Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising Series #1)

Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising Series #1)

by Natalie J. Damschroder
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Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising, Book 1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under the Moon is an entertaining, if scattershot, urban fantasy romance. The characters are well-drawn, and I loved the interaction between Quinn, Sam and Nick. Still, the story drags in a few places, the action sequences are too spread out, and the ending a bit abrupt. A goodish way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I found it to be enjoyable. I will be reading the next book in this series. I haven't read to many books about Goddesses but the ones I have read have been pretty interesting. This one is a bit steamier than any of the other books I have encountered with Goddesses in them. Quinn is a Goddess and her powers always have her craving sex. Quinn, has a friend Sam that she would use to recharge her powers, now she has decided not to use him any more. She feels its not fair to lead him on in this way, as she is not in love with him, she is in love with Nick, her protector, though Nick will not get involved with her. Personal feelings are put to the side as the two men must protect Quinn from a leech, someone who is going around stealing Goddess powers. The council will not tell them anything as they think somehow Quinn is involved because of a family member, but Quinn doesn't even know of any family members. There is someone trying to tell everyone that Nick has gone Rogue, and nobody will give them any real answers. Quinn, was an interesting character, but she wasn't my favorite character. She was strong, but I just didn't like her that much. I guess its probably because I liked Sam and didn't like the way she had treated him as an object for sex when she needed it. She messed with his feelings even though she didn't mean too. Even though she was doing her best to not cave into her cravings because she realized she wasn't being fair, you could already tell it had took its toll on Sam. Nick has that sexy bad boy image going on with the motorcycle and protectorate attitude, so you can't help but like him a little. He would do about anything to protect Quinn, and hung around a lot more than he probably needed. He has other charges to take care of but something always pulled him Quinn's way. Normally I like the bad boy image guys but this time I fell for the nice guy. Sam was my favorite character, he was sweet and protective. He fell in love with Quinn even though he knew she didn't feel the same way about him. He put aside his disdain for Nick to help protect her from the leech that was out to get her powers. I do hope he gets a girl of his own in the next book in the series, as he deserves one. My only draw back with this book is I have never really been a fan of a sex driven storyline especially when I feel that sometimes it takes over the whole story. Over all I thought it was a interesting novel and I liked it enough to continue with the series. If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy then I would recommend you give it a try.
SSMPM29 More than 1 year ago
I have to start out by saying that the cover of UNDER THE MOON does NOT in any way match the story. There is not one motorcycle/motorcycle rider in the whole book and I just don't get why they have someone on one on the cover. Makes no sense. UNDER THE MOON was a page turner with some nice twist and turns. Quinn was easy to like and the supporting characters brought a great cast to the story. Sam, Quinn's assistant is in love with Quinn and she keeps him at arms length because she is in love with Nick but Sam is still there for her throughout all the conflict and danger as a friend. Nick is Quinn's Protector. He has always loved her but refuses to have a relationship with her because he's her protector. The sexual tension between Quinn and Nick was high. They both want each other but Nick just wont give in for most of the book. When he finally does the scenes between them are HOT. The world building was full of great explanations and imaginative powers. I loved the whole Goddess storyline. I liked meeting the different goddesses and hearing about what they could do. The action was not lacking. There were plenty of scenes that had my heart beating and had me wondering how the trio would get out of a particular situation.The ending wraps everything up nicely and I'm looking forward to reading what comes next.
Gethsemane95 More than 1 year ago
Quinn Caldwell has always enjoyed running the Under The Moon bar she'd inherited from her parents when they unexpectedly died several years ago. Yet hers is not the usual bar normal people would patron. You see, she's a goddess - one who's affinity is tied to the moon. The bar is a haven for goddesses and their protectorates whenever they're in the area. In addition to the bar, she runs a consulting business who's sole purpose is to help out women who find themselves in a bit of a bind and are in need of a helping hand. She's spent quite a bit of time establishing her business and asserting herself as the goddess she is, living openly amongst the human world. Yet never once did she imagine it would have consequences. When her protectorate, Nick Jarrett, shows up on her doorstep with no clear explanation and ahead of schedule, she tries to make sense of the situation. Her apprehension grows further still when he explains that there's someone siphoning goddesses of their powers and that she may be next. Banding together with her assistant, Sam, the three try to grasp the enormity of the situation while trying to keep themselves safe from harm. As they embark on a quest for answers, Quinn soon discovers she now has further familial ties that bind. Ties that have been kept from her from the very beginning as she realizes there's more to the Society than meets the eye. Battling the appeal she feels for Nick while trying to keep Sam at arms length, Quinn knows it's only a matter of time before she gives in to what she feels inside. She uses every ounce of her willpower to keep her impulses at bay while hating the fact that she can't give in to what she wants. As the trio dodges danger at every turn, they know it's only a matter of time before the sycophant finds exactly what he's looking for. Intent on thwarting his every step, they refuse to allow another goddess to be impaired in the process. Survival is the key in staying one step ahead in hopes of bringing down the man whose main goal is to eradicate each and every goddess he comes across. This book was an awesome read. I was hooked from the moment I started reading. The feelings running rampant between Nick, Sam, and Quinn was palpable with every turn of the page. There were quite a few twists and very unexpected turns that lent even more flame to the fire already burning between the trio. Natalie did a brilliant job in establishing each character and the world they live in. The lore behind goddesses walking amongst us and gods being practically extinct was quite interesting. Enjoyed it immensely. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series soon. Truly recommend it.
NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
The plot was very interesting, when goddesses come to their powers at 21 they have a source of power be it flower water or rain or in Quinn's case the Moon. Suddenly two goddesses turn up drained of power, and her protector when the moon is new is coming to her weeks too early to protect her. Together they start to find out what happened to the goddesses even though her help is not wanted because of her family-ties, she knows they aren't talking about her adopted family so Quinn sets out to find out about her biological parents. But some things are better not known. I liked the intensity of the whole book, a lot happens and having the love triangle going on with Sam, Quinn and Nick is interesting to read. The characters are all flawed, but then again it makes them interesting. Quinn suffers for what she's put Sam through with energy charging ( read, having sex ) and Sam torn in his love for Quinn, Nick and Quinn try their hardest not to have any feelings for each other but 15 year courtship, danger and threat but them in the path where they can't ignore what's between them any longer. Interesting characters indeed! The only thing that bothered me a little while reading this was Quinn's "moon lust" ( read, energy charging ), I get it's how her relationship with Sam got so complicated, but it threw me off in the beginning of the book, but as the book moved forward and focus was shifted on the actual adventure things perked up considerably. I also very much enjoyed the little twist that there were only Goddesses left that all the Gods had taken themselves out of the questions! You'll like this if... you are into urban fantasy with a paranormal romance twist, if you love love-triangles, and like your romance low burning, building, until someone just has to give in!