This delicious paranormal story does a wonderful job of vividly conveying a picturesque area peopled by beings who don’t conform to stereotypical norms. The sensuality that is portrayed enhances an intriguing tale of conflict and a struggle to not only survive, but flourish. There are many fascinating characters who I hope get their own chance in the spotlight and I loved the wry and self-deprecating humor that characterizes Ethan, which refutes all of the traditional negativities associated with trolls who are normally depicted as living under bridges, not constructing them. There are a few murky areas that I would like to see cleared up which hopefully will be addressed in subsequent stories and I can’t wait to find out what new tales are fermenting in this talented author’s mind. A great start to an intriguing series.
“Once in a Blue Moon” by Delilah Devlin is a sensual paranormal novella that marks the beginning of what promises to be an enthralling series, the ‘Beaux Reve Coven’ stories. Centering on Bryn Cavanaugh, who has sought sanctuary, along with her sister witches, in Bonne Nuit, Louisiana, this story introduces an intriguing medley of witches and demons who are at odds over the rebuilding of a bridge. Ethan Thorne is, of all things, a troll who has a construction company comprised of fellow demons. They are all normally too low in the hierarchy of power to dream of finding a witch to mate with but suddenly their circumstances have changed. Bryn is glad to find a lover who does not force her compliance, unlike the one she has escaped from, but she isn’t quite ready for the changes that accepting Ethan into her life will put into motion. It’s up to him to convince her that they are destined to be together.
When testing an enemy for weaknesses, prepare for things to get hard.
Bryn Cavanaugh and her coven like that the community they live in is isolated thanks to a storm that destroyed the bridge between them and the outside world. Now the state wants the bridge rebuilt. When the construction crew checks into the inn, Bryn begins to suspect something about the crew’s boss isn’t quite…human.
Bridges are Ethan Thorne’s thing—after all, he’s a troll—so building a simple span over a remote canal in backwater Louisiana shouldn’t be this much of a problem. When he follows the pretty little innkeeper to a midnight rendezvous, he discovers why his crew keeps running into trouble. Bryn and her coven are casting spells in the moonlight.
As a troll, Ethan feels the sting of his low place in demon hierarchy. But finding an unprotected coven of witches in the middle of the bayou could lead to all sorts of adventure. And it’s better to keep your enemies close...
Warning: Contains a handsome troll (Hey, it can happen!) who’s skilled at building sexual tension with his hands—and several other body parts, as well—and a witch who’s determined to protect her home, but forgets to shield her heart.