Tuesday, 11 August 2009



After reading and reviewing a strong of non-romance novels, I was excited to be able to read DUST AND MOONLIGHT by Keta Diablo. The story sounded promising and the time travel aspect seemed like a real winner. Take a bit of romance, toss it in with the paranormal and I am one happy lady. DUST AND MOONLIGHT certainly didn’t disappoint. It provided me with a good deal of entertainment and had some of the steamiest scenes around.

Dust and Moonlight by Keta Diablo
Pages: 155, June 28th release
My Recommended Age Group: Adult

Balion, Prince of Locke Cress, waited a long time for the forest nymph with lavender eyes to come to him. The dreams told him it was just a matter of time. What they hadn’t told him was that he’d lose his heart to the strange creature from another world.

After the serial killer attacked Kira, she awoke in a strange land. Now, she’s running for her life from wild boars, wizards, and sorcerers, not to mention a Prince that makes her body melt in all the wrong places. Facing extraordinary circumstances as the evil plots unfold, Kira fights for her life, and for a love that neither time nor distance can ever dispel from her soul.

My thoughts:

Kira Barton works with the FBI to help solve difficult cases. She has a gift for knowing when and where things will happen. Usually, that is. Lately her gift has been slacking, leaving her stranded with only her wits to guide her. Racing after The Scarlet Angel and trying to find his next victim before he does, Kira keeps her fingers crossed and desperately tries to will her powers back in to existence. Finally she manages a breakthrough and her dreams lead her to an ugly scene. Her curiosity and strong desire to find the killer might save the day or may cost Kira her life.

Balion, the prince of Locke Cress, is plagued by dreams of a wild-eyed forest nymph. His dreams are anything but innocent as he captures and then seduces the nymph. Unfortunately, he always awakes to find himself alone. One day, however, he discovers a beautiful woman running for her life through the forest. It’s only after saving her that he sees the striking resemblance this odd woman has to the nymph of his dreams. When Kira awakes to see Balion, the world topples down around them both. DUST AND MOONLIGHT brings to life a story of passion, intrigue, and suspense.

One of the traits I loved about DUST AND MOONLIGHT was the characters. I felt Kira was quite a realistic character and Diablo did a great job of bringing her to life. She clashed in a nice way with the ridiculously sexy Balion who was the perfect hero. It’s obvious a lot of time and energy went into the creation of these fantastic characters.

The storyline of DUST AND MOONLIGHT in and of itself was quite fantastic. We get the romance between Balion and Kira, the suspense of a third point thrown in to break the lovers up, and the intrigue of a secret plot. Combine this with a supernatural battle between two magical beings and we have quite a complex story. The steamy love scenes only added to an already great story and were really some of the best parts. To top it all off, DUST AND MOONLIGHT was a nice and short read at only 155 pages. This was enough for the story to captivate while still leaving us begging for more.

Fair warning time: As I’ve mentioned, DUST AND MOONLIGHT has adult scenes and adult themes. I would give this story a sensuality rating of four and would recommend it to adults.

Writing: 8
Interest: 8
Passion: 8
Originality: 9
Characters: 8
Pace: 7
Overall: 60/60 - B
Book Cover: 3/3

Using my rating scale, DUST AND MOONLIGHT earned a B, or "Love it!" I would recommend DUST AND MOONLIGHT to any romance fans out there. The time travel element makes for a plot with killer tension and the intrigue behind the scenes is a nice surprise.

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