Marked By Moonlight by Sharie Kohler

Marked by Moonlightby Sharie Kohler
Series:Moon Chasers #1
Published bySimon and Schuster on 2007-12-26
Genres:Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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She doesn’t know what bit her… Seemingly overnight, Claire Morgan has transformed: the normally mousy schoolteacher is now bold, and her behavior is truly wild. Her eyes gleam silver. Suddenly she’s a self-confident femme fatale with a libido that just won’t quit. After an impulsive makeover, she’s even…dare she say it?…sexy. Is Claire going insane? Then brutally handsome stranger Gideon March tells her she was bitten by a werewolf, and Claire figures he’s the insane one. Sure, she was attacked by a nasty dog in a back alley, but this guy stalking her says he’s a member of an underground society of lycan hunters — and his mission is to kill her immediately. When Claire finally realizes she really is a lycan, there’s no turning back — because by now Claire and Gideon are bound by a hungry passion. If they can’t break the curse by the next full moon, Claire’s soul will be lost forever and Gideon will be forced to terminate his prey — a woman dangerously close to devouring him, heart and soul.

Synopsis: Claire, a concerned teacher, follows her troubled student into an alley. He turns into a lycan and attacks her. She doesn’t realize it is her student. She thinks she’s being attacked by a dog. She’s saved by a mysterious man.

This man (Gideon) comes to her home with the intent of killing her before she can turn into a lycan. He can’t bring himself to do it. Instead, he tries to help her by telling her what she is and how it can be prevented.

Claire refuses to believe Gideon, despite her strong physical attraction to him. Finally, she becomes convinced and they work together to find a way to prevent her from shifting and feeding on the next full moon because if she were to feed she’d lose her soul and become a monster permanently.

Point of View: 3rd Person Limited, Claire or Gideon
Tense: Past

Likes: Sexual tension is maintained throughout the book without allowing the characters to fully indulge.
The author establishes a ticking time clock–the next full moon–that helps build suspense further along in the story.
The relationship is allowed to develop naturally. It’s not insta-love.
Also, I liked that Claire had to adjust to her new situation before accepting it. Sometimes characters are too quick to accept. Claire wasn’t like that.
Gideon and Claire are well-developed characters. They’re likable and I could sympathize with them.
The book is well-written. I didn’t notice any typos.

Dislikes: The book contained one of my pet peeves: sex is not a body part in my opinion.
More importantly, I disliked how long it took me to see what the main goal of the story was. At first at seemed Claire was more interested in her sexual attraction to Gideon than figuring out or dealing with what was happening to herself.

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