Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Title: Moonstruck
Authors:  Piper Vaughn & M.J. O'Shea
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 9781611189735
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Surya Patel loves being the drummer for the group Moonlight but he’s not thrilled when his label wants a joint album with another popular band, Luck. Everyone involved thinks it’s a great idea except for Sur because he had a one-night stand with Emmanuel, Luck’s manager. It ended with Sur leaving abruptly when he should have stayed and he’s regretted it since. He doesn’t know how to deal with Em on daily basis and it’s driving him nuts.

For the past year, Em’s kept thinking of the great night he spent with Surya.  He regrets that Surya left in the middle of the night when they had such a good time together but now he has to put on his professional face and act like a manager and not a scorned lover.  Being in close proximity leads to another night of sizzling sex but this time Em takes off without warning. Surya’s feelings are hurt when Em leaves because now he knows what he wants—it’s Em but he just doesn’t know how to tell him.

Moonstruck is the third release in the Lucky Moon series and brings back many of the characters from the previous releases, so that means you need to read them in order to avoid confusion.

I like Surya and Em. They’re both interesting guys but it took me awhile to warm up to them as a couple. I just didn’t get a good feel for their history together at the start. Eventually their being together won out and now I can’t imagine them apart. I also really appreciate their mixed ethnicity. It bought in an interesting difference and cultural problems that hadn’t been dealt with in the other books. Despite how poorly Sur’s parents reacted - how hateful and bigoted they were – it’s handled nicely and his parents yell but never get physical. I appreciate the author’s restraint with this issue.

There’s a lot of angst and tension between Em and Surya for a huge portion of the book and of examination on how each is feeling. It got a little old when other more active things could have been going on to move the plot along. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the story. I found Em and Sur’s attempt to find a happily-ever-after entertaining but it’s definitely my least favorite of the three.

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