Marked by Moonlight, written by Sharie Kohler, was published on December 26, 2007 by Pocket Books. This is the first book in the Moon Chasers series.
Blurb for MARKED BY MOONLIGHT
She doesn’t know what bit her…
Seemingly overnight, Claire Morgan has transformed: the normally mousy schoolteacher is now bold, and her behavior is truly wild. Her eyes gleam silver. Suddenly she’s a self-confident femme fatale with a libido that just won’t quit. After an impulsive makeover, she’s even…dare she say it?…sexy. Is Claire going insane?
Then brutally handsome stranger Gideon March tells her she was bitten by a werewolf, and Claire figures he’s the insane one. Sure, she was attacked by a nasty dog in a back alley, but this guy stalking her says he’s a member of an underground society of lycan hunters — and his mission is to kill her immediately.
When Claire finally realizes she really is a lycan, there’s no turning back — because by now Claire and Gideon are bound by a hungry passion. If they can’t break the curse by the next full moon, Claire’s soul will be lost forever and Gideon will be forced to terminate his prey — a woman dangerously close to devouring him, heart and soul.
Jen’s Review of Marked by Moonlight
I read Marked by Moonlight because I had heard good things about the author.
I originally reviewed this book on my old blog Books That Hook. I’m updating and adding to the review. My old rating was 4.5 stars. Because we aren’t using half stars anymore, I had to decide if this was a love or like for me. I decided Marked by Moonlight was good, but not great, thus I lowered the stars to four. That’s still a good rating. I just didn’t like it enough to make it one of my favorites.
Quick Review: formulaic story about a tortured hero and a reluctant heroine falling in love despite their differences; slow to get going but overall enjoyable
Claire, a concerned teacher, follows her troubled student into an alley. He turns into a lycan and attacks her. She doesn’t realize it is her student. She thinks she’s being attacked by a dog. She’s saved by a mysterious man.
This man (Gideon) comes to her home with the intent of killing her before she can turn into a lycan. He can’t bring himself to do it. Instead, he tries to help her by telling her what she is and how it can be prevented.
Claire refuses to believe Gideon, despite her strong physical attraction to him. Finally, she becomes convinced and they work together to find a way to prevent her from shifting and feeding on the next full moon because if she were to feed she’d lose her soul and become a monster permanently.
It took a long time before I could tell what the main goal of the story was. At first at seemed Claire was more interested in her sexual attraction to Gideon than figuring out or dealing with what was happening to herself.
Kohler allowed the relationship between Claire and Gideon to develop naturally. They didn’t fall in love just because they had a sexual attraction. It took time for love to develop. My only complaint is that Gideon seemed too willing to help a werewolf, considering his history with them.
Also, I liked that Claire had to adjust to her new situation before accepting it. Sometimes characters are too quick to accept. Claire wasn’t like that. On the other hand, some things just seemed too obvious, and some readers might want to see her accept it faster.
Gideon and Claire are well-developed characters. They’re likable and I could sympathize with them. I appreciated that both characters grew as the story went on.
Marked By Moonlight starts with a prologue that shows how Gideon’s mother turned into a werewolf and killed his father. I don’t think this was necessary. I would have preferred to learn about this secret later.
The book was written in third person point of view. It worked well for this story, especially because the author limited it to just the two perspectives of Gideon and Claire.
The author established a ticking time clock–the next full moon–that helped build suspense further along in the story.
The book is well-written. I didn’t notice any typos.
Do I Recommend?
I did enjoy reading Marked by Moonlight, but it wasn’t one of my favorite paranormal romances. Probably what kept it from being a five-star book was the slow start. However, I think it’s worth reading if you would like a book about a werewolf and a werewolf hunter falling in love.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars [B]