I Missed the Moonlight – “Dancing in the Moonlight” by RaeAnne Thayne
There are a few kisses in the wee hours of the morning, but I can’t recall any actual dancing at all – so where the title comes from, I have no idea.
The book begins with a good enough concept; Lieutenant Magdalena (Maggie) Cruz has returned to her hometown after a tour of duty in Afghanistan that ended when she lost a leg in an explosion. Healing physically and emotionally, the last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to hunky hometown doctor Jake Dalton – especially since Maggie has been mad at the Dalton family for years since she blames them for her fathers death. For his part, Jake’s been in love with Maggie forever, and is willing to accept her – scars and all – but will she let him into her heart?
(Not to spoil anything, but it ends like you think it ends.)
Unfortunately, even with a potentially interesting plot, RaeAnne Thayne’s “Dancing in the Moonlight” is far from my favorite book I’ve read this month. Though I appreciate the idea of a leading lady who is struggling with a real physical ailment that beats down her self-esteem, the whole thing left me pretty disinterested. The most interesting characters in the whole book turn out to be Maggie’s feisty mother and the Uncle/Ranch Manager she’s squabbling with for mysterious reasons.
“Dancing in the Moonlight” appears to be the second book in a trilogy about the Dalton brothers. However, I wouldn’t have known this while reading the book. Though Jake’s brothers are mentioned, they’re not dwelled upon, and “Dancing in the Moonlight” is it’s own story. I consider this a plus, as it’s always a bummer to pick up a book and realize you’ve missed a whole bunch of important information.
There’s nothing in this book I haven’t read before, and nothing to really keep you engrossed. Oh well, next!
SuchABookNerd Smut Index: 3. Much like some of the other Western-themed books of this genre I’ve read, it’s tame. Smoldering glances, stolen kisses, and one climactic love scene are about all you get.