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moonshadowMoonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison

Release Date: December 13, 2016

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Synopsis: Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

Review: The new spin-off series of the Elder Races starts off with one witch who has inherited a 5-acre estate in England (if she can get inside the manor house) and a war-hardened warrior of the Dark Court whose only goal is the get the remaining few of his warriors back home. He doesn’t have time for love, especially of a smart-mouthed courageous witch he can’t seem to stop touching. She can’t stand his archaic bossy nature and his tendency to give orders rather than to simply ask her for something, but she can’t keep her hands off him either. As they fight against the Light Court, solve the mystery of the cursed manor house, and  discover whether within its walls there might be passageway back to his home, they come together in explosive fashion. When they aren’t fighting with each other, they are kissing each other.  He tells her they have no future in one breath, and in the next he is telling her he loves her but shouldn’t.  She fights alongside him, loving him, and knowing full well they have no future. Their story was entertaining and passionate.  I loved their dialogue, especially hers.  Her lines were hilarious and The Harrison wrote her dialogue really well.  The character comes through really clearly through her dialogue.  I liked how she was a strong independent woman who gave Nikolas hell while they fell in love and in the end how she held her ground until he asked her to marry him was a perfect way to end the story.  I look forward to book 2.

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