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||July 8, 2010
A full Ozark moon brings together the most unlikely of lovers.
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Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance
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Welcome to the mystical town of Beaver Cove, Arkansas where country ghosts offer homey advice and the moon makes lovers of total strangers!
Maddie Harris left Boston in humiliation. She hopes the job as assistant principal in a small Arkansas town will keep her too busy to notice the hole where her heart used to be.
Phil Wilcox, divorced former NFL star, returns to his hometown as the new football coach. He hopes to repair the tattered relationship with his eleven-year-old daughter, despite his thorny ex-wife. Maddie is neat and color coordinated; Phil takes “casual” to its limits.
Neither is seeking romance, but a mischievous moon and a friendly spirit have other ideas.
Round Table Review says “Devil Moon is a lovely romance full of whimsy, comedy and bittersweet twists.”
Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance
By Dana Taylor
The set up: Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance is a comedy set in the Ozarks.
Maddie is the uptight high school assistant principal. Phil is the new high school football coach. This scene is toward the end of the book. Maddie has been warned off Phil by his ex-wife who has threatened to take Phil’s daughter out of his life unless Maddie gives him up. (Maddie occasionally gets advice from her dead Grandmother.)
Setting: Maddie’s kitchen
Maddie sat up straight. She'd been wishing the interminable breakfast would simply end. And now he appeared on the verge of proposing marriage.
She put a hand on his arm. "Don't say it, Phil."
"Now you don't even know what I'm going to say. See, we're good for each other." He covered her hand and looked at her with the innocence of a puppy. "I love you. I've known it for a good little while. You make me happy and I think we'd make a great team. We need each other. We're right together. Oh, hell, Maddie, either shoot me and put me out of my misery or marry me." He released a deep breath. "There, I said it. I think we should get married. What do you say?"
He looked so happy, she wanted to throw up. Her voice came out hoarse. "I can't marry you, Phil. It just wouldn't work."
An expression of shocked pain flashed across his face before it quickly changed to anger. "Oh, I get it. It's one thing to have a roll in the sheets with the football jock, but you wouldn't want to marry him."
"No, no, it's not like that."
"Then what is it? Explain it to me."
Oh God, she wasn't ready for this. She hadn't rehearsed a speech. She crossed her legs and tried to assume an elegant air. "Well, you're from one world and I'm from another and I don't think we're compatible. You're much too messy. I wouldn't want to be picking up your socks and picking out your clothes." Oh yes she would, she really would.
Phil stood up. "Okay, sweetheart, you're too good for me. I get it. An alcoholic, has-been football player isn't your idea of husband material. Well, let me tell you something, babe. You're passing up a good deal."
She knew that. She knew he was the best thing that had ever come along in her whole life. "It wouldn't be a suitable match, that's all. I think you have many fine qualities, but you're just not my type. I hope we can be friends, for the baby's sake."
He grabbed her chin and forced her to look in his face. "This is so much bullshit. You came onto me the other night like it was for keeps. You didn't say it, but I could feel it in your body, see it on your face. You love me, goddamn it! You look me straight in the eye and deny it. Say it. Say 'Phil, I don't love you.' I don't think you can."
Maddie swallowed and dug deep down to a well of strength she didn't know she possessed. She had to make the lie seem true. In a calm and measured voice she said, "Phil…I…don't… love you."
He released her as if he'd been burned, turned on his heel and rushed for the door. She flinched at the slam and closed her eyes. Taking a breath, she opened them again and surveyed the incredible mess he'd made making one small meal.
Standing before the sink was the see-through figure of Grammy Harris. "Pitiful, simply pitiful. You've set the Harris womenfolk back 'bout a hundred years."
Maddie Harris has had it with men. When she moves into her Grandmother’s house in Beaver Cove, Arkansas, she is determined to lead an uneventful and orderly life as the local high school’s assistant principal. Of course it’s hard to consider your life normal when you not only talk to your dead grandmother, but can also see her. Oh, and let’s not forget the one night of crazy sex, under the full moon, down by the lake with a late-night fisherman…
Ex-football star, Phil Wilcox, is working on redemption. He wasn’t much of a husband in the old days and even less of a father, but he wants to re-connect with his 11 year-old daughter, Melissa. Three years sober, Phil is ready to jump through any hoop to have Melissa call him Daddy again. Even if that means being civil to his money-hungry, manipulative ex-wife AND building the first winning football season Beaver Cove has seen in many years.
Maddie and Phil…polar opposites. He knows nothing about fashion, while she color coordinates everything. She has a place for every single possession and his idea of ‘order’ is getting takeout at the Taco Bueno. And if they could just stop picking each other maybe they’d find they have something in common…like a blissful night spent under that ol’ devil moon.
Dana Taylor has crafted a witty ride for readers with Devil Moon. You won’t get away from this read without chuckling…whether it’s from Phil’s wicked sense of humor, his daughter’s little, unknown facts or the crazy antics that happen in Beaver Cove. The momentum fell flat a few times and it felt as though there were two endings, but the need to find out if Phil and Maddie can make it as a couple, pushes you onward. While couched in humor, Ms. Taylor does explore the very serious subjects of redemption, pregnancy, drugs, staying in school, gays and stalkers and does an excellent job of not preaching to the reader or letting these subjects slip away in the humor. The secondary characters were absolutely outstanding. Randy Bailey, Maddie’s gay best-friend and Melissa are hilarious, Grammy Harris tells it like it is and backwoods neighbor/student, Reba, is a quiet jewel.
All-in-all, a delightful story and a one-sitting read. Pick this one up for an evening of fun.
Round Table Reviews:
Maddie Harris has her life completely in order. She's a successful assistant principal with her own home. She has loyal friends and a loving family. She's perfectly happy with her life.
So what if people think she's a bit prim and that her routine borders on anal-retentiveness? Maddie has everything she ever wanted--so why is it she needs to keep telling herself that? Why is it that too much wine, a few chocolate bars, and a case of the blues finds her strolling on a moonlit lakeside looking for trouble? Surely, its just a case of monthly madness--she couldn't be looking for anything more--her life is perfectly fine the way it is. She likes stability and comfort. Excitement, whirlwind romance, and midnight romps are something confined to paperback romances and youthful indiscretions, right?
Phil Wilcox had it all--wealth, fame, and a family. He was a football star that married the Homecoming Queen and had a beautiful baby girl. How is it, then, he wonders, that he ended up the coach of a small town high school football team teaching history on the side? He hardly sees his daughter or his ex-wife and his relationship could best be described as frosty. All he wants now is to clean up his act and gain his eleven-year-old daughter's confidence. Romance is something he doesn't want or need.
Women only bring complications, and love, well, that's nothing that he can even hope for after all the screw-ups in his life. But, when a late night fishing trip throws him into the arms of a mysterious beauty, he finds himself wondering if he was wrong about what he wanted and needed in life.
DEVIL MOON is a lovely romance full of whimsy, comedy, and bittersweet twists. The characters are real and compelling, filled with the little foibles that drive us all and make them automatically identifiable. Maddie and Phil are driven by their own delusions of themselves, by their personal fears and misapprehensions as to what life is really about, what they can hope for, and what they need. These characters have settled--they believe that there are no happily ever afters, when they are suddenly confronted with a story-book romance.
The surprises and sweetness found in DEVIL MOON are as charming as any Cinderella tale. So what if Prince Charming wears sweats and drives a pick-up, or Snow White is a bit anal and wears power-suits? Isn't it possible to have it all? Isn't it possible to find what you've looking for without even knowing you were looking?
I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry. People who love romances from Jan Karon to Jane Austen will instantly find this book irresistible. The characters are wonderful, the writing is compelling and witty, the plot-twists are unexpected, and the love story is both steamy and sweet.
Don't miss a chance to curl up with DEVIL MOON this winter. This book and a cup of cocoa are just the ticket for the winter blues!
Madeleine Harris is feeling restless and gives in to the call of the moon. Taking a beach quilt made by her departed grandmother, she sets off to the private beach behind her house. While under the moon and communing with nature, she lets go of a great build up of emotion. It is there under the stars that she pours out her heart to the man in the moon. Now it seems that perhaps Mr. Moon is up to a little matchmaking.
Phil Wilcox is having a bad night. As a recovering alcoholic, he knows late nights are not his best time. Factor in a nasty fight with his equally nasty ex-wife, and he's feeling the call of the wild. Or in his case, the call of a bottle. Instead, he remembers an out-of-the-way lake that a friend had told him about, Lake Luna. Phil heads out to take in a spot of fishing, all the while hoping to conquer the growing restlessness.
Instead of the catch of the day, Phil finds a very sad and sobbing woman. Thinking of all the times he dimly remembered hearing the same noise through the locked door of his bedroom after a three day drinking binge, he decides that this time he won't stumble away in a stupor. He decides that he will be there for this woman. Taking her in his arms to comfort her, they are both suddenly overtaken by moon madness.
Maddie can't believe it when she wakes up next to her sensual dream man and finds that he's very much a reality. She panics and runs back to her home, forgetting her grandmother's very distinct quilt. Phil wakes up and finds the mystery lady has flown the coop. He takes the pretty blanket as a souvenir of the wonderful night.
Throughout that wonderful night, the two lovers didn't see each other's face. There were one or two intimate indicators that will allow these two star crossed lovers to recognize each other. The question is, with their prickly alter egos (both work at the local school) will they ever get a chance to recreate their one night of love and perhaps make it into forever?
Ms. Taylor's DEVIL MOON is a wonderful book that you will want to read over and over again. Maddie and Phil are two confident and secure adults who happen to, at the same time, fall off kilter for one moment of mad passion. In their reality at school they bicker and argue like an old married couple. Phil can't help but want to shatter Ms. Harris' picture perfect exterior. Maddie can't believe that the muscle bound football coach does everything to needle her, get under her skin and then expects her to be nice to him. With the help of two very unusual entities, these two find each other at every turn. I enjoyed watching them fight their growing attraction and looked forward to the moment when they discovered that the other was the fabulous one night stand that they had indulged in. DEVIL MOON will give you a dose of moon madness and is a very enjoyable read.
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