The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…
Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.
But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.
When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.
Back in the Edge, but in the dark, lush, and dangerous place known as the Mire with a chilling villain, a clan of crazy swamp folks, and William the changeling wolf. I doesn’t get much better, right?
Bayou Moon is book two of the Edge series. It works best following book one since the hero, William, and some of the minor characters along with the world of The Edge was introduced earlier.
Loved going forward with the next installment of the series and oh hallelujah that it was William’s story. That was one of the points about the first book left outstanding. William was the unrequited lover- the one not chosen. He’s had a tough life as has his heroine, Cerise Mar. I found this book darker and grittier than the first book. There are a few moments with clashes with the villains, Spider and the other members of The Hand and also isolated scenes that had me a little squeamish. Not that I had any desire to set the book aside. Nope, I was all in.
There is so much going on in Bayou Moon- romance, intrigue, action, and that is paired with a solid world, plot, and characters.
I spent a lot of the book uneasy knowing that William was keeping secrets because he is working in espionage for his government and knowing that right or wrong motives, Cerise would struggle when the truth came out. They were antagonistic, then flirty, good fight partners, and oh so sizzling with chemistry. I loved this pair more than Declan and Rose in book one.
The setting, editions to the lore of the Edge, and the mysterious quality in tone were also great.
As to the audio, Renee Raudman really knocked ’em dead with her command of the large cast of characters. She did great with the swamp people accents and she came up with one spinetingling one that hit high on the creepy villain factor for Spider. She continues to amaze.
As soon as this one finished, I was itching to reach for the next installment. William’s story with Cerise was all that I could hope for. I whole-heartedly recommend this paranormal romance series and do yourself a solid and get it in audio format if you can.
Borrowed from the Library- my thanks to the Wayne County Library system for participating in Overdrive.
Romance Roundabout #167
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