Waiting for the Moon by Tracy Rowan
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (72 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Andy Crawford has been treated ungently by life. Deserted by her father, abused by the men her mother took up with, she fled home at an early age and threw her energy into her art. Against her better judgment she engaged in an affair with the sheriff of her town, but now she's ended it and plans on spending the rest of her life alone. However, a mysterious man she meets in the woods one night has other ideas.
Though her common sense tells her to stay away from Alec Vadesz, her instinct says that he is her true mate, and that he needs her help coping with the curse that turns him into a dangerous predator under the full moon.
Her soul is deeply scarred. His spirit is painfully cursed. Together they will find the healing and peace that neither ever had hope of achieving.
Andrea Crawford, Andy to her friends, is an artist. After escaping an abusive childhood she pours all her hope, fear, grief and sadness into the little guardians she creates. Her unique little creatures do more than protect her home. They also call to the man who would be the balm to her wounded heart, the healing for her broken spirit, the other half of her soul. Andy has a natural and understandable distrust of men yet she is drawn to mysterious man she finds in her woods. Her body welcomes his attention in a way that no other man has been able to breach her self made defenses.
Waiting for the Moon is not a sexually explicit story but it does contain a charming romance. Readers who have experienced a frightening childhood or a recent loss will be able to emphasize with Andy’s sense of loss and grief. They’ll recognize her need to protect her heart and yet embrace the opportunity to provide love and care for another hurting soul.
Fear, grief and loneliness can manifest themselves in many forms when the body just can’t hold them inside any longer. Some people lash-out, others may hide behind masks, still others like the heroine in Ms. Rowan’s story turn those heavy emotions into very personal works of art. Ms. Rowan mentions in her bibliography at the end of the book that she herself is an artist and you can see her love for creating in her writing. There is a tangency in the way she describes the little statues that Andy creates and pours her soul into. I couldn’t help but consider that’s how a truly gifted artist would work not matter if their chosen medium is clay, metal, paint or paper.
If readers are looking for a story that will touch them emotionally then they will truly appreciate the little novella. The story Ms. Rowan tells is very realistic despite the paranormal aspect because even that part of the story parallels how one mistake, though not your own, can shape your life forever. Be prepared to have your heart engaged when you pick up this short story.