Saturday, October 4, 2014

Remembered By Moonlight Book Review

The return of Max Savoie - King of the Beasts
The Prophesied One

Title:  Remembered By Moonlight
Author:  Nancy Gideon
Series:  Moonlight, book #9
Release Date:  Oct. 13, 2014
Preorder:  Amazon
My Rating:  5 Gorgeous ♥♥♥♥♥'s


On October 13, 2014, with the release of Remembered By Moonlight, readers will have an opportunity to enjoy an intense, sexy, emotionally charged, hell-of-a-ride story enclosed within a sensuous, intriguing, swoon-worthy cover oozing sexuality & vulnerability - the very essence of the man, Max Savoie.  The King of the Beasts is back!

I've waited a very long time for this book featuring the return of Max & Cee Cee.  It was with great pleasure that I accepted the opportunity to beta read it. Remembered By Moonlight is an intriguing, intense,  sensuous, toe-licking, steamy story that earns every single one of the accolades & 5 ♥'s  it received from me, and then some!  As always, Max Savoie owns my heart.  Thank you, Nancy Gideon!  My only question now is what took you so long?!!  And when do we get Moonlight #10?! :)

Blurb:

               Because the road to . . .

Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’ top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them. The only way to recover his past, and his rightful place in the arms of the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who could use him as a weapon against all he’d loved.

               Happily-Ever-After . . .

After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the north, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes . . . and in their bed. The key to his memories is locked in a tortuous past. To reclaim the strength of their passionate bond, Max must learn to trust her enough to face that darkness at her side before the threat it hides exposes the secret Cee Cee carries.

               Is never smooth.

When an investigation into grisly deaths in an underground Shifter fight club points to more than just dangerous clan rivalries, Cee Cee enlists Max’s help to find a traitor in their midst while there’s still time to turn a deadly invading tide. But the cost of saving their treasured future may mean sacrificing his past. Especially when the enemy they pursue . . . might be Max, himself.
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"Don't you trust my judgment, Cher?"
And then a wary reminder whispered to her, a warning in Max Savoie's own words as he lay strapped to the Chosen's table.
Don't trust me.

Those words, Don't trust me, were first spoken by Max Savoie in Seeker of Shadows, two books & almost 2 1/2 years ago...I've been living on prayers ever since.  Patiently waiting...only emailed the author once...twice...ok, a few times, but who's counting? (Don't listen to Nancy - it couldn't have been that many times!;)  The events that led up to those three words devastated me, and along with Cee Cee & other fans, I've been dying for a resolution, any indication that Max would return to normal.   I snatched up the next 2 books, Betrayed by Shadows & Prince of Shadows on release days - devoured them in one sitting & loved them both for the awesome reads they are, but the author still withheld the hea I was waiting for.  Now, at long last, Nancy has taken mercy on me & other fans by writing & releasing Moonlight #9 with Max & Charlotte back in the limelight. Do I hear an "Amen"?! H*ll Yeah!!


Remembered By Moonlight is an intense, emotionally charged story that continues the woes of Max and Cee Cee as they return to their high rise apartment, hoping that a familiar environment will help Max regain the memories he lost while held in captivity in The Chosen's lab.  While Cee Cee yearns to resume the life with the mate she knew before his memories were erased, Max views her as a stranger, and for the foreseeable future, his prison guard. She's been warned to go slow, not to push, or risk losing him forever.  They ease into a daily routine of two polite strangers, walking on eggshells around one another, while sleeping on opposite sides of the bed.  And yet, the chemistry sparks between them as memories tease Max, lingering just out of his reach, aroused by things like the scent of Voodoo Love that permeates the air & infiltrates his defenses when Cee Cee is near.  Nancy Gideon is a master at manipulating an emotionally charged atmosphere while building the sexual tension to a flame point between characters.  She sets the pages of Remembered By Moonlight afire with the desires that blaze between Max & Cee Cee as they rediscover each other and the life they lost with the erasure of Max's memories.  Can they move forward as mates & lovers?  Even if Max never regains his memories?  Max is resolved to finding the woman who stole his former life with the promise that she could/would return his memories, even if it means he must return to the lair of The Chosen in the north.  Who is this woman with the face of his mother?  Can he trust her?  

While Max & Cee Cee struggle with learning to live with each other again, dangerous elements are taking root in New Orleans.  Someone is selling high octane drugs to shifters, ramping up their rage & putting them on display for the whole world to see in an illegal shifter fight ring.  Cee Cee joins forces with Silas, Nica, Alain and, recruited from out west, Cale Terriot, going undercover on a mission to discover the identity of the head man of the organization.  Add the lethal power, wisdom, & preternaturally prowess of Max Savoie, and you have a force to be reckoned with.  But can they really trust Max?  Is he in control of his own actions, or is someone lurking inside his head, watching, listening.  Is he really an ally or could he be their biggest threat?

Hang on to your seat as the angst is high, the action swift, the romance sizzling hot! Remembered By Moonlight is like a family reunion with a who's who list of all your favorite characters from previous books joining forces.  But make no mistake about it - The big dog is back!  This is Max's story, unfolding as he rebuilds the life and memories stolen from him, doling out his own brand of punishment on those that dare threaten his city, clan, or loved ones - even though he doesn't remember them.    

Remembered By Moonlight is firing on all cylinders - it sizzles with love scenes that will have you seeking a cold shower, fast-paced action that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and an ending that will leave you sighing, smiling while wiping a tear, and asking the same thing I did - Nancy, how long until the next one?!  Moonlight fans - You will love this book! Fans of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, suspense, and romance, this is a Must Read!  A Page Burner! 

Rating:  5 Gorgeous ♥♥♥♥♥'s & then 5 more!  And that's the truth...

Cross My Heart...xxx
Sandra

*There are a multitude of post-worthy quotes in Remembered...This is only a sample!
Quotes:

"I'm sorry.  I'm breaking the rules.  I forgot we were strangers."  She turned to her dresser to snatch up those things that represented her:  shield, cell, holster and gun, all the while saying,  "Consider yourself off the leash, Savoie.  You're capable of handling your own affairs.  I'll stick to mine.  If you'll excuse me, I've got a report to file."
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What was she going to do if she couldn't break through that barrier between them?  How was she going to live her life if, instead of going back to what they'd had, he rebuilt his world without her?
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Time was running out.  Some elements of the past would soon be apparent.  Whether Max was ready to face them or not.
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Her throat clutched as she recalled the first time she'd seen him there when the building was still a metal skeleton, toeing the edge of the beam, his dark coat billowing behind him like the wings of a fallen angel.  His pose was no less dramatic now, sleek, dark and solitary as he stared out into the night.
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"What are you, Detective?  What makes you different?"  What makes you dangerous to me? was tacitly implied.
"I'm like you.  I'm more."
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My warrior woman.  Max smiled at that encapsulation of who and what she was as he let his eyes close and simply enjoyed the sense of belonging to someplace, to someone.  And as he drifted off into a deep and untroubled sleep, one certainty lingered.  He'd been wrong before.  Here in his arms was the key to everything.
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"Am I having an affair with a stripper that I should know about?"
Giles laughed, finding his question quite hilarious, and herded him to the car.
"You'd best ask Charlotte."
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"Let's make this a slow ride, shall we?"
The deep purr of her voice brought a sassy grin to his face.  The long slant of his eyes grew languid.  "You have the reins, cher.  You can whip me with them if you like."
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"We've said our share of interesting good-byes in this driveway, Savoie.  The only thing I anticipate more is the hellos."
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His hand nocked beneath her chin to keep her parted lips available, whispering against them, "I feel as though I've loved you forever."
Her soul shuddered.  "I feel the same, Savoie."
"Good."
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"I need something from you."
"Oh, baby, I don't believe there's anything you couldn't have for the asking."
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"Detective, any warm-blooded male with a pulse would have his hand on your glorious ass.  May I?"
"Knock yourself out."
His fingertips sketched over that tight sheen of Lycra before cupping a taut globe for a squeeze.  "What kind of workout do you do to get that kind of muscle tone?"
She put her face up close to his.  "I beat the shit outta guys who grab my ass."
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He leaned close to whisper in her ear, "Is there any other tension I can relieve for you, cher?  I am willing and most certainly able."
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"I'm yours, Savoie.  I always have been.  Take me, claim me.  Know again in your heart and mind that we're one in all things."
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"Have I told you that you are my every dream?"
Her eyes shimmered.  Her voice went smoky with emotion.  "Not recently."
His lips brushed softly over the new mark he'd layered over the old.  "I want to build upon this moment, Charlotte.  I want what we have between us now to be enough."
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"You rock my world, Savoie."
"You are my world, Detective."
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"Are you trying to back out, Savoie?"
His smile spread slow and sizzled.  "Wouldn't dream of it, Detective.  This is New Orleans, sha.  How long could it take to throw a party?"


4 comments:

  1. I'm so looking forward to reading this book!

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  2. You will love it, mk! Max Savoie is back & he's taking his life back! Loved it!

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  3. Looking forward to this book and I know you are, too! Great job on the review.

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    1. Thanks...this one was an emotional one for me. Even having read it, I'm excited for the release!

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