Embracing the Moon by Jeannie Levig is the second novel in the “Embracing the Dawn” series. This book tells the story of Taylor Matthews and Gwen Jamison who are secondary characters in the first tale.
Gwen and Taylor have been friends for years. Gwen has also been secretly attracted to Taylor for most of that time, but she would never allow that attraction to show. Events in Gwen’s past make her leery of relationships, especially with a player like Taylor. A past relationship that ended badly has also made Taylor refuse to consider anything more than one night stands, except when she looks at her friend Gwen.
This is a fascinating love story filled with friendship, love and quite a bit of angst which only makes the story more appealing. It is a great character driven story, especially with Taylor. One of the things I enjoyed most in this novel is seeing Taylor grow and allow her better self (the one she had locked up inside) to show. All of the characters are well-developed and the plot will keep you reading to the very end. The traumatic event that happens about midway through the tale and what happens after will definitely keep you reading.
Even though this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, but I always encourage folks to read a series in order if you can. Both books are great reads.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.