Review: Under The Moon – Natalie J. Damschroder
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 draining goddesses of their powers and that she may be a target.
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 her attraction for Nick while trying to keep Sam at arms length, Quinn knows it’s only a matter of time before she gives in to the demands inside of herself. She uses every ounce of her willpower to keep her urges at bay while hating the fact that she can’t give in to what her body wants.
As the trio dodges danger at every turn, they know it’s only a matter of time before the leech finds exactly what he’s looking for. Intent on thwarting his every step, they refuse to allow another goddess to be hurt in the process. Survival is the key in staying one step ahead in hopes of bringing down the man whose main goal is to destroy 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.
Synopsis: Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.
Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.
But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.
But not as hard as denying their hearts . . .
About The Author:
Natalie J. Damschroder came to writing the hard way—by avoiding it. Though she wrote her first book at age six (My Very Own Reading Book) and received accolades for her academic writing (Ruth Davies Award for Excellence in Writing for a paper on deforestation her senior year in college), she hated doing it. Colonial food and the habits of the European Starling just weren’t her thing.
She found her niche—romantic fiction—shortly after college graduation. After an internship with the National Geographic Society, customer service for a phone company just wasn’t that exciting. So she began learning how to write the books she’d loved to read all her life. Now she struggles to balance her frenetic writing life with her family, the most supportive husband in the world and two beautiful, intelligent, stubborn, independent daughters (the oldest of whom has become a writer). She somehow also fits in a day job and various volunteer positions in and out of the writing industry.