Mercy Celeste – Under a Crescent Moon


Author: Mercy Celeste
Reviewed by: Susan65
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13: 9781781844939

Rating: ★★★★★ 



Murder, mystery, sex and magic. It’s just another typical night under a crescent moon…

New Orleans Police Detective Taylor Campbell has done his best to leave Xander Cooper alone. Years ago, he joined the Army to get away from the temptation of the younger man. But a series of murders around Xander’s restaurant has Taylor running scared. And when he happens upon Xander holding off a group of thugs, his honour is forgotten.

Xander Cooper fell in love with Taylor when he was a teen. Now an adult, he’s waited and watched and hoped that Taylor would one day see him as more than a little kid meant to be avoided. He didn’t expect murder to bring Taylor to his bed. For Xander, giving Taylor his heart is easy. Letting him in on the family secret is another thing all together.

He didn’t expect that Taylor would have secrets of his own. Secrets that make a little thing like Xander being a witch seem tame…

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, rough sex, mild BDSM, dubious consent and cheating

Review:  Yet another surprise hit for me from Mercy Celeste. Why am I still surprised by her writing? She knocks my socks off all the time and I’m still surprised each and every time I read her books. I think I can now firmly place this author on my auto-buy list. I love the fact that she isn’t afraid to go down and dirty, get into real life issues, and doesn’t sugar coat the romance and all the issues that come before it. Life is not a fairy tale and I love when I find an author that doesn’t pull her punches.

With that said, isn’t the cover sweet? Yeah, he’s adorable and that face fooled me big time. I was expecting rainbows and unicorns with a cover that pretty but let me tell you, you can not judge a book by it’s cover. You’ve been warned.

Xander and Taylor were raised together after the death of Xan’s parents. Taylor is about 5 years older and eventually joins the army to escape his attraction to the too young Xander. However, he comes back changed and doesn’t give Xander the time of day, until Xan finds himself in a pickle. The fun begins there.

This story is all over the place. I was so sure I knew what was going on but them whammo, the plot changes and I’m sitting back reeling. Wondering how the hell did I get from point A to point B…and loving every freaking moment. Obviously this story has moments that some will find objectionable, but me?, I live for the conflict and complications that make the happy ending so much more rewarding at the end.

And complications and conflict are abundant in this not so sweet book. It has its sweet moments, but you have to prepare yourself before the issues are all resolved. I honestly do not want to give anything away. Uncovering each aspect of the secrets hidden in Xander’s and Taylor’s lives is what makes this story so great. I had no clue what I in for, but trust me, it is worth the ride and if you can handle a little shock here or there in your reading, then you will enjoy this story.




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