Title: Cemeteries by Moonlight (States of Love)
Author: Hunter Frost
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 108
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.
A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.
Suffering from writers block, Drew travels to New Orleans to stay at his aunt Celia’s apartment and spend a peaceful month writing his latest mystery novel. What he doesn’t expect to find is a gorgeous roommate Finn Murphy … and an actual murder mystery complete with a creepy cemetery, a black crow that may or may not be the spirit of Marie Laveau, the legendary priestess of voodoo, and a quirky cast of suspects.
For a short novella, Cemeteries at Moonlight has an interesting plot and a murder mystery with plenty of suspects and red herrings. And since most of the characters are employed as tour guides for various tours throughout New Orleans, it’s a great way for the author to give us loads of information about New Orleans and she really captures the flavor of the Crescent City.
Drew has a mild case of Tourette Syndrome and worried and embarrassed about his tics, he tends to be a loner but throughout the story he has to come out of his shell and I loved the low-angst way Finn responded: “Like he couldn’t care less that my body had a mind of its own.” There are two nicely descriptive sex scenes in the book and they are (as Finn would say) quite délicieux and c’est chaud!
My only complaint about this book was that at times it felt a bit slow (too many similar bar scenes or characters yelling at one another), but I enjoyed this book and gave it a solid 4 stars. Plus that cover is gorgeous!