Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Review: Moonlight Menage by Stephanie Julian

Moonlight Ménage
second in the Lucani Lovers series

Book Length: Novel
Book Type: eBook
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing

For eight years, Etruscan witch Tira Belludi has longed to give herself, body and soul, to the two shifter men who hold her heart. But visions of death and fears for her sanity have forced her to keep her distance.
Nic Rocca and Duke Ducati are brothers in everything but blood and partners who have each other’s backs. They share a home, a job and had planned to share their life with Tira between them…until the night she saw their future and built a fortress around her heart.
Now danger and death stalk Nic and Duke. And Tira must make a choice—grab love while she has the chance or watch Nic die from afar and lose Duke forever.
Some of this information was obtained from Stephanie Julian's site (here) and some from Ellora Cave's site (here).
I was asked to review this book by the author ~ all thoughts expressed here are my own.

I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said....

Tira has the gift to see the future, it is a gift that is passed down in her family. Tira's "visions" come from skin on skin contact and it is nothing she can control (at the moment). So imagine those hugs you share or hand shakes you pass daily; is it a gift or is it a curse?

A little back history: At the age of 15, Tira was smitten with not one, but two strapping young men, Nic and Duke. At the age of 18 yrs old, they were consider men by the colony. They knew they had to wait till Tira became of age to have her; so, they bidded their time. Time paid off and Tira was finally able to be with them. Remember the skin to skin contact... remember gift or curse...

Once they are able to be together... a touch that was supposed to be shared between lovers, what their dreams were made of turned into a living nightmare. Tira caught a glimpse of a deadly vision that included her men. After that one touch, she pushed both of them away and put up a wall. Does she want them, hell yes. Do they want her, double hell yes. But with such a strong vision as what she saw, she refuses to be the reason for one of her lover's death. How do you live with the two men you love when you can only touch one lover but not the other. Touching one of the men was like a slice of heaven but the other... was just asking for the nightmare to relive itself over and over.

The book picks up where eight years have passed. Tira's heart breaks from afar to just touch Nic and she has a love/hate relationship with Duke. Nic being the one she can not touch, Duke just assumes he is the stand in for Nic. These men are total opposites of each other. Nic is the charmer and Duke is the silent type. So the love/hate relationship that Tira and Duke share is very pressing on the nerves.

The main thing I love about this story is how it shows what determined love can do. Tira is close to allowing her gift of seeing the future really ruin her future. She has two men who absolutely adore her and would do anything for her and she is lets time slip away because of the vision. This story is a very passionate story. The love of three people, the courage of one woman and the determination of two men to keep what is there - no matter what the cost is.

Nic gets hurt while in his line of duty and plays the pity card to her knowing that she can not resist him. Nic asks her to come back home with the both of them to take care of him. The men are also fed up with the pushing away and the walls that Tira has done over the years. Everyone is saying screw the vision... we want our relationship! But believe me it is a fight to the death for this relationship to survive.

We see all the characters come back in the story and that is another thing I love about Ms. Julian's writing style. This story is about family and Ms. Julian keeps it that way. It picks up right where Kiss of Moonlight left off. This story is awesome and again, the action high, the love scorching and the sex off the charts. Omg is all i can!!!!!!! You better get your glass of ice - not water just ice and a box fan handy (and maybe your hubs or s/o) close by you will need them. These stories can almost be read in a day (depending on what you do for your day job..)
These stories just keep getting better and better!

Some people believe that all things are destine to be as they are. Some people believe they are responsible for their actions and future. Some people believe that things are already all mapped out for them... All these things are true to a point... But I believe we all have choices in life.. what we do with choices will lead you down the next path of life...

Tira finally grew a pair and took matters in her own hands and made the life she wanted... But at what cost does one get what she truly wants... Will Tira get the sweet dreams of her two men... or will she get the nightmares of her visions... To find out you will have to read it!!!!

I am fixing to start the third one... The newly released: Edge of Moonlight!
Be on the lookout for that review coming soon!!!!

To read an excerpt of Menage Moonlight, please go --->> here. But be warned... you have to be 18 yrs or older to read it.

To visit Ms. Julian's website, please go --->> here and make sure to check out everything she has!
And leave her a note, letting her know that you passed through!

To visit her blog, please go -->> here and see what delightful things are there!!!

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  1. Nice review! I liked this...except when it is revealed how Nic is going to overcome the obstacle to be able to touch Tira again..I didn't buy into it.

    Otherwise, I really enjoy this series by Stephanie Julian.

  2. I'll keep it in mind if I ever decide to start reading menage. ;)

  3. See...this is why I truly adore you...you totally make us drool over books! lol This book sound uber good and I cant wait to get my paws on it! Two men...one girl...YUM-O! lol =)

    Thanks for the great tease ;)

  4. Mandi! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! You mean for the day or for the rest of their lives??

    I agree with you, this is a great series. Especially when short is an issue, this is a great series!!

    Chris! This is great book *with hot sex* for a menage! If you should start reading menages... lol!

    Monroe honey! You are to kind! That is why I love ya! Girl, just wait... I have more books in store for you to drool over!!! I love the paws joke... LOL! You so funny! This is a great series though. And short ~ like one day reads. Especially for you!
    Hope you have a great day!

  5. I love these ebooks. I cant wait to get to Edge of Moonlight. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. Great review Cecile.I'm looking forward to starting this series soon.Everyone seems to like it.

  7. Great review Cecile!

    I'm generally not a huge fan of menage but you've piqued my interest with this one, girl. Thanks!

    Hugs, VFG

  8. Nice review honey! Looks like I need to start this series at the beginning. What a perfect way to kick of the summer hot!

    Miranda ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr

  9. It sounds like an interesting conflict build-up! And you know me, I lurv my menages LOL As always I enjoyed reading your review hon, this is another author I need to give a go!

  10. I'm curious about this series! Like Leontine said it sounds like an interesting conflict and those guys seem absolutely yum! :)
    Wonderful review, hon!

  11. Hey Sexy! Blog award for you! http://www.theunreadreader.com/2010/05/blog-awards.html

    *runs back to drool over hot pics on your blog*

  12. Cecile, again, I can't say how happy it makes me when someone really enjoys my stories. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm. It absolutely makes my day.

  13. Nice review! I'll keep this in mind the next time I want to read a book with a girl in it. ;)

  14. I really have to read this author! loved your review!!

  15. Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! Oh gosh... I simply can not get enough of Ms. Julian's world she has created! Be on the look out for a review of EM soon!!! Hugs to you!

    elaing8! Hey honey!!! Thank you for coming over! I know you will like this series when you start it! Believe me, you will want to gobble up this world Ms. Juilia has built! Just make sure you have all the books before you read... cuz once you start (it is like lays potato chips) you will not be able to stop with just one book!!!! Haa haaa!!

    VampFanGirl! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! Ohhh this menage is awesome.. and these two men... are oh my gosh super hot!!! Both strong men, one the charmer and the other the strong silent type... omg!! I look forward to reading it!

    Sweet! Hey honey! Thanks for popping in today! I know things were crazy for you! Ohhh honey, you need to start this series now. And I know how you read, you will done with this in no time!!

    Leontine! Hey honey! Thanks for stopping over for a bit! I love when get to come over! Oh honey, this is a great book! And I know you willl loooveeee this whole series!

    Janna! Hey honey! Ohhhh you are a curious little kitten I see...This book will make you a roaring tigress when you are done reading them!!! LMBO!! You will love them! I promise!

    Missie!! Awww, thank you honey! Thank you so much!!! Hugs to you!!!

    Stephanie Julian! Hey hon!! Thanks for coming over! I am glad that I could make your day! Honey you make my day just reading the damn book!!! Hell... just the blurbs make me want to quit work so I can just read all day, lmbo! Thanks again for coming over!

    Eyre! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! I am glad to see you pop over every one in a while! =)
    Yes, if you want to read with a girl again... do pick this one up and it is short and hot... So, you will love it!


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