By Lori Handeland
St. Martin’s, $7.99, 336 pages

Gina O’Neill is fiercely protective of her ranch – left to her by her parents after their tragic deaths for which she blames herself. Gina will let nothing stand in the way of protecting the family legacy. So when archeologist Mateo Mecate arrives to try and dig on Gina’s land, she immediately tries to thwart him. He persists in his quest, though, and soon finds that Gina is not just protecting her land, but a mysterious power underneath it.

Crave the Moon is the latest entry in Lori Handeland’s Nightcreatures series and is the best one so far. The characters are more nuanced than some of the prior books and are more realistically written. The plot is interesting, giving a really nice and fun twist on the traditional werewolf lore. The larger plot also works nicely with Gina’s personal storyline, as well. The romance aspects of the book are well-written as well. Fans of the series and of paranormal romance will greatly enjoy this book.

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern