extra sensitive sense of smell and the ability to teleport. When Neman sees the woman staggering through an alleyway on her way to what she thinks is a cat, he knows he has to step-in before the “cat” reaches her. Neman never planned on what happened next, but the mystery woman was just too delicious to resist. Even in her inebriated state, Neman found her charming and was left wanting more of her the next day. His plan was to never see her again, but fate has other ideas especially when a wanted dead or alive poster surfaces. After their explosive introduction, Neman is not be able to walk away from Nessa a second time, but can he protect from those that hunt her?
For at least a short period of time, it was nice to get lost in another world. A world filled with different beings and creatures with powers and languages all their own. However, with the storyline mostly centered on Nessa and Neman and their developing relationship, it was hard at times to understand this new world and the players in it. I am still not quite sure how everything fits, but maybe that’s a story for another time and seeing that this is a series, that could be the plan. The story never dropped the entertainment ball be it with the developing drama or the multiple scorching sex scenes with a little side male/male action. A few of the characters left me with an impression that there is much more to come from them and I definitely want to read more about them.
Although the characters were fairly well fleshed out, the dialogue was a bit rough to get into and not because there was some Aussie slang included. Some of the characters remarks or conversations felt a little disjointed and in this case I would have to say there was little too much show and not enough tell, so I didn’t always understand what was going on. There was just a lot going on in the plot and with a short timeline for the reader to discover it. However, this didn’t hinder the bedroom scenes in the least.
The story closes happily and with an overall arc still incomplete, so there is still so much more left for the reader to explore. I really enjoyed it and will be looking for more in this series and by this author in the future.