Eloisa James’ recent B&N Review column brought this tried-and-true romance premise into focus, and this week we’re fortunate to take a closer look at what happened back in the day when women were married off for political purposes.


Lucy Monroe's Moon Craving is the second in her "Children of the Moon" series, about a breed of Scottish warriors who have the ability to shapeshift. They’ve assimilated into human clans for survival, and, in many cases, have risen in the ranks to laird because of their innate fighting acumen and total, overall alpha-ness.


It’s here that I’ll just say you don’t get more alpha than a shape-shifting Scot!


For me the most interesting part of this book is the heroine, Abigail. She’s been offered to Talorc, leader of the Sinclair clan, in the place of her sister Emily, who wed a rival leader in the first "Children of the Moon" book, Moon Awakening. Abigail’s proposed marriage is meant to smooth over difficulties between the Scots and the English, but she has a secret, as so often heroines do.


Abigail is deaf, and has been since she was ten. With the help of her sister she learned to read lips and hide her condition. Back in the day deafness could be seen as proof of demonic possession and its discovery could ruin her marriage and possibly cost her life. Now Abigail must travel to a land she doesn’t know, to a husband who detests the English (and unbeknownst to her, is a wolf,) and all without an ally to help her “hear” when people speak to her.


Sounds like quite a lot to overcome, no? Lucy Monroe, the lady who’s come up with this thrilling story, is visiting Romantic Reads all week long to discuss her influences, her jack-of-all-trades book list, and why a woman married off to a foreigner all for political friendliness was so common in the time Moon Craving takes place. Click here to join the conversation.


That, of course, isn’t all we’re discussing this week. I’m asking posters who want to re-instate the New Release Tuesday thread to please say so here, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has gotten some love, and we’re wondering what are each other’s favorite movies.


See you next week, and until then, happy reading!


Can you think of other books where the hero or heroine lives with a disability? Why do you love to read about characters like these finding love?


Becke Davis’s Month of Romantic Suspense continues today with guest Allison Brennan.


Melanie Murray is the moderator of Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community forum.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎02-09-2010 03:33 PM

By the time I get to your featured books, the authors are long gone at RR. Oh well, maybe I'll catch them when they come back with their next books!

by Author MonicaBurns on ‎02-10-2010 08:56 AM

Okay, I have just got to say that I'm a major fan girl of Lucy's. I adore her and consider her a friend. She's just the most awesome of awesomest ladies. Did I say I was a fan girl!


Lucy's books are wonderfully rich with characterizations, and whether it's HQPresents or Single Title, I've enjoyed everything of hers I've been fortunate enough to have time to read.


As for h/h with disabilities. I remember an Amanda Quick book where the heroine had a leg shorter than the other (I think it was AQ). I thought it wonderful, because it showed that the handsome hero could love a woman that wasn't perfect. None of us are perfect, and a disability emphasizes that!

by Author MonicaBurns on ‎02-10-2010 09:00 AM

Oh, and I forgot to say that the COM series on the TBR pile. If this damn stack gets higher, I think I'm going to have to take the chance of bankruptcy and quit my day job so I can writer AND read. *sigh*

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎02-10-2010 09:51 AM

Hi Melanie, great article. This new series looks great and see I wouldn't have known about it if not for your tutelage. I can think of a couple of books where either the hero or heroine had a disability one that stand out is Christine Feehan's Dark Symphony where the heroine is blind, also JR Ward's Dark Lover the book of Wrath who is also blind. There are more but I can't put a title and author to them. But disabilities in heros and heroines either physical or otherwise always make a story more interesting to me to overcome great things to find that all elusive HEA, what could be better.


by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎02-11-2010 10:50 AM

Monica, I don't know Lucy personally, but having had her visiting at RR for a couple of days I can say that I'm falling in love! She's wonderful!

What is that Amanda Quick book? It's not ringing a bell!


Debbie, I thought of those two books, too, where the heroes are blind. Annie Solomon, who's visiting Becke at Mystery this month for the Romantic Suspense extravaganza, wrote a book with a blind hero too. Can't remember if there's ever been a blind heroine...

by sexualnapalm on ‎03-15-2010 07:48 PM

I haven't read this yet, but the cover tickled my funny bone because of a post I made on my blog about kilted men in Romance Novels, which was inspired by a blog written by Felicia Day (the link to her blog can be found in my blog).  It was a delightful read and while so very true about our skirted heroes, doesn't deter me from reading the Scotish themed romance novels one bit!


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