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Moon Awakening (Children of the Moon #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,525 ratings  ·  84 reviews
When Emily Hamilton's family is ordered to send a woman to the Scottish highlands for marriage to the laird of the Sinclair, Emily volunteers in order to save her younger sister from such a fate. But at her new home, the only friend she finds is the laird's sister-especially after Emily's stubborn streak causes the laird to cancel the marriage. And though her plans have go ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2007)
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Moon Awakening is a book with an interesting premise - Scottish werewolves in a medieval setting. The story wasn't quite a knock out for me but it was still a good read.

Emily Hamilton is an English woman sent to the Scottish Highlands to marry a laird upon the demand of the King. She volunteered to go in place of her younger half-sister who is deaf from an illness because she fears what the laird would do to her. Upon Emily's arrival at the Sinclair holding, she finds the Sinclair laird wants no
I've had this book on my to-read for a while. I haven't read many good historical paranormals, but Monroe's modern suspense titles came so highly recommended, I took a chance on a historical title.

Mostly, I liked it. Lachlan & co. are sexy, dangerous and charming when they initially meet and coerce/persuade the heroines away to their dread castle.

However, once the heroines hook up with the heroes, it seems like the author was reaching for a conflict and the couples descend into bickering, so
Out spoken, tender hearted Emily Hamilton has never been understood by her step-mother. So when Emily volunteers to take the place of her deaf younger sister in an arranged marriage, her step-mother readily agrees- just to be rid of Emily once and for all.

Emily doesn't want to give up her freedom, especially not to a barbaric highland Scotsman living far from her home in England. But she will do anything to protect her sister. So she leaves her life behind to an uncertain future.

When she arrives
Laura the Highland Hussy
I read a short story that is a free download and the pre-quel to this story on Lucy Monroe's website, and was completely unimpressed (it could have been the childish looking wolf drawings that distracted me, though, they were dumb!) But I really wasn't expecting much from this.
I was way off! this was a great story and I look forward to reading the next full-length book.
Emily is sent off to the Highlands to wed a laird who'd demanded reparations from her father, an English baron. She and Talorc
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 28, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal historical romance readers
This is my first Lucy Monroe book and I was debating between a paranormal romance and a historical romance when I saw this in my TBR pile. It was a nice read and filled my need for both genres.

In this story, Emily Hamilton takes the place of her deaf sister, Abigail, when the king requests her father send a daughter to marry Talorc Sinclair, laird of a Scottish Highland clan. She treks from England to Scotland not knowing there is a special breed of shapeshifting people that live in the Highland
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
A little confusing at first getting the back-story and history of the Chrechte (werewolf) people, but that soon dissipates as the storyline takes hold, and you are immersed in this wonderful world in the Scottish Highlands.

The heroine and hero, Emily Hamilton and Lachlan Balmoral, are delightful. Many secondary characters are fully developed and come into play through-out the story. The side-story tale of Drustan and Cait added even more enjoyment to this engrossing tale.

You won't be disappoint
Moon Awakening was... okay. It was one of those romance novels where I feel like the characters aren't really developed much. The heroine is sent to Scotland to marry some lord to protect her deaf sister from having to go. She loves her sister and befriends the sister of the lord she supposed to marry but that's about all you can say for her. The hero is some alpha highlander man who kidnaps the heroine and her friend. He wears plaid and is kind of pretty but that's about all you can say for him ...more
Martina the Book Fairy
Moon Awakening is copyrighted 2007 and has probably been on my bookshelf since late 2007/early 2008 which is around the time that I was really getting into urban style PNR and was leaving other sub-genres behind.

Moon Awakening takes place in old Scotland in an indeterminate time in the past and is generally a werewolf story. It's currently the only book in the series, but Book #2, Moon Craving, is coming out in Feb 2010. There is also a precursor to the series, Run With the Moon, that is availa
I liked the heroine, Emily, in Moon Awakening a lot. She is smart, courageous, and sweet. This book was a nice surprise. I liked the werewolf angle and the charming dialogue.
Great book, kept my interest from start to finish, great story line with adventure, suspense, and romance, it kept me captivated of what would happen, loved the book.
I really enjoyed this book! I thought there was great chemistry between hero and heroine, though I felt like I could of got to know him a little better!
I've never read about Highland werewolf clans before, so this is a whole new type of story for me. I really liked it. There is actually a secondary love story that I enjoyed just as much as, if not more than, the main love story. I enjoyed how alpha Lachlan and Drustan were, but I wish I could have gotten in to their heads more. There were long conversations between the main couples, and the men had a habit of answering questions with their own questions or some vague answer. It got tiring, and ...more
Though I did really enjoy this one, it didn't live up to my expectations. It was a nice combination of paranormal (werewolf) and historical/highlander romance, which I'm surprised to say worked out REALLY well.

Without giving too much away, though the storyline was interesting, at times I felt like it was just pages and pages of the characters talking endlessly. So many times, you're reading a lingering conversation between Emily and Lachlan, or Emily and Cait. Emily: "I am worried, Cait." Cait:
A un quarto mi annoiavo. A metà ero indecisa se terminarlo o lasciarlo lì. A metà più qualche pagina...ero presissima! Eh sì, questo libro per me ha tre volti: la facciata highlander (non così affascinante per me, che a parte Braveheart e Rob Roy non ho fatto grandi incursioni nel genere, per mancanza di appeal ai miei occhi), la facciata shapeshifter (non così fondamentale nel libro, per lo meno nella prima metà) e la facciata romance (che ha una partenza diciamo...diesel). Ecco, tutti e tre mi ...more
Ashley F
This review was posted at Tsuki’s Book Blog on September 7, 2013.

When I went through my Lucy Monroe phase a few weeks ago, I went looking into her backlist and saw this series. On top of that I had read one of her novellas from this series in a recent anthology. I loved the novella but sadly I had to request this book from a library outside of my system. I then had to wait a month for it to come in. I hate waiting for a book I'm excited for and this was no exception.

Emily Hamilton is sent to the

What I loved most about this book was that it was a wonderful blend of both historical and paranormal romance. I have not read this type before. I have read many paranormal romances and many historical romances, but none that blended the two together, so for me it was great!

The main characters-- Emily and Lachlan-- are great together. Emily has tons of spunk and Lachlan is an alpha-male and together they make a great team. The sec
Really 3.5★

Think Scottish Highlands, think historical, think werewolves, think werewolves in kilts. Hmmmm ...

If you thought all that you were right! Our Laird is Lachlan Balmoral, our heroine is Emily Hamilton, an Englishwoman sent to marry an unknown Scottish Laird on the orders of her King.

Emily is the one offering to go to Scotland because she doesn't think her deaf sister would fare so well up there. Unbeknownst to her the Scottish Laird, Talorc Sinclair doesn't want her either. Luckily for
Oleta Blaylock
Jan 03, 2011 Oleta Blaylock rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love this book. It was the perfect book to read while I was recovering from bronchitis. This series has been fantastic and I am eagerly awaiting the next one. I think Lucy Monroe is a great author and see has moved to my must buy list. Moon Awakening is the first book in this series. Hot male werewolves are always wonderful but Lucy has made up a world that seems so real and enjoyable. I am not a big fan of medieval historicals but Ms Monroe does a good job of keeping you focused on the charac ...more
I was a little worried in the beginning. I didn't really care for the prologue's wording. It came across as a "long, long ago in a place far, far away" intro. The minute I started the first chapter and got into the story, my fears disappeared and I really enjoyed it. I was reminded quite a lot of Julie Garwood's Highland historicals. Emily is a charming Englishwoman, strong, supportive of her friend and willing to face her fears to do what she thought was right. She forms an instant bond with Ca ...more
Susan Commeford
A satisfying beginning

While I started this series with another book, I liked it so well I looked for the rest and went back to the beginning. This is a good story, full of humor and love...what else do we need?
Laurie Ryan
Shape-shifter stories never fail to draw me away from real life and give me a mental break. Moon Awakening is full of Celtic shape-shifters and wow, did they get my attention. Lucy Monroe is my go-to author for a consistently great read and this story did not disappoint at all. I love how Emily doesn’t let Lachlan’s power intimidate her and, in fact, she manages to get the man to break rules he set for his own clan! As well, I feel like I got two stories in one with Cait’s .

Strong women, alpha
Amanda The Book Slayer

Great Werewolf Series mixed with Highlander Romance.

I really enjoyed this book having paranormal influence with the Highlander setting. It's like my favorite two worlds combined. YEA!

Emily gets sent to the Highlands to wed a Highland Laird. She ends up getting captured by a rival clan.

Lachlan is a mighty Highland Warrior Laird and has decided to take Emily as retribution.

Emily and Lachlan have an instant connection that neither want to acknowledge, but somehow grows with the time they spend
Christina Duncan
Great series I loved each and everyone of this series. I have them all
as keepers and reread them at least once every 6 months.
Allie Ritch
This book had perfect pacing, great tension between the hero and heroine, and a unique spin on shifters. I really liked it. There are only two minor things that would have made it a perfect five for me: (1) If there had been more romance between the hero and heroine earlier in the book, though I understand why the author waited; and (2)If there had been more distinct personalities for the male characters. I recognize they were all dominant male werewolves, but Lachlan, Talorc, and Drustan came a ...more
3.5 stars
I really liked the world-building, and even though I was surprised by the mixing between historical elements (highlanders in kilt) and the fantasy (werewolves) it was pleasant. I thought the heroine was much more at ease with nudity than she should be, considering the period (even though sometimes the author took care to say she was disturbed by the other characters' lack of modesty), but I liked her spunk. The hero was okay and logical in his choices (apart from when he accused her har
It was an okay read. Hmm. It wasn't what I expected tho. Scots + Werewolf is really a turn on for me and should be enough reason for me to love this one but it did not. . I was looking for that deep-bone-melting passion and connection between the MCs but what they have didn't even stir my out of this world imagination. Sigh. Plus the hero managed to got me frustrated and close to strangling him myself because of his 'just because I am Laird' reasoning. Like duh. ~
Scottish paranormal romance

Scottish romance novels are really popular. LM takes hot Scottish lairds up a notch & turns them into wolf shape shifters. Surprisingly, the shape shifter thing comes second to the romance. There's also a secondary romance that's just as interesting as the main one. I can't really say why I didn't give this one 4 stars. I guess Scottish romance gets kind of tiresome to me. This one was well written though.
Great cover!
It was okay. I hated most of the characters for more than half of the book, but they kinda redeemed themselves in the end.

I hope Talorc has his own story because he's actually pretty nice!
Oct 08, 2013 Tonya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any of my friends.
This is a great stand alone book to read, but if you've been following the "Children of the Moon Series" you'll really enjoy it because you'll get to visit with past favorite characters.

I love the story between Shona and Caelis because it shows the complexity of their relationship and how they draw strength from each other in spite of their past.

This is the 5th full length book in the "Children of the Moon" series.
Cassandra Barlow
I REALLY LIKED this book! <3
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Award winning author Lucy Monroe had her first book published in September 2003. Since then she has sold more than 50 books to four publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England. She writes sexy category romance for Harlequin Presents including her own ongoing mini-series, The Royal Brides. If you prefer a longer book, but want to keep it steamy, try her Mercenary trilogy or ...more
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