Title: Moonlight and Magick
Author: Isobael Liu
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Buy Link: Buy Moonlight and Magick Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed By: Nerine Dorman
All she wanted was a quiet, normal life...but you don't always get what you want.
Lilian Quinn came to this remote town to start a new life. No one knew she had escaped from Custodes Secreti, a secret organization dedicated to using people with strange abilities for their own ends. All she wanted was a quiet, normal existence. Even if it meant living a lie.
Matthias Romulus was content to be the Alpha werewolf of the local pack, until he bumped into Lilian. Powerfully drawn to her, he stepped in to help her when the Custodes Secreti tracked her down. He didn't know she was trained in much more than waiting tables.
With Lilian's murderous ex-boyfriend coming after her and secret agents on her trail, the strange dreams she's been having are only the beginning. Matthias has problems of his own with his pack giving ultimatums. Can a psychic woman and an alpha wolf come together to resolve the issues of their hearts-and the issues of their continued survival?
When the opening chapter gives me a psychic waitress and a fun-loving rabble of long-haired thugs on motorcycles, I sit up and take notice. Isobael has created a fascinating cast of characters with a storyline to match. While I don't want to give spoilers, I must admit I found the combination of supernatural beings to be a breath of fresh air, and I particularly liked the way she set up her werewolf society. There's enough background here for her to write many spin-offs.
What I also appreciated about her characters was that both Lilian and Matthias are equally headstrong, which understandably leads to a few miscommunications along the way. Of course their stubborn natures are also underpinned by the undeniable physical attraction between the two, and sparks soon fly.
What's great about this story is Isobael's attention to detail. While there were times when I felt I did want to know more about characters' motivations, a strong narrative flow is definitely one of this author's strong points. There's a lot more happening here than in most romance novels that just focus on the emotions of love.
If you have a passing knowledge White Wolf's old gaming systems that were so popular during the 1990s then you'll definitely be on familiar turf with how this milieu unfolds. Moonlight and Magick is entirely readable for its genre, the story often taking a few unexpected twists. It's fun and surprising at turns, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out should the author be writing a follow-up. Liu knows her stuff and she doesn't disappoint.