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Miniwa, Wisconsin is under siege, but not by the usual summer tourists. The area's normally shy wolf population has begun stalking human prey, and their victims have been disappearing...or worse. Something is happening in the woods. Something brutal and primitive...

Officer Jessie McQuade has seen plenty in her years on the force—but nothing as intriguing as the gorgeous, n...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Carrie
Mar 31, 2008 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Christine Feehan, Aurora
Shelves: romance, fantasy
While I was reading this book I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. Now that I'm done reading this book, I still can't figure it out. This book is a tangled up combination of fantasy and romance. It's also a tangle of original ideas and well-aged cliches. If you don't figure out who the real bad guy is before the heroine - you probably also get surprised by the endings of Dr. Seuss books. Incidentally, I never found the Cat in the Hat to be a subversive so much as I found him to be a huge jerk...more
Elaine
On one hand, it's got evil Nazi werewolves running around in the woods of Wisconsin, looking to create a super-werewolf god. On the other hand, it's not a very good book at all. The romancy parts were intrusive, like they'd be figuring things out, or in peril, and then they'd stop everything to sex each other up. Like, they were just so HOT, not even evil Nazi werewolves can make them keep their hands off each other!

Meh, I say. Meh.
Bethany
I found this book for a dollar at a used book store and decided that it looked like it was worth a try. I'm not usually into the Native American romance genre, but I do like a good paranormal romance so the werewolf angle of the Nightcreatures series had me at least mildly interested in the series.

The first one-third to one-half of the book was a little on the slow side. The narrator, Jessie McQuade is an easily relatable female police officer in a small town who has a lot of interaction with th...more
Ladiibbug
Jun 12, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
#1 Nightcreature ("Moon") series - Werewolves

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"The small town of Miniwa, Wisconsin is under siege, but not by the usual summer tourists. The area's normally shy wolf population has begun stalking human prey, and their victims have been disappearing ... or worse. Something is happening in the woods. Something no one can explain ..."

Officer Jessie McQuade encounters a hunky naked man while tracking a rogue wolf. Professor Will Cadotte is a Native American activist, and the only man capab...more
Renee
I love paranormal. I love legends and mythology. I'll admit WI has its fair share of weird & creepy. So when fellow WI author Lori Handeland put it all together in one gorgeous blue package, I didn't even need a shiny bow...

Heroine Jessie McQuade is NOT a girlie-girl. She is a hard-headed cop who is totally a see-it-to-believe-it, who specializes in sarcasm. When she gets a call to a ordinary-seeming car-hits-wolf-on-highway call, she has NO idea what she's in for. A shocky driver who though...more
Nytetyger
Another urban fantasy wherein a tough, no nonsense cop falls into the paranormal universe that exists all around her. From this book I learned a few things:

1) Native American professors are hunk who like heavyset cops with appearance issues and like to walk around barefoot, pantless and sans underwear.
2) Werewolves exist, but some are created via some really stupid plot devices, and guess what, our government KNOWS this, and has a special force of supersoldiers hunting them and other paranormal...more
Lindsey
Mar 27, 2012 Lindsey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Lindsey by: Dana
Shelves: series, fantasy
Okay, let's talk about this piece of work real fast. I took a ridiculously long amount of time to read this since I was too stubborn to drop it, but I both didn't want to read it and kept having things interrupt my usual reading time. It has major problems with its narrator, who feels compelled to give her quip on her situation every other line. Not only that, she is completely embarrassing and and unbelievable. I'm supposed to accept a trained cop turns into a giddy schoolgirl every time she se...more
Rebecca
He's a rebellious Ojibwe professor with a penchant for activism and a bad reputation. She is a small-town cop with a troubled past. Together... they fight crime werewolves!

The plot -- Jessie (female MC and narrator) discovering that the rash of odd deaths and disappearances isn't rabies or dumb tourists, but werewolves, lead by someone planning on becoming the Wolf God through Ancient Indian Ritual -- is decent. What I couldn't stomach is how Jessie and Will (male MC and Obligatory Love Interest...more
Rachel
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Joan
Apr 03, 2011 Joan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1
Shelves: paranormal
Werewolves, Native American Lore, an interesting setting ... I was surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. Jessie McQuade, the deputy sheriff of a small northwoods town where the big excitement is hauling drunk tourists off to jail to recover from benders, suddenly finds herself in the midst of what is first a murder investigation, and then something entirely different. Uncertain what to believe, (I mean, werewolves, really?) and strongly attracted to Will Cadotte, a Native American o...more
Rosemarie
I am not a person who enjoys books written in the first person. As a general rule, I pretty much dump them before they are even on my shelf for any lenght of time. There are, however, a few notable exceptions to my rule. Lori Handeland is one. I find her Night Creatures stories fascinating and well worth the gritting on my teeth at the 1st person. The writing intrigued me, and the story is fast paced and wide enough for me to lose myself in the tale and partially forget the tense in which it is...more
Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
Enjoyed this series. Loved the characters.
Deborah Vespo
The last few paranormal books I've read I didn't really care for. This one I have to say I found myself pleasantly surprised. I thought it was really good. I had a hard time putting it down because I had to know who was behind it all in the end. It has romance and all but it also has a really good story line.

Jessie McQuade is a police officer is called out to check out an accident. She comes across Karen Larson who it appears has hit some large animal and was bitten in the hand by that animal. J...more
Tintin
Das erste Buch, gleich auch das Beste bisher. Wolfskuss mag ich allein schon von den Charakteren her.
Eine freche Jessy, die aber wenn es um Sachen Liebe geht, wie jede normale Frau handelt. Wobei wir "normalen" Frauen sicherlich nicht so extrem auf Männer reagieren, aber das ist in diesem Genre ja schon immer so gewesen.

Wie dem auch sei, mir haben nicht allein schon die Charaktere gefallen, wobei mir Will sehr ans Herz gewachsen ist. Auch die Geschichte hatte für mich auch Hand und Fuß. Es war s...more
Cassandra
This was an interesting read for me. The paranormal thriller part was great, but the romance seemed forced and out of place. I found myself saying, "oh just skip this part, and get back to the story!" I wonder if the author enjoyed writing the romance aspect at all... It still was an entertaining read overall.
Ellemh
Not a fan of this book. I have to admit after reading many books in this genera I was not a big fan of werewolves being the bad guys. This is really just a vampire slayer book about werewolves. I'm going to skip the rest of this series.
Liz
totally not what I expected. Which is great. The whole book kept me on my toes. I would recommend for anyone who likes a little mystery with their romance.
Sapphyria
Jul 11, 2014 Sapphyria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 18+
Miniwa, Wisconsin a town mixed with Caucasians and Native Americans, and while they are mostly nice to one another, there is a definite line drawn in the sand. There have been strange happenings occurring in the town lately. The mostly docile wolf population has become more bold, moving closer to town, and biting the locals. What concerns the police force the most is the disappearance of the bodies of those who are bitten

Jessie is a third shift police officer for the town, and is white, plain...more
Gail
Insta-love, annoying lead character, mind-blowingly stupid explanation of where werewolves came from.
Mel
Ohje ohje, dieses Buch war nun wirklich eine kleine SuB - Leiche in meinem Bücherregal. Ich habe es mir irgendwann ... Anfang letzten Jahres schon gekauft, auch wenn das für manche andere meiner Bücher noch nicht mal lang ist. *lach*

Aber nun habe ich es mir endlich mal zur Brust genommen, allein schon deshalb, weil ich das Cover wirklich schön finde.

Jessie McQuade ist Polizistin mit Leib und Seele und sorgt in "ihrem" kleinen, verschlafenen Kaff - Minwa - für Ruhe und Ordnung.

Als ein Wolf auf de...more
Archer
Nov 26, 2010 Archer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A woman is bitten at the scene of an accident on the night of a full moon. Jessie McQuade, a no-nonsense, smart-mouthed police officer in the small tourist town of Miniwa, Wisconsin, searches the dark woods for a possibly rabid wolf. Instead she discovers a splendidly naked professor - Will Cadotte, expert in Native American mythology. When the bitten woman later goes mad and engages in a killing spree, this is only the beginning of a bizarre sequence of events. Discovering that an ancient Ojibw...more
Ithlilian
I'm not usually a fan of police centered mysteries, but this one didn't have any of the pitfalls the others I've read had. Usually we have a female lead character with all of the boys on the force giving her a hard time about being a woman. The police officers are usually pretty "by the book" and anti-paranormal. The refuse to see what is in front of them no matter how much evidence is presented. Thankfully, none of that was to be found in this book. However, I did find the characters to be a li...more
Jennifer Defoy
Nov 04, 2008 Jennifer Defoy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vampire/ Supernatural Fiction readers
Shelves: library, 2008-reads
Other than the Anne Rice Vampire chronicles I have never really gotten into supernatural fiction, and I don't think I've ever read a romance novel. So I didn't have high expectations for this book, but I was very surprised at how much I liked the book.

Mrs. Handeland really has something with this book. I was instantly captivated by the action that takes place at the begining of the book. The main character, Jessie, was very relatable. I could see myself in her shoes and her thoughts and dialogue...more
Andrea
I had trouble putting this book down. It is fast-paced, with an interesting werewolf-related plot and a heroine that appealed to me: a small-town cop with a surplus of attitude and a deficit of self-confidence. Even though she was overly bitchy at times, I still liked her, and I rooted for her relationship with the hot Native American professor who gets tangentially involved with her werewolf case.

The book would have been better if the hero had been fleshed out more. He's a potentially interest...more
cathepsut
"Presenting an interesting and modern twist on the werewolf legend, Lori Handeland's Blue Moon is an intriguing mixture of suspense, clever humor, and sensual tension that never lets up. Vivid secondary characters in a rural, small-town setting create an effective backdrop for paranormal events. Will Cadotte is a tender and sexy hero who might literally be worth dying for. But the real revelation in the book is Handeland's protagonist, police officer Jessie McQuade, a less-than-perfect heroine w...more
Duesterwald-Online
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Auf den ersten Blick ist Miniwa eine Kleinstadt wie jeder andere es auch ist. Doch dann passieren immer mehr rätselhafte Morde, bei denen alle Opfer von Wolfsbissen getötet worden zu sein scheinen.
Die junge Polizistin Jessie McQuade versucht diese Serie an Morden aufzuklären, doch irgendetwas scheint nicht ins Bild zu passen, v.a nicht der Universitäts-Professor, der Jessie vollkommen verwirrt. Die Spur führt Jessie immer mehr ins Dunkle und verwickelt sie in Dinge, von denen sie lieber...more
Anna's Herding Cats!
Ooooh I liked this one! This was my first time reading Handeland outside of an anthology and I thought it was fantastic! Even being the first book in the series it was easy to get involved in the world she creates and not feel too overwhelmed. I'm always impressed when an author is able to do that and make it seem easy. From the start you know something is amiss in this little town but just not enough to know what exactly, or rather who, is behind it all. Handeland did an amazing job throwing su...more
Courtney
Jessie McQuade has seen her fair share of things in her years on the Miniwa, Wisconsin police force - but nothing so strange as the wolf attacks plaguing the small town recently. When a wolf hunter shows up and she is assigned to help him, she starts wondering who to trust, and if she can trust the hunky professor Will Cadotte who has been giving her information about local Indian beliefs about the strange werewolf-like creatures that seem to be gathering around Miniwa.

Blue Moon is an interestin...more
Ricarda Scola
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Die junge Polizistin Jessie McQuade wird zu einem Unfall auf dem Highway 199 geschickt. Dort erwartet sie ein demolierter Jeep, eine benommene, von einem Wolf gebissene Fahrerin und ein steinerner Anhänger in Form eines Wolfes. Nachdem sie sich vergewissert hat, dass die Verletzte stabil und Verstärkung unterwegs ist, macht sie sich eigenhändig auf dem Weg, dem Wolf zu folgen, um ihn notfalls zur Strecke zur bringen. Sonderbarerweise verliert sie seine Spur bei einer Hütte auf einer klein...more
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Lori Handeland has written over fifty novels, novellas and short stories in several genres--historical, contemporary, series and paranormal romance, as well as urban fantasy--for such publishers as: Dorchester, Kensington, Harlequin, St. Martin’s Press, Harper-Collins, Simon and Schuster and Penguin/Putnam

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