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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chasing The Moonlight by Anne Marie Novark

Chasing The Moonlight by Anne Marie Novark
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (258 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Bad boy Mitch Defalco roars into Stone Creek, Texas, on the back of a Harley with his newly discovered daughter riding behind him. Single mom Sarah Cooper cannot believe he's moved next door. Mitch dated her older sister back in high school, and Sarah had a secret crush on him.

As Mitch struggles with his new role of fatherhood, Sarah admires how he's turned his life around. She asks him to help her with a problem: her fear of men. Mitch knows he's bad news for sexy Sarah, but how can he refuse her dangerous request, when she's determined to move forward, with or without his help?

Searching for a book that is complex, heart-felt, and unforgettable? Then you don’t want to miss Chasing The Moonlight, a story that offers all of those things and so much more. Author Anne Marie Novark has created a memorable cast of characters with intricate and tainted pasts, all of whom come together to discover a brighter future.

Told through the voices of various characters, Chasing The Moonlight focuses on the flourishing relationship between Sarah and Mitch – two people who knew one another what seems like a lifetime ago and share a tragic past. His return to their small town is unexpected, as is the fifteen-year old girl he has with him; a daughter he only recently learned about. As Mitch tries to break down the barriers between him and the child he has never known, Sarah helps him come to terms with being a father, and in the doing, overcomes a violent event in the past that has made her permanently afraid of men.

There are varying sub-plots along the way, which add to the richness of the story and ensure the reader remains riveted to the page. Although I should state that I felt Mitch’s hesitations were a bit drawn out and I had difficulty understanding his reasoning, it all works out in the end and gives the story added depth and tension. The writing itself is fantastic, and the pace is steady for a book of this length. Ms. Novark is a fantastic storyteller, and has a wonderful grasp for writing very emotionally charged scenes. There is far more here than a romance, but rather, this is a story with complexity and substance, which is everything a reader could ask for and more.

Those looking for a story with second chances, new beginnings, and happily-ever-afters will love Chasing The Moonlight. Be sure to pencil this title onto your TBR list.