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Moonrise

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  544 ratings  ·  65 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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A. Bookzilla.
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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.
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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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
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.
Liz johnson
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
Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & 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 and
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Maldivianbookreviewer
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
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
Suzie Quint
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
Gladys Turner
"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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Ann
Anne Stuart's best book. For now. :) Moonrise has all the basic elements of her books perfectly put together.
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
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)
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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Shawna Hansen
Moonrise was a well written story with a very harsh awakening for our main character. When Annie's DC bureaucrat father is killed, Annie's suspicious grow that his death was murder. Her father's last letter to her directed her to his prodigy, James McKinley, who, after her father's death and funeral retreated to Mexico. Annie's ex-husband, Martin, encourages her to go to James when she talks to him about her suspicions. Like a lamb to the slaughter, Annie has been born and bred to a life of dece ...more
Christine
Hmmm...I usually really enjoy Anne Stuart's books, but I didn't really enjoy this one. I struggled a little before going for 3 stars, which I gave mostly for the quality of the writing, rather than how much I liked the story.

Stuart's dark heroes generally have some redeeming factor, and are not all that dark, but wow, James certainly is! Although he has a relationship with Annie, the heroine, he remains very cold and aloof -- thawing slightly at the much-too-quick ending. I absolutely don't unde
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Barbara
I would have given up on this book in the first 50 pages, but I was reading it for a book club. I guess it's my first "Contemporary Gothic" novel and I just didn't get it.
Moriah
Okay, so after that mess that was RITUAL SIN, I thought I'd give this one a whirl. This is not what I usually read, but it was recommended because the male is an antihero and I like those.

This one made sense, why the heroine went with him, why she stayed with him. Now, she's fucked up, don't mistake me, but she's fucked up in a way that's compatible with his fucked-uppedness. She was also not TSTL. I mean, yeah, she could've buried herself in a conventional life and ignored what was obvious to h
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Cheryl
Anne Stuart's a good writer. This is one of her older books I never read and is about what I expect from her. Dark hero. Sometimes too dark. Intrepid heroine.

When Annie wants to find out the truth about her father's death, her ex-husband sends her to James, her father's protege and former CIA operative.

James is also a former assassin who's hiding out. From his former colleagues and from the truth. When Annie shows up, it would be easy to kill her.

Throughout the story we aren't quite sure what Ja
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Michelyn Lea
I'm a BIG fan of Anne Stuarts Ice series and I've re-read them countless times. I wanted something similar so I looked at some of her older titles and chose this one for my Kindle. You can read the book jacket for a summary. It is very similar in tone to the Ice series. Her hero (like in Ice) is almost too cold and remote, yet he DOES all the right things i.e. everything he can to keep the heroine alive. There are no hearts and flowers in this romantic suspense, but it seems more real because of ...more
Kathy Anne
Reread

James-One of Anne`s Gamma males that falls in love and pretends like he`s going to kill the h all the way thru,he is not one of my fav males of Ms Stuarts,but he does keep the h alive in a horribly dangerous world of her Father`s making
Annie-She was molded to be just what her Dad wanted her to be,but seiouslly changed after he was killed,she fell in love with James when she was a teen and he is 12 years older but he fell for her also but kept himself away from her
Win-Her Dad who became a F
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SaturNalia
Annie is looking for her father's killer, by asking her father's protege, James, for help. For the rest of the story they run from one place to another, trying to outrun people out to kill them. James keeps pushing Annie away, telling her he's a souless killing machine but Annie keeps clinging on to him. Very dark and strange relationship. James was mean and did horrible things to Annie but she kept insisting she cared for him. I was okay with it the first few times because I hoping James would ...more
J.E.
I felt like I was wading through a swamp of deep mud to get through this story. It was dark. It was depressing. I didn't like either character. The end was disappointing and the plot line was heavily repeated like a broken freaking record throughout then entire story. It took me days to finish this story it was so painful. For it to be a "romantic thriller", lets just say I did not find it either "romantic" or thrilling". The good news was I got it for free. I'd be really mad if I had to pay for ...more
Lua
I agree with those who said that Anne Stuart’s novels are not for everybody to like them. In the stories I read so far there’s no a clear boundary line between good and evil and that’s what I like.
I’ve just finished Moonrise, another, splendid proof that Ms Stuart involves me on a deep level and can tell like no other that sense of defeat that I recognize latent inside of me. After Into the Fire and Naghtfall, another little gem, not to be missed. Unlike the other two, however, where the male f
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Pat
An intense, gripping plot with plenty of twists and turns.
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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.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus
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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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