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Rachel Hawthorne
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Book Description

June 30, 2009

Chapter One

Supposedly, dreams reflect our hidden fears and secret desires, all clamoring for attention. The one I’d had last night had been so vivid that even now, as evening drew near, it still made me squirm in my chair. I sat against a wall in the counsel room where the elders and the Dark Guardians—protectors of our society—were discussing how best to ensure our survival. Because I hadn’t yet experienced my first transformation, I was considered a novice and was not allowed to sit at the large, round table with the others. This was okay by me, because it gave me the freedom to let my mind wander—without anyone noticing that I wasn't paying attention.

In my dream, I'd been standing in a clearing with my declared mate, Connor, our arms wrapped around each other so tightly that we could barely breathe. The full moon served as a spotlight.

Then dark clouds drifted over the moon, and everything went black. Still holding him near, I was acutely aware of the muscles and bones in his body undulating against me. He grew taller and broader. My fingers were in his hair, and I felt the strands thicken and lengthen. His mouth covered mine, but his lips were fuller than before. The kiss was hungrier than any he'd ever given me. It heated me from head to toe, and I thought I knew what it was to be a candle, melting from the scorching flame. I knew I should move away, but I clung to him as though I'd drown in a sea of doubts if I let go.

The hovering clouds floated away, and the moonlight illuminated us once again—only I was no longer in Connor's arms. Instead I was pressing my body against Rafe's, kissing him, yearning for his touch. . . .

I shifted uncomfortably in my chair with the memory of how desperately I'd wanted Rafe. It was Connor I was supposed to long for. But I'd woken up in a tangle of sheets, clamoring for another of Rafe's touches—even if it were only in a dream.

Squirming again, I felt a sharp elbow in my ribs.

"Be still, will you?" Brittany Reed whispered harshly beside me. Like me, she would soon be turning seventeen and would experience her first transformation with the next full moon.

I'd known Brittany since kindergarten. We were friends, but I'd never felt as close to her as I did to Kayla—whom I'd met only last summer, when her adoptive parents had brought her to the park to face her past. We'd connected on a deep level almost as soon as we met. We'd spent the past year sharing our lives through emails, text messages, and phone calls.

During the last full moon she'd discovered that she was one of us and that Lucas Wilde was her destined mate. I can't imagine how frightening it would be to have so little time to prepare. We Shifters can't control the first transformation. When the full moon rises, our bodies react to its call. But now Kayla sat at the table with the others.

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is usually a time when as many of our kind as possible come together to celebrate our existence. But this year a pall hung over us as we gathered at Wolford, a village hidden deep within a huge national forest near the Canadian border. All that remained there of what had once been a vibrant community were a few small buildings and the massive, mansionlike structure that serves as the home of the elders who rule over us. The residence also houses most of us when we're here for the solstice celebration.

We've always been a secret society. Even though we have lived among the rest of the world, we show our true selves only to each other. But recently, we discovered that Lucas's older brother had betrayed us by telling someone in the outside world about our existence. Now some scientists who work for a medical research company called Bio-Chrome were determined to capture us and discover what makes us tick—or more important, what makes us transform. They wanted to patent this ability, develop it, and use it for their own financial gain. But being dissected and studied wasn't how any of us wanted to spend our summer vacation.

Although we hadn't seen any signs of Bio-Chrome scientists since Lucas and Kayla had escaped from their clutches, none of us believed they'd given up their quest so easily. We were all on edge because we could sense an impending confrontation—the way animals sense a coming storm. Nature had made us attuned to danger. It was the reason we hadn't gone the way of the dinosaur.


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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061709565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061709562
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth ten bucks. July 1, 2009
Format:Paperback
Full Moon is the second book in the Dark Guardian series. This story is about Lindsey. Ever since she was little, she was paired up with Connor. And Lindsey has always loved him. But when she is about to turn seventeen, she begins to doubt her feelings for someone else, Rafe. But who does she love more? Connor or Rafe?

Full Moon was a good book but Lindsey's indecision and the fact that she couldn't follow her heart/instincts was a little annoying but nonetheless, the story was entertaining and fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sexy and exciting just for a short read September 11, 2009
Format:Paperback
This was a good book the characters were more interesting than in the first because they shared more alone time together and it just seemed more romantic and forbidden all at the same time throw in a love triangle and it had me hooked rafe seemed so confident and sexy and linds was sweet in not wanting to hurt anyone but im happy with who she eneded up with...... I have the series it was very good i wish the author would have made the books longer with more details and dialogue but they are still good if you want a short read the only other complaint is that after reading the back cover you know the whole book you shouldnt make it so easy to predict or tell it all on the back cover leave some mystery
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good If You're Looking For A Shorter Book August 27, 2009
Format:Paperback
Things I liked:

-Nice, easy, short read. The language is not hard to decipher.

-Forbidden love *sigh* is there anything more romantic? The parts where Rafe & Lindsey are alone, and Lindsey is trying to ignore her feelings for Rafe I quite enjoyed.

-Props for the character names, I liked them all, they are different, but not so different that I can't pronounce them. I especially like the name Rafe, as one of my favorite novels (Once Upon A Dream by Katherine Kingsley) has the main character's name as Rafe.

-I never felt bored with the story, which I say is a plus, since it happens in books more than I would like.

-I thought the way Lindsey's feelings where described were accurate, when it came to truly caring about two guys at the same time, how she didn't want to hurt either one of them, trying to please both just ended up hurting herself. I thought it was well done.

Things I Disliked:

-There is a ton of recap, and a lot of explanation that I didn't think was needed since it was explained in the first book. Also some of the explanations of the wolves habits/abilities that was new didn't really need to be there either since you could probably figure out what was going on without it.

-I thought that Lindsey's best friend, Kayla, who is the main character in the first book, was a little annoying in this one, she came off like a mom. Giving Lindsey advice and opinions when it was obvious that Lindsey didn't need it. It's a shame since I really liked Kayla in the first book, and since she didn't grow up with the wolves everything was new to Kayla in the first book, where Lindsey knew pretty much everything about them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, just flip a coin and be done with it! December 28, 2009
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So, book 2. This time around we focus on Lindsey as she prepares for her first change with pre-destined mate Connor. But oh, snap, Rafe's lookin pretty good too! What's an almost werewolf to do?
Apparently whine about it for 200 pages and be high and mighty for the rest of them. Ok, I did actually like this book. Don't get me wrong, I still liked Kayla's story better, but aside from Lindsey's silly insepid need to MAKE Connor be her mate when clearly it was Rafe, I'm a fan. Her whinning got old, and I did on more than one occasion want to slap her (really Rafe? you sure here?). But Britiney's hiliarious and all in all, this was a fine follow up to a nice new series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good books in order April 27, 2014
By Awwa
Format:Kindle Edition
It was quite good But not as good as the first or the third book. The last book in my opinion is the best then the first then the third and finally this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Guardians February 13, 2014
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I love all of the dark guardian books. They are sweet and entertaining. I first read them a few years ago and came across the first one again not long ago. Loved it. So I definitely recommend these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful May 11, 2013
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absolutely perfect. My favorite out of the series! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a little romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hooked in by the first chapter February 19, 2013
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I bought the first book as whim but was hooked by the first chapter couldn't wait to get to the 2nd, I found it a great read it brought me into the story wanting to know more about the shifters. I would suggest this to anyone who loved the twilight saga, also any one who likes animals. A very good book for young teens
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, Fun, and Entertaining Read!
This is the second book of the Dark Guardians series. I just love these books...they're a light, fun read with romance and a little bit of danger thrown in that's just perfect for... Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by Casey "A Passion for Books"
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book Bash Review
Unlike our Moonlight heroine, Kayla, Lindsey grew up with full knowledge of the Dark Guardians and their ability to shape shift. Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by MsJLee
4.0 out of 5 stars can't believe it
I am grandma and still love this kind of novel. Book 2 of the Wild Series, Wild Justice
Published on November 6, 2010 by c. fern cook
4.0 out of 5 stars What Miss Kelley Is Reading: [...]
The characters in Rachel Hawthorne's Dark Guardian series are Shifters, both human and wolf, and they mate for life. Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by Lea Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Moon
Now that Kayla has rejoined her were wolf pack Lindsey is the next to come to age upon a full moon. Read more
Published on July 21, 2010 by Paul Jutras
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
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. Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by TeensReadToo
3.0 out of 5 stars Full Moon by Rachel Hawthorne Review
Can I just say....love triangle anyone? Wow, talk about being torn between two guys....poor Lindsey! Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by K. Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series
This series was great. It had everything you could ask for in a book. I highly recommend the series. Read more
Published on May 14, 2010 by J. Giambuzzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
A great story. It is appropriate reading for younger teens. The story is not your typical werewolf/shifting storyline. As an avid reader and teacher, I would recommend!
Published on February 22, 2010 by Teacher402
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