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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blue Moon by Linda Howard- Feature and Review


Sheriff Jackson Brody knows folks get a little crazy under a full moon, especially in steamy backwater country. But on the trail of a scorching murder mystery, it’s the lawman himself who succumbs to the spell of a beautiful, mysterious stranger in this “white-knuckle romantic thriller”



Blue MoonBlue Moon by Linda Howard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blue Moon by Linda Howard is a 2017 Pocket Star publication.

I’m browsing the Overdrive library titles when I notice this new release from Linda Howard. I didn’t know she had a new book coming out. Well, as it so happens, this novella was originally a part of an anthology, titled “Under the Boardwalk’, released back in 1999.

So, if you happen to have read that book, this story may seem mighty familiar to you, because it is not a new release after all. However, I had not read the anthology, so for me, it is a pleasant surprise to have found it released as a single novella and available to download from the library.

Set in Alabama, Sheriff Jackson Brody, is cursing the rare 'blue moon’ phenomenon, when he gets an urgent call from his dispatcher. Soon he finds himself heading out in a boat to rescue a woman named Delilah, living way off the beaten path, who is also rumored to be a witch.

Once he lays his eyes on Lilah, something inside him shifts, causing an unexplained tension between them. If Jackson didn’t believe in magic before, he certainly does now.

Novellas are hit and miss for me, but this one is pretty good. I enjoyed the paranormal flavor, the way Howard captures that steamy Alabama atmosphere, and created a super sexy story with both emotion and danger within such a limited amount of time and space.

Having been published back in the late nineties, some readers may notice a very slight datedness, which comes from the typical outline of romance novels written during this time frame, but I thought the story stood the test of time admirably, with only a moment or two of old fashioned alpha male sentiments, but overall the story is written in Linda Howard’s classic style, which I happen to really like.

As with most novellas, the romance moves superfast, because there is just no time for a slow build up, so be prepared for a slight insta-love vibe, but also keep in mind there is a little supernatural element helping things along.

Overall, this was a nice short story to read on a very, very rainy Saturday.



Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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