So I wanted to start something new by reviewing a book every Sunday that is at least 5 years old. It will be a book that is new to me, that I missed the first time around.
Author: C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Hunter's Moon (Tales of the Sazi, Book 1)
Back Cover Blurb:
She needs a White Knight
Sue Quentin has reached the end of her rope- she's desperate and there's only one way out: death. Her plan doesn't include falling for Tony, the mysterious hit man she hires. He listens when she speaks and somehow convinces her that maybe her problems aren't entirely insurmountable. He even thinks her little potbelly is sexy. So what if he's a werewolf- everyone has flaws!
Sue enjoys being coddled by Tony, and for his part, tony likes the way Sue moans when he touches her. She begins to think that she and Tony might have a shot at a future together, despite his unorthodox profession....and even though she doesn't know his real name.
But when Tony's enemies- not all of whom are fully human- decide Sue makes a perfect target, will Tony risk letting his darker side out during the day to save her?
This was an unusual book. I enjoyed it for many reasons, one of them being that finally someone wrote a book where the heroine is not a size 6 Barbie but is a real sized woman with real hair issues.
Sue Quentin, a size 14 woman, is at a point where she thinks the only thing left she can do to get peace in her life, is to die. She doesn't want to kill herself because she doesn't think that she can do it right, so she decides to hire the job done. She manages to get in touch with a young hit man, who turns out to be a teenage psycho, who in turn recommends that she get in touch with Tony Giodone, a hit man at the prime of his game. She meets with Tony and things become complicated.
Tony Giodone has spent his whole life working for "The Family", the organized crime family in town. He also has a secret, one year ago he was going after a "target" that backfired on him when she didn't die and in fact came after him and almost killed him. After he managed to survive he noticed that things had changed in his life, he could smell emotions and at some point realizes that he has become a werewolf. His second nature doesn't interfere with his lifestyle so he continues as a hitman.
Tony realizes upon meeting Sue that he can't kill her, at least not right away if at all. Turns out that Sue had recently won the Mega Millions Lottery in their area, to the tune of 238 Million dollars and her picture had been plastered all over the press. He does tell her that if she is sure she wants him to go thru with it that he would be willing to consider it a year in the future. Tony is also highly attracted to Sue and the way she smells. He convinces her to confide her story to him, which she agrees to do in a more private setting. They proceed to go to Tony's hotel, where Sue confides that her family is manipulative and driving her crazy and where Tony looses control and becomes a werewolf in front of Sue. Instead of being scared, Sue becomes more attracted to Tony than before and they become lovers. We find out that when Sue was a child she had seen a werewolf in the forest.
Both characters in this book have similiar problems. Neither is willing to deal with certain issues in their lives. Sue has no backbone and knows it, she does however begin to get therapy during the book so that she becomes more able to deal with issues. Tony has been a werewolf for over a year and has not bothered to find out anything about his transformation or if there is any kind of heirachy in his new existence.
The suspense element in this book is handled very well. Things are well explained and any necessary background is dealt with. The supernatural element is addressed in detail near the end of the book and Tony finally deals with what it means to be a werewolf. This is the start of a series and I really look forward to reading the next book, Moon's Web (Tales of the Sazi, Book 2).
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Crowns