The Long Moon
Author: Stephy Smith
Published by Astraea Press
When Carson Long hears what his friend and mentor has done, he knows he's in trouble. Forced to share a ranch, partly now his own with River Moon wouldn't have been his first choice in the future he had mapped out for himself. But when circumstances dictate that he and River need to work together to save the farm and themselves, old tensions, and the loves and hurts of a long ago romance boil quickly to the surface. Can they ever forgive each other and move forwards? And can they do it in time to save what they hold dear?
The Long Moon began with promise. The character of Moon, in particular shines with authenticity, wit and sparkle, and he was easily my favourite character to read about. The Long Moon combines a fast moving, dangerous plot to rid the central characters of their land and livelihoods, with the struggle of both River and Carson to regain the romance they thought was lost for good.
The plotline of the story was fast paced, and during the action and investigation sections of the book; kept me interested and enertained. There were other moments in the book, such as the story of where River got her name that were thoroughly enjoyable and brought a smile to my face.
Sadly though, I found the romance between River and Carson to be quite forced - I never really felt any great chemistry between them, and therefore I didn't get swept away by the quite significant romantic element in the book. There's a lot of excess description in the book, and the author may do better in showing more and telling less. There were also some editing/spelling/grammar issues that would have benefited greatly from a more intensive editing process.
There is some promise in the characters though, and with a little more polish, I think it would have been a more enjoyable read.
Copy provided for review.