Under the Moon

Goddesses Rising, #1

“Goddess wasn’t only a job description – it was a state of being.”

And for Quinn Caldwell the power of the moon holds much influence over her state being. For one week every month she needs to be “recharged” and sex is the only way to overpower the moon lust she experiences. However, Quinn is tired of having to use people, especially Sam her assistant, to keep her energy levels up, so that she can continue helping others and running her bar. Sam would give her everything, but Quinn doesn't feel the same way and she must face the emotional turmoil of setting him free to find what he deserves.

Just when she thought that the inevitable loneliness of her life would be the worst part of her day, Quinn gets word that the one man she's longed for is on his way back to her. Unfortunately, Nick isn't back for her or at least not exactly. As a protector, Nick's responsibility has always come first and now that a “leech” is on the loose and threatening the goddesses, any thought of a romantic reunion is impossible. Now on the run, Quinn must uncover the identity of the “leech” and stop him before another goddess is leeched, but his next victim just might be her.

In a story where “moon lust” and the need to “recharge” are part of the issues the heroine experiences, I was expecting much of the storyline to focus around the issue of sex. Surprisingly, the plot is not blanketed in sex scenes, but instead lots of tension over unrequited feelings. The two sex scenes we are given are functional for part of there purpose, but not as passionately explosive as expected considering the characters’ history together. On this front, I can definitely say I wanted more, but at the same time, I am appreciative that sex isn’t the focal point of the story.

The plotline continuously moves and the characters are hardly stagnant with plenty of expressive dialogue. The main characters are very well fleshed out, but they apologize to each other much too often. Seems like a weird thing to point out and yet it came to my attention and was a bit annoying. I love a strong heroine and I think Quinn's got it and I hope in the next story she really owns it. I am curious to see where the next in the series is headed as lots of things have changed in Quinn's personal and professional life by the end of the book. I am definitely coming back for more of this intriguing story with engaging characters.

Book Blurb for Under the Moon

Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.

But not as hard as denying their hearts…

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 4.00