Review: Masked by Moonlight « Gnostalgia

Masked by Moonlight
by Nancy Gideon
Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
Publisher: Pocket (May 25, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439149631
ISBN-13: 978-1439149638
(3 stars out of 5)
“Masked by Moonlight” has a “Beauty and the Beast” or a “Don’t judge a book by its cover” metaphor. Let’s kick around the cover for a few minutes. While some of my female friends found the cover to be “yummy”, I found the cover to be one of the worst that I have ever seen. What’s with the wardrobe malfunction? No wonder the poor guy looks mad, he can’t keep his shirt buttoned. I mean come on, if you couldn’t keep your shirt buttoned then you’d be angry too.
Seriously, whoever planned to attract only females with this cover failed the author by limiting the books readership. I think a few readers may be disappointed  by the degree of romance in the book. I thought that it was rather tame.
The book centers on Charlotte (CeeCee) Caissie who is depicted as a hard-nosed detective looking for revenge for her father’s death. CeeCee’s love interest is Max a werewolf hitman for the local crime lord. While CeeCee is portrayed as hard-nosed, she had at least three crying episodes.  Max’s character also suffered from some inconsistency, he seemed to shift from brilliant to dull-witted as quickly as he shifted into his wolf form.
All in all, the book was a good read. Of course, the author plans a trilogy. Why, oh why, do authors have to write trilogies? Perhaps the story and characters will hit their stride in the next book.
I give it 3 swampy werewolves out of 5.
I received this complimentary book from Pocket Books for review purposes.
Review: Masked by Moonlight « Gnostalgia
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