Moon by Laurann Dohner

Moon by Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (198 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Dr. Joyce Yards has never met anyone as sexy or as irresistible as 466. He refuses to discuss anything except getting her naked beneath him. Their therapy sessions are growing hotter, his raw hunger for her is becoming aggressive, and she is falling for him. Joy knows the dire consequences if she gives in to desire. It will break her heart but she must walk away.

Moon has been drugged. He is feral and dangerous to everyone. The NSO doctors turn to the only female Moon ever cared about—the one who left him in the desert two years ago.

Moon isn’t the same male Joy once knew but she is willing to put her life on the line for him. There are no rules now. If sex tames the wild beast and triggers his fractured memories, allowing him moments of lucidity, then Joy will give him her body and her soul. She’ll do whatever it takes to save him?

Moon was a fun and exciting read and I enjoyed every minute of this reading experience… in fact, I loved it!

The story picks up where Shadow ended, with Moon having been shot with a toxic dart that left him in a feral state, so this book wouldn’t be considered a standalone read. The NSO calls in the Doc (head shrink, lol… that cracked me up) to help bring him back. Joy had treated him after the NS rescue and they had developed a meaningful relationship. But complications had got in the way and so she had cut and run… leaving Moon with some unresolved feelings. She jumped at the chance to help him and pretty much came running at a moments notice.

It was glaringly obvious that, even in his crazed state of mind, Moon remembered Joy. The feelings were still there and he responded to her even though it soon became clear that she might not be able to save him. Still she gave it one heck of a try and was willing to sacrifice anything to bring him out of it. And even if she does get through, he has moved on with his life so he might not be the same person he had been before.

Further complicating things was that Moon had went so far as to share his feelings of betrayal with his pals. That caused a few problems for the good Doc and I got a little upset on her behalf.

There is very little external conflict in this book. That’s a good thing, though. It allowed the story to center more around the romantic relationship. It runs the gamut of emotions and encompasses a lot of feelings. From the desperation and devotion that Joy shows for Moon to her regret at leaving him. It explores his anger and resentment that she left him. They both deal with a wealth of fear. Her fear for his survival and that he won’t forgive her… that he will reject her. His despair and frustration and fear that she will walk away again. This one may not have had as much action and suspense as I’ve come to expect from Dohner… but it definitely made up for it with it’s tremendous wealth of emotions. I just loved that part and really got into the story.

I love this world that Ms. Dohner has created and how she portrays the NS characters. This allows me to become invested in her stories as she gives them a depth of emotion and admirable traits that I myself admire. Honor, honesty and protective of their own. I love those things even more than I do the steamy love scenes that she brings to her story. With that being said, I am all about the love. Overall, the story is very romantic and the love scenes were aplenty. Explicit but not dirty. I could have gone for some more but how many could they get into in his cell and after he regains his senses and is so angry at her.

I’m glad that Dohner told the story the way that she did. Outside conflict would have confused the story that was meant to be about healing and finding their way back to each other. Really, there was no other way to present it. At least that was what I got from the story. Dohner kept the story tight. The timeline flowed perfectly and I liked how the past never interfered with the current story. As the story went along, I was given the back story and an explanation for why she broke his heart. Suffice it to say that her reasons were valid ones and that I bought into her explanation. Just as I understood his anger.

When I read a book it is important to me that I be able to get a feel for the characters, that I understand them. As always, Dohner did that with this one. She pulled me into the story, got me interested in what was going on and what might happen. I actually felt the frustration and fear that she was conveying in the characters. That depth of character that she brings to her stories is what makes her one of my favorite authors.

What I am trying to explain, in my roundabout way, is that this was a wonderful story. I loved it and can’t say enough good things about it. Ms. Dohner did an outstanding job and I liked the way she told the story. I liked the mate that she gave to one of my favorite NS characters, almost as much as I liked Moon himself.

As this series rolls on, I find that I just can’t get enough of those New Species and Laurann Dohner’s talented storytelling. I am always left anxiously awaiting the next one and by the way… I’m wondering when that will be.

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