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Bestselling author Lucy Monroe pens a scorching tale of passion, deception, and a wild love that can't be tamed... If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack—would never marry. But when the king orders Talorc to wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find a challenge in his mate, the strong-willed Abigail. And after a Bestselling author Lucy Monroe pens a scorching tale of passion, deception, and a wild love that can't be tamed... If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack—would never marry. But when the king orders Talorc to wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find a challenge in his mate, the strong-willed Abigail. And after a passionate wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond. Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, Talorc has no intention of telling her that he is a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she's begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior's strength—and his wolf's skill—to win her back. Now Talorc and Abigail will face their biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of being in love.


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Bestselling author Lucy Monroe pens a scorching tale of passion, deception, and a wild love that can't be tamed... If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack—would never marry. But when the king orders Talorc to wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find a challenge in his mate, the strong-willed Abigail. And after a Bestselling author Lucy Monroe pens a scorching tale of passion, deception, and a wild love that can't be tamed... If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack—would never marry. But when the king orders Talorc to wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find a challenge in his mate, the strong-willed Abigail. And after a passionate wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond. Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, Talorc has no intention of telling her that he is a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she's begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior's strength—and his wolf's skill—to win her back. Now Talorc and Abigail will face their biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of being in love.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»

    4.5 This is Why I Love Shifter/Highlander Reads Hearts!!! :D <3

  2. 5 out of 5

    Feminista

    Spoilers: Another book that has left me distasteful. And it was going so wonderfully too! So this is what basically happens, Abigail keeps it a secret that she is deaf from her husband. After finding out that she is, her husband takes great offence and treats it like she has betrayed him. He and his clan refused to listen to her reasons. They even say that the do not care what her reason is. Talorc, meanwhile, has been keeping secrets too. Does he think, wow, I am such a hyp Spoilers: Another book that has left me distasteful. And it was going so wonderfully too! So this is what basically happens, Abigail keeps it a secret that she is deaf from her husband. After finding out that she is, her husband takes great offence and treats it like she has betrayed him. He and his clan refused to listen to her reasons. They even say that the do not care what her reason is. Talorc, meanwhile, has been keeping secrets too. Does he think, wow, I am such a hypocrite? The answer is no. So of course he keeps it a secret that he is a wolf, and he does not even tell her about it, she finds out from her sister. Not only that, but he angrily writes to his King that he has been betrayed because Abigail's father sent him a deaf daughter. Of course, the King assures him that such damaged goods can be returned for the other sister. Really, I assure you I don't like using words such as damaged goods in relation to human beings, people. But this book made me feel like Abigail was considered that in some way. And even if Talorc did not think like that, he certainly did not dissuade others of that notion. No, he was too busy nurturing his manly pride. So does Abigail turn to Talorc, rail at him and tell him that he is the worst kind of deceiver, liar and betrayer. The answer is again no. What he does is say sorry and she tells him she loves him. So pathetic. She tells him that even after learning that he complained about her to his King, she was actually trying to find a way to make sure that he keeps her. God, to think I really liked this heroine. But she is so weak, there is nothing else for it. And most of the time she tries to act all Mary Sue and ALWAYS takes the higher road. There is nothing real about that. I don't want to read stories about women who simper before their husband like a good dutiful wife. Honestly, books like this should come with a warning.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Abigail has no choice but to marry Talorc, the Scottish laird of the Sinclair clan. She’s not pleased to be such a sacrifice, but at least she will be out from under her mother who hates her. Ever since Abigail became deaf at the age of ten due to a fever, her mother Sybil has not been able stand the sight of her and thinks she should have died because of her disability. If not for the aid of her step-sister Emily, Abigail would never have learned to read lips and talk in such a way where no one Abigail has no choice but to marry Talorc, the Scottish laird of the Sinclair clan. She’s not pleased to be such a sacrifice, but at least she will be out from under her mother who hates her. Ever since Abigail became deaf at the age of ten due to a fever, her mother Sybil has not been able stand the sight of her and thinks she should have died because of her disability. If not for the aid of her step-sister Emily, Abigail would never have learned to read lips and talk in such a way where no one knows about her hearing disability. Now that she will be the new bride to Talorc, she is very concerned that she will disgust him, not only because she is deaf but also because she is an English woman. Emily was promised to Talorc, but through a series of mishaps, she ended up marrying a rival clan leader when she was kidnapped three years ago. Talorc has no choice but to marry Abigail because it will stop a war from occurring between the British King David and his Highlanders. He also wants to keep the peace and make sure no English soldiers enter his lands because his people are a secret society of Chechte warriors who can change into werewolves. When Talorc meets Abigail, he is smitten, but angry by the bruising and scarring she has sustained from her mother’s hand because of her refusal to marry him. He promises Abigail that he will never hurt her, and he feels the intense need to claim her as his own. This confuses him because his inner wolf howls for Abigail as his mate, which cannot be because she is human and English. Abigail realizes she has no choice, and if she can keep her deafness hidden and be a good wife to Talorc, perhaps he won’t find her lacking, and he will allow her to communicate with Emily again. Moon Craving is a luscious feeling medieval romance with an alpha hero who will stop at nothing until his heroine loves him with every sense of her being. Abigail is very skilled, and perhaps too good to be true, in the way she can trick those around her, preventing them from discovering her lack of hearing. Talorc falls hard for Abigail the moment he sees her, even though he argues with himself because he doesn’t want to feel so deeply for his innocent and sweet wife. In addition, the stress of keeping his own secret leads to some humorous situations between the lovers. Lucy Monroe can sure write some hot and heavy love scenes, and you may find yourself in shock by the specific acts they engage in together, such as Talorc sniffing Abigail’s armpit (can we say fetish?) and the rubbing in of his manly fluids on Abigail, which is his way of "claiming" her, dries much like hand cream with no bathing required. There is also an interesting secondary romance between two of Talorc’s highland warriors that may raise some eyebrows, but again Ms. Monroe shows that love can cross all genders and species. Some of the language is out of place, such as Abigail using the word “okay”, which didn’t come into use until centuries later and other types of slang that may make the reader roll their eyes. If you can get passed that and need a good laugh and are in the mood for a hot, steamy, paranormal Scottish romance, give Moon Craving a read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    new_user

    I read Moon Awakening , the first book in this series, but Moon Craving still managed to surprise me. Moon Craving follows Abigail, whom readers may remember as the deaf sister to the heroine from book one. Well, she gets her hero here, and what a winding road that is. Craving features some misunderstandings and the circuitious, mercilessly nit-picking dialogue that I'm coming to understand as Lucy Monroe's habit, but the conversations were more relevant here and there were fewer point-by-point analyses by characte/> I read Moon Awakening , the first book in this series, but Moon Craving still managed to surprise me. Moon Craving follows Abigail, whom readers may remember as the deaf sister to the heroine from book one. Well, she gets her hero here, and what a winding road that is. Craving features some misunderstandings and the circuitious, mercilessly nit-picking dialogue that I'm coming to understand as Lucy Monroe's habit, but the conversations were more relevant here and there were fewer point-by-point analyses by characters ("You said this, but what I meant... She said... He said..."). Constantly referencing dialogue from the past -even if from moments ago- tends to weaken a novel. Mostly, however, the misunderstandings did not keep Abigail and Talorc apart, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that we follow Abigail and clan (and pack) leader Talorc as they get to know one another. Talorc could be controlling at points, but he would usually follow that with something pretty sensitive and less caveman, LOL. When Abigail witholds something from him at one point, his hurt and that of his pack members reminded me of another certain paranormal romance series with sensitive souls and a brotherhood of warriors, LOL. Craving borrows a lot of the fun elements of PNR, like sensitive, possessive and protective alpha men, secret werewolf traditions in the wild highlands, and sneaky werewolves living among men. That was one of the fun parts of this book, the covert glances and messages as the clan leader tried to keep his nature and huge pack (see clan) a secret from his new English wife. The poor woman is living among wolves! It is impossible not to sympathize with Abigail. She's gone through so much. The way her impairment is handled in the text is true to period: she is shunned even by her mother. Now at points their deception is wince-inducing. She thinks "mates" means friends and she continues to think this for some time-- but all in all, this is minor. When Monroe intends to break with period, she usually explains her reasoning. However, the prose here was a wee bit modern at points, e.g. "Okay, until this trip, Talorc had not heard him do so in years" and responding "'Um . . . no?'" There was some inconsistency here and there. Other than that, however, the prose flows very simply and easily, as do the scenes. This is a quick read. There are wolfy moments in this installment too. I like that we get to see the werewolves in this series actually as wolves once in a while and their beasts are very much a part of their spirits. (Talorc refers to "his wolf," etc.) That being said, this was definitely not clean! LOL! This was a little more risqué than the last book with a little bit of control on the part of the hero and, er, he really likes to leave his "scent" on her. You can guess what that means. I think he even nuzzled her armpit at one point. LOL. Brave, Monroe, brave. There is also a secondary non-explicit m/m romance, so this was a little bit of a daring paranormal historical romance, LOL. Overall, I enjoyed the adventures of Abigail in werewolf land, and I'll read the next! PS. These can be read as standalones, although if you think you might have trouble picking up some of the world-building, the first introduces it all a little more slowly.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Sure wish they would make this one into an audio book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wyrdness

    I found this a rather annoying read. Some of my rant may be construed as vague minor spoilers, so I'll do us all a favour and put it under a spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[This story had the typical Romancelandia confusion between an alpha personality and just being an arsehole in the main male character, and even though the main female character had moments of passive-aggressive stubborness she was mostly wra I found this a rather annoying read. Some of my rant may be construed as vague minor spoilers, so I'll do us all a favour and put it under a spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[This story had the typical Romancelandia confusion between an alpha personality and just being an arsehole in the main male character, and even though the main female character had moments of passive-aggressive stubborness she was mostly wrapped up in passively loving her man to the exclusion of everything else (including her self-respect). I don't know why Abigail was so in to him since Talorc was, as mentioned, a complete arsehole who kept hurting her emotionally over and over and was not once made to grovel for her forgiveness or apologise over his appalling behaviour. He even went as far as to hypocritically condemn her for her "deceitful betrayal" at keeping her deafness from him, not bothering to ask her why she did so or attempt to empathise with her position, even as he consciously hid his werewolf nature from her in a direct parallel. Somehow it was okay for him though because... I don't know why. Because he was a man, mighty werewolf warrior, laird of all he surveyed, or some other complete bollocks that his wife couldn't also use as justification in his eyes. At no point did he apologise for anything, only thanked Abigail when she just up and forgave him because she loved him so damn much. *rolls eyes* Also, whilst I am personally all for everyone loving whoever they want, it seemed rather improbable that an entire medieval Highland clan was nothing but totally supportive and happy with the resolution of the homosexual sub-plot/ relationship in this book. It was explained why the Chrechte were fine with gay marriage hundreds of years before the modern world caught up, but completely fails to explain why the rest of the primarily human clan (who aren't supposed to know anything about the "wolf people" in their midst or their wolf-y customs) were cool with it too against church teaching and prevalent attitudes of the time. As for the rest, the writing wasn't really that bad on the whole, but there were some word choices that didn't fit the historical setting and kept throwing me out of my immersion hard when they cropped up. Such as Abigail saying "okay" or her constant nonsensical misunderstanding over the word "mate(s)" to mean friend(s) instead of the more typical connotation of a[n animal's] sexual partner. It felt distinctly out of place being used and understood as nothing but "friend" by a sheltered noble lady in the early medieval era. Even though "mate" has roots in Middle English, it's likely it was only rarely used outside nautical or sexual (see previous) instances until probably the 1800s, and even then the posh upper crust would never have stooped to saying they had mates (outside of a "help-mate") instead of friends, companions or acquaintances. It just rang completely and utterly false to me that such a supposedly intelligent and observant character could be so completely and utterly thick-headed and made half the relationship issues unbelievable all by itself. (hide spoiler)] Personally I wouldn't recommend this story to anyone. The relationship was unbelievable, the characters were unlikable morons, and there was no real plot or world building (maybe there was more in the first one I didn't read?)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    This is 4.5 stars. This was such a delightful book to read. It had some great warm and fuzzy moments for me. The only thing is I felt the ending was just a bit abrupt. Other than that I really enjoyed this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura the Highland Hussy

    I really enjoyed this sequel to Moon Awakening. Remember Talorc? Well, his king apparantly thinks that having his betrothed get kidnapped and wed to the rival clan chieftan was poor form, so he sent another to him. It is Emily's half-sister Abigail! The one who she was trying to protect in the first book! But Abigail's mother is an evil woman who tells the king he must send her daughter to the Scottish laird. Abigail's big secret is that she is deaf; a fever stole her hearing when she was 10. Bu I really enjoyed this sequel to Moon Awakening. Remember Talorc? Well, his king apparantly thinks that having his betrothed get kidnapped and wed to the rival clan chieftan was poor form, so he sent another to him. It is Emily's half-sister Abigail! The one who she was trying to protect in the first book! But Abigail's mother is an evil woman who tells the king he must send her daughter to the Scottish laird. Abigail's big secret is that she is deaf; a fever stole her hearing when she was 10. But Emily helped her to learn to read lips and no one but their father and Abigail's mother knew about her "affliction." When Abigail is brought to scotland and meets her soon-to-be-husband, she is immediately intrigued by Talorc, and cannot believe this is the barbarian her sister wrote of. But she can never tell him of her deafness because if her own mother couldn't love her, how could she expect this strong Scottish laird to love her? Talorc is surprised that when he meets Emily's sister that not only does he like her, his wolf sits up and howls for her. The protective and possessive streak that pops up causes him to disregard his hatred of the English and marry her in their Chrechte custom the next day. The 2 day ride to Sinclair land gives him a chance to like his little bride, and upon reaching his keep, he introduces her as their lady...so she is accepted where Emily was not. But he still hasn't told her that he is a wolf, and she hasn't let on that she is deaf. But Talorc finds out and shames her in front of his men, mostly he is just hurt from what he sees as a huge betrayal, and Abigail tries to prove she loves him. Surprisingly though, the clan is impressed with her strength to function so well. Abigail begins to hear his voice in her head and thinks she is going crazy...he never told her they are sacred mates. It is only when Emily comes for a visit that she spills the beans. there is one more small plot twist that is pretty well done, and allows two true matings to occur. And they truly do get their HEA. It was a cute, quick read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    This 2nd book in Monroe's Children of the Moon series was fabulous. Abigail was a heroine you couldn't not help but admire and want to call friend. Talorc had just the right amount of alpha male gruffness combined with protectiveness and sensitivity to his wife/mate to be believable. Their romance wasn't exactly tortured but it wasn't easy either, with both parties keeping "the big secret" from each other. The HEA was good but a little rushed in my opinion. I would have liked the resolution to h This 2nd book in Monroe's Children of the Moon series was fabulous. Abigail was a heroine you couldn't not help but admire and want to call friend. Talorc had just the right amount of alpha male gruffness combined with protectiveness and sensitivity to his wife/mate to be believable. Their romance wasn't exactly tortured but it wasn't easy either, with both parties keeping "the big secret" from each other. The HEA was good but a little rushed in my opinion. I would have liked the resolution to have been more fleshed out. All in all - a great read. I hope there is more to come in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    Great pnr, hist/rom mash up. Alpha hero (naturally, he's a werewolf) unique heroine (she's deaf) and fantastic chemistry. I want more! 4.5 out of 5 from me!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janie

    I really enjoyed this book! Talorc in my opinion is just pure perfection!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Ideiosepius

    This was a fun little historical-kinda, supernatual-ish romance. Abigail is English and has been deaf since a childhood fever. Her mother is convinced this makes her flawed and for fear of being accused of being demonic (??weird, whatever?) she has hid the affliction from pretty much everyone. Now she is being taken to a planed wedding with a Scottish Laird and of course, there is this instant connection. The twist is that Talorc is a werewolf from a small, secretive group of such tha This was a fun little historical-kinda, supernatual-ish romance. Abigail is English and has been deaf since a childhood fever. Her mother is convinced this makes her flawed and for fear of being accused of being demonic (??weird, whatever?) she has hid the affliction from pretty much everyone. Now she is being taken to a planed wedding with a Scottish Laird and of course, there is this instant connection. The twist is that Talorc is a werewolf from a small, secretive group of such that still exist. They mate for life and, of course, Abigail is his true mate. A lot of fun, the romance is good, the connection between the two is pretty hot and I liked the extensive 'world building' of Abigail learning about her new home. Good secondary character building too. The obligatory 'secret that causes division' that every romance is apparently obliged to provide is well dealt with, in that Abigail's deafness has been planned as a major plot builder and the characters behave pretty rationally throughout. That is the good bits. The bad is that I actually like history and know a bit of it. This is a disadvantage in this book, and the 'history' side of it did my head in until I manged to ignore it. For example in the prologue "millennia ago God created a race so fierce even their women were feared in battle.. they were considered a barbaric people because they marred their skin with tattoos of blue ink" What now? Humans I must suppose, are the 'race' millennia ago...? Millennia = Thousands of years. Tattoos are really much more recent but humans are not... My head hurts already and I have not finished the first page. Then they are discussing King David who ordered him to marry. As far as I know, there were only two Davids of Scotland, mid 1100's and late 1300's. Talorc has clan plaid, but tartan as we know it did not exist before the 16th century and early tartan was regional rather than family. Now my head hurts even more trying to figure out when all this is meant to happen. I can ignore the fact that 'English' as a nationality probably didn't exist when this was meant to be set (whenever that was). I can ignore the patchy language which includes modernisms like 'ok' in conversation. I get the Scottish romance is it's own thing (though I don't quite see the appeal) and that it is often written by non-Scotts so that you will have a character going 'dinna, nay, canna' on one page and 'don't, no, can't' on the next. All that is forgiven for the nice romance. There are a couple of idiocies, on page Taloch is whining that "She had spoken her marriage vows and the ancient Chrechte pledge of troth without meaning the words at all" Oh, come on Lucy! You made it quite plain that she doesn't understand a word of Chrechte, that Taloch does not expect her too and that he never explained the meaning of the words he got her to repeat. Give me a break. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable romance on the whole, liked the characters, plot was cute and the sex scenes were good enough that I will refrain from being as scathing as I could be about using seven different adjectives for the head of Talorch's penis in a single make out session. Though 'spongy tip' [pg] 325 was a bit of a mood killer. Recommended for those who like the Scottish-romance genera, the supernatural part was a bit light.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paranormal Romance

    Afflicted with deafness by a nasty illness, the heroine lives as an outcast from the clan and a disappointment to her mother. But she's learned to read lips and with the help of her sister, she's able to hide her secret from everyone around her. She's shocked and hurt when her mother sells her off to a highland lord on behalf of the king, but she has hope that when he learns of her affliction, he'll send her to her sister. So, she heads off to meet her betrothed. The hero barely got out of the l Afflicted with deafness by a nasty illness, the heroine lives as an outcast from the clan and a disappointment to her mother. But she's learned to read lips and with the help of her sister, she's able to hide her secret from everyone around her. She's shocked and hurt when her mother sells her off to a highland lord on behalf of the king, but she has hope that when he learns of her affliction, he'll send her to her sister. So, she heads off to meet her betrothed. The hero barely got out of the last arranged marriage but he soon finds himself stuck in another one. But when he meets the timid but stunning heroine he's instantly bonded with her. His wolf stirs inside him and he finds himself attached to the fragile human woman. Their marriage and subsequent trip back to the castle was smooth and easy. The hero is surprised but please by how complacent his young bride is. She's eager to please him and though she's scared of the unknown of sex- she's responsive to her new husband. But she feels shame and guilt over deceiving him about her flaw. When they reach the keep, they begin their marriage arguing with the other clansman- the heroine vowing to prove herself not to be the deceiving traitor the last English mistress turned out to be and she almost succeeded until her affliction comes to light. The hero is furious with the knowledge he's been lied too-more angry with the deceit than the knowledge that his wife is defective. They goo through a rough patch but eventually work things out-until it comes to light he's been deceiving her as well. I thought this was a nice book but it wasn't perfect. Some modern phrasing crept in here and there. Also there was a lot of suspended belief-not about the werewolves and the shifting but rather that the heroine learned to read lips soo well. She would have to be constantly whipping her head back and forth to caught every word the other people were saying yet no one ever thought it strange that she would just be staring at their mouths? Also, there was a lot of build up to he climax that fizzled horrible. There was a lot of drama and melodrama in everything BUT the fact that her husband is a shapes shifting wolf. That begin said I really loved the heroine who was a healthy balanced of reserved and timid but also courageous and self reliant. For the most part she fit into the characteristic of what a woman from her time should be-complacent, wholesome and modest. The hero was nice-if not more than a little hypocritical. Overall I really enjoyed the story but it was nothing mind blowing. If you want historical accuracy and any real deep plotline- skip this book. But if you was a easy, breezy paranormal historical romance with Scottish lairds-this is for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    Thanks to a recommendation at the Amazon Romance Message Boards (aka Wackadoodle Central), I bought and read this book last night. I have read some contemporaries by Lucy Monroe I really enjoyed, but never any paranormal books by her. Well, Moon Craving is the second in this werewolf series, and I lubbed this baby! What's better than sexy werewolves? How about sexy werewolves who also happen to be Scottish lairds-alpha-hotties with that wicked buttery accent, tattoos, stubb Thanks to a recommendation at the Amazon Romance Message Boards (aka Wackadoodle Central), I bought and read this book last night. I have read some contemporaries by Lucy Monroe I really enjoyed, but never any paranormal books by her. Well, Moon Craving is the second in this werewolf series, and I lubbed this baby! What's better than sexy werewolves? How about sexy werewolves who also happen to be Scottish lairds-alpha-hotties with that wicked buttery accent, tattoos, stubbly beards, muscles on their muscles, and a possessive streak? Okay, that would be it! I loved everything about this book--especially the deaf heroine who seems weak but has an iron will and intense loyalty, the werewolf laird determined not to repeat the mistakes of his ancestors, and all the cool secondary characters. This book is a serious winner! Grade: A ....All.....The.....Way! Happy Reading, Penny

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    This was a very lukewarm story for me I did not feel Abigail and Talorc's love, or their chemistry. It would have been a 3 star story had it not been for the (view spoiler)[secondary homosexual couple. I cannot wrap my mind around a man with a man. It is not natural, it is not how it is supposed to be. I tried to skip the interaction, but many times it was unavoidable and I read some things by mistake, and *cringe*. I avoid MM romances for a reason. That took This was a very lukewarm story for me I did not feel Abigail and Talorc's love, or their chemistry. It would have been a 3 star story had it not been for the (view spoiler)[secondary homosexual couple. I cannot wrap my mind around a man with a man. It is not natural, it is not how it is supposed to be. I tried to skip the interaction, but many times it was unavoidable and I read some things by mistake, and *cringe*. I avoid MM romances for a reason. That took away 2 stars from the story. (hide spoiler)] But otherwise, I liked Abigail as a heroine, she was very sweet, strong and admirable. Talorc was the issue, and the paranormal theme - I just couldn't get into the story. I am not a fan of the paranormal genre.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rinou

    3,5/5 As in the first book of the series, I really liked the world-building, and the mixing between historical and fantasy is really pleasant. I liked how the heroine overcame her deafness, and how the members of the clan accepted it once they knew. I understood the hero reaction, but I would have yelled at him because he was hiding his true self too but I wasn't alone while I was reading LOL. I just found the problems with the housekeeper and the old man were resolved too fast.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Ryan

    I am so loving this series. Moon Awakening was a great story. Moon Craving is even better. Ms. Monroe manages to show a woman who has hidden a disability her entire life as a strong heroine. I fell in love with Abigail. And Talorc definitely found a place in my heart, also. How can such a strong Chrete warrior be so sweet and kind? I recommend you read this story to find out. Well done, Lucy Monroe! I’m off to go find book 3 in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    This is one of my favorite shifter series, one that I re-read often. What is special about it is that it is set in historical Scotland AND it is a shifter series-- you rarely see that. I enjoyed the female lead, she was not too spunky that she was not period appropriate. I love the book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Going to reread this again. There is a backstory involving two males which is what first peaked my interest in reading a MM novel. Ahh the memories. Not as good the second time around. I still remember the backstory fondly as my start into the realm of MM reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tilequa

    great i loved it i couldnt stop reading

  21. 5 out of 5

    mad4rombks

    Re-read. Re-read 11/8/15. Re-read June 2018.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Great book, I loved the first book of this series. This one was almost as good, but I did like the first book better, nevertheless this one was good and look forward to the next one......

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Setting: Highlands of Scotland; Hamilton Keep – library, her room; MacDonald keep; Sinclair holding – fortress, surrounding high stone wall, moat, stone tower ; Characters: Talorc, Laird of the Sinclairs and pack leader to Chrechte (shifter) brethern: was supposed to marry Emily (order from English king), but didn’t… and now king ordering him to marry her step-sister, Abigal; his step-mother was cruel, Barr - second-in-command to Sinclair: Naill: Barr’s brother; attracted t Setting: Highlands of Scotland; Hamilton Keep – library, her room; MacDonald keep; Sinclair holding – fortress, surrounding high stone wall, moat, stone tower ; Characters: Talorc, Laird of the Sinclairs and pack leader to Chrechte (shifter) brethern: was supposed to marry Emily (order from English king), but didn’t… and now king ordering him to marry her step-sister, Abigal; his step-mother was cruel, Barr - second-in-command to Sinclair: Naill: Barr’s brother; attracted to Guaire, the houseman for the holding… a sweet jealousy and romance in the end… Abigal Hamilton: 2nd daughter; went deaf 6 years earlier after a fever; ostracized by family (especially her mother) because fear others will see her (and by extension family) as marked by the devil; except for her stepsister Emily, who loved her, helped her learn to read lips, helped her to continue to speak (fingertip to throat to monitor level), taps when someone talking to her to she’d know to turn; with Emily’s absence the last year, Jolenta : younger, jealous sister… conspiring with mama to get rid of Abigal; Emily and Lachlan, Laird of the Balmoral: Abigal’s cousin/confidendante/best friend & Talorc’s uneasy ally & Chrechte leader of Balmoral clan; Sybil and ___ Hamilton: Sir Hamilton did not send many knights when king called for them… so the king requires a daughter (then 2nd daughter), to be married to Scotsman lairds to cement connections with them… he sends one daughter (first book – and she ends up happily married to a different scots laird) – and his manipulative wife and third daughter – want to get rid of Abigal, so petition the king to arrange for her marriage to the Scottish laird… mom beats Abigal when Abigal refuses… hmmmm…. Guaire: Talorc’s houseman – in charge of the keep; befriends Abigal; in love with Niall… Summary: Sweet story of two people who never expected to find a special someone to love… both with secrets (he’s a shifter, she’s deaf)… author handles the strangers now married wedding night with aplomb – he won’t claim her except on his own land, but he gently, yet thoroughly explains to her what lovemaking is about… they travel back to his keep – often with her at the front of him on his horse… his actions proceeds his understanding of his feelings oftentimes… she makes a place for herself at his keep, making it a home… a bit of a hiccup when he learns of her deafness – but he and his people do not see her as cursed, but admire her courage and ingenuity in overcoming the challenges of it… He invites Emily and Balmoral to visit… his gift of love to her… and she sees it for what it is… She learns of shifting from Emily – removing the last barrier between them…

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nessa

    I HAD SEVERE MIXED FEELINGS WHEN IT CAME TO TALORC'S STORY, MAINLY BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A JERK IN THE FIRST BOOK, BUT IT'S ALSO NICE TO SEE A HEROINE WHO CAN MAKE HIM FINALLY SET ASIDE HIS ABHORRENCE TOWARDS THE ENGLISH. OUR HERO was initially betrothed to the heroine of this story, until Emily took her place. Of course, in the first story, Emily meets and fall in love with Lachlan so it was quite humorous to me that the entire circle led right back to the start. So, you can say that f I HAD SEVERE MIXED FEELINGS WHEN IT CAME TO TALORC'S STORY, MAINLY BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A JERK IN THE FIRST BOOK, BUT IT'S ALSO NICE TO SEE A HEROINE WHO CAN MAKE HIM FINALLY SET ASIDE HIS ABHORRENCE TOWARDS THE ENGLISH. OUR HERO was initially betrothed to the heroine of this story, until Emily took her place. Of course, in the first story, Emily meets and fall in love with Lachlan so it was quite humorous to me that the entire circle led right back to the start. So, you can say that fate has always wanted them to be mated. Talorc isn't as nice as Lachlan, in terms of hospitality, he's rather rude and ignorant towards his guests and if they don't hold any importance or worthiness to him, then he barely recognizes them. Imagine his own consternation when his English fiancee manages to captivate him and something about her pulls out his innermost protective instincts and also, she unsettles him, yet his wolf craves to befriend her. It's not easy for them to get along, because Abigail is quite a docile character compared to her half-sister. The only silly part of the story I found was when he discovered Abby's defect and blamed her for it, even calling her a consummate liar for fooling the entire clan. Honestly, I don't see what's so bad about that, in fact, he should have wondered first WHY she hid it from everyone. Apart from that, Talorc obviously loves and cares for her. OUR HEROINE has suffered from deafness after a fever that wrecked her as a young girl. Cast aside by her mother, she was nurtured and protected by Emily and taught to read, speak and function like a normal woman as best as she can, even to the point where it took Talorc awhile until he discovered her condition. Even though she's quiet and tamer than Emily, that doesn't mean she doesn't have her own set of backbone and courage. In fact, her determination to overcome her illness is a show of strength, and even marrying a stranger, being in a new strange land is quite commendable. Abigail's the kind of heroine who makes the best out of a situation and doesn't let hardship deter her, which is an admirable trait, especially for a Highlander's wife. Unfortunately, she's afraid of wild animals, so it's going to freak her out when she realises her husband's a werewolf. What will happen when she discover his clan's secret? OVERALL this story was on par with the first story, it wasn't AWESOME with a Capital A, but still enjoyable because the emotions were at least genuine.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judgement by Juliette

    3.5 Stars Another like-but-not-love book for me. I liked the characters well enough. Talorc was a bit high-handed and caveman-esque for me, but he seemed to work well with Abigail after a bit of a bumpy beginning. I liked Abigail’s character, the strength behind the quiet. It felt that it dragged on forever in regards to revealing her secret. And his reaction? I was pretty annoyed that he was so mad, especially considering the secret he was hiding from her. But it was some good angst. 3.5 Stars Another like-but-not-love book for me. I liked the characters well enough. Talorc was a bit high-handed and caveman-esque for me, but he seemed to work well with Abigail after a bit of a bumpy beginning. I liked Abigail’s character, the strength behind the quiet. It felt that it dragged on forever in regards to revealing her secret. And his reaction? I was pretty annoyed that he was so mad, especially considering the secret he was hiding from her. But it was some good angst. The ending felt a bit abrupt, jumping straight from a final problem to the HEA. I was hoping for a bit more of an epilogue, some kiddies running around, etc. All up, a good shifter read. I like that it’s historical fiction in the Scottish highlands. Some of my favourite tropes all smushed together.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Good Abigail is now being sent to the man her sister was suppose to marry, she initiated a day before wedding she is to wed. While dead but can read lips her mother ha son love for her. She meets her groom a bond is form before either want to admit it accept with fear of her deafness to be found she tries to keep it hidden like she did at home or it could her being sent away which she decided she don't want. Good book i you feel so much down there two characters as in the first the character Good Abigail is now being sent to the man her sister was suppose to marry, she initiated a day before wedding she is to wed. While dead but can read lips her mother ha son love for her. She meets her groom a bond is form before either want to admit it accept with fear of her deafness to be found she tries to keep it hidden like she did at home or it could her being sent away which she decided she don't want. Good book i you feel so much down there two characters as in the first the characters come alive and you wanna cry with them , laugh with them and when needed comfort them . Thoroughly enjoyed

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tyawna

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading about a heroine who had to hide her disability. The author does an amazing job of providing solutions for her to hide her affliction and function as a normal member of society without anyone finding out. There is just something about a smart, kick ass woman taking charge and falling in love with the barbaric and rugged Highland werewolf :). This book has romance, suspense, action, and humor! There were plenty of times I was biting my nails, hoping ever I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading about a heroine who had to hide her disability. The author does an amazing job of providing solutions for her to hide her affliction and function as a normal member of society without anyone finding out. There is just something about a smart, kick ass woman taking charge and falling in love with the barbaric and rugged Highland werewolf :). This book has romance, suspense, action, and humor! There were plenty of times I was biting my nails, hoping everything would work out and the next I was laughing out loud in public! A great historical supernatural romance!

  28. 4 out of 5

    CI

    Unrealistic representation of what it is like to cope when deaf. Yes, you can lip read but I have never had my deaf friends manage to do that while we are walking one in front of another. Annoying how the author ignored the difgiculties of having to face everyone directly (not from side glances) to read lips properly in two different languages. Plus, no recognition that peoples accents are caused by different mouth movements and so the h would virtually need to learn to lip read again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    MaryD

    Excellent book, but one bone to pick- (view spoiler)[ Talorc despised Abigail for not telling him that she was deaf, but he had a major secret, too!!!! I mean- deafness vs werewolf?! The "secrets" aren't even in the same league! (hide spoiler)] Other than that, loved seeing how their relationship progressed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    May

    For a while I wanted to find a good book about Paranormal historical romance. I finally found one. And the addition of handicapped heroine was also nice Both have secrets to hide and both started to like each other, which secret shall be revealed first?

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