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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Shadows of a Southern Moon by Meg Hennessy

Shadows of a Southern Moon by Meg Hennessy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Holiday
Length: Full (316 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Cholla

In a country torn apart, Brandt Michaels serves the Union. Behind enemy lines, he expects the danger of Confederate skirmishers and swamps. Instead, he finds himself bewitched by a beautiful woman, igniting his passion beyond anything he's ever known. But he soon learns her coy games are only a distraction, as she secretly devises a deadly trap for his capture.

Elizabeth DuBay is determined to teach that Yankee a thing or two. Denying her attraction to the Union officer, she devises a sure-fire plan to foil his mission. But the moment Elizabeth surrenders to her burning desire for one unforgettable night of love, her life changes forever. As her well-set trap closes in on Brandt Michaels, Elizabeth must risk everything for his escape. From their perilous journey through war-ravaged countryside springs a passion too strong for the war to destroy...and too consuming for the lovers to deny.

What happens when a Yankee soldier comes face to face with the greatest challenge he’s ever met? And what will he do when he realizes this ultimate challenge is in the form of a proper Southern Belle? Well, that’s the excitement and fun of reading Shadows of a Southern Moon.

Desperate to defend her home and her family while her brothers are out fighting for the Confederacy, Elizabeth DuBay is committed to her southern roots. She’s a woman ahead of her time. Strong, independent, and upfront, she’s not the kind of girl to go around fainting and fluttering her fan. I love when an author can take what seems to be a stereotypical character and breathe new life into her. Elizabeth DuBay is just such a character. She’s fresh, she’s fun, and yet, she still fits into her time period.

Charged with restoring order and keeping the Rebels in line, Brandt Michaels is a captain in the Union army. Despite the war that seems like it will never end, Cap’n Michaels is a man with a conscience and morals. While others are out doing what they will, he is bound and determined to do as right as he can in such a time of chaos. He’s a a great combination of semi-alpha male and lovestruck boy. This combination of strength and seeming weakness make him very endearing. Not to mention the frustration Elizabeth constantly submits him to.

Left to their own devices, Brandt and Elizabeth very well may tear the South down on their own. However, together, they will pull themselves up and conquer not only the Civil War but prejudice, tradition, and everything else that stands in their way. An amazing historical novel about North vs. South, Shadows of a Southern Moon is an engrossing and entertaining story of love against all odds.