All she wants is revenge.
New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father's murder. Using Jimmy Legere's mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savole are . . .complicated.
Then he risks his life to save hers.
Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max exists silently in Legere's shadow, heeding only his voice -- until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Stepping outside his cautious rules threatens more than just his heart. He could expose his darkest secret.
Now they're both in over their heads.
Testing boundaries they weren't meant to cross means facing the truth about who and what they are -- and what they need from each other. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Charlotte could be his next victim. She cant afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn't one.
I must admit a fondness for stories of revenge and redemption. Masked by Moonlight gives us a strong woman detective in "Cee Cee" Caissie - she's bi-racial, gorgeous, tough, and sexy. Cee Cee's enjoys her wearing the white hat - she's always had a strong sense of justice and enjoys the firepower to back up her beliefs. When an unguarded moment leads her to danger, she welcomes the help of the gorgeous and deadly Max Savoie.
Max Savoie is a big unknown. Though he serves as the muscle behind the largest crime boss in the area, there are no records of Max's past. Everything points to a difficult childhood and a struggle to get where he is today. When it becomes clear that Max and his family were always part of the undocumented class, Cee Cee develops some sympathy for Max's position.
The attraction and unconventional courtship between Max and Cee Cee is a strong subplot in the novel. The greater mystery of Max and Cee Cee's shared past moves the action forward and gives Masked by Moonlight a captivating storyline. As I learned more about Max's unique problem and his struggle towards normal, I found myself on Max's side and thoroughly enjoying the mafia aspects and intrigues of the novel.
If you're looking for a fun, romantic thriller with some unconventional (read: paranormal) twists, I recommend Masked by Moonlight. I can't wait to read what happens in the subsequent novels -- I certainly want to know what happens next with Max Savoie and Cee Cee Caissie.
ISBN-10: 1439149631 - Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Publisher: Pocket (May 25, 2010), 375 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author:
Nancy Gideon is the award-winning author of more than fifty romance novels under her own name and several pseudonyms. A Michigan native, she works as a legal administrative assistant. Masked by Moonlight is the first in her edgy Shape-shifter series, which also features the upcoming Chased by Moonlight and Captured by Moonlight.
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