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Blue Moon (Nightcreature #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  3,755 Ratings  ·  181 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 liked it
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
♛ Garima ♛

Reread on May-2016

I read this originally when I started reading PNR. In fact, this is the first series I read which I can qualify as adult PNR and I liked it extremely (despite of unimpressive front cover).

Recently I brought the entire series and I plan to finish it as soon as I can. I've already read 4 of them but since I'm reading it, I'm starting from start.

What I like?

Strong kick-ass heroine (not trash talk wise like in YA but actually qualified inspector)
Hot sexy love interest
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.
Mar 15, 2009 Bethany rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2009 Nytetyger rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-challenge
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
Mar 18, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was ok
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
Jun 12, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
#1 Nightcreature ("Moon") series - Werewolves

Back Cover:

"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
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
Jan 30, 2015 Steve rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Rough Draft Book Blog
May 13, 2015 Rough Draft Book Blog rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 09, 2010 Rosemarie rated it really liked it
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
May 07, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
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Ein Roman, den man jederzeit aus der Hand legen kann, denn man weiß ziemlich früh, was hier los ist.

Flüssiger Schreibstil, langsam aufbauende Spannung

Ich muss zugeben, dass ich die letzten hundert Seiten nur noch durchgeblättert habe. Das mache ich normalerweise sehr selten, doch hier konnte ich mich einfach nicht dazu durchringen, es richtig zu lesen. Dafür ist mir meine Lesezeit einfach zu kostbar. Ich war schon etwas enttäuscht von Lori Handeland, schließlich hab ich schon Band 1 und 2 ihre
Jan 31, 2014 Tintin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2012 Danica Midlil rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
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Valéria Alves
Nov 26, 2014 Valéria Alves rated it it was ok
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 liked it
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
Mar 29, 2007 Cassandra rated it liked it
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.
Jun 07, 2009 Ellemh rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 26, 2010 Gail rated it it was ok
Insta-love, annoying lead character, mind-blowingly stupid explanation of where werewolves came from.
Feb 17, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it
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.
Deanna Against Censorship
Enjoyed this series. Loved the characters.
Ricarda Scola
Dec 27, 2013 Ricarda Scola rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantasy

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
Jul 11, 2014 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2012 Tomjerry1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Die junge Jessie McQuade ist Polizistin mit Leib und Seele. In der verschlafenen Kleinstadt Miniwa sorgt sie für Recht und Ordnung, bis eines Tages ein Wolf angefahren wird. Als Jessie der Spur des verletzten Tiers folgt, stößt sie auf einen äußerst gut aussehenden jungen Mann. Kurz darauf werden mehrere Leichen gefunden, die offenbar durch Wolfsbisse ums Leben gekommen sind Düster, erotisch, fesselnd - der erste Roman der knisternden Werwolf-Serie Geschöpfe der Nacht.

"Haltet euch fes
Why so many positive reviews? I'm not saying the novel was bad, but definitely not worth four stars! Or was it just the translation? I can't really believe that, but I'll give the other reviewers the excuse -evil laugh- No, kidding. It wasn't a gruesome read, but good it wasn't either.

Wannabe-Kick-Ass heroine Jessie is an officer in a small town, Miniwa. One night a woman has a car accident and gets bitten by a wolf. The next day this woman turns crazy, obviously infected with rabies. Except tha
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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
Anna's Herding Cats
Mar 24, 2012 Anna's Herding Cats rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Jessie McQuade is a cop in small town Miniwa, Wisconsin and she has some issues. Jessie is one of those people who have no life, because her job is her life. But Jessie’s cozy little routine of work, eat, sleep, repeat; is about to change. One night during her shift Jessie gets called out to check on a woman who hit a wolf. The wolf had bit the woman after she got out to check to see if it was okay and then it had ran off into the woods (the wolf not the woman.) So now Jessie has to go into the ...more
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