Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona AndrewsBayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Narrator: Renee Raudman
Series: The Edge #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio on September 28, 2010
Pages: 15 hours 32 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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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.

The Delight

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?

Review

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.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #167
PNR Audio #41

Recommendations

 Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris Review Sealed With a Curse by Cecy Robson
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I’m revisiting this book right now on audio (I got way far ahead on my review books, so I thought I would take a breather and listen to something just for fun and not review it). Such a fun series. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh neat! I like to recharge my review batteries by reading non-review books between, too.

      So far, I’m enjoying it. I’m waiting for the next one at the library to slip between my review books. 🙂

  • Just finished reading this series, hopefully have reviews up soon. I loved William and Bayou Moon was grittier, with so action and fun. I love how tough Cerise was. I agree with the accents from Renee Raudman. So good. I think it certainly heightened the enjoyment of the book.

    • I’ll look forward to seeing what you thing of them all. For some reason I was under the impression that this was UF like the others so I was thrilled when I noticed that it was William’s story. Can’t wait for the rest.

  • Karen

    I love this series but I still need to read the final book…and the latest Kate…and catch up on the Burn for Me series….lol

    For What It’s Worth

    • Yep, yep, sounds about like me. I need to finish this series with books 3 and 4 and read books 2 and 3 of the Burn For Me series. 🙂

  • I still need to finish up this series!

    • I keep flipping between series, but I hope to finish by the end of the year.

  • Greg Hill

    I like the sound of The Edge being somewhere between worlds, and in the swamps of Louisiana- what a cool idea. Great title too. and the awesome narrator sounds like the icing on the cake!

    • It really was a fantastic setting and was like a wonderful extra character because it really came to life for me.

      Oh yes, Renee Raudman is a must. 🙂

  • I like the sounds of this one. I haven’t read her books yet but it sounds like I should.

    • Oh yes, you really should, Mary. Treat-worthy. 🙂

  • Yes…I truly enjoyed this series and wanted to devour another as soon as I finished one. 🙂

    • This is how I feel, Kimberly. I actually growled because I had to request and wait to see if my library could get book three. 🙂

  • It was great to revisit Bayou Moon through your review. I like The Edge series. it’s a little darker and more edgy and the characters are all very unique along with the world of the Edge. Glad to see you are enjoy the series.

    • Oh neat that I brought up good book memories for you, Angela. Its such a treat to get to this older series and love each one.

  • Can’t wait to get to this series! Not surprised but glad you enjoyed it so much!

    • A future treat is in store for you, Melissa. 🙂

  • I really need to read this book. It is good to know that you enjoyed the audio since I may end up going that route with it.

    • Well worth hunting it down in audio, Carole. She really brings the Edge, the people, and the story to life. 🙂

  • I’m sooooooooooo late! I have book 1 for a while now but I still haven’t tried it so I know I should! Mainly as it is Ilona Andrews!!!

    • Haha! You sound like me. I’m just getting to both this series and Burn For Me. Better late than never. 🙂

  • Oh man. You are making me want to re-read (or listen) to these. It’s been so long and they really are so good. Glad to see them on the blog!

    • Happy to help you have happy memories of a favorite series. I’m im/patiently waiting for book three through my library. LOL

  • I need to read this series! I’m kind of waiting until Kate Daniels is over first, so I still have plenty of their books to read. 😀

    • That’s a good plan. These will definitely keep and be there waiting for you, Christy. 🙂

  • I’m liking Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series at the moment. Once done I think I may give this series a try! ❤️

    • Those are great. These are very different in the new setting and background, but also because they are PNR, but worth it. 🙂

  • I heard a lot of good things about this author, but I don’t think I’ve seen this series as often. It does sound like a good one and the world sounds interesting! It sounds great how there’s so much going on, it sounds like it works here. The couple in this one sounds great with their sizzling chemistry! Glad to hear the narration was well done too 🙂

    • Yes, there is so much to enjoy about these. I hope you get the chance, Lola. 🙂