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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (TRD) (Sept. 5 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425211606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425211601
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #892,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once readers get past the silly premise of Sunny's sizzling debut—a humanoid race called the Monère came to Earth from the moon 4,000 years ago—they'll find much to like in this intrigue-filled erotic paranormal. The "children of the moon" are ruled by "Queens," rare females whose ability to pull down the moon's rays allows them to heal rapidly and live 300 years. Gorgeous, shape-changing males protect, serve and have sex with the often ruthless Queens, who sometimes cruelly abuse them. After treating one of these males, Gryphon, at Manhattan's St. Vincent's Hospital one night, 21-year-old ER nurse Lisa discovers she's not only a part-human Monère herself but also the first "Mixed Blood" Queen, Mona Lisa. Her human blood makes her impervious to sunlight and silver—the banes of the Monère—and her latent powers pose a threat to the nastier Queens, who want to destroy her. Mona Lisa shares many traits with Laurell K. Hamilton's heroines, including having lots of hot sex for good causes, but mercifully without their kvetching and self-doubt. (Sept.)
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It took me a few days to start getting into the first chapter, but I should not have waited. It matters not whom the author was inspired by, it matters that her mind is filled with wonders that enthralled me passionately, and kept me reading until I could not read anymore. Being the first of the series, Sunny manages to immerse her readers professionally with an thrilling story-line, unique characters with intense relationships and a main POV character you will fall in love with. I'm serious, it was an awesome book! I read a lot of romance novels and this one pleases me because there is no restriction, no babying around with cheesy stuff, it's raw and it's adult, sexy, violent, passionate and exciting. I took a chance on it and was not disappointed, not one bit! I recommend greatly!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KMont on Nov. 8 2006
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With the rich visuals and beguiling descriptions, I was hard pressed to remember that this erotic fantasy is actually set in current, modern time right in the good `ole U.S.A. For that, I say bravo to Sunny for creating a thoroughly engaging, unique world that pulses right underneath ordinary human noses. The world of the Monere, children of the moon, lives and breathes in a parallel existence with that of mortals, but is far more dangerous and elite than anything mere mortals could ever imagine.

Lisa believes herself to be human, albeit one with some seriously strange talents. Not only that, but a restless presence resides within her, something that yearns to be free...something that wants to walk with its own feet, be they two, maybe even four. At her job one night in a hospital ER, Lisa meets a beautiful man, one that speaks to her inner sanctum and calls to the power she feels resides there. When he spouts gibberish about Queens and children of the moon, Lisa automatically thinks him mad, but this meeting is in fact the beginning to an awakening, one where she will finally start to come into her destiny, that of a Queen and all it entails. Little did she know another world existed, one of strange beauty, heart breaking sacrifices and unbelievable cruelty. But women like Lisa, now Mona Lisa as is her proper name, are few and she is needed to serve. Can this youngest Queen take on the role she is destined to have and will her Mixed Blood heritage be her salvation or her downfall? Only time will tell and readers will delight in the first in this series, a strong and moving story that had me immediately in its grasp.

One thing I noticed right off is we are not inundated with an overload of the world and culture of the Monere to the point of overwhelming.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Aug. 23 2007
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Seductive, spellbound, addictive as this author begins weaving a vivid Heroine with the otherwordly magnetism and intuitiveness of Mery Gentry with the conflicted spirit of Anita Blake.
The first couple chapters are little disorienting which as you read on reflects the intitial development of the character. But once pass them, you become enthralled and end up not wanting to put it down.
If you're a fan of Laurell K Hamilton you'll probably enjoy this writer. There are simularities yet Sunny manages to create her own seductive reality that draws you in, making you eager to know what will happen next.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Cerveny on Jan. 30 2009
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I wish I could give this book less than 1 star, because it is truly, truly terribly. My most heartful recommendation is to avoid this book. Not only does Sunny blatantly rip-off authors Laurell K Hamilton and Anne Bishop (she pretty much admits to it in her dedication at the front of the novel), she doesn't even do a very good job of it. She's stolen many themes, plot-devices, and even some of their terminology, then stirred everything together to make something truly heinous. The writing is second-rate, like I'm reading high quality fan-fic or something. Sunny must have connections in the publishing world because there is no way this could pass muster otherwise.

I won't rehash the plot other than to say Mona Lisa finds out that she's descended from a race of people called the Monere who came from the moon to Earth over 4,000 years ago. After that, much raping, running around pointlessly, raping, complaining about being raped, and more raping ensues.

Right. Good times for everyone.

So the moon is actually a planet that died out 4,000 years ago? Really? Come on! Even I could do better than that. And Mona Lisa never thinks, "Wow, I'm from the moon. Okay, so how did the 'planet' die out? How come we can't see remnants of their cities, etc from Earth with a telescope? Did they cover everything up before they left? How did the lakes dry up and the atmosphere disappear? And how did these people (who don't seem to have any fantastic technological advances) get to Earth in the first place?"

Also, the Monere gain their energy by Basking in the moonlight. However, sunlight is deadly to them. Did someone forget to tell Sunny that moonlight is just reflected sunlight? Or, that the moon is also bathed in sunlight just like the Earth is?
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