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Moonrise

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  731 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Annie Sutherland is fast finding out her life was built on lies. Haunted by her father’s death, Annie seeks out his protégé in the CIA, James McKinley, and is thrust into a secret shadow world that sends shivers of terror through her. For she finds James is no longer the conservative bureaucrat she remembers, but a mysterious, tortured fugitive—very armed and very dangerou ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Signet (first published July 1st 1996)
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Tammy Walton Grant
Warning: Tammy drops the f-bomb

You gotta hand it to Anne Stuart. She has found a formula for each of the two types of books she writes - historical romances and contemporary romantic-suspense, and follows each of them. To. The. Letter.

Moonrise is the latter formula. It's like there's a master checklist AS follows each time she writes one. If I had to guess, I'd say it goes something like this:

1. Heroine: naive, virginal, malleable, mostly two-dimensional, sometimes humourless, virtually always
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Ya~
Apr 22, 2015 Ya~ rated it liked it
3.5-stars
I want to thank my gr friends for recommending Anne Stuart books (HR and RS) to me this year. I have read 10 books so far and only dnfed Ritual Sins:/

James Bond is my favorite anti-hero action character so perhaps it sorta explains why I like AS anti-heroes. No matter how unapologetically ruthless they are, I can always find a slight hint of humanity in these characters that make me root for them even though AS TSTL-heroines consistently test my limit.

First published in 90’s, I thought
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A. Bookzilla.
Jul 24, 2014 A. Bookzilla. rated it really liked it
Four-ish stars for another one of Anne Stuart's dark, edgy romantic thrillers.

I'm a huge fan of the author, but god. Her heroines are always, without a fault, too stupid to live.
It's a shame because her heroes are some of my favorites. They're tough men, frank about who they are and what they do. Their professions of love are kept to a minimum (and to me, all the more powerful because of that). They don't turn into crying little girls when they realize they care about the girl.

James McKinley is
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Crista
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So here it is.....this is the third book I've read by Anne Stuart. I appreciate her willingness to go places and do things with her characters that many authors don't have the courage or talent to do. I've read A Rose at Midnight where the heroine was the "dark" character, and I've read Nightfall which might be the most memorable and haunting book that I've ever read.

Moonrise takes the idea of a "dark" romance to a whole new level. Nightfall was also very dark, but what I appreciated about Nigh
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Eastofoz
A huge disappointment—this is what I felt once I finished this novel. I kept hoping it would get better but it was painfully slow with two terribly irritating characters. After about 50 pages in, with the story going nowhere fast, I felt like I was trudging my way up an endless hill through the thick mud. It was a laborious read to say the least. I’m starting to wonder if Anne Stuart’s earlier heroes (loved her ICE men) are all robotic, unfeeling weirdoes who hurt the heroine repeatedly (physica ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
One of Anne Stuart's earlier books and still it makes a great read.

Tortured and dark hero helping the heroine, who he's had feelings for many years but never told her, find the truth about her father's death.

Fast paced, suspense filled action, sexual tension.....the hallmarks of this author's writing.

Great read.
Noelle
So Anne Stuart does it for me again. I loved this book and found it really hard to put down, also when your sleeping and dreaming of the characters you know that you've found a book that will be on your keepershelf and reread many times.

Annie (h) has just lost her father, and there are a few things that don't seem to add up with his death. His death was ruled an accident but there was something missing from his house. With that and severl other questions coming to mind she askes her ex-husband
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MBR
Moonrise is going to end up being one of those novels that is going to be hard for me to rate. Not because it wasn’t engrossing enough but rather because I felt that a vital aspect of the story was missing in action even when the story ended. I wanted so much more for both James and Annie who seemed to go through so much in the span of just a couple of days. And although the mystery and suspense potion of the novel was superbly done as always, the romance aspect of the novel seemed to suffer mak ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I would have liked this book more except I thought the heroine Annie had the charisma of a wet dishrag. Too bad. I thought James, the hero was some kind of yummy. An Irish spy. Yes, please. Another book I need to reread to see if it has improved as I have aged.
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
3.5 Anti-Hero Hotness Stars

Another great Anne Stuart book, though not as great as some of her other books. She definitely writes the best dark anti-Hero's, her hero's are definitely a guilty pleasure...they are soooo bad yet you can't help yourself for falling for them!!!

I realllllly liked James, he's your typical AS anti-Hero, ruthlessly dangerous, heartless, and stone cold. I had a hard time liking the heroine in this one, Annie had the personality of a wet rag and if it wasn't for James an
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Willow
I like Anne Stuart because she writes guys that are unapologetic about being kind of crazy. These are assassins and bad ass dudes that just so happen to meet the girl that Complicates the agenda. They don't become squishy and sweet in the process, they just figure out, after some plot twists and turns and probably a miscommunication, how to get the job done with a partner.

I just hate when the Girl who does the Complicating is lame in comparison. When she's a softie who stomps and pouts. Not tha
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Carolyn F.
This book started out slow for me. Annie got totally on my nerves. Her father dies in a mysterious way and she goes to James to help her, who she thought of as a kindly father-ish figure. Well, he's a lot younger and a lot more mean than she thought. She wants his help to find out if her father was murdered and to find out who did it. So, since she goes to him for help you would think she wouldn't argue and complain all the time but noooo, she's not only argumentative but questioning everything ...more
Roshio
Nothing loveable about this hero along with a dull heroine
Chris
It's so good I'm melting inside. I became mushy and sentimental after I read the part of his soulless work before he became a renegade. This is an interesting read of a MAN who loss his way down to dark abyss pit. He's a machine, automaton killer and he's good in what he do. I'm sad to his lonely childhood and became compassionate to his wicked long dark life. If he heard me saying I pity him, I'm already a dead woman. But he's just a product of the worldly evilness of soulless men around him. Y ...more
Liz johnson
May 20, 2014 Liz johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Anne Stuart books. I loved James, the assassin. Annie was good too, the author often writes slightly wimpy heroines, I didn't mind her though. Anne Stuarts hero's are usually cruel and rough. I love them. However I am always slightly frustrated that the hero's don't go completely over the top in their alpha tendencies, you know that bit where they cant quite be as cruel to the heroine as you want them to be ,they never quite follow through with their threats. I think in this book ...more
Sanya
Apr 23, 2015 Sanya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The entire plot is absolutely unbelievably ridiculous.
Apart from it, our hero killed dozens of people with bare hands, no second thoughts, and we are to believe that, down there, he's a good man with a conscience. There's too much killing in this book, it is nauseating.
The writing is good, so there's the bonus star.
Ann
Anne Stuart's best book. For now. :) Moonrise has all the basic elements of her books perfectly put together.
Terry Cohoe
I was really surprised and disappointed in this book. I had heard such fabulous things about the author but in the end, I didn't like this book at all. I kept reading to see if it would get better (it didn't). I foresaw the ending, not because I'm psychic or extremely intelligent, but because it was expected and uninspired. The characterization was cliche. I understand that there needs to be a character arc - the bad boy with no soul needs to care about our prim and proper gal who has discovered ...more
Avon Gale
Oct 01, 2015 Avon Gale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of my all-time favorites, for the simple reason that I didn't know such a thing as "dark romance" existed. I've read better stories in my time, but I remember discovering this author and being amazed that someone else liked some of the things I, too, wanted to write about but wasn't sure how to articulate. This and "Ritual Sins" have a special place in my heart, for teaching me that it's fun to read and write about morally ambivalent characters who are sexy even if they shouldn' ...more
Suzie Quint
Nov 28, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odd that I should pick this up right after reading Bob Mayer's Lost Girls. The heroes were similar in that they were tough guys with a history of killing, but this was a much better book. The characters had more depth and more emotion, plus this didn't have annoyingly bad research on a key plot point. This is my first Anne Stuart and Moonrise pulled me through the story easily though the ending is a bit abrupt. I would have like a glimpse of where they settled and a chance to see them finding pe ...more
Mary
Feb 10, 2015 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of dark suspense
Shelves: mystery, really-dark
Over the years, Anne Stuart's writing has gotten darker and darker. Her skill is undeniable. She can draw you along, even when there isn't a character in the book you really care for. I read this book in a single day. The laundry is barely touched, I read it during supper, I read it when I should have been doing research of my own. And I'm really glad it's over. I am not sure I even want the book in my house.

That's the kind of book this was for me. Gripping and ugly, spell-binding and annoying.
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Diane Saxon
May 31, 2015 Diane Saxon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. True to Anne Stuart's bad-boy style.
Rebecca  Porter
Jan 22, 2015 Rebecca Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, thriller
I liked this one. I didn't love it, but I liked it a lot. It followed a fairly typical formula for Anne Stuart and there were all the usual twists and turns and dark spots. This is one of her darker books, out of the ones I've read so far. I found it a little slow at the halfway point but I pushed on and was satisfied by the end. Good stuff!
Gladys Turner
Jun 28, 2014 Gladys Turner rated it it was amazing
"He was old, composed and like a brother.
She had a perfectly controlled life and a perfect father.
Until her father was gone, and her father's letter made her notice things."

That's how we met James.
Who was a wild man. Who drank. And who never told one truth.
During the whole book the author dragged us along with the heroine to a road when you can't trust anyone.

In this case James was the perfect antihero.
He was not a bad boy or one of those motorcycle guys (even if he had one).
He never said sweet
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Jesse
Jun 16, 2015 Jesse rated it liked it
This has got to be one of the oddest, in an emotional sense, books that I've read. Here we have a heroine whose father recently died a rather unsettling death. One she is convinced wasn't an accident. She seeks out her fathers protege to help her find out who killed him. The hero is most certainly an unsavory character. And I find myself wondering why I continue reading, only to realizing I have to know what happens in the end. It is quite the dramatic chase for " who dun it". I only wish I coul ...more
Danniella Garcia
Anne Stuart es una de mis favoritas, pero con este libro me decepcionó bastante. La trama me pareció de lo más predecible, al leer un par de capítulos ya sabia lo que había pasado y en qué iba a terminar todo. Con ella estoy acostumbrada a encontrar protagonistas masculinos frios, oscuros, brutales y crueles pero a pesar de todo protectores y dulces a los que llegas a amar (cof* Takashi cof*); en éste libro odié a James, me pareció abusivo, autodestructivo, moría de autocompasión y además de tod ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
Jul 07, 2015 Jess the Romanceaholic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
I'm on a bit of an Anne Stuart kick at the moment just because I've been in the mood for grittier romance.

This one was a great addition to my shelf, but not my absolute favorite of hers.

I didn't really take to our heroine, though she's so similar to the majority of this author's heroines -- sheltered, somewhat naive, and often plagued by very bad taste in men.

I did, however, enjoy the suspense, especially with the "twist" (though I personally had that part figured out from the beginning)

Overa
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Claudia
Annie finds herself chasing after her father death back to her past of heartache. Annie uncover many things that leads to her father death. In between of finding the truth she has to cooperate with her father right hand man that is a totally alcoholic that soon to be very attractive to her. Many characters plays a roll in her father death but what she has to go through to recover the truth could cost her own life to be taken away. Someone puts a contract out to kill before she uncovers the truth ...more
Pamela
Jul 03, 2014 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Annie and Mckinley are bond together because Annie's father was Mckinley's boss. They encounter together after a while ago when Annie found her Dad dead. Annies sentiments were not sure about the way her father died so she needs answers, that's where Mckinley and Annie come to see eachother again.

This is a story about spies and CIA agents. If you like conspiracy stories and government hiding. This is a romantic story with intrigues between the characters.
Krissy P (Kris)
Aug 05, 2012 Krissy P (Kris) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twisted, Seductive and Deadly -

Moon Rise was not what I usually read, but based on the reviews I read, I had to give it try. Wow, I am glad I did. This was one of those stories that grabs you from the very first word and keeps you until the very end. It was seductive, scary, violent, twisted, sick, crazy and incredibly sexy. I loved it. I might even be a little ashamed to admit just how much I loved it.

This is the story of Annie Sutherland, whose father died and she was after the truth. She was
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

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“She felt hot, strong, alive against him, and he found he had this crazy urge to move his mouth down to the side of her neck, to press it against her, to taste her skin. He wanted to feel her breasts, wanted to pull her T-shirt up and feel her hot skin against his. Damn, he wanted her.” 2 likes
“She expected annoyance, tolerance, perhaps even a distant amusement. She hadn’t expected his reaction.
His arms closed around her like a vice, pulling her tightly up against him. And she didn’t have time to kiss him—the touch of her mouth against his seemed to ignite a firestorm. She could feel him through every inch of her body, the lean, deceptively strong body beneath the suit, the heat and lure of muscle and sinew, the sheer intensity of him. She felt as if she were being absorbed into a maelstrom, and all she could do was hold onto him as he kissed her, he kissed her, using his tongue, kissing her with a thoroughness she’d never experienced.”
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