Masked By Moonlight by Nancy Gideon *Lisa’s Review*

Posted June 24th, 2010 by in *Review / 0 comments

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Masked By Moonlight by Nancy Gideon *Lisa’s Review*Masked by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon
Series: Shape-Shifters #1
Published by Pocket
Genres: Adult, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

IN THIS STUNNING FIRST BOOK FROM NANCY GIDEON’S SIZZLING NEW SERIES, A TENACIOUS COP AND HER SHAPE-SHIFTING ENEMY SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR FORBIDDEN DESIRE. ALL SHE WANTS IS REVENGE.

New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savoie are . . . complicated.

THEN HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO SAVE HERS. Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max exists silently in Legere’s shadow, heeding only his voice—until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Stepping outside his cautious rules threatens more than just his heart. He could expose his darkest secret.

NOW THEY’RE BOTH IN OVER THEIR HEADS. Testing boundaries they weren’t meant to cross means facing the truth about who and what they are—and what they need from each other. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Charlotte could be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn’t one. - via GoodReads

3 Stars

Nancy Gideon’s Masked By Moonlight has it’s ups and downs as a novel.  She has a great talent for writing and delivers an intriguing story line, but it’s her characters who drag this novel down and make you question this book.

Charlotte (Cee Cee) Caissie is a New Orleans detective who as of late, has been working more and more crime scenes with mutilated bodies.  Throats ripped out and organs missing, these murders look like the work of a vicious animal.  All signs point her to local mob boss Jimmy Legere.  To her, Jimmy isn’t just another con man, he’s the man responsible for her father’s death and she wants nothing more than to bring him down.

Yet Cee Cee has one problem standing in her way: Max Savoie, Jimmy’s right-hand man.  She knows Max is attracted to her and sees her opportunity to finally get to Jimmy and enact her revenge.  What she doesn’t expect are the intense feelings she’s developing for Max.  The more she’s around him, the more she cares for him.  They both know their relationship is impossible.  She’s a cop…and he’s on the wrong side of the law.  Will they both be able to follow their hearts?

The premise was smart, the hero was sexy and fascinating, but the heroine was about as prickly as a porcupine.  Max was vulnerable, confused and mentally suffering.  He was alone in the world and looking for someone to comfort him…and Cee Cee was not that person.  It seemed every other chapter she was betraying him, manipulating him and stepping on his heart at every opportunity.  So like a beaten dog that doesn’t know what else to do, he kept coming back to her.  It was frustrating to read.

I also extend the possibilities of reality with most, if not all books I read.  I understand bending historical accuracies or the norms of reality can make for a great book.  With that in mind, I accepted the attraction between the muscles of a crime mob and a cop.  It had great potential to make for an dynamic story about an impossible couple.  What I had difficulty believing was the lack on consequences each side faced.  There was no mention of a supervisor threatening Cee Cee’s job when it became very clear she was crossing lines she wasn’t meant to cross.  Max and Jimmy’s people were committing crimes and she was either looking the other way or willing to supply him with an alibi.  I couldn’t determine if that was romantic or depressing.

The heroine was the main problem.  Some of her issues ultimately just made me dislike her.  Max on the other hand, was a well-crafted alpha who had insecurities that made him absolutely charming.  His youth has been full of emptiness and lacking love, so his feelings towards Cee Cee filled a void in this lost man.  It makes him see his life and situation in a different light and makes him want something better for himself.

Max was fragile on the inside, but to the outside he could be a force to be reckoned with.  It was easy to see why Cee Cee would become weak in the knees around him.

“Nice coat,” he said at last.

“You like it?” She adjusted the lapels of his black trench and stroked her hands over the smooth fabric.  The Armani label said it must have cost him a small fortune.  “It’s hard to find the right fit when you’re as tall as I am, and so stain resistant, too.  Even the nastiest stains.”

“Are you saying I’m the right fit for you, detective?”

“That’s not what I’m saying at all, Max…You want your coat?”

“You hang on to it.”  His gaze swept over her, the small, self-satisfied smile still on his face.  “It looks right fine where it is.  Think of me when it’s wrapped around you.”

Will I read book two?  Probably.  More than anything, I’m curious where this storyline is going.  Maybe I haven’t had enough time to acquaint myself with Charlotte and perhaps the next book will shed a little more light on her character.  While Gideon’s writing is solid, and her alpha hero is dead sexy, her storyline is full of holes and her heroine is cringe-worthy.

Lisa

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