Title: Awaiting Moonrise
Author: Maggie Shayne
In: Hot Blooded (Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly & Angela Knight)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal romance, Werewolves
Dates read: 28th January 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: Beneath those, today’s date was jotted down.
A science professor enters the steamy bayou to find a new species of animal, convinced that its presence is behind the stories of lycanthropy in the region, but finds herself tempted by a legendary creature straight out of her most sensual nightmare…
Werewolf romances are definitely my guilty pleasure. There is just something about them that completely draws me in. And I don’t know why. Werewolves aren’t really supposed to be such a romantic creature… yet, I absolutely lap up any werewolf romance which comes across my lap. Like this novella. I had to actually walk around, watering my gardens with my nose in the book, I just didn’t want to put it down.
Probably one of the things that ridiculously drew me to this story was the fact that Jenny is a scientist. Alright, I’m not hugely into Cryptozoology as a field… although it could be seriously intriguing. But all of her actions? Yup, they’re the activities of a scientist. And there’s also the moral questions that most scientists must face – where is the line that you must draw in inquiry? How far can you go before you’ve gone way too far? The Manhattan Project always comes to mind when I think of this dilemma…
I read this novella just after I finished Dead Girls are Easy, so it was kind of interesting to read a second voodoo story in such a short amount of time. I like that the lycanthropy was a voodoo curse placed on an ancestor because he did the wrong thing. It was certainly a different take on why people becomes lycanthropes, and one that I found enjoyably refreshing.