Crescent Moon (Nightcreature Series #4)

Crescent Moon (Nightcreature Series #4)

by Lori Handeland

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Overview

"Strong heroines are a hallmark of Handeland's enormously popular werewolf series, and Diana is no exception."
Romantic Times

From the author who brought you the RITA ® award winning Blue Moon, comes another book in the USA Today Bestselling Nightcreature Novels!

Will he kiss her or kill her?

For over a century there have been whispers of a werewolf in the Crescent City. The recent discovery of bodies in the Honey Island Swamp draws cryptozoologist, Diana Malone, to Louisiana.
Thrilled to have a chance to prove the impossible to the world, she is soon immersed in a world of danger, intrigue and murder. Something is killing the locals and though no one wants to tell what, Diana is determined to discover the secret.

When her first swamp guide turns up dead, sexy, reclusive former Special Forces officer, Adam Ruelle, offers his services. Diana accepts, though local legends label his Cajun family as cursed, deranged, even mad.

By night, Adam is everything she ever dreamed of in a lover. By day, Diana has her doubts. What is he hiding?

Crescent Moon is the fourth book in the RITA ® award winning paranormal romance series The Nightcreature Novels (Book #1 in the New Orleans Nightcreature Trilogy) by New York Times Bestselling author Lori Handeland. If you enjoy the novels of Sherrilyn Kenyon or Christine Feehan, explore The Nightcreatures today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150545625
Publisher: Lori Handeland
Publication date: 09/27/2014
Series: Nightcreature Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 395,950
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lori Handeland is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 60 published works of fiction to her credit. Her novels, novellas, and short stories span genres from paranormal and urban fantasy to historical and contemporary romance and, most recently, women’s fiction. Just Once (Severn House, January 2019), her women’s fiction debut, is a richly layered novel about two women who love the same man, how their lives intertwine, and their journeys of loss, grief, sacrifice, and forgiveness.

Lori set her sight on being an author at the age of ten. She remembers sitting at a typewriter before she knew how to type, pecking out a story about a family who went into space. As an only child, her summers were spent with that typewriter, television, and, above all, books. She recalls thinking that if she could write books of her own, she would never run out of books to read. As a young adult, she got sidetracked by the need to make a living. She worked as a waitress and later enrolled in college to become a teacher.

While student teaching, Lori started reading a life-changing book, How to Write a Romance and Get It Published. Within its pages the author, Kathryn Falk, mentioned Romance Writers of America. There was a local chapter; Lori joined it, dived into learning all about the craft and business, and got busy writing a romance novel. With only five pages completed, she entered a contest where the prize was having an editor at Harlequin read her first chapter. She won.

Lori sold her first novel, a western historical romance, in 1993. In the 26 years since then, she has written eleven novels in the popular Nightcreature Novels, five installments in the Phoenix Chronicles, six works of contemporary romance about the Luchettis, a duet of Shakespeare Undead novels, and many more books. Her fiction has won critical acclaim and coveted awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance (Blue Moon) and Best Long Contemporary Category Romance (The Mommy Quest), a Romantic Times Award for Best Harlequin Superromance (A Soldier’s Quest), and a National Reader’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal (Hunter’s Moon).

Lori lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband. In between writing and reading, she enjoys long walks with their rescue mutt, Arnold, and occasional visits from her two grown sons and perfectly adorable grandson.

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Crescent Moon (Nightcreature Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crescent Moon carries the reader deep into the Louisiana bayous and introduces you to a world few have experienced. The story holds twists, turns and even an unusual Voudon Priestess. The heroine is likeable, self-depracating, sensible, and (thankfully) does not fit Hollywood's beauty standard's. (Can't we relate, ladies?) The hero is hot, flawed and full of secrets. (Gotta love an alpha male bad-boy). Handeland's sultry imagery and even hotter love scenes definitely will please any reader of paranormal romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of spooky story. Had a hard time trying to figure out who Adam really was. Love a book that has me hooked from the beginning to end, as this one did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all the others in this series, too. Well written. Runs right along... I recommend it!
browniis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read in the Nightcreature series, so it was a bit difficult for me to pick up on some of the finer continuity points - but overall, I think it was an excellent introduction to the series (and I was able to go back and read the prior books without having my enjoyment of them spoiled by reading Crescent Moon first, which is always nice).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's rare that a book keeps me guessing and surprises me. This is one of those rare books. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I was proven wrong. Excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have been better
NC_ReaderAN More than 1 year ago
This was my first Lori Handeland book, and I enjoyed reading Crescent Moon. It is the 4th installment in the Nightcreature Novel series. I’m a total fan or Lori Handeland and her Nightcreature Novel series. Now after reading Crescent Moon I’m going back to start the series from the beginning. In some ways the story moved a little slow and Diana’s guilt was allowing too much trust issues that caused her to keep second guessing herself. But hey I guess we all have our hang-ups. That’s what makes for good characters, the imperfections. Mysterious gorgeous man, Voodoo Priestess, Voodoo curses, zombies, and werewolves…oh my! So being a cryptozoologist sounds like fun. That is until you are left keeping a vow you made to your dead husband made from guilt and love that has you chasing things that you don’t even believe in, even when it cost you your reputation. This is where we meet Diana Malone, she’s widowed and feeling guilty that she wasn’t there when her husband died, unemployed again, and willing to travel on a whim. So when Frank Tallient calls with an assignment Diana is off to New Orleans and has her trekking through Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Diana makes camp in the reclusive former Special Forces officer, Adam Ruelle, abandoned mansion. Closest point to where most of the deaths and any sightings have occurred. Adam’s family is allegedly cursed and he moves about the swamp like a ghost, there one second then gone without a trace. After Diana’s first swamp guide dies Adam offers to take his place as long as Diana promises not to enter the swamp without him. In the search for the werewolf/ loup-garou Diana meets a Voodoo Priestess, and has encounters of the undead kind. By night, Adam is everything she ever dreamed of in a lover she been attracted to him since she first laid eyes on him. By day, Diana has her doubts, about Adam and about her disbelief in the loup-garou. What is he hiding? Diana knows Adam clearly knows more than he is telling and that he is hiding something. What is he hiding? Is Adam helping her or distracting her from her hunt or is he just trying to protect her?
Sailon More than 1 year ago
This was a re-read for me and I still wolfed it down. Pun absolutely intended. Diana Malone made a promise to her deceased husband that she would find evidence of the supernatural. Relentlessness in her pursuits has led Diana to Honey Island Swamp. A new benefactor, Frank, hires Diana to investigate the rash of animal attacks in this area with hopes of her capturing a werewolf alive. Now with virtually unlimited resources, Diana will do what it take to prove her deceased husband's work true. Diana trek brings her to the old Ruelle mansion in the swamp. For each bit of information Diana uncovers, it all comes back to Adam Ruelle and his “cursed” family. Adam, the man that has volunteered to be her guide and Adam, the owner of the run down mansion she is staying in.  The attraction between Adam and Diana is combustible. Let’s just say it gets very steamy in the swamps. But can she trust him when he might be the very monster she is searching for? Handeland has a way of making the story pop off the pages and pulling you in till the very end. I did miss the interaction with past characters. Crescent Moon is an intensely seductive adventure that any paranormal romance fan should not miss.  I received this copy of Crescent Moon from Lori Handeland in exchange for a honest review.
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