Title: Crying for the Moon
Author: Sarah Madison
Cover artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner press
Amazon: Buy Link Crying for the Moon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 210 pages
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
A guest review by Sirius
Summary: This enjoyable story made me forget why lately I have not particularly cared for stories about werewolves and vampires.
Vampire Alexei Novik may have the teeth and the coffin, but he’s given up the lifestyle for an old fixer-upper in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Weary of his past, Alex plans to keep to himself, but it seems his sexy, new neighbor, Tate, can’t take the hint—a good thing, since it turns out he’s handy for all kinds of things around the house. Tate even gets along with Alex’s werewolf friends, though one of them pointedly reminds Alex that their friendship is a bad idea.If a platonic relationship is a bad idea, the growing attraction between Tate and Alex is a disaster waiting to happen. Loving Tate will draw him into Alex’s dangerous world, and Alex is torn between having the relationship he’s always craved and keeping Tate safe. Tate won’t take no for an answer, however, and seems to handle everything Alex can throw at him without blinking. Just when he thinks things might turn out all right after all, Alex’s past catches up with him—forcing him to make a terrible choice.
Lately I only read books which feature werewolves if they are recommended by trusted sources, and I pretty much have given up on vampires altogether. I still check out unusual shifters, but overall after reading so many in the past, I am very weary of “creature features” (to borrow Aunt Lynn’s wonderful expression) and this weariness is not wearing off yet. Crying for the Moon, however, was one of the few and very welcome exceptions. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I wanted to try a longer book by this writer and I decided that I would do so even if the subject matter did not appeal to me. I am glad that I did because I had a very enjoyable reading experience.
From the moment Alex and Tate meet on page, they have a spark, a connection that I look for when I am reading a book that has a romantic storyline. And thankfully the author did not tell us that one character felt a sudden and everlasting love towards another and vice versa. I don’t know about those of you who also read this one, but I was already giggling when I was reading what Alex’ first impression of Tate was and here is a sample for you:
“No doubt the angled cheekbones saved Tate Edwards from having his cheeks pinched on a regular basis. The late-day stubble on his jaw was a deeper shade than the rest of his hair, making the contrast between the two striking. His eyes were the unusual shade of brown, so light they looked gold. If Alex had to describe either hair or eyes, he wouldn’t have been able to name their exact color. Tate had skin pale to the point of near-translucence and a light dusting of freckles that kept him from being downright gorgeous.
Pity he didn’t know how to dress.”
Isn’t this awesome? All this admiring of the beauty and the punch line at the end of the paragraph. I knew I was going to love this story from its very beginning.
As the blurb tells us, Alex is tired of his old life and wants to move away from it to a more or less secluded location, so he bought a house and his friends are helping him move. I thought that the author used some traditional parts of vampire and werewolf folklore really well and added some nice fresh twists to it. I thought that Alex’s struggle to be vampire who does not want to forget about his humanity was well drawn without extra angst and that the author really succeeded in creating a very interesting character. I thought Alex’s werewolves friends were adorable, and I liked how Madison managed to keep a nice balance between making the reader remember that these beings can *turn* into blood-thirsty monsters, but they are really not going to forget their humanity either. I really enjoyed Alex’ easy camaraderie with the werewolves because it is not that often that I can read about great friendships in m/m romance books in addition to actual romance. I really enjoyed the relationship Alex has with Nick’s pack. I thought that the author managed to give the secondary characters at least some depth as well. Tate and Alex (especially Tate, but Alex as the POV character also has a lot of funny lines) made me smile and laugh pretty often, pretty much every time they were talking.
Why this one was not a five-star read for me? I thought that Alex’ definitely knows better what he wants from life at the end of the book, so to me he does undergo some changes (a big plus for me), but I did not notice any character growth from Tate. While he is a fully-formed, likeable character already when the book begins, it sort of bothered me a bit.
I also thought that the little surprise at the end of the story was way too easy to figure out, so I took another 0.12 something point for the “Hey, yes, I knew that right away” thought that I had when surprise was revealed.
But those are definitely just minor niggles, and I highly recommend this story as a very fun and enjoyable read.