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Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising) [Kindle Edition]

Natalie J. Damschroder
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Paranormal Romance

Their power gives them strength...and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father's bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by "family ties" she didn't know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.

But not as hard as denying their hearts...


Editorial Reviews

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"Under the Moon was a good start to the Goddesses Rising series. It’s got action, romance, mystery, AND a pretty badass heroine. What’s not to like about that?" —Grave Tells

"Wow, Under the Moon is a great book. It grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very last page. The action is non-stop, the plot is full of twists and the tension is palpable. I also liked the fact that, although there are quite a few characters in the book, they were given enough time and backstory for you to grasp who they were before the story carried on, meaning you genuinely cared about them and what would happen." —Lucy Felthouse

"...overall this book had everything I look for in a book, characters I can connect with, action and maybe just a bit of smexyiness. Though as most of you know I am a sucker for a good romance and while this book leaned more towards the action it still had the romance I crave sometimes. I can't wait for book 2 in this series..." —Book Lover's Hideaway

"Natalie did a brilliant job in establishing each character and the world they live in. The lore behind goddesses walking amongst us and gods being practically extinct was quite interesting. Enjoyed it immensely. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series soon. Truly recommend it." —Lissette E. Manning

"Intense emotional story with a great paranormal plotline that just kept giving." —Nicole, Romance Books Forum

"An enjoyable read with a deliciously alpha protector our to ensure his goddess stays safe." —Shannon, Cocktails and Books

"What a good book, hard to put down, if you put it down. An excellent combination of characters keeps things tense all the way through. The trio's banter is witty and quite comical at times, and the author keeps throwing curve balls to spice things up. I'm looking forward to the next episode!" —Wanda Plourde, Bookloons

"Under the Moon was an enjoyable read with a fast-moving plot full of suspense and sexual tension. The story reminded me a bit of Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, the way it was set up... A good amount of action will keep your turning the pages as well. Overall, Under the Moon was a good read that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy with a touch steamy." —Reading Between the Wines Book Club

"There was a good mix of action and and downtime where the characters were racing to find out what happened to each individual goddess, and how each character fit into their own place within the plot. Also, things weren't just handed away like they are in so many other stories. You were given a chance to figure it out on your own with the characters. As the characters were lead one way, you were lead that way, believing it could be one person when a chapter later you were presented with another aspect that had you believing it was someone else. It was not predictable which is very refreshing!" —Scrawled in Blue

"The world building was full of great explanations and imaginative powers. I loved the whole Goddess storyline. I liked meeting the different goddesses and hearing about what they could do. The action was not lacking. There were plenty of scenes that had my heart beating and had me wondering how the trio would get out of a particular situation. The ending wraps everything up nicely and I'm looking forward to reading what comes next." —Stacy at Urban Fantasy Investigations

"The story builds to a sizzling climax (literally) and a very satisfying conclusion. I loved this book, give it 5 stars and recommend it for all lovers of urban fantasy and romance." —Tahlia Newland


"All in all, I found this to be a good read with lots of potential! I'm looking forward to reading more in this series in the future. This was my first read on my Kindle Fire and it was a great experience (although I do think I will always prefer an actual book). Recommended to fans of paranormal romance!" —Booked on a Feeling

From the Back Cover


Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.

But not as hard as denying their hearts…


Praise for Under the Moon

"Under the Moon was a good start to the Goddesses Rising series. It’s got action, romance, mystery, AND a pretty badass heroine. What’s not to like about that?" —Grave Tells

Product Details

  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937044556
  • Publisher: Entangled Select (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G1X1Z0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very steamy read December 5, 2011
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very steamy, not quite erotic, book. Sex plays a large part of Quinn's life, and with two hot men in it, there is plenty of sexual tension. At points this aspect seemed to overtake the actual storyline, you know, the one mentioned in the summary.

Speaking of the summary, it focussed on the goddess aspect of the storyline. I felt that there was a lot left undeveloped when it came to the goddesses and their power. Maybe not undeveloped, but certainly unexplored. I wanted more details about what Quinn's power could do, and how she used normally, not just in the extreme circumstances covered in the book.

Overall, this was an okay read. I felt the sexual parts drown out the story parts that I wanted to read. If you like your books to be hot and steamy, then this book might appeal to you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Quite Connect to This One June 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Moon Goddess Quinn Caldwell is feeling the strain of managing her bar and doing her goddess consultations while holding off on using her very willing best friend Sam to enhance her power. He's in love with her, and as much as she loves him, she just can't return his feelings. Her heart is otherwise occupied on her own hopeless love interest. Still, having sex with Sam during the full moon just doesn't seem right any more. It's holding him back from finding real love.

The conflict between them has made work difficult, though, and the strain of tension between her and her best friend is stressing her out. So much so that Quinn would relish any distraction. She should have been more specific.

When Nick Garret, her official goddess protector and unrequited love interest, calls her with an ominous...and unexplained warning, then shows up at her bar before his normal guarding rotation, Quinn is concerned. That concern turns to shock and alarm when he tells her that goddesses are being attacked and drained of their power and she may be a target.

She tries to contact the Society for Goddess Education and Defense, the ancient society she serves as a board member, for answers and guidance, but she is shut out by the very organization that she has served so faithfully. Then a rumor of Nick going rogue starts swirling around, along with rumors of some mysterious family connection between Quinn and the perpetrator of the crimes against goddesses.

Her life is caught up in a confusing, scary maelstrom of suspicion and fear, and soon she and Nick and Sam are racing across country, investigating the source of the danger and rumors as Quinn tries to stay a step ahead of a power-hungry madman.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite An Awesome Read December 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Quinn Caldwell has always enjoyed running the Under The Moon bar she'd inherited from her parents when they unexpectedly died several years ago. Yet hers is not the usual bar normal people would patron. You see, she's a goddess - one who's affinity is tied to the moon. The bar is a haven for goddesses and their protectorates whenever they're in the area.

In addition to the bar, she runs a consulting business who's sole purpose is to help out women who find themselves in a bit of a bind and are in need of a helping hand. She's spent quite a bit of time establishing her business and asserting herself as the goddess she is, living openly amongst the human world. Yet never once did she imagine it would have consequences.

When her protectorate, Nick Jarrett, shows up on her doorstep with no clear explanation and ahead of schedule, she tries to make sense of the situation. Her apprehension grows further still when he explains that there's someone draining goddesses of their powers and that she may be a target.

Banding together with her assistant, Sam, the three try to grasp the enormity of the situation while trying to keep themselves safe from harm. As they embark on a quest for answers, Quinn soon discovers she now has further familial ties that bind. Ties that have been kept from her from the very beginning as she realizes there's more to the Society than meets the eye.

Battling her attraction for Nick while trying to keep Sam at arms length, Quinn knows it's only a matter of time before she gives in to the demands inside of herself. She uses every ounce of her willpower to keep her urges at bay while hating the fact that she can't give in to what her body wants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Moon: Goddesses Rising, Book One May 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
Under the Moon is a well written, well thought-out story. The concept is innovative and the characters interesting. I enjoyed the heroine Quinn, in particular, because of her inner strength and the private battles that she faced with dignity. There is a leech, someone who is sucking out the power of various goddesses, and Quinn needs to find that person. Helping are two men, both dear to her, and both want her. Just how she deals with the leech when he comes for her, and which of the two men she decides upon are what keep you turning the pages. I look forward the next in the Goddesses Rising series. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDER THE MOON was a page turner January 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
I have to start out by saying that the cover of UNDER THE MOON does NOT in any way match the story. There is not one motorcycle/motorcycle rider in the whole book and I just don't get why they have someone on one on the cover. Makes no sense.

UNDER THE MOON was a page turner with some nice twist and turns. Quinn was easy to like and the supporting characters brought a great cast to the story. Sam, Quinn's assistant is in love with Quinn and she keeps him at arms length because she is in love with Nick but Sam is still there for her throughout all the conflict and danger as a friend. Nick is Quinn's Protector. He has always loved her but refuses to have a relationship with her because he's her protector. The sexual tension between Quinn and Nick was high. They both want each other but Nick just wont give in for most of the book. When he finally does the scenes between them are HOT.

The world building was full of great explanations and imaginative powers. I loved the whole Goddess storyline. I liked meeting the different goddesses and hearing about what they could do. The action was not lacking. There were plenty of scenes that had my heart beating and had me wondering how the trio would get out of a particular situation.The ending wraps everything up nicely and I'm looking forward to reading what comes next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Under The Moon is book one in the Goddesses Rising series by Natalie J. Damschroder. As many paranormal books as I have read, this is my first Goddess book so I wasn't sure what... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting world
I never fell in love with the goddess plot but the characters and their complex relationships pull you in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PR Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed
I enjoyed all the action sequences. The book really kept me wanting to turn page after page after page! Loved it!
Published 12 months ago by Osgood
4.0 out of 5 stars Under the Moon
pretty interesting, also entertaining. These fantasy books let you kind of get away from the everyday life things that are going on with yourself. Entertaining to read.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Passionate, intriguing, and justplain fun. Can't wait for a sequel.
Published 18 months ago by Awesome time killer. Very challenging.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but not great
I liked this book though, unfortunately, it was rather predictable. The characters are relatively strong but nothing special. The plot was sound but not necessarily great. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mina Goodfellow
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great book, plenty of twists and turns. Some portions were predictable but that's true with most books. Definitely worth reading.
Published 18 months ago by India Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Damschroder rules!
Natalie J. Damschroder appears to be a true expert at pacing. I was half way through the book and for some reason the second half wouldn't load. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Logical Reader Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the moon
The book was good, it's not every day that you have two cute guys wanting your affection . I hope to read more of her novels.
Published 18 months ago by Sherlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Goddess to a whole new level.
Thank you so much for sharing this story, I was thoroughly engrossed with the magic of the Goddess and her protectors. An amazing read for sure.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Natalie J. Damschroder is a multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance, with an emphasis on romantic adventure. Her 10 novels, 7 novellas, and 15 short stories have been published by Avid Press, Echelon Press, and Amber Quill Press. She currently publishes romantic adventure with Carina Press and urban fantasy romance with Entangled Publishing. She has been involved in the romance industry since 1996, and has witnessed many waves of change over the years. A chronic volunteer, she has served as president (and more) of her local RWA chapter, the Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, and on many RWA National committees. A self-proclaimed know-it-all, she is always eager to share her knowledge and opinions.

Damschroder is a 2012 recipient of the RWA Service Award. She has had two finalists in the EPIC eBook Awards romantic suspense category: Fight or Flight the 2012 awards, and Acceptable Risks in the 2013 awards. You can learn more about her at www.nataliedamschroder.com, where you'll also find links to her blogs and social media.

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