Lee Benoit
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Loose Id, LLC
Release Date
September 2010
LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Paranormal Romance

Jamie Cowan hoped his new gig as playwright-in-residence at an urban theater would be the start of a new life -- a proud life out of the closet. Instead, he's stuck in student digs with oversexed roommates and a morose parrot. He's too intimidated by city life and city people to be honest about being gay, much less try to find a lover. Worst of all, he's blocked, unable to write, and in danger of losing his dream life before it even begins -- until an errand for the theater brings him face-to-face with the most beautiful man he's ever seen.

Spider is a humble Dominican-American tailor. Meeting Jamie gives Spider a glimpse of a life -- and love -- he never imagined for himself. But Spider has a secret, and it's not that he's gay. Whenever the moon is high, Spider sits before his loom and weaves tapestries that predict the future.

Spider and Jamie's mutual attraction is undeniable, but first they must overcome Jamie's closet and Spider's secrets. That's when they learn that their past fears are nothing compared to a new one: an arcane threat that will test Jamie's mettle and threaten Spider's very survival.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 23, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
235 people found the following review helpful
Jamie had hoped his exciting new life in the city as playwright-in-residence at a local community theater would open up a whole new world for him. However, he's found that he's just as scared of being out of the closet here as he was with his repressed New England family. He has no life, no lover, and the closest thing to action he's had has been listening to his over-sexed roommates have at each other while he's trying to write. To make matters worse, it seems as though he's suffering from writer's block, so nothing is going his way, but that all changes when he makes an errand to a tailor shop.

Spider is a Dominican-American tailor who runs the shop that Jamie goes to. He also happens to be the most beautiful man he's ever seen. There is a pull between the two men that is inexplicable and both are hesitant to give into it. Spider has been all alone since his grandfather died a year ago, and he's accepted that it's always going to be that way. He's got secrets, and he's not keen on sharing them with anyone, especially someone he's attracted to. However, the two men can't seem to fight the attraction that they have for one another. And in exploring that attraction, secrets are revealed, and they find that they are made for one another in more ways than one.

This novel was unlike any other paranormal romance that I have ever read. The storyline was unique and well-developed. It immediately drew me in because I really couldn't decipher how the story was going to evolve. Because of that, I didn't want to stop reading as I was sure that I could get it figured out in the next couple of pages. Finally, I gave up and just enjoyed the descriptive world building that the author laid out. The secondary characters were as well-developed as the main ones, and it made for an enjoyable read as I could clearly see the settings and characters in my head as I was getting more involved in the story.

The romance between Jamie and Spider was so sweet. The two men are both painfully shy and inexperienced, although for different reasons. Their initial lust and then eventual love evolved in a very natural way in spite of the preternatural storyline. As they began to grow in their relationship, they also seem to grow as people, and it seems that they brought the best out in each other. The love scenes were few, but very passionate although there were some awkward moments in the beginning of their physical relationship. That also seemed to follow a natural progression as they became more comfortable with exploring each other's bodies.

The story did move a bit slowly in the beginning, but it was well worth the wait to see how the story unfolds. If you would like to read a novella with an unusual storyline, descriptive writing, well-developed characters, and true love found, Moonspun is definitely for you.
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