A MelanieM Review: Moonstruck by Aleksandr Voinov and LA Witt


Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

Anthony Rawson is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Triple Moon series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads Axis Mundi, a fanfic novel by his online friend “SirMarrok.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.

Samir Daoud is thrilled when “Ulfhedinn” wants to meet up after reading Axis Mundi. When Ulfhedinn turns out to be Anthony Rawson himself, Samir is starstruck. When Anthony tells him he wants to add Axis Mundi to the Triple Moon series, Samir is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big-time—into real life, Samir is convinced it’s all too good to be true.

The problem is … it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Samir is left wondering if Anthony really loves him, or just loves his book.

The problem with rereleases like Moon Struck by Aleksandr Voinov and LA Witt is that they haven’t been revised enough that the original, and the series that surrounded it, is never far from your mind.  The fact that the characters names have been swapped out, books and movie titles changed, never really sinks in enough to erase the fact that, if you loved and are deeply familiar with the first release, this is just a bit jarring.  My mind kept changing everything back, refusing to accept Anthony Rawson for Hunter Easton and Samir Daoud for Kevin Hussain.  Don’t get me started on the rest of  Half Moon Bay crew that makes appearances here, so to really enjoy this, I think you have to not have read any of the prior stories from that series at all.  Be a new reader to Moon Struck and take it as you would any other new release and stand alone story.

Now, taking it from that angle, there are elements I loved and ones that I weren’t as comfortable with in my romances.  I love the whole geek thing, as well as fan fiction. It’s relatable, at least to me as someone who loves cons and reads fan fiction.  Using that as a base for a romance between an established author and a fan was a great idea, especially since they had started an online relationship through a fan board.  It made the almost instant love feel to this romance not as unbelievable because that had been established.  Do I wish it was incorporated more into the story?  Yes, if nothing else than to give us a feeling that these two different men had a more intimate knowledge of each other emotionally than comes across at times.

They know each other/they don’t know each other.  One is powerful, rich, older, in charge, an established writer.  One is much younger, unsure of himself, plunging into an unknown somewhat cutthroat world of publishing, media, movies, contracts, with someone he honestly barely knows.  Hmmm, talk about unequal power situation.  Even though his book saves Anthony’s series because of writer’s block, there is only one driver here and it’s not Samir.  This is a May/December romance and for the most part, the power seems to be one sided.  At least for most of the story.

Moon Struck is well written and the characters well developed, it’s just the relationship and the situation that I seem to have issues with.  The lack of support for Samir, even knowning how overwhelming it all could be and was, it never appeared.  Not even the explanations made sense.  Nor the fast reconciliation in the end and the expected HEA or HFN  depending on how you look at it.

If you are looking for a contemporary May December romance with some interesting elements, try Moonstruck by Aleksandr Voinov and LA Witt.  Its still an enjoyable ride.

Cover art works for Rawson and its very attractive.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Expected publication: April 12th 2019 by 44 Raccoons (first published November 12th 2014)
Original TitleLone Wolf
Edition Language English