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Blue Moon (Nightcreature #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,318 ratings  ·  166 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 5th 2004)
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Mar 31, 2008 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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.
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
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
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
Jun 12, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Mar 27, 2012 Lindsey rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Blue Moon by Lori Handeland
Jessie & Will

I'm completely serious when I tell you to forget everything you know about a paranormal werewolf book. I went into this one thinking that it would be basically like every other paranormal werewolf book I've ever read. I expected a werewolf clan or pack with a fearless uber hot leader who was intrigued and couldn't stay away from a sexy human woman. Not happening here, not even close. This book is so much more! It's got sus
2.5 stars. This book was rather predictable, and sadly, for the first half of the book, I wanted to grab the two main characters and bash their heads together until they started making good choices, and seeing what was bleeding obvious. The romance was rather thin, and not at all explained, and I had figured out every plot twist before it happened, save for the final one -- which didn't even up being a surprise. It seemed to jump the shark when they started mentioning a certain feared organisati ...more
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
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
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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
Danica Midlil
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Valéria Alves
Although the plot was pretty nice, I simply hated Jessie.

She is everything I abhor in female-lead characthers: measures women's intelligence based on their appearences, thinks that everything related to women is stupid and doesn't have a single friend (Zee doesn't count, she was just an old-lady working in the police department and there's [i]that [/i]).

Will was a nice addition, but the author created such absurd features about him (Tai Chi naked in the middle of the florest? Super strenght and
Apr 03, 2011 Joan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
Enjoyed this series. Loved the characters.
Ehhh. To say the truth I don't like paranormal romance. I actually thought this was a urban fantasy book, which I do like.

Good points of the book
+ I liked the bizarre nazi werewolves. I mean usually it would be deemed to silly to appear in a book, but it makes actually a good plot.
+ The german hunter was actually a pretty cool character.
+ I could read this in one sitting.
+ I liked the last part of the book (since (view spoiler)
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
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.
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.
Wasn’t sure I liked the way this one was heading at first. The uneven balance and serious feel of the romance and dark danger elements. It kept me on edge as to who the bad guy(s) were. There are a few light moments, but not many. But then it worked out and the story made sense. I can see how the future storylines will work.

Jessie’s past H.S. experience is typical of the majority of kids. No real parental supervision or support or even no parents. The pear pressure to look and act a certain w
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.
Jul 11, 2014 Sapphyria rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Insta-love, annoying lead character, mind-blowingly stupid explanation of where werewolves came from.
Zauberfeder Gedankenschnörkel
In dem 365 Seiten langen Auftakt der Night Creatures Reihe von Lori Handeland wird ein spannendes Werwolf-Szenario aufgezogen, das von der US-Regierung vertuscht wird.
Jessie ist eine sehr willensstarke Frau und mit Leib und Seele Cop, sodass sie den Geschehnissen in Miniwa so gut wie möglich auf den Grund gehen will. Vor allem interessiert sie, wer oder was der attraktive Mann ist, den sie des Nachts auf der Lichtung getroffen hat, als sie den Wolfsspuren folgte...
Handeland schreibt sehr spannen
[☆] мєℓαиιє [★]
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
Nov 26, 2010 Archer rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

She is a New York Times, USA Today, Waldenbooks and Bookscan Bestselling Author and the recip
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