Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn
Otherworldly Creatures. Shocking Truths. Sizzling Passions.
Shiloh Trudell thought she was getting used to the strange events in Fallen Oaks, until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town. Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and fallen angels have descended upon the neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities—and her impetuous heart—fast!
As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter sexy, brooding Trent Donovan—local bad boy, and the type of guy your mother warned you about.
While Trent tries to help Shiloh prepare for a supernatural battle, their fiery spark intensifies into a slow burn. Romance with an unlimited potential allows them to experience both the thrill of love and the chill of fear for the object of their affection.
Then Shiloh discovers a dark family secret that threatens to shatter her world. The only thing that keeps her going is her thirst for revenge and the protective, rebellious boy she’s falling head over heels for.
When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Except that’s not all Shiloh has to worry about. She’s also struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.
But with demon blood inside her—anything can happen…
Moonlight Mayhem is the third book in the Spellbound Series by Sherry Soule. I read the series before it was revised. I am rereading them, now that they have been revamped, and it is like discovering a whole new story, with subplots accompanied with more character development. Moonlight Mayhem gives the opportunity to wrap yourself up in the characters. It is like returning to catch up with old friends. Soule has a gift for making you feel you are right there in the midst of the action. I truly enjoy books/authors that are able to accomplish that.
Shiloh: Her heart hurts in Moonlight Mayhem. She and Trent are taking a break although he doesn’t realize it is due to his lack of faith in her. Shiloh struggled a great deal with how to proceed with Trent. She needs him to believe in her. Until he does, she keeps him at arm’s length.
When Shiloh’s father is killed, she feels broken. She feels alone, abandoned. It is so unfair that she loses the one parent who believed in her. She desperately needs a purpose as his death is suspect. She finds it as she notices a raven shows up consistently. Shiloh feels something is watching, waiting……and she is intent on figuring out all about the 13th daughter prophecy. She finds out more family secrets.
The girl is into clothes but not enough to be annoying. Shiloh stands up to a few female bullies at school; It is one of her best moments in the book. I hate that crap and I am always happy to see a lead character step up for others. Her mom has left her alone as usual. This time around, Shiloh seems to be handling things well on her own.
Trent: He is not happy either. He misses Shiloh; He is determined to get back with her. He tries everything he can think of but she’s not having it. It takes him a while to figure out what Shiloh needs from him. His vulnerability is endearing. Once he understands and accepts Shiloh for who she is – the make-up scenes are too hot to handle! lol. I sighed in relief to have them both back on the same page. Of course, his French endearments are swoon-worthy. Trent transfers to Shiloh’s school to be closer.
They need one another. They are broken people who need each other. Shiloh truly learns about love through Trent. He accepts her for who she is; there is power in that. They are stronger together than apart.
I have to say this about Trent: get some better manners boy. You should not be outside honking for your girl. It is not cool!
After Shiloh’s father dies, Trent’s dad and Shiloh’s mom start dating. It is gross! They won’t even stop to make sure their own children are doing well. They are both incredibly selfish parents.
Overall, I have enjoyed this series immensely. Soule has the ability to make you feel invested in her characters. While reading Moonlight Mayhem, I am transported to their world. I am able to forget my troubles/reality. That is the sign of a good author.
Soundtrack song pick: Just Give Me A Reason Pink