The day started out like any other for Tony Giodone. Tony is an assassin for hire and an adopted member of the Family, though he prefers to describe himself as a businessman who works the wrong side of the street. Today, Tony is meeting a client at Nick's Tavern.
At first, the meeting with the client, Suzi (Sue) Quentin, is pretty standard. That is, until Sue mentions that the hit is on herself. The reason for her suicide by hit man, is that she is being terrorized by her sisters Bekki and Mitzi and her mother Myra. Far from kind and loving, these three women treat Sue like a servant and make every effort to ruin her career and love life. Sue feels the only way out of this situation is death. Tony is both perplexed and intrigued by this woman.
Hunter's Moon has a little bit of something for everyone. There's romance. There's comedy. There's action, and there's intrigue. These aspects intermeshed to create a very entertaining action filled storyline. By far, however, the best part of this book is the characters themselves. How often does one read about a teenage assassin who still plays video games and is shy with girls but was incarcerated for his first murder conviction at age six; a mother who throws herself down the stairs so that her daughter has to take care of her; or a hit man who just happens to be a werewolf? These characters are highly original, hilarious, entertaining, and add a little extra flare to the story.
People know him as Tony Giodone. No one knows his real name. He is a hitman, hired assassin, and a werewolf. Tony is still getting used to what he has become. One year ago he had been stalking his mark, but his mark ended up ripping Tony's throat out. With no one to teach him how to deal with his new abilities, Tony taught himself. He has learned which scents mean he is being lied to and which mean someone fears him. But most scents he has yet to figure out. He is slowly learning how to use his changes to his business advantage, except during the full moon when he locks himself away.
Sue Quentin won the lottery last year. She should be happy, thrilled. Instead, she wants to hire Tony to kill her. The moment she meets Tony she is disturbingly attracted to him. He returns that attraction. Even when she accidently learns he is a werewolf, she feels the pull of him.
Their relationship is still on shaky ground when Tony's enemies decide to harm Tony by going after Sue. Tony and Sue find themselves in a world of high stakes card games, kidnapping, larceny ... and shapeshifters of all kinds.
**** This super natural romance is told from Tony's point-of-view. The back ground of the shapeshifters does not go into deep detail. Readers learn only what Tony does as the story progresses. Yet is gave me enough information to actually thirst for another glimpse into the darker world. Do not think that you will easily put this book down whenever the telephone rings. Very well done! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2004
Take an ex-Mafia hitman, turn him into a werewolf, send in a fragile female willing to pay big bucks for her own murder, and you've got an amazing, cutting edge paranormal adventure - Hunter's Moon. Written by the collaborative team of Cathy Clamp and C. T. Adams, this entertaining, well-written novel is a gritty, fast-paced adventure with just the right touch of sexy romance. I couldn't help but compare the first person, male narrative style to Mickey Spillane.
When Tony Giodone was accidentally turned into a werewolf by a mystery woman, he never got the lowdown on how his kind are supposed to operate in the human world. So he does the best he can. Ruthless and unemotional, Tony meets a new client, Suzi Quentin. Normally, he doesn't blink an eye about killing someone, but the client's request is an unusual one - she wants to hire him to kill her! Her family uses her and abuses her, and she doesn't want to live anymore. But before he can do the deed, Tony finds himself swept up in an intricate game of cat and wolf, with all roads leading back to Sue. Werewolves mate for life in this new reality and although Tony struggles against it, any thoughts of killing his client begin to disappear in the face of an all-consuming, supernatural need for her. As the two battle the forces of evil, along with the evils only men can do, Sue finds a new reason to live. Tony learns more about the creature he has become - and about the dark inner circle which steadily draws him inside its secret realm.
Men will especially enjoy this fast-paced, action/ adventure paranormal, and women will be enthralled by the incredible, deftly written love-making scenes. I will anxiously await the next installment on Tony's life as a shapeshifting wolf. Although this novel stands alone, this has to be the beginning of a new paranormal series from TOR. Tony's character is just too unique, and too darn SEXY to stop with only one book. This has earned a spot on my keeper shelf!
----- Tess Mallory, Author of Jewels of Time, Circles In Time, Midsummer Night's Magic, To Touch the Stars, Highland Dream, Highland Fling, and in June 2005, Highland Magic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2004
Hunter's Moon is an amazing cutting edge paranormal adventure. This fast moving, entertaining and well-written novel is a cutting edge paranormal adventure which includes an ex-Mafia hitman, turned werewolf, add in a sexy fragile female who is tired of her family abusing her and is ready to hire someone to end her life. With the plot of how Tony Giodone became a hitman, werewolf, and the lowdown on how his kind operate in the human world, to the love story that develops between Tony Giodone and Sue, and with werewolves mating for life this book sweeps you up into the intricate game of Sue and wolf and the new reality and struggles against killing his client with his all-consuming, supernatural need for her. As the love story develops and the two battle forces of evil, along with the evils only men can do, Sue finds a new reason to live. Tony learns more about the creature he has become - and about the dark inner circle which steadily draws him inside its secret realm.
Both Men and Women will enjoy this fast-paced, action/adventure paranormal, and women will be overjoyed in the deftly written love-making scenes.
After reading this book I can only anxiously await the next installment of Tony's life as a shapeshifting wolf and lover. This book is great reading on its on, but, just has to be the beginning of a new paranormal series from TOR. Tony's character is just too unique, and too darn SEXY to stop with only one book. This is definately a book to read over and over.