Moon Burning by Lucy Monroe

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Type: Historical Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Library

On a mission to save her people from extinction, Sabrine pretends she has no memory in order to gain access to her enemies: the Donegal clan. A raven shifter, she is determined to retrieve the sacred stone that rightfully belongs to her people. But soon she’ll be engulfed in her burning desire and growing love for the Donegal laird who believes he saved her-and the dangerous and inescapable secrets destined to keep them apart.


This one just didn’t work for me. I never connected with either main character and the story line felt choppy and drawn out. I think had Moon Burning been released closer to the last book in the series, Moon Craving which came out Feb 2010, I might have been better able to carry over my warm and fuzzy feelings from it. Though from the start of this series there were long gaps. The first book, Moon Awakening, came out in 2007 and then nothing for 3 years.

Moon Burning had a lot of potential, I just think that, for me, it wasn’t ever fully reached. I was confused from the beginning over all the terms coupled with the fact that it’s a historical and is wrote with an old time feel. I don’t remember having that issue in the past 2 installments. Those read with an easy fluidity that I didn’t feel with this one. It felt more forced.

I found Barr and Sabrine to be a couple of convenience and I never fully felt their connection to each other. I mean, sure there was the animalistic love, but as far as a deep emotional connection, I just didn’t see it. Barr, at times, seemed like an overbearing jerk..and not in the hot alpha way lol. Sabrine’s reasoning for not wanting to like Barr was justified but then the very same day (the day they met no less) she’s getting hot and heavy in his bed…huh? It was all just odd.

Then there was the nature of their shifters. I find some animals to be sexy and others….not. I think that was a problem I had with Sabrine. I just don’t like ravens. To close to a crow or something for me. I mean crows are dirty and they eat dead things and carry mites…Uggg. Give me an eagle or a hawk or some big bird of prey if we are gonna go the bird route, they seem majestic…but a raven just didn’t do it for me.

The side characters were plentiful and out of all of them I did like Verica and Earc. Their union, though fast, seemed more connected and emotional. There seemed to be more fundamental ground there. I enjoyed Verica’s spunky-ness and innate protectiveness of Earc, though he certainly didn’t need it. I thought that they could have easily had their own book.

So while I loved the previous two books in this series, Moon Burning didn’t work for me. I wanted more emotion and more content. I didn’t feel like there was enough action and the majority of the book dragged for me.

I Give Moon Burning by Lucy Monroe 2.75 stars


  1. I adored book one of this series, and was so disappointed by
    Moon Craving, that I just don’t have the heart to read this one.
    I just wonder why the wait between when the first book,
    Moon Awakening came out and these two.

    1. See for me…a year is a long wait. I prefer two books a year. But 3 is a fundamentally long time. if the book is strong enough I can hold out a year but it has to be damn good. And perhaps I liked 1 and 2 because I read them back to back in 2010…instead of like you who had to wait 3 yrs for the 2nd one. I assume it wasn’t Lucy’s fault but probably a issue with the publisher….though who knows.

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