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Under the Moon

(Goddesses Rising #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Their power gives them strength...and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father's bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professi
Paperback, 300 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published November 1st 2011)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Under The Moon is book one in the Goddesses Rising series by Natalie J. Damschroder. As many paranormal books as I have read, this is my first Goddess book so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was so pleasantly surprised.

For the most part, Goddesses are pretty normal, just like you and I. They go about their lives, have businesses, fall in love. But, what sets them apart are their powers. Goddesses get their power from different elements such as water, earth, minerals, etc.

Quinn Caldwell gets
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, steamy
There are a lot of reasons and ways to like a book. Two important elements, for me, are the characters and the world they inhabit. The world of this book—mainly the whole "goddess" bit—is jarringly weak. The rules governing supernatural power are... arbitrary (to say the least), and giving the main character "moon lust" from using her power (but not other goddess when they use their power) was pretty hokey.

This weakness extends to the "Goddess Society"—the organization governing those with super
Donna (BLHmistress)
Goddesses among us well that definitely caught my attention, and I knew I just had to read more. Being a fan of all kinds of mythology, I thought that is what I would be reading about. I was pleasantly wrong and enjoyed this book tremendously.

What I found unique about it was the goddesses and how normal they were set apart from the source where their powers come from. I loved that how these women used their their gifts for the good and the fact gods were now exempt and didn't exist anymore, whic
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a very steamy, not quite erotic, book. Sex plays a large part of Quinn's life, and with two hot men in it, there is plenty of sexual tension. At points this aspect seemed to overtake the actual storyline, you know, the one mentioned in the summary.

Speaking of the summary, it focussed on the goddess aspect of the storyline. I felt that there was a lot left undeveloped when it came to the goddesses and their power. Maybe not undeveloped, but certainly unexplored. I wanted more details abou
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Quinn Caldwell has always enjoyed running the Under The Moon bar she'd inherited from her parents when they unexpectedly died several years ago. Yet hers is not the usual bar normal people would patron. You see, she's a goddess - one who's affinity is tied to the moon. The bar is a haven for goddesses and their protectorates whenever they're in the area.

In addition to the bar, she runs a consulting business who's sole purpose is to help out women who find themselves in a bit of a bind and are in
Lucy Felthouse
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Under the Moon is an urban fantasy romance novel. It tells the story of Quinn Caldwell, a goddess who draws her power from the moon - a skill that's incredibly useful when the moon is full, but leaves her utterly powerless when there's a new moon. Enter Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector. He comes into Quinn's life once a month for a few days and looks after her when she's at her most vulnerable, and has done so successfully for the last fifteen years. Sounds like the perfect working r ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Under the Moon is a really good urban fantasy/Paranormal romance that features goddesses, women who come into their power at 21. They have certain gifts/skills and areas of expertise and usually use this to enhance others’ lives. They are governed by a Society on which Quinn Caldwell is on the board and privy to certain procedures, meetings and decision making for the good of the other goddesses. She also manages a bar called Under the Moon with her faithful assistant/long term friend/need fu
Tahlia Newland
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
‘Under the Moon’ is a terrific story, tight and well written, about a goddess, her assistant (and ex lover), her sexy protector and their efforts to stop a man who is on his way to steal Quinn’s power.

In the world of ‘Under the Moon’, goddesses live amongst us, using their power to help people, but when an unknown goddess gives some of her power to a man, he becomes addicted to it and becomes a leech, one who preys on goddesses and drains their power. The first two goddesses he leeches are Quinn
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
The plot was very interesting, when goddesses come to their powers at 21 they have a source of power be it flower water or rain or in Quinn's case the Moon. Suddenly two goddesses turn up drained of power, and her protector when the moon is new is coming to her weeks too early to protect her. Together they start to find out what happened to the goddesses even though her help is not wanted because of her family-ties, she knows they aren't talking about her adopted family so Quinn sets out to find ...more
Zee Monodee
Thought I'd post about why I DNF'ed this book (since a lot of people asked me why when I mentioned...)
I'm also not rating this book because of the DNF, and also because I DNF'ed because of pet peeves of mine, not any fault with the story.

So... I didn't get past Chapter 1. Reason? Because Quinn's power recharges through sex. I hate this kind of trope, because too often, it's been used as an open door to throw in lots of sex scenes in a story. While I love good sex scenes when they're integrated o
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm torn between a 4 star and 5 star so I'll go with a 4.5 rating overall. I very much enjoyed reading this and loved the characters, though I felt that there could have been just a little more development for that area. The concept of the Godesses was interesting, even more so since there wasn't really any mention of them being descendants of any ancient pantheon so they were a bit more original. Quinn and Sam's relationship was cool and I hope Sammy finds happiness in the sequel. Also, I look ...more
Couldn't Quite Connect to This One
Moon Goddess Quinn Caldwell is feeling the strain of managing her bar and doing her goddess consultations while holding off on using her very willing best friend Sam to enhance her power. He's in love with her, and as much as she loves him, she just can't return his feelings. Her heart is otherwise occupied on her own hopeless love interest. Still, having sex with Sam during the full moon just doesn't seem right any more. It's holding him back from finding real
Review to come
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
TLDR Recap

Quinn Caldwell is your average, everyday woman- aside from the fact that she’s a goddess who draws power from the moon, of course. When a leech begins stealing powers from goddesses around the country, Quinn sets out to find the culprit with her assistant, Sam, and her sexy protectorate, Nick. But will Quinn be able to stop whoever it is before they gain too much power? And could Quinn be the leech’s next target? Under the Moon is a GraveTells recommended read!

Title: Under the Moon
Book Review Diva
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Under The Moon” By Natalie J. Damschroder

Right from the beginning of Natalie J. Damschroder's book “Under The Moon” you are immediately drawn into the the story. Throughout this book there were parts where my heart was racing with excitement and with surprise.

Quinn Caldwell is a goddess who draws her power from the moon. Quinn uses her power for good and is always helping people with her gift. Quinn has never used her power for evil, or has never harmed a human with her power. So when Quinn
holly quigley
The copy of Under the Moon I am reviewing is a NetGalley copy, so some issues may be resolved in the final edition.

I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for this book. On the grading system, I'll still waffle between a C+ and a B-. Maybe I'm feeling generous because my first book of 2012 was a DNF and I was just pleased I could actually make it to the end of this one. Either way, it was definitely readable, but had a few possible issues.

Quinn is a "goddess." Note quotation marks and lowercase-g. In t
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father's bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Qui
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I found it to be enjoyable. I will be reading the next book in this series.

I haven't read to many books about Goddesses but the ones I have read have been pretty interesting. This one is a bit steamier than any of the other books I have encountered with Goddesses in them. Quinn is a Goddess and her powers always have her craving sex. Quinn, has a friend Sam that she would use to recharge her powers, now she has decided not to use him any mor
Dahlia (yadkny)
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Lovers
“Goddess wasn’t only a job description – it was a state of being.”

And for Quinn Caldwell the power of the moon holds much influence over her state being. For one week every month she needs to be “recharged” and sex is the only way to overpower the moon lust she experiences. However, Quinn is tired of having to use people, especially Sam her assistant, to keep her energy levels up, so that she can continue helping others and running her bar. Sam would give her everything, but Quinn doesn't fe
 Crystal ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club
Quinn Caldwell is a goddess that derives her power from the moon, which makes her incredibly powerful…except when there is a new moon. During this time she is powerless and vulnerable, which is when her protector, Nick Jarrett, arrives. Quinn has been in love with Nick for the last fifteen years but since his rejection all those years ago she knows she must hide her feelings and accept that friendship is all she’ll ever have from him. Trying to move forward with her life and fulfill some sensual ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, adult, read-2014
Under the Moon was a pretty good Paranormal Romance. It was different than others I've read, mostly because it's about goddesses. But not the Greek or Roman goddess that we're use to reading about. They're just goddesses, no mythology required. Quinn is a goddess and she draws her power from the moon. While she is extremely powerful, the phases of the moon do leave her without it for much of the lunar cycle. Thankfully, she has a protector for the week of the New Moon, but he's on his way to her ...more
Under the Moon has a surprisingly fresh take on the paranormal genre. Yes, of course I've seen goddesses done before, but men hold no power at all? That was new for me.

The world building didn't take much since it's modern time and for me even less because it's mostly based in my home state. Quinn lives somewhere around North West/Central Ohio and within the book they end up traveling to quite a few different states. Complete geek moment when I recognized one of the routes they were driving.

On t
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quin Caldwell is one of the hundred goddesses that live in the United States, and like many she uses her powers to help others. You can usually find her in the bar Under the moon that was given to her when her father died.
Like all goddesses she has an element she draws energy from, hers is the moon, which makes her vulnerable under the new moon, that's why she gets Nick Jarrett around that time, he is the protector in charge of her and other goddesses.
Quin's like to think of her life as normal,
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
When I read the summary of this book I was really intrigued by the idea of modern goddesses and all the different ways in which power like that could exist in modern day society. So I was a bit disappointed when there wasn't much explained and/or shown about this in the book itself.

I'm probably going to come off negative in this review, but let me assure you that the book wasn't bad, it was just different from what I had expected. And right at the beginning it made me go REALLY?? at one of the
Cocktails and Books
Quinn Caldwell runs a bar, Under the Moon, uses her goddess powers to help others, serves as secretary on the board for the governing body of goddesses, loves her assistant Sam and is in love with her protector Nick. Her life is about to become a lot more complicated when a leech starts stealing goddesses powers and seems hell bent on getting Quinn's.

Nick, Sam and Quinn start their own investigation into the leech and discover that the person responsible for this problem could be a member of Q
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I was a bit apprehensive at reading this book at first but now I'm glad I did. The goddess concept is starting to trickle into literature now but it hasn't really taken off. I think it's such a hard thing to do correctly to turn it into a great read. However, I'm very happy I read this. It was such a great book.

There were a few concepts that were a little strange to me, but otherwise, I think the aspect of women having goddess powers and being able to do supernatural things was amazing. The thin
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have to start out by saying that the cover of UNDER THE MOON does NOT in any way match the story. There is not one motorcycle/motorcycle rider in the whole book and I just don't get why they have someone on one on the cover. Makes no sense.

UNDER THE MOON was a page turner with some nice twist and turns. Quinn was easy to like and the supporting characters brought a great cast to the story. Sam, Quinn's assistant is in love with Quinn and she keeps him at arms length because she is in love with
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an urban fantasy romance novel with steamy, but not erotic scenes. The main character is Quinn Caldwell, a goddess who draws her power from the moon. This is great when the moon is full, but not so good when there's a new moon. It also cause her to be extremely needy sexually at certain times of the month, an interesting problem for the men in her life - and there is more than one. Nick Jarrett is a goddess protector. He shows up once a month for the week when she is at her most vulnerab ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book Under the Moon and just finished reading it. I enjoyed the mystery of trying to find out who created the person draining goddesses of their power and why it all seems to center around Quinn. Quinn is just your normal goddess. She runs a bar with her assistant Sam and uses her goddess power to help people in their lives. When her protector Nick calls say he will be early for his normal visit Quinn begins to worry. Once Nick gets there he tells Quinn and Sam about the problem that ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
***May contain Spoilers***
This is a very steamy book (non erotic) that changes up what you think of Goddesses, as Gods not not exist.

Quinn is a Goddess who owns a bar and is only powerful around the full moon, otherwise she is as weak as a human. All Goddesses use their powers to help humans from finding lost keys and healing wounds but the energy has to be replaced and its sex based.

Sam has an assistant Sam who for the last six years has been meeting her admin and re-charging needs, but for the
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