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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Angel in the Moonlight

Angel in the Moonlight by Marie Patrick
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Camellia

Callie Maxwell wants nothing more than to find the men responsible for the violence committed against her family and bring them to justice. She isn’t about to let Austin Kincaide, the by-the-book U.S. Marshal sent to solve the murders, stop her. Nor can she stop herself from falling in love with him even as she defies his orders not to interfere with his investigation. As the Angel of Justice, Callie’s alter-ego, she rides in the moonlight, daring the killers to try again.

Haunted by the memory of the woman he lost not once, but twice – first to the love of another man then to a tragic mistake which led to her death – Austin in a man shackled by the self-imposed rules he uses to protect his fragile heart.

Is Callie the woman with enough love in her heart to shatter Austin’s rules and let him love again?

Out-of-control emotions set the stage for Angel in the Moonlight. Callie Maxwell, heir of the Los Arcos Iris Ranch in Arizona territory, has been pushed to the brink with the murder of her parents and cruel rape of her sister. Grief, guilt, and lack of progress in finding the guilty men have clouded her judgment.

Austin Kincade, the U. S. Marshal who comes to investigate after the case goes cold, creates a new kind of emotional upheaval for Callie. Though sensually drawn to him, she has no intentions of abandoning her efforts to find the killers even though he warns her to not interfere with his investigations. His “rules” dictate that he not become involved with Callie but he soon finds himself hard pressed to abide by those rules. The reader is soon drawn into the tangled messes they create for each other.

Some of the happenings and descriptions are a little “over-the-top,“ but they make for an intriguing story. Some are even humorous and add some breathtaking moments.

The numerous secondary characters play important roles in the subplots of this story and represent the many qualities of human nature that were prevalent during the settling of the West.

As Callie and Austin maneuver around each other, each determined to have his or her own way, love defies all hostility and creeps in. The love scenes sizzle as these two highly emotional people succumb to desire.

Angel in the Moonlight is an enthralling escape into the Old West and has an Angel of Justice in it that you won't want to miss.