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"A dark, sensual, spellbinding start to a series......."

Dawn Thompson is the Queen of the "Hook" -- a term writers use to say the opening sentence grabs the reader and immediately jerks them into a story. The instant the reader reads the line "Jon stripped naked in the woad field', they're hooked! You just have to find out why Jon is naked in a field of woad! Once Thompson has you, she won't let go.

I won't go too much into the plot of this historical romance; this is a book you need to experience from that hook of an opening line. I will, however, touch on the theme and style of this very talented writer. Jon Hyde- White has been infected by taint of the vampire and now can shapeshift into the form of a black wolf. This gives you eerie echoes of both Dracula and the Wolfman tales, evoking old vampire lore and the dark and sinister Universal monster movies of the Silver Screen. Evokes, yes, but from those faint familiar cords of Vamp and Werewolf lore, Dawn Thompson takes it all and makes it new again, giving you a powerful story that kept me utterly spellbound from start to finish. Just when you think you know where she is going, she turns the screw, upping the whole game.

Not only is Jon infected but so is his beloved Cassandra Thorpe. There is a thread of hope. They are not doom; a ritual performed under the Blood Moon can save them. However, there are those who would seek to destroy them. They are running for their lives and against the time of the passing moon, stalked by the evil Sebastian, on a journey that carries them at breakneck speed from England to Moldovia, hoping that the rumours of the ancient spell to break their curse is more than just fireside tales. The doomed couple comes under the protection of Milosh, a mysterious Gypsy, who saves them and helps them understand what they are becoming. (Milosh is an amazing character who will get his own story in The Ravening, Dorchester March 2008, and that is too long for me!).

People familiar with Thompson's historical paranormals, who love her beautiful prose, her true feel for period romances, will find this one dark, breathtaking, sensual. The start of a series (The Brotherhood, the second in the series comes out September 2007 from Dorchester), this is something readers of historical paranormals will flock to, and rightly so. It's a frightening, breathtaking, erotic romance that declares it's Thompson's best work yet, while promising you ain't seen nothing yet and preparing you for the other books in the series.

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 20, 2007

SUMMARY

THEIR DARK CURSE Jon Hyde-White was changed. Neither his horse nor his dog trusted him any longer, and with good cause; the transformation was almost complete. Soon he would cease to be an earl's second son and become a ravening monster. Already lust grew, begging him to drink, to devour, to swallow in great gulps hot blood from every opalescent neck--and the blood of his fiancÚ, Cassandra Thorpe, would be sweetest of all. Was that not why they were chosen? Was that not why the blasphemous creature Sebastian burst upon them from the London shadows? But Sebastian's evil task remained incomplete, and neither Jon not Cassandra was beyond hope. Still she smelled of meadowsweet and lilies, and he still believed in Heaven. One chance remained--in faraway Moldovia, in a secret brotherhood, in an ancient ritual and the power of love and the...BLOOD MOON

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Blood Moon
(Blood Moon: Book 1)
by Dawn Thompson

Love Spell
February 1, 2007
Available: February 27, 2007
ISBN #0505526808
EAN #9780505526809
384 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Dawn Thompson

Lord of the Forest
The Bride of Time
Lord Of The Dark
Rape of the Soul
Sexy Beast IV
Eros Island
The Ravening
Lord of the Deep
The Brotherhood
The Falcon's Bride
Blue Moon Enchantment
Blue Moon Magic
The Waterlord
The Ravencliff Bride


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