Under the Moon by Natalie J. Damschroder

Under the Moon by Natalie J. Damschroder was an exciting book about witches and the men that protect them. With a publishing world full of vampires, werewolves, and zombies, it was great to read a novel about a witch, instead. Quinn is able to perform magic through the majority of the month but cannot access her power when the moon is not visible, and she uses her powers, for the most part, to heal and help. When she is vulnerable, Nick, a professional protector, comes to town to watch over her. Quinn’s day (and night!) job is running the bar that she inherited from her father.

Early in the book a love triangle is established between Quinn, Sam (the bar manager), and Nick. The storyline is somewhat plausible, although, I want to shake Quinn to make her notice how special Sam is. My difficulty with the love aspect is that the magic has a sexual component that must be “relieved” for Quinn to be at her strongest. Some of this seems as stretch when it is introduced early in the story but seems to work better as the story progresses.

I really enjoyed the mystery aspects of the story. Someone is draining witches of their power, leaving them unable to do any other magic. These witches are still alive, and Quinn, Sam, and Nick travel, meeting them to figure out who the villan is. In addition to this mystery, the crew is trying to discover why Nick has been declared rogue and what rogue actually means.

Under the Moon was a lot of fun! I would recommend it for readers who enjoy the paranormal, want something different from other mainstream novels, and are intrigued by the mystery of a being draining witches. Keep the series coming!

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