by Linda K. Hopkins
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Are some obstacles too difficult for love to overcome?
For years, Melissa Hewitt has dreamed of being hunted by a panther, a huge, black creature that pursues her relentlessly. But panthers do not exist in real life – not in Canada, anyway. And it is in the Canadian Rockies that Melissa escapes the stresses of her work – a job that come with a handsome but unfriendly boss who exudes both danger and allure. There is something about Leander Garrett, however, that draws Melissa, making him almost impossible to ignore; that, and the fact that once they had been friends.
As winter turns into spring, Leander’s chilly demeanor begins to thaw, but danger prowls through the mountains, and Lee has a secret that lurks beneath his elegant clothes and rippling physique. Something that compels him to reject what he desires the most.
Can he learn to see the good in himself and finally allow his heart to love, and be loved in return?
A captivating paranormal romance, Moondance will keep you enthralled to the very last page.
Darkness hung over the ground like a pall as Melissa stumbled blindly through the forest, lurching between shadowy trunks and swerving around bushes that seemed to materialize out of nowhere. Barbed branches clawed her face and arms, leaving angry welts in their wake. Protruding roots, intent on hindering her escape, sent her to her knees, leaving them scratched and bleeding. She gasped for breath as the blood pounded furiously in her ears while her chest burned with each breath. Sweat dripped down her forehead, covering her brow. Fear had slickened her palms, and her legs trembled as she careened between the trees. Behind her, her pursuer flew with seeming effortlessness over the ground, its enormous paws making no sound as it closed the gap between them. From the corner of her eye she saw the huge cat drawing alongside her, its bright green eyes shining eerily in the dark. Her foot caught the rough end of a stump, and she flung out her hands as she tumbled to the ground. The panther leaped toward her as her screams tore through the air.
Melissa jolted upright in her bed, her eyes wide as she searched her room in terror for the beast. Rigid fingers gripped the sheet, straining the fabric until it was close to ripping. Her heart hammered in her chest, the memory of reaching claws and hot breath on her neck still too close to dismiss. She loosened her hold on the sheet one aching finger at a time until it fell from her grip.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Linda K. Hopkins lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Canada, with her husband, two kids and one dog, but originally hails from South Africa. When she’s not dreaming about fantastical creatures, you will find her with her nose buried in a book. Linda also loves to travel – through both physical and imaginary time and space. And if she has a slab of dark chocolate and cup of hot coffee while travelling, so much the better!
Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of South Africa. She is also the author of The Dragon Archive series.
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Review for Moondance
I was blown away by how much depth and complexity Hopkins’ characters portrayed. In some instances, the heroine Melissa was so enjoyable I found myself surprised by how easy it was to relate to her antics, her personality, and her struggles. She’s a hard working woman, with a lot of pressure coming from her icy-personality boss Leander, or Lee for short. I would get frustrated with her when he would go from hot to cold in half a second. Why was he like this? What was going on?
Lee and Melissa have had a past, prior to the reader’s introduction of them. It’s a relationship that has levels that go far beyond what many romance novels portray. I loved the innuendo of the “beast within” ideas Hopkins kept dropping throughout the story. She kept her humor light and the action fast paced. Lee’s secret is revealed in a big way, and one that keeps the reader wondering if what he shows Melissa is enough to keep her around…
All in all, I was happy that Hopkins chose to leave certain aspects of the storyline in tact. She took a leap of faith with her decisions and the outcome was simply satisfying. I hadn’t read a shapeshifter book in a long time like this, and for that, I am grateful for Hopkins’ novel Moondance.