Moon awakening

Posted by reviewer | 9:02 a.m. | , , , | 3 comments »

Moon awakening, by Lucy Monroe

Published by Berkley, February 2007
Grade: B-

About the book:
Lachlan Balmoral wants justice for a wrong done his clan and his pack. Emily, daughter to an earl and all too human, gets in the way of the werewolf's carefully considered plan. The desire between the two is scorching, but is there enough love in this werewolf's heart to capture not only the body, but the spirit of the woman his wolf demands for his own?

It's just the start of the year, but this is my favourite new book of '07. Lucy Monroe is an amazingly wonderful author. Once again she has written a book that I devoured in a few hours.

Emily is sent to a Scottish laird in order to marry him and please the Kings. She doesn't wish to wed, but she sacrifices herself so that her sister would not have to be sent to a land that they were taught is a cruel one. After arriving, she meets a young pregnant widow who is to be her sister in law. Emily and Cait quickly become close friends. Talorc, the laird that Emily is supposed to wed doesn't introduce himself for several days. Emily sees him a few times, but he does nothing but scrawl at her. Emily can't understand why Talorc is being so rude to her, so she calls him on it. She confronts him, says she would rather marry a goat than marry him. He is pretty mad about that. Talorc doesn't want to marry her either anyway. He is a ware-wolf and no one tells him who to marry! Especially if the person he to marry is a loud mouthed human.

One day Emily and Cait are kidnapped by Lachlan and some of his warriors. They are the enemy clan and they plan to seek revenge by taking Tarlocs sister, because they think that a female clans member was stolen from them. After telling a lie, Emily begs Lachlan to take her in Cait's place, but instead he decides to take them both. Right from the start there is an attraction between Lachlan and Emily. She doesn't like it because proper women simply do not think about that sort of stuff, and Lachlan doesn't like it because he thinks that Emily is wed to his enemy, and even he wont touch another mans wife.

Once they reach the keep, Cait marries Drustan, Lachlans first in command, and Emily is locked away in the tower. When Lachlan visits Emily the next day he finds out about her fear of water, and the reason why she wanted to leave the other clan. He surprises her and other clan members by trying to teach her to swim in order to overcome her fear. In order to swim she had to get naked, and even though they start to fool around, he promises not to take it too far.

When Emily finds out that some of the people around her can turn into wolves she is shocked, but not hard to convince. She admits that in hindsight there were many clues, and when Lachlan visit her that night in wolf form she fully convinced.

There is a bit of mystery going one at the same time. Lies are being told by someone in order to cause war between the two clans, and it's the women who figure it out. The men are too busy being all alpha male and getting angry to stop and listen to any reasoning.

At the same time Emily falls in love with Lachlan. He feels the same way about her, but he is torn between his love for her, and his duty a liar. Not every child born to shape changers become a changer as well, and the chances of a human and a ware-wolf having children who change is even slimmer. They are a race that is very small, and they are dying out quickly because of it. Does Lachlan follow his heart and marry Emily, or does he find a femwolf to mate with and give him a better chance of having wolf kids to keep the race going?
It is a romance, so he does choose Emily.
Even though we don't find out if they have any kids who change, my hopes are up because Lachlan has a human mother. If she could have a changer son, then so can Emily.

My only complaint, and I hate to mention it because I read for pleasure and I truly did love this book is that even after her first night at Lachlans keep when she was no longer a prisoner, she was still kept in the cold tower with a tiny bed. I wish he would have moved her someplace else. I'm actually surprised that she didn't demand to be moved because she is such a strong-willed, outspoken woman.

When I read I am usually an outsider looking in, but this time I felt like I was Emily. When she got angry so did I. Where her feelings were hurt or she was insulted I felt it in my gut. When she got teary, I got teary. Few authors can make me feel like I am part of the book, but Lucy Monroe does it every single time!


  1. ames // 1:01 p.m.  

    So is it first person point of view? :P

  2. Chantal // 1:16 p.m.  

    Nope, it's not first person.

  3. Holly // 4:39 p.m.  

    OH SNAP! I totally forgot about this book. WHY DIDN'T YOU REMIND ME??

    Oh, right, you did. lol