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Throwback Thursday Review: Moon Burning by Lucy Monroe

Posted January 21, 2021 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Moon Burning by Lucy MonroeReviewer: Holly
Moon Burning by Lucy Monroe
Series: Children of the Moon #3
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 295
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Series Rating: four-stars

Lucy Monroe returns to her hugely popular paranormal world, where a woman falls under the spell of the beast who is her one true enemy...

Barr never asked to be made laird over the struggling Donegal clan or leader of its werewolf pack. But he'll do his duty, and although he hasn't yet found his mate, he hopes she will be among his people. He expects his new role to be difficult; he doesn't expect to discover a naked woman in the forest whose memory is as fragile as her human body—her delectable, all too appealing body. Could this woman be his true mate?

On a mission to save her people from extinction, Sabrine pretends she has no memory in order to gain access to her enemy: the Donegal clan. A raven shifter, she is determined to retrieve the sacred stone that rightfully belongs to her people. But soon she'll be engulfed in her burning desire and growing love for Barr—and the dangerous and inescapable secrets destined to keep them apart.

This review was originally posted January 31, 2011.

I didn’t love this book as much as I did the previous two in the series. It was good, just not as good as the others.

Sabrine is a raven shifter. For decades they’ve been in hiding, hunted by the other shifters of the world. As a warrior for her clan, she has sworn to protect them..and keep their existence a secret. When a magical stone they need to complete their coming-of-age ceremony is stolen, Sabrine vows to get it back. To do so, she’ll have to infiltrate the Donegal clan..a clan full of wolf-shifters – her sworn enemy.

Barr is shocked to find a naked woman in the forest. Especially when he realizes she’s the perfect mate for him. But not everything about Sabrine adds up. Who is this woman, really? She’s obviously not the helpless thing she’s pretending to be, but will she open up enough to trust him with her secrets? And can he live without her if she doesn’t?

Barr was the best part of this novel. He’s strong and capable, yet tender and loving. It doesn’t take him long to realize Sabrine is his true mate. Once he does, he determines to let her come to him on her own. He doesn’t try to force her to open up to him or punish her when she doesn’t. He’s supportive of her and gives her the time she needs to realize she can trust him. He’s also a fair leader. He knows how to motivate his men, gain their loyalty, and still ruthlessly take control when needed.

If Barr was the best part of this novel, Sabrine was the worst. She spends the length of the novel deceiving Barr, distrusting him, and saying and doing hurtful things. In the beginning, I appreciated her zeal in keeping her secrets and doing what was best for her clan. But as the novel progressed her actions became more and more unreasonable. In the face of nothing but overwhelming support and caring from Barr, she still treated him as nothing more than her enemy. I didn’t understand how she could give her body to him, claim to care for him, yet still deny him all of herself.

That isn’t to say she didn’t have some redeeming qualities. The way she was with the other clanswomen showed she had a compassionate side. I also liked that she was a true warrior. She wasn’t a woman pretending to be strong and capable – she really was strong and capable. She knew her limits and pushed herself to the full extend of them. But the way she deceived Barr and his clan, not to mention her self-righteous attitude about it really turned me off.

The secondary romance between Barr’s second and the Donegal clan healer was well done. I enjoyed watching them circle each other. I also enjoyed the clan dynamics. As Barr trained them and showed them what a real leader should be, the entire clan blossomed.

The suspense plot was somewhat predictable. I feel like Monroe has kind of done the same thing over and over. It would be nice to see a new threat, rather than more of the same from previous novels.

Although there I complained quite a bit, I did enjoy much of this novel. I just didn’t particularly care for the heroine.

3.25 out of 5

Children of the Moon


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Guest Review: Dragon’s Moon by Lucy Monroe

Posted October 8, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Dragon’s Moon by Lucy Monroe text-align: center;”> Tracy’s review of Dragon’s Moon (Children of the Moon #4) by Lucy Monroe

He’s a dragon intent on saving his people from destruction by the Fearghall and she is a wolf who blames the dragon for the deaths of her brother and mother. They’re true mates, but will that be enough to overcome ancient prophecies, debilitating visions and a dragon’s fire?

When Eirik, the only living dragon shifter, and prince of the Ean, killed her brother, Ciara was left alone to face her prophetic dreams. Now, in order to find the wolves’ sacred stone and save all the Chrechte from destruction, she needs her enemy’s help.

Eirik was only protecting the children of his people, but that day in the forest left a mark on him as well. Controlling his dragon’s fire is the most difficult thing he’s ever done—until he and Ciara are forced to face not only their shared tumultuous past, but a hallowed bond stronger than they realize. As avowed enemies and predestined mates, their quest ushers them into a world of great danger, and a passion hotter than the dragon’s fire.

The Ean are shapeshifting birds who have been hunted most of their lives. They have been in hiding but have decided that for their race to survive need to disperse to different clans and live. The man who would have been the Ean king is Eirick and he and his cousins have gone to the Sinclair clan. There Eirick meets Ciara. Ciara dislikes Eirick almost from the first moment he arrives – right after she discovers that he is a dragon shifter and that he is the one that killed her brother.

Ciara came to the Sinclair clan after her entire family died and she needed to heal away from her own home. Abby and Talorc Sinclair took her in and consider her their daughter. Unfortunately Ciara refuses to let herself get attached and actually LOVE anyone. She’s lost all of the people in her life that she did love and refuses to let herself feel enough for someone just to lose them again. Eirick showing up in the Sinclair clan changes everything for Ciara in so many ways. She not only starts to come out of her shell but she comes clean to Abby and Talorc about the dreams and visions that she’s had since she was young. The one she has now is pulling her to find the sacred stone of the Faol – the wolf shifters. Ciara discovers many things about herself that she’s not necessarily all that comfortable with but Eirick is there to help her through.

Eirick and Ciara’s romance was woven so nicely into the overall story. I thought that Eirick was an understanding man and though he pushed Ciara it was always to her benefit. Ciara was a stubborn cuss but I liked her so very much. The two of them together was really great and I loved seeing the wolf shifter come together with the dragon (oh and he was a raven as well).

The continuing story of the wolves and Ean was so interesting. I’m glad that the author had us catching up with Abby and Talorc as well as Emily and Lachlan from book one as I adored both of those couples.

In this book another set of shifters was spoken of, the Paindeal who are cat shifters who live in the North. I’m hoping that we get to see them in future books. Overall I really liked this story and romance and can’t wait for the next book.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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Guest Review: Moon Burning by Lucy Monroe

Posted February 17, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Moon Burning (Children of the Moon #3) by Lucy Monroe

On a mission to save her people from extinction, Sabrine pretends she has no memory in order to gain access to her enemies: the Donegal clan. A raven shifter, she is determined to retrieve the sacred stone that rightfully belongs to her people. But soon she’ll be engulfed in her burning desire and growing love for the Donegal laird who believes he saved her-and the dangerous and inescapable secrets destined to keep them apart.

Sabrine, a raven shifter, is on a mission. She needs to infiltrate the Donegal clan to retrieve a sacred stone and get it back to the cave where it normally resides before her younger brother goes through his coming of age ceremony. If she doesn’t get it back in time he may not be able to fully realize his shifter gifts and powers. So Sabrine heads to the Donegal lands, where she thinks the stone is hidden, but before she can decide exactly how she’ll get in to look around she is shot out of the sky with an arrow.

She is found by the acting Laird, Barr. Barr was sent from the Sinclair clan to train and teach the young man Circin how to be a good Laird, and a good warrior and protector of his people. But Barr’s thoughts go a bit haywire when he meets Sabrine. He knows almost from the moment he catches her scent that she will be his mate but Sabrine is stubborn and keeps denying what she knows to be true. She fears Barr’s wolf as the wolves have destroyed the avian shifters little by little over the years.

Besides the stubbornness of Sabrine, Barr has his hands full with a distrustful clan due to bad leadership in the past. The problem is, that the previous leader didn’t die off he was asked to step down and the man who was asked is not happy at all. He’s got a score to settle and he’s not afraid to use any and all means to reach the end result that will make him Laird once again.

I thought this was another good addition to the Children of the Moon series. I loved seeing the shifters in all of their varied forms and I thought the author, once again, was quite creative in giving us yet another clan to get to know.

That being said I did have a bit of a problem with Sabrine and Barr. Not that I didn’t think they weren’t perfect for each other but I didn’t truly feel the bond that I think I was supposed to be feeling. Sabrine’s stubborn attitude tended to get on my nerves a bit even though I understood her reluctance to trust a clan of people who had been her enemies for her entire life. Barr was nothing but wonderful to her from the word go however, and I felt bad for the guy when his mate just wouldn’t give him the trust he deserved.

We met bird shifters in this book and there’s a bit of a surprise with Sabrine’s brother at the end of this book. I’m hoping we get to know more about that in future books.

In the end Lucy Monroe gave me another entertaining read that I couldn’t quite make myself put down once I started reading. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The series:
Moon Awakening (Children of the Moon, Book 1)Moon Craving (A Children of the Moon Novel)Moon Burning (A Children of the Moon Novel)

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Review: Moon Awakening by Lucy Monroe

Posted April 27, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 4 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Holly‘s review of Moon Awakening (Children of the Moon, Book 1) by Lucy Monroe

An enthralling new romantic tale that pushes the boundaries between love and hate, passion and pain-and man and beast…

When Emily Hamilton’s family is ordered to send a woman to the Scottish highlands for marriage to the laird of the Sinclair, Emily volunteers in order to save her younger sister from such a fate. But at her new home, the only friend she finds is the laird’s sister-especially after Emily’s stubborn streak causes the laird to cancel the marriage. And though her plans have gone awry, she refuses to return home…

Lachlan Balmoral is laird of his clan-and leader of his pack. One of the most feared werewolves prowling the Highlands, he is on the march against the hated Sinclair, who have abducted a Balmoral woman. He kidnaps the sister of the Sinclair laird, planning to marry her off in revenge-but the woman he takes along with her proves to be the greater prize…

For Emily feeds a desire he has never known existed. And though Lachlan would not think of touching his enemy’s betrothed, he must know how a mere woman could tame his heart so easily…

I picked this up to re-read before starting Monroe’s latest release in the series, Moon Craving. While I enjoyed it overall, I didn’t love it as much this time around.

Emily’s father angers his king by sending only a small contingent of soldiers to him upon his request – the barest minimum – based on the advice of his wife. As punishment, the king demands that he send one of his daughters to the highlands to marry, Talorc laird of the Sinclair’s, a warrior there. His wife pleads with him to send Emily’s younger sister. Emily offers herself instead, hoping to save her sister.

She doesn’t know what to expect once she arrives, but it isn’t the brooding, angry man she’s supposed to marry. Unable to hold her tongue, she angers Talorc into breaking off the engagement almost immediately. Shortly thereafter she’s kidnapped as revenge against him.

Lachlan plans to kidnap Talorc’s sister to avenge the honor of his own sister, who was taken by a member of the Sinclair clan. He isn’t expecting to also kidnap his enemy’s betrothed, however. Which is what the bewitching woman claims to be. He isn’t entirely convinced, however. Or perhaps he just doesn’t want to be, for he’s powerfully attracted to her.

The inconsistent way Emily acted in the beginning really bothered me. She was very wishy-washy about her feelings for Lachlan. She hated him and thought him a complete barbarian, yet melted when she fell against his touch or was seared by his hot gaze. I found myself becoming impatient with her, wanting her to just decide already. Once they reached Lachlan’s home I found Emily to be much more likable.

Once I got past the first few chapters my enjoyment grew and I really fell into the story. Lachlan and Emily really complimented each other. She was stubborn and fierce, which seemed to fascinate and amuse Lachlan, but also kind and tender, which was something he needed. He, in turn, took care of Emily in a way she hadn’t realized she needed.

I enjoyed the latter half of the book quite a bit, but the earlier chapters marred my overall enjoyment. I’d still say it was a good read but not as good as the first time I read it. Although I prefer Moon Craving, the second book in the series, I’d still recommend this.

3.75 out of 5

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Moon Craving review at Breezing Through

Posted February 17, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Lucy Monroe has long been a favorite author of both me and Chantal. When Moon Craving was released she totally suckered me into doing asked if I’d like to do a review with her at Breezing Through (I totally typed “Breathing” the first time. heh). Since I’m a sucker I adore Chantal and Lucy Monroe, I readily agreed.

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Please note: There are spoilers!

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