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Blue Moon

(Nightcreature #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,121 ratings  ·  202 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,
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 5th 2004)
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MaryCT I recommend reading the books in order. The story does progress from book to book, and makes more sense if you start at the beginning.

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Mar 31, 2008 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 ...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 09, 2009 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
May 12, 2009 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 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
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
Jan 20, 2012 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 ...more
Sep 08, 2008 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
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Apr 20, 2015 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
Jan 29, 2015 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 ...more
Jan 09, 2010 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 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Þórey Jónsdóttir
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fairly written, just not my cup of tea.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: plot-let-down
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Danica Midlil
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Apr 03, 2011 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 ...more
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 female friend (Zee doesn't count, she was just an old-lady working in the police department and there's that ).

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
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't finish this book. I gave it a good hundred pages to impress with but other than the zing of sexual tension between the main characters, I was bored.
I couldn't identify with the characters at all especially the main character Jessie. Her constant inner thought drivel, drove me mad. It was almost after every piece of dialogue she said. It was like she needed to clarify the point with a witty inner thought, which more often than not, wasn't witty, more tiresome.
The story
Mar 29, 2007 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.
Mar 12, 2009 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.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters, series
Enjoyed this series. Loved the characters.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Insta-love, annoying lead character, mind-blowingly stupid explanation of where werewolves came from.
Feb 13, 2009 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.
Brandon Henderson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yeah. This book was brilliant. And fun. I could put it down though, which made me happy, because I have a number of other things that I needed to do. Unlike other books which seem to absorb my whole consciousness (they’re sometimes good), this one was always in my mind. But never all consuming. It let me take my time over the book which I normally wouldn’t be able to do. And, taking that extra time made me feel somehow more connected to Jess and Will.

I read a lot of fantasy books, and especially
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blue Moon is a first-person story told from Jessie McQuade's point of view. Jessie is a police officer, and there have been problems with wolves biting people in her town. Her pursuit of the truth leads her to Professor Will Cadotte, a man Jessie's boss and mentor warns her against. But she can't help the attraction between them.

I'm sure you can guess that werewolves are the paranormal element of this story. What I like most about Blue Moon is its almost perfect combination of mystery and
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I have read this series multiple times, and I still enjoy it each time through. Jessie and Will are opposite in many ways, but they can’t seem to stay away from each other. She doesn’t believe in anything she cannot see or touch, but the strange happenings around town are beginning to test her resolve. Without knowing who to trust, will Jessie be able to find out what is happening in time to save her little town, and maybe the world itself? Is Will the man she thinks he is or ...more
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Lori Handeland is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 60 published works of fiction to her credit. Her novels, novellas, and short stories span genres from paranormal and urban fantasy to historical romance. After a quarter-century of success and accolades, she began a new chapter in her career. Marking her women’s fiction debut, Just Once (Severn House, January 2019) ...more

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