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Full Moon by Rachel Hawthorne
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Having enjoyed the first book, I had to purchase this one and continue reading. By now, I understood what I was in for and accepted the cheesiness and “roll of the eye” moments and just enjoyed the story.

This book basically picks up from where book one ended, but is told from the point of view of one of the other characters. It took me a while to let go of Kayla and Lucas and turn my attention to Lindsey, Connor and Rafe, but once I managed to do that I was again drawn in and held.

In this book we learn more about the Dark Guardians and their history as we are taken into their secret village. We continue to have glimpses of Kayla and Lucas and see how their relationship in progressing, but Lindsey has issues of her own.

Lindsey and Connor have been together forever. They’ve been through a lot together and as far as everyone is concerned, including their parents, they will be bonded as mates at the next full moon. Neither of them fought against it because it felt right … until Rafe started to haunt Lindsey’s dreams; and she wasn’t always asleep when it happened!

Lindsey’s confusion and inability to make a decision was irritating, but in reality I could accept her situation and understood her confusion. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what the right thing to do is.

Once again, we returned to the forest and did some hiking and camping. The overall threat of Bio-Chrome wasn’t resolved in book one and is revisited in this book. Of course, this thread gives an element of danger, which mixes up the tension a bit more.

I gave this book three stars instead of four (which I gave the first book) simply because the freshness wasn’t there. I still enjoyed it, but the impact wasn’t as great; hence, the rating is lower. ( )
  KarenLeeField | Nov 12, 2013 |
The characters in Rachel Hawthorne's Dark Guardian series are Shifters, both human and wolf, and they mate for life. The boys undergo their first shift alone, but the girls are betrothed before their first shift, and their chosen mates help them through the transition. Lindsey is betrothed to Connor, the childhood friend chosen by her family, but she can't stop thinking about Rafe. Wcan she decide which of them is really her destiny before the next full moon?

This series is pure romance, and I like that questions about the main relationship are wrapped up by the end of each book. There is an ongoing threat of discovery by the outside world that remains from book to book, but it's easy to follow. The mythology isn't overly complicated, which is something that I really like. These books might not leaving me dying for the next book in the series, but they're definitely a good way to spend a rainy afternoon. ( )
  leakelley | Oct 10, 2010 |
When I reviewed Moonlight, I rejected it for making some game-breaking mistakes with its second half. But up until things went south, I was enjoying the book very much for its brisk pace and realistic characters. And having read some legitimately bad books since then, I look back on Moonlight a bit more charitably today. So when I finally got around to the sequel, I had hopes that Hawthorne would do better with the material. And as it turns out, she has. Maybe not as good as I hoped, but a definite improvement.

Read the full review on http://luplun.blogspot.com
  LupLun | Sep 15, 2010 |
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Lindsey's had her whole life mapped out for her, including her soul mate. Her parents have chosen him and they've grown up together. Connor is in all of her important memories - but lately she's beginning to question if she loves him because she loves him or because they've been pushed together so often that she can't imagine herself without him.

It's no surprise that she's having these thoughts when she can't get Rafe out of her head. His glances leave her breathless - something Connor's never does. She dreams about kissing him.

In her society, mates are chosen after one's 17th birthday to help with the change. The transformation into a werewolf for the first time is a painful process, and having your mate there eases the pain and intensifies the experience.

Lindsey doesn't know who or what to trust. Her friends aren't really a big help, either, because Brittany believes the system is archaic since males go through the transformation without their mates. Plus, Kayla's so disgustingly happy with her mate. How will Lindsey decide something so important and in such a short time - with her heart or her head?

FULL MOON is the second book in the DARK GUARDIAN series. Each book is written from a perspective of a girl in the pack about to transform for the first time, and each takes a different look at love. There's danger lingering over from the first book, with scientists looking to capture and run tests on a werewolf and expose their secrets.

Danger, paranormal, and romance - the perfect combination! ( )
  GeniusJen | Jun 13, 2010 |
Can I just say....love triangle anyone? Wow, talk about being torn between two guys....poor Lindsey! Full Moon, the second installment in the Dark Guardian's series by Rachel Hawthorne picks up right where Moonlight left off and we're immediately thrown back into the action and romance that I came to love about this series. Lindsey's transformation is coming up and a girl needs a guy to get through it, but not just any guy...her one true mate, and wolves mate for life...no pressure on making the right choice huh? Yikes!

So is Lindsey going to go with her constant friend over the years and current boyfriend, Connor or will Rafe pique her interest with his bad boy ways? You guys have to read this book, it's just so good. I've seen and read stories with love triangles before and usually I've got no sympathy for the girl or guy who's in the middle, because who hasn't dreamed about having two people fighting for their attentions right? But not so much in this case, I actually felt for Lindsey and was feeling just awful for her, I mean this was not just about choosing a guy to go to a dance with or have a romantic dinner, we're talking FOREVER here and if you choose wrong, there's no turning back and nothing you can do about it, ouch!

Rachel Hawthorne's writing is compelling and you'll find yourself flying through the pages and having no trouble finishing this one in no time at all. I've read the first and now the second book of this series in two days, yep you heard me, it's been a book a day. It's a great read for a rainy day or one where you just want to be entertained by a book and nothing else. Full Moon will keep you guessing, make you miserable for the main characters and the struggles they're going through and at the same time you might just find your heart breaking over events that take place one minute and the next you could be overjoyed...I guess it all depends on who you're rooting for in the end.

Most of you know by now that I love a good series because I never have to say goodbye to the characters I've grown to love and can't get enough of, and the Dark Guardian's series is no exception. Hawthorne might move on to focus on other characters more fully with each new book, but she doesn't leave behind our old favorites. All the characters are brought back into this installment and I was glad.

This series has everything I'm usually looking for; romance, action and intrigue and enough suspense that I had to keep turning the pages in order to find out what happened next....and did I mention romance? There's no way to resist the characters Hawthorne's created and the story she's spinning, and to be honest you won't want to. So if you haven't given this series a try I totally recommend it. ( )
  kburgess1984 | Jun 3, 2010 |
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As the time for her werewolf transformation draws near and a deadly threat to the Dark Guardians escalates, Lindsey finds herself increasingly captivated by Rafe despite her long-standing commitment to Connor.

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