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Friday, January 22, 2010

Moonlight Desperado by Jeanmarie Hamilton

Moonlight Desperado by Jeanmarie Hamilton
Publisher: Bookstrand
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short (59 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

In post Civil War Texas, Mary Ann Beauclere is trapped by raiders demanding bedding and food. Though she's outraged when Captain Craig Wolfe steals a kiss, and more, in front of the men, she follows orders, desperate to protect her little sisters asleep upstairs. But when Captain Wolfe helps her, she softens toward the desperado, accepting his kisses as she's drawn to him like no other.

Admiring Mary Ann's courage, Confederate spy Captain Craig Wolfe recognizes her as his life mate. But when he claims her as his mate, secret identities and a vicious pack member threaten their lives and their future. Will Captain Wolfe have to spend his life without his mate?

In the mood for a sexy Union soldier who just so happens to be a werewolf who meets the woman destined to be his mate? Then Jeanmarie Hamilton’s Moonlight Desperado is just the ticket.

The premise is unique and engaged my interest immediately. Craig is a spy who is running with a band of outlaws. When he and the gang take refuge upon the homestead of a lovely young woman, he soon discovers he has found his life mate. But the situation is dangerous, and while Mary Ann also experiences the same pull toward him, he has to be careful to draw a line in the sand, claim her as his own, and ensure none of the other men get any ideas. What happens next is unavoidable as tension between Craig and the leader of the gang ignites, and an explosive finale makes it clear whose side Craig will always stand on.

The writing of the material is tight, as is the editing, and keeps the pages turning at nice, even flow. My only criticism would be that the sexual relationship between Craig and Mary Ann happens faster than I would have envisioned, and I had a difficult time believing she would consider hanky-panky with a virtual stranger while her little sisters slept upstairs. However, considering the length of the work, I understood the need for a quick connection, and the heat between Mary Ann and Craig is combustive. Their playful banter and easy manner with one another make the story a joy to read while the reader waits for the big reveal in which Craig comes clean about who and what he is.

Those who enjoy a romance with werewolves and a Civil War undertone will enjoy Moonlight Desperado. It has everything you need and makes for an entertaining read when you want something fast and memorable.