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Wrath consumes him as the dark does the night… Until she rises. But can she chase away his darkness? Most would say the “sweet” and “quiet” Signorina Arabella Belmonte has lived a quiet life as a young noblewoman in her family’s castello. But little do they know she pens treatises criticizing the realm’s warmongers… and now there’s a price on her head. As she struggles Wrath consumes him as the dark does the night… Until she rises. But can she chase away his darkness? Most would say the “sweet” and “quiet” Signorina Arabella Belmonte has lived a quiet life as a young noblewoman in her family’s castello. But little do they know she pens treatises criticizing the realm’s warmongers… and now there’s a price on her head. As she struggles to hide her seditious activities, a chance encounter with a unicorn leaves her with four hooves and a horn of her own--and a form she can’t control. The dark-elf queen has offered her a chance to acquire that control… if Bella can find the unicorn who turned her. Prince Dhuro of Nightbloom has never met a problem he couldn’t solve with his fists--that is, until he fought his sister for a place in army’s elite forces and lost. When the light-elves defeated them and his father was executed, Dhuro’s inner demons laid claim to the whole of him. Now Immortal beasts are growing in power and threatening his people. Dhuro has a chance to help his people win, but his mother, the queen, sends him on a fool’s errand instead--helping a human newly turned unicorn find her sire, and asking the impossible: whether the Elder of the pacifistic unicorns will stand with them against the beasts ravaging his people. Making things worse, Bella challenges his every decision, argues with him, infuriates him… until beneath the full moon, she shifts to her human form... and enchants him. A war is raging, Dhuro must marry for political advantage, and only Bella’s sire can help her... And when the bounty hunters hunting her find them, Dhuro and Bella’s worldviews collide like life and death. But can he be the answer to helping her control her form, and can she chase away his darkness? Can they find a way to be together and fight the war threatening to devour the land… or will it swallow them too? Readers are saying if you like the fantasy and romance of Grace Draven’s Wraith Kings and a Swan Princess tale with unicorns, Bright of the Moon will lure you into its world and not let you go. Preorder Bright of the Moon today to journey into a medieval world of magic and Immortals, trials and trysts, blood and passion, and a love lasting far longer than forever… Note: Unlike many fantasy books, the Dark-Elves of Nightbloom series is NOT a clean read. If you enjoy your books free of love scenes and adult situations, this series isn't for you.


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Wrath consumes him as the dark does the night… Until she rises. But can she chase away his darkness? Most would say the “sweet” and “quiet” Signorina Arabella Belmonte has lived a quiet life as a young noblewoman in her family’s castello. But little do they know she pens treatises criticizing the realm’s warmongers… and now there’s a price on her head. As she struggles Wrath consumes him as the dark does the night… Until she rises. But can she chase away his darkness? Most would say the “sweet” and “quiet” Signorina Arabella Belmonte has lived a quiet life as a young noblewoman in her family’s castello. But little do they know she pens treatises criticizing the realm’s warmongers… and now there’s a price on her head. As she struggles to hide her seditious activities, a chance encounter with a unicorn leaves her with four hooves and a horn of her own--and a form she can’t control. The dark-elf queen has offered her a chance to acquire that control… if Bella can find the unicorn who turned her. Prince Dhuro of Nightbloom has never met a problem he couldn’t solve with his fists--that is, until he fought his sister for a place in army’s elite forces and lost. When the light-elves defeated them and his father was executed, Dhuro’s inner demons laid claim to the whole of him. Now Immortal beasts are growing in power and threatening his people. Dhuro has a chance to help his people win, but his mother, the queen, sends him on a fool’s errand instead--helping a human newly turned unicorn find her sire, and asking the impossible: whether the Elder of the pacifistic unicorns will stand with them against the beasts ravaging his people. Making things worse, Bella challenges his every decision, argues with him, infuriates him… until beneath the full moon, she shifts to her human form... and enchants him. A war is raging, Dhuro must marry for political advantage, and only Bella’s sire can help her... And when the bounty hunters hunting her find them, Dhuro and Bella’s worldviews collide like life and death. But can he be the answer to helping her control her form, and can she chase away his darkness? Can they find a way to be together and fight the war threatening to devour the land… or will it swallow them too? Readers are saying if you like the fantasy and romance of Grace Draven’s Wraith Kings and a Swan Princess tale with unicorns, Bright of the Moon will lure you into its world and not let you go. Preorder Bright of the Moon today to journey into a medieval world of magic and Immortals, trials and trysts, blood and passion, and a love lasting far longer than forever… Note: Unlike many fantasy books, the Dark-Elves of Nightbloom series is NOT a clean read. If you enjoy your books free of love scenes and adult situations, this series isn't for you.

30 review for Bright of the Moon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 There is something about the little girl in me that just still loves anything about unicorns. Anyhoo- this story starts with our h, Bella, who has been trapped in her unicorn form, and for the past few months has spent time recovering amongst the Dark Elves after her capture at the hands of her human brother. Bella feels somewhat defeated by the events of the last book where her family is concerned, but her past desire for peace has not been quashed whether she is human or Unicorn. Now tho 3.5 There is something about the little girl in me that just still loves anything about unicorns. Anyhoo- this story starts with our h, Bella, who has been trapped in her unicorn form, and for the past few months has spent time recovering amongst the Dark Elves after her capture at the hands of her human brother. Bella feels somewhat defeated by the events of the last book where her family is concerned, but her past desire for peace has not been quashed whether she is human or Unicorn. Now though our H, Dhuro, the Dark Elf Prince has been tasked with bringing the wayward Unicorn back to her herd before her Change becomes permanent. With this task, his mother the Queen, has also demanded that he forge an alliance through marriage with the Unicorns in order to stop an uprising amongst the Dark Elves that would threaten their new alliance with the humans. Among the myriad of problems--Dhuro doesn't want to get married- or more importantly life bond to anyone, and the Elf helming the opposing incursion is none other than his best friend from child hood. Throughout this journey both leads clash in their fundamental ideals, their views on what is takes to protect the ones they love, and eventually their bickering gives way to a budding romance. But with their past experiences clouding their judgement-- can this fun fling turn into more? Spoiler review: (view spoiler)[ So I did enjoy the story, but ill be honest in that the romance and first hook up came out of nowhere for me. After Bella changed back into a human-they went right into hooking up, and I was a little surprised. I didn't really see their conversations as bickering banter but more as sniping at each other in the beginning so I was sitting here thinking- Oh so thats how it is huh? Besides that I didn't understand Dhuro's constant admonishment about her powers. At one point Dhuro gets pissed at her saying that she’s not doing enough to learn about the powers & not practicing enough to control them-- then the next second he wants her to lock them away? Which is it practice or bind? Also, this kind of makes her even less capable of controlling her powers or even protecting herself. (as we saw with the venom incident- maybe she could have protected herself if he didn't insist on her being bound?) Also, also, why were they wasting their time with the side mission to get arcanir when they are only a few days out from the unicorn herd? Wouldn't it make more sense to just post haste to the glen to get her to learn her powers instead of putting them all in danger to bind her powers for a few days? And did I miss something in my speed reading? Did Bella train with the Unicorns when I wasn't paying attention? Because her having a life bond will affect her Change but not necessarity her 'out of control dangerous powers'....right? He and the unicorns planned to use their powers? Yes, Bella answered for him. And so will I. After that I kept thinking 'oh so now she suddenly knows how to use her powers?' What? Did she train with Gwydion when she wasn't passed out or captured? Because they all leave right after that to meet up with her family and the conversation wasn't revisited...does she magically know how to use her Unicorn powers or what? (hide spoiler)] So yeah I was a little confused by some of the plot lines--but all in all I had a good time reading this one and will look out for the next book x--------------------------------------------------x I keep having to move this in my upcoming list I think it got pushed back again? Amazon now says its coming out : January 30, 2021.- new release date on amazon December 31, 2020 February 29, 2020- Book is no longer on amazon and no new release date atm (P.S. was commented down below that author got sick and had to postpone) February 28, 2020 January 29th 2020

  2. 5 out of 5

    Parvati Patil

    No preorders and no official publication date for this one. https://preview.mailerlite.com/h6l3z0 No preorders and no official publication date for this one. https://preview.mailerlite.com/h6l3z0

  3. 4 out of 5

    PONKAN

    EDIT: It's March 8, 2020 now and the book is still "missing." WHAT IS GOING ON? 😭 Today is its release day and the book's page on Amazon is missing. WHAT. 😔 EDIT: It's March 8, 2020 now and the book is still "missing." WHAT IS GOING ON? 😭 Today is its release day and the book's page on Amazon is missing. WHAT. 😔

  4. 5 out of 5

    ShanShan ✨

    I waited for this book for over a year! While it was good, I’m diss spy that I didn’t like it as much as the first at all. I didn’t expect the romance to happen as randomly or quickly as it did. The characters themselves were enjoyable but “eh” at times. I’m still looking forward to the next book that apparently follows Drakkar.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beck

    I'm worried, this book suddenly disappeared from Amazon?? It's due to release in about 2 days, and I don't know what's happening. Anyone know?? I was really looking forward to reading it!! :'( I'm worried, this book suddenly disappeared from Amazon?? It's due to release in about 2 days, and I don't know what's happening. Anyone know?? I was really looking forward to reading it!! :'(

  6. 5 out of 5

    ⒶH-ℳℰⒾ ♔♚♛Queen Of The Fat Cats♛♚♔

    Can someone explain to me in simple words why Amazon has book 3 listed but not book 2?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Summer Anderson

    I received an advance ready copy in return that I would an honest review after finishing. I couldn’t wait to read the second story in this saga, as I just adored Veron and Allessandra’s story from the first book. I anxiously awaited for Bella and Dhuro’s story, and I wasn’t disappointed when that time finally came. Bella and Dhuro’s evolvement from anger, to passion, to care, and finally to love is genuine and natural. They both fight demons from their pasts that have shaped who they are and why I received an advance ready copy in return that I would an honest review after finishing. I couldn’t wait to read the second story in this saga, as I just adored Veron and Allessandra’s story from the first book. I anxiously awaited for Bella and Dhuro’s story, and I wasn’t disappointed when that time finally came. Bella and Dhuro’s evolvement from anger, to passion, to care, and finally to love is genuine and natural. They both fight demons from their pasts that have shaped who they are and why they choose to keep each other at arm’s length in the beginning. They mistake their passionate connection for something more simple, while their hearts slowly become more and more entwined over the course of their time together. As a reader, you feel like you are right alongside them during this journey. You watch their relationship grow, and you can’t help but root for their love to conquer all, including their own fears. Honfleur beautifully weaves together a story that you can’t put down until the end. You look forward to see how Dhuro and Bella internalize their feelings while grappling with their past. As an author, Honfleur doesn’t tell you how to feel; she gets you to feel it for yourself. I felt as though my heart was just as an invested in their outcome as the characters were because her writing gripped at my heart. I highly recommend ‘Bright Side of the Moon,” to anyone looking for an evolving love story that shows a solid mix of passion, lovable characters, and whole lot of feels in the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cary

    This was totally worth the wait!!! Belle had such a hard time in the last book with being captive by her brother, and Dhuro has always felt so undeserving, it was great reading their love story and seeing the love and trust develop little by little!! As always, the story is superb, the characters are beautifully written, we have love, lust, action and plenty of surprises thru out the book.... And now I am totally ready for Dakkar's story!! This was totally worth the wait!!! Belle had such a hard time in the last book with being captive by her brother, and Dhuro has always felt so undeserving, it was great reading their love story and seeing the love and trust develop little by little!! As always, the story is superb, the characters are beautifully written, we have love, lust, action and plenty of surprises thru out the book.... And now I am totally ready for Dakkar's story!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Oh, the case of the series didn't need a sequel. While I enjoyed the plot twist of unicorn shape-shifters, a novel on the whole ordeal felt very unnecessary in my opinion. The chapters were fairly short and felt lacking of the same power the author had in the first novel. Nonetheless, it was an okay plotline. Oh, the case of the series didn't need a sequel. While I enjoyed the plot twist of unicorn shape-shifters, a novel on the whole ordeal felt very unnecessary in my opinion. The chapters were fairly short and felt lacking of the same power the author had in the first novel. Nonetheless, it was an okay plotline.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    I can’t find this book anywhere to buy it. It’s not on amazon which doesn’t make any sense because it has book 1 and then book 3 pre-order. I was really looking forward to reading it. Does anyone know where I can find it?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alistair North

    I have been reading Miranda Honfleur's Stories since an online promotion for something called 'Blade and Rose' materialised in my Facebook Feed one day about three years ago. I liked it a lot and I've read every further instalment since. After a year of illness, plus the other unpleasantness that impacted on us all last year, Miranda has resumed production and written the second of her 'Dark Elves' novels following on from No Man can Tame. This is no doubt a great relief to her many readers who I have been reading Miranda Honfleur's Stories since an online promotion for something called 'Blade and Rose' materialised in my Facebook Feed one day about three years ago. I liked it a lot and I've read every further instalment since. After a year of illness, plus the other unpleasantness that impacted on us all last year, Miranda has resumed production and written the second of her 'Dark Elves' novels following on from No Man can Tame. This is no doubt a great relief to her many readers who have been waiting anxiously for further stories from Emaurria and Nightbloom. Dhuro, Prince of Nightbloom we have met before in 'No Man Can Tame' where he came across none too positively as a sulking and resentful younger brother to Veron (the main male protagonist of that book). Arabella we know less about as while she did appear in the earlier story, her appearance was very close to the end as part of the denouement to the Tale (which you will have to read for yourselves!) We get to know them both far more in Bright of the Moon, discover that Bella is a real idealist and that Dhuro is actually pretty funny in a sarcastic way - at one stage when Bella is refusing to speak to him he wonders why a woman thinks that silence is a punishment. They bicker a great deal in the earlier stages of the story, but of course that will soon change... The backdrop is a journey through the wilderness within which lie the hidden Dark Elf realms, as Bella and Dhuro try to contact the one group that can possibly avert an Elf-War. This allows Miranda to introduce another race of Immortals to her ever-growing world - the Unicorns and their own brand of magic – as our heroes attempt to evade an army, a team of Bounty Hunters, and monstrous beasts when they make their perilous journey. It is a thrilling tale, especially as it’s by no means clear whether Dhuro and Bella will ever reach their destination - things go wrong when they are attacked and sometimes all they can do to stay alive and uncaptured is run away into the wilderness. But while doing so, Miranda unwraps the two characters in her prose and we get to learn much more about them and why they are who and how they are. A lot of questions are wrapped up satisfactorily by the concluding chapters of the story, with a happy ending for Dhuro and Bella. Some intriguing other characters have also emerged during the story: especially Drakkar and the mysterious Janessa, who doesn’t actually appear in the book apart from flashbacks and yet her influence pervades much of the conflict and I would lay money on her featuring in Miranda’s stories at some point in the future… I received this book as an ARC, but I have also purchased a Kindle copy. I enjoyed reading the story a great deal, and it’s really good to see Mrs Honfleur back in action!

  12. 5 out of 5

    CalReads

    Just needed a little more context To truly enjoy this book, I just needed to understand a little more about it. For those who are familiar with Honfleur’s work, you will be at a distinct advantage in this book, and it is perhaps recommended to at least have read the first book, “No Man Can Tame” first, if not more of her works, because the book opens in the thick of action that requires a little context to understand. While definitely worth the read, “context” comes to mind in many ways in this b Just needed a little more context To truly enjoy this book, I just needed to understand a little more about it. For those who are familiar with Honfleur’s work, you will be at a distinct advantage in this book, and it is perhaps recommended to at least have read the first book, “No Man Can Tame” first, if not more of her works, because the book opens in the thick of action that requires a little context to understand. While definitely worth the read, “context” comes to mind in many ways in this book. Not only is it a key piece of the romance building between the two main characters, but it’s something that is sometimes sorely missed for the average reader. We’re following Arabella’s story arc here, Arabella who has been turned into a unicorn (interesting) by...another unicorn. And, who is apparently a leader of a rebellion in the human realm, against her brother’s rebellion, which as we remember were a little more...xenophobic in flavor. Somehow, Arabella is under the protection of Dhuro, one of the night-elf princes that we followed in our previous books, and who has a pretty hefty chip on his shoulder when it comes to humans, and love, and happiness, and well... basically everything. Contrast this with flighty (hoofy?) Bella, who is determined to be useful and get away from her newly four-legged identity, and they don’t really get along. Until somehow they do. When Arabella shifts back into a human body, sparks fly between them, and somehow, their bickering and non-stop fighting have become love. This reader is a fan of the enemies-to-lovers romance, don’t misconstrue what’s being said her, but it would have been nice to see a little more... context to understand where this incredible attraction comes from, and what it’s based on. Not that I’m complaining. But more context would have been nice. In a move that would make any marriage counselor sigh with envy, Bella’s magic links her and Dhuro, providing more...you guessed it... context... for the way they each act, and the separate heartaches they’ve had to lead to their current dour attitudes. We’re clearly set up for a third book, which one hopes comes out soon, because it’s always a bother waiting on yet another book to come out and resolve the tensions that remain in this one. Also, I’ve heard that Noc has a human form, and that’s its delightful to behold, and while the next book is not Noc’s story... one can only hope his will be the book after. Overall, a definite read, especially if you’re invested in Honfleur’s worldbuilding, and the characters she’s developed in her books, but less compelling of a romance than “No Man Can Tame”. Just needed a little more context

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Sears

    Bright of the Moon is the much awaited book two in The Dark-Elves of Nightbloom series and is high fantasy romance, through and through. The book is written in third person omniscient, from both main characters' perspectives. You could read this book as a standalone, but it will be much more immediately clear if you read the first one before diving into this one. We meet both Dhuro and Arabella in the first book, and this one picks up from shortly after that one leaves off. First off, I want to s Bright of the Moon is the much awaited book two in The Dark-Elves of Nightbloom series and is high fantasy romance, through and through. The book is written in third person omniscient, from both main characters' perspectives. You could read this book as a standalone, but it will be much more immediately clear if you read the first one before diving into this one. We meet both Dhuro and Arabella in the first book, and this one picks up from shortly after that one leaves off. First off, I want to say that I was very much looking forward to this book and I wasn't disappointed. This book lives up to it's predecessor and has me eagerly awaiting the next installment. Dhuro is a dark elf prince, low on the totem pole, who has had few duties in life, though he's aspired to them all along. He is brooding and clearly bitter, both towards females in general and humans in particular. When his mother sends him on a mission to deliver the wayward unicorn to her herd, he is simultaneously elated that he's been given a chance to prove himself and move up the ranks, as well as disgruntled that he is meant to offer himself as a bargaining piece for the unicorns' aid. I enjoyed watching him grow and learn about himself as the book progressed-don't get me wrong, there was much with the bitterness, but it wasn't all there was to him either. Arabella is a human recently converted to a unicorn who cannot control her ability to change, nor her other powers. She comes from a mercenary family but is hell-bent on peace at any cost; which is what got her Changed in the first place. The trip to find her sire is fraught with many dangers, but the most unexpected will be that which the dour prince poses to her and her world view. In contrast to Dhuro, through the book Bella learns about the world rather than herself as the journey progresses. The two of them made a good pair in that whole opposites attract way. They are very different when it comes to methods-Dhuro is violence to solve the problem while Bella is anything but. However, the interesting bit is when they discover that they both have common goals, if not methods. They grow with and on one another. The romance is not rushed at all, and they both have soul searching moments before they find each other in their hearts. If you enjoy your high fantasy with elves, battles, steamy romance, a talking and snarky horse, unicorns with surprising origins, and family drama, this is a series you should get into. The book paved the way for the next one in the series that will be a redemption story and I will definitely be picking that one up. I really hope Noc gets a book! I want to meet his other form and see him find a mate too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rainsford

    3.5/5 Bright of the Moon picks up the story of Dhuro, the brother of the main dark-elf character in No Man Can Tame, and Bella, a human girl who rebels against her family's war mongering ways and accidentally gets herself turned into a unicorn. Dhuro is tasked with getting unicorn Bella to the other unicorns to learn to control her new form. They both infuriate each other (she can talk via unicorn telepathy), until the full moon changes her back into a human and they realise maybe the tension bet 3.5/5 Bright of the Moon picks up the story of Dhuro, the brother of the main dark-elf character in No Man Can Tame, and Bella, a human girl who rebels against her family's war mongering ways and accidentally gets herself turned into a unicorn. Dhuro is tasked with getting unicorn Bella to the other unicorns to learn to control her new form. They both infuriate each other (she can talk via unicorn telepathy), until the full moon changes her back into a human and they realise maybe the tension between them is something else... I picked up the first book, No Man Can Tame, last year via a Facebook ad, and we all know how risky that can be in terms of book quality. I was pleasantly surprised however, to find that the book was fairly well written and quite enjoyable. The sequel has been long awaited, and again I found it quite a fun read. The world they inhabit has an Italian flair, while also being populated with all kinds of elves, pixies, griffins, and other magical beings. The romance takes centre stage, as it did in the first book. They are essentially romance stories in a fantasy setting, and all the other political and war aspects mainly serve as a backdrop to the love story. I don't mind this at all, but it's good to know what you're getting into. It turns out that, while I find normal modern romances a bit tedious and annoying, make them a blue-skinned elf and a women-cum-unicorn in a fantasy world instead and suddenly I'm all about it lol! I enjoyed the tension between Bella and Dhurro, they had great chemistry. There are a couple of brief, fairly tame but still hot sex scenes, pretty much my perfect steam level. Even though they kind of have an enemy to lovers thing going on, I did find their relationship moved rather quickly from "do me" to "I love you and want to commit to you forever"... but okay, it's a fun fantasy romance, it's meant to be escapist. There are definitely some plot points that didn't make much sense, but I think this is one of those reads where I just take it for what it is without engaging the inner critic too much. Although it's said this can be read as a standalone, I am glad I had the context and worldbuilding of the first book behind me, as this one kind of just jumps straight in. A fun, light, easy read with a nice mushy love story, and sometimes that's just exactly what I want.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krysti

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After the author’s long bout with pneumonia, Bright of the Moon is finally out! This second book in the Dark Elves of Nightbloom series, was just as enjoyable as the first. This story follows Arabella Belmonte, taking place during and just after the first book, Bright of the Moon. You don’t need to have read the first book, but it is recommended as things will make more sense. Also, this book takes place in the same world as Miranda’s other series, Blade and Rose. Again, much more understanding After the author’s long bout with pneumonia, Bright of the Moon is finally out! This second book in the Dark Elves of Nightbloom series, was just as enjoyable as the first. This story follows Arabella Belmonte, taking place during and just after the first book, Bright of the Moon. You don’t need to have read the first book, but it is recommended as things will make more sense. Also, this book takes place in the same world as Miranda’s other series, Blade and Rose. Again, much more understanding if you had read it, but not necessary to enjoy this story. Arabella was turned into a unicorn and taken captive by her own family. After escaping and stopping a war, Arabella finds a temporary home with the dark elves as she attempts to control her powers and learn how to control her shapeshifting from unicorn to human. She finds a fatherly figure and mentor in a fae horse named Noc. He can only teach her so much, so they, along with Dhuro, a prince of the dark elves and his team, depart for the nearby unicorn settlement to broker an alliance between the two clans and find the unicorn who made Arabella in hopes that he can teach her all things unicorn. As this is a HEA, along the way, Dhuro and Arabella go from a strong dislike of each other due to assumptions and heavily constructed walls around their feelings to lovers. Not sexually explicit, btw. The reason I didn’t give this five stars is that there are some plot holes and unanswered questions. The distain they seem to feel for each other doesn’t quite say “I’m in to you” as much as “why am I saddled with you?” Suddenly, Dhuro sees her in human form, and it’s “game on!” Not as smooth of a slope, more like a cliff. It’s great that Arabella can finally control her change, but how about all her other powers? She leaves the unicorn clan (herd?) almost as soon as she gets there. No plan in place to further her training. Possibly this will get addressed in a forthcoming book, but so far each book seems focused on a particular couple with only a slight overlap.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynn's books

    Wait...what? Honfleur has amazing writing and I'm so glad she's back! Her stories always include mystery, creativity, intensity and . Bright of the Moon was no exception. I love these dark elves! When they give their hearts they are true to their loves 100%! They are also brave and fierce. Yes, I love these handsome blue boys! Arabella, was kind confusing for me though. I didn't really understand her character when the story began. Were we in a dream? Was she a hippy chick? I was trying to figure Wait...what? Honfleur has amazing writing and I'm so glad she's back! Her stories always include mystery, creativity, intensity and . Bright of the Moon was no exception. I love these dark elves! When they give their hearts they are true to their loves 100%! They are also brave and fierce. Yes, I love these handsome blue boys! Arabella, was kind confusing for me though. I didn't really understand her character when the story began. Were we in a dream? Was she a hippy chick? I was trying to figure her out and then she gets poked in the head by a unicorn's horn. She turns into a unicorn and starts referring to her "human-ness" as a foreign entity. Um... What? She was born a human so that perspective was lost on me. I saw her as a human who was magic-ed into a unicorn and I assumed it would be like lifting a curse. That isn't even close to what this unicorn appearance means. It means Honfleur is incorporating cool stuff into our Blade and Rose series that will involve dark and light elves, humans, unicorns, griffens and so much more. I don't want to give more away. Though I didn't miss the nod Honfleur gave to the Dragon King connection. What a ride! My confusion with Arabella's story could be the fact that book 2 was delayed and it was a long time between Nightbloom book 1 and 2. The only reason for 3 stars was confusion surrounding Arabella 's character and how this fits in the storyline.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Huge thanks to Miranda Honfleur for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. There's just one word for this story and that is "spicy." This novel follows broody dark-elf, Dhuro as he is sent on a mission to return, human turned unicorn Arabella, back to the unicorn herd. There is unicorns, elves, Italian and Sardinian Folklore (I know, right?), fae horses, magic and an enemies to lovers story. I mean HELLO do you need anything else as a fantasy lover? The chemistry between Dhuro and Bella is Huge thanks to Miranda Honfleur for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. There's just one word for this story and that is "spicy." This novel follows broody dark-elf, Dhuro as he is sent on a mission to return, human turned unicorn Arabella, back to the unicorn herd. There is unicorns, elves, Italian and Sardinian Folklore (I know, right?), fae horses, magic and an enemies to lovers story. I mean HELLO do you need anything else as a fantasy lover? The chemistry between Dhuro and Bella is to die for. The tension is spicy and so fun to watch unfold. The side characters are lovable and there was not one I disliked. This is just a good book if you are craving a fantasy and romance mash-up. However, there was one flaw with this one. It was extremely fast paced. Because of that, some of the chemistry felt forced and insta-lovey which is something that turns me off when it comes to romance. Either then that I have no other qualms with this story. Overall, I love Miranda's writing and actually read her Blade and Rose series to get over my "Maas destruction" hangover. I've been anticipating this one and it didn't let me down at all. I would read this again and if you are fantasy lover, then you need to read all of Miranda's stories. They are fantastic and I've never read one I didn't like.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mariana Hristova

    What I liked best about this book was that the happily ever after got on postponed, kind of - you don't really get this so often with books dealing with one couple! I mean, it's all good and great that Arabella and Dhuro found each other but if anything, Ms. Honfleur's characters don't exist in vacuum. The political and martial ploy has still to play out and I'll be there to watch it. I liked the interweaving of character exploration and worldbuilding. Who doesn't like a unicorn? But there was mo What I liked best about this book was that the happily ever after got on postponed, kind of - you don't really get this so often with books dealing with one couple! I mean, it's all good and great that Arabella and Dhuro found each other but if anything, Ms. Honfleur's characters don't exist in vacuum. The political and martial ploy has still to play out and I'll be there to watch it. I liked the interweaving of character exploration and worldbuilding. Who doesn't like a unicorn? But there was more to Bella, although, thank Ulsinael, her life here wasn't nearly as bad as her circumstances in the first installments. And Dhuro does fit the tortured hero who doesn't see himself as a hero to the boot. It was nice to see them discovering each other - not so nice to watch him being punished for basically being a decent man, though! I do hope the return of an oft-mentioned character will put an end to this but who knows. Our favourite queen is nothing if not sure of her decisions. All in all, a great tale. Certain names and words were an additional thread because they weren't, well, English. European roots here? Polish, I'd say. I might look the author out to find out if I'm right. Usually, I focus on the story but this has tickled my interest.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Magic and mythical creatures are part of the human world, where they are living together, but there are those who do not want peace. Torture of magical creatures occurs and Bella is one of those who suffers. After being turned into a unicorn, Bella tries to see her family, but cannot control her powers. When the truth is discovered, there are consequences to those involved. Dhuro has dealt with his own pain and has much anger. A skilled warrior, he agrees to his queen's demands so he can redeem Magic and mythical creatures are part of the human world, where they are living together, but there are those who do not want peace. Torture of magical creatures occurs and Bella is one of those who suffers. After being turned into a unicorn, Bella tries to see her family, but cannot control her powers. When the truth is discovered, there are consequences to those involved. Dhuro has dealt with his own pain and has much anger. A skilled warrior, he agrees to his queen's demands so he can redeem himself. Bella and Dhuro have both had their heart broken and do not believe in getting attached, which works out great in the beginning. But their journey is a dangerous one, for there are those who are after Bella and they need to get to the unicorns. Neither expected for feeling to develop and thought they could go their separate ways. Both have their own fears about love and the past can interfere with the present. As Bella's powers begin to develop, it puts a strain on her relationship with Dhuro. Dhuro will complete his mission, but Bella makes him think...what does he truly want from life? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. 3.5 starts

  20. 5 out of 5

    I. Vélez

    The second book in the Dark Elves of Nightbloom is finally here and what a story it was! I expected a slow-burn romance like in the first book but Mrs. Honfleur took me by surprise with a hot fast-burn that left me wishing a dark elf prince of my own. If you like roughed guys with something to prove then you'll love Dhuro and his fiery passion. On the other hand, his unicorn lover is a total goody-two-shoes idealistic that lives in her own pink bubble. You can see I had troubles with Arabella si The second book in the Dark Elves of Nightbloom is finally here and what a story it was! I expected a slow-burn romance like in the first book but Mrs. Honfleur took me by surprise with a hot fast-burn that left me wishing a dark elf prince of my own. If you like roughed guys with something to prove then you'll love Dhuro and his fiery passion. On the other hand, his unicorn lover is a total goody-two-shoes idealistic that lives in her own pink bubble. You can see I had troubles with Arabella since the start but I did enjoyed the slap of reality she endures and her process to grow. The sex scenes are what I call moderate explicit. The author toys with the idea of explicit sex but the metaphors and sensations give it a more poetic air. Nonetheless they go well with the style of the book itself. And lastly, the plot has more twists and turms than a murder mystery. That point took me by surprise as well, it was always changing and it was really difficult to predict what was going to happen next. In conclusion, Bright of the Moon was an excellent addition to the series and totally worth the wait. ** I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review**

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hernandez

    I, like so many others, waited with baited breath for this book. I get the author's newsletters and got her updates as she had to deal with a load of crap before she was able to get this into our greedy hands. The call went out for ARC readers and put my name in the hat as quick as I could. I kind of wished I had reread the first book so I could get the problems they were dealing with fresh in my mind, but now I'm glad I didn't. I would have been really disappointed at the stark difference betwe I, like so many others, waited with baited breath for this book. I get the author's newsletters and got her updates as she had to deal with a load of crap before she was able to get this into our greedy hands. The call went out for ARC readers and put my name in the hat as quick as I could. I kind of wished I had reread the first book so I could get the problems they were dealing with fresh in my mind, but now I'm glad I didn't. I would have been really disappointed at the stark difference between the stories. I liked learning how she became a unicorn. That was about it. The 'romance' came out of the blue and really early on. They literally went from not liking each other and 2 pages later she decides she's going to sleep with him after being able to turn into a human for the full moon. There was no build or anything. Neither of the characters were really likable. They both thought they knew best and couldn't understand why no one else realized how right they were. I hope they grew as characters and they had a great romance and the story did all the things I had hoped it would. I'm just sad I couldn't get past how they came together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    Beautiful, entertaining and enjoyable fantasy romance story. I read the first book in this series, ‘No Man Can Tame’, and liked it a lot and although some of those characters are mentioned in the first book this one can be read as a standalone. Bella and Dhuro’s love story is a soft enemies-to-lovers tale. Steamy but not explicit. This book is not long nor complicated but full of magic and all the feelings. So if you need a pleasant break from a deep dark and complex reading, this is a good choi Beautiful, entertaining and enjoyable fantasy romance story. I read the first book in this series, ‘No Man Can Tame’, and liked it a lot and although some of those characters are mentioned in the first book this one can be read as a standalone. Bella and Dhuro’s love story is a soft enemies-to-lovers tale. Steamy but not explicit. This book is not long nor complicated but full of magic and all the feelings. So if you need a pleasant break from a deep dark and complex reading, this is a good choice. I had just finished a dark romance before starting ‘Bright of the Moon’ and it’s been refreshing. I’ve had a great time reading it and losing myself in a magical and haunting world of dark elves, unicorns, pixies and humans. I liked especially that both main characters had bad experiences regarding love. They are both hurting and aren’t willing to see the other as anything more than a fling. However, they find a way to see beyond that with the help of some curious friends and facing dangerous situations that will make them realize what it’s really important for them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    So good! And so worth the wait. These two were so full of emotions. Trying to find their place in this new world and trying to find who exactly they are. Loved the progression from enemies -to friends with benefits -to lovers. Miranda brings the steam *fans self after lake scene* but also brings a light hearted banter between the two lovers. Noc was probably my favorite character with his fatherly guidance but no nonsense world view. Plus I love how he knocks some sense into Dhuro and makes him re So good! And so worth the wait. These two were so full of emotions. Trying to find their place in this new world and trying to find who exactly they are. Loved the progression from enemies -to friends with benefits -to lovers. Miranda brings the steam *fans self after lake scene* but also brings a light hearted banter between the two lovers. Noc was probably my favorite character with his fatherly guidance but no nonsense world view. Plus I love how he knocks some sense into Dhuro and makes him really look at himself. I’m so excited for more from this world. It being tied into the Blade and Rose series creates such a magnificently wide world that is beautifully detailed with amazing characters and Immortali. This is one of my favorite places to escape into while reading. Can’t get enough of the adventure, magic, and love. I did receive an arc. So happy this is finally here and can’t wait for more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shivani McFarland

    Finally at long last the day has arrived and all who have waited will not be disappointed. Miranda Honfleur's The Dark-Elves of Nightbloom series continues in her second book Bright of the Moon. It's all conveyed in that beautiful cover: strength, passion, desire, stubbornness, intensity and so much more. Ms. Honfleur's creation of Bella and Dhuro's world takes you from their verbal barbs and sparring to slowly unwinding into something deeper then either can imagine. Battles ensue between the cl Finally at long last the day has arrived and all who have waited will not be disappointed. Miranda Honfleur's The Dark-Elves of Nightbloom series continues in her second book Bright of the Moon. It's all conveyed in that beautiful cover: strength, passion, desire, stubbornness, intensity and so much more. Ms. Honfleur's creation of Bella and Dhuro's world takes you from their verbal barbs and sparring to slowly unwinding into something deeper then either can imagine. Battles ensue between the clans of dark-elves, friend against friend, mother against son. I know I am not sharing much here but that's the point, I don't want to spoil it. Otherworldly with passionate characters. A story wrapped deep in conflict, misunderstandings, anger, hurt and our two protagonist having to find a solution to it all, worth every moment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Gordon-Bercich

    Experience Adult content, reader discretion advised. You either have experience of you don't. You know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Experience. You see you can know something, but until you experience something you can never master it. Experiences also are what make up life. The experience of fighting, resolving issues, forgiveness and love. Bella had no experience at being a Unicorn. She had a ton of experience a pursuing peace. Dhuro had a lot of experience with women and he lea Experience Adult content, reader discretion advised. You either have experience of you don't. You know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Experience. You see you can know something, but until you experience something you can never master it. Experiences also are what make up life. The experience of fighting, resolving issues, forgiveness and love. Bella had no experience at being a Unicorn. She had a ton of experience a pursuing peace. Dhuro had a lot of experience with women and he learned they all wanted something from him. When tasked by his queen to return Bella to the unicorns he learned he had no experience the female unicorns. Together they would learn many invaluable lessons and maybe find peace.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Harmony T.

    This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I enjoyed the first book and with the release of this one being pushed back several times it only worked to build up my excitement to read it. It was a total let down. The first book had wonderful world building of the realm of the Dark Elves. This one was rushed with so many loose ends, I was confused a lot. I was also really creeped out by the unicorn romance element. Yes, Bella could change into human form but a quarter of the book was Dh This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I enjoyed the first book and with the release of this one being pushed back several times it only worked to build up my excitement to read it. It was a total let down. The first book had wonderful world building of the realm of the Dark Elves. This one was rushed with so many loose ends, I was confused a lot. I was also really creeped out by the unicorn romance element. Yes, Bella could change into human form but a quarter of the book was Dhuro and her fighting/flirting while she was in unicorn form.. then when he says he wants to marry her she is in unicorn form. So weird. I just couldn’t get into this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary T

    Great story. Pacifist daughter, Arabella, from a warlike family is turned into a unicorn. Her life goes downhill from that point. She ends up with some dark elves lead by Dhuro to be taken to the unicorns to learn how to control her powers. Mati, his mother and ruler of the queendom tells him he must go to the unicorns over land. He must give Gwydion, their leader what ever is needed to make an alliance and to kill the dark elf leader of the beasts attacking the queendom. Unfortunately, Dakkar, t Great story. Pacifist daughter, Arabella, from a warlike family is turned into a unicorn. Her life goes downhill from that point. She ends up with some dark elves lead by Dhuro to be taken to the unicorns to learn how to control her powers. Mati, his mother and ruler of the queendom tells him he must go to the unicorns over land. He must give Gwydion, their leader what ever is needed to make an alliance and to kill the dark elf leader of the beasts attacking the queendom. Unfortunately, Dakkar, their leader is Dhoro's best friend. A lot happens, attacks, transformation, and a budding romance on this journey. This is a marvelous story. I received this as an ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debra Henn

    Just read the ARC copy and this book was worth the wait! This story is about Veron’s brother Dhuro from MH’s first book in this series, No Man Can Tame. He is tasked by his mother, Queen Zara of the Dark Elves, to escort Arabella, a newly turned unicorn, to her sire to help her get her new abilities under control. Sparks of all kinds fly as they travel together and face many dangers. One of the things I love most about this author is her skill in creating beautiful scenes with her words that mak Just read the ARC copy and this book was worth the wait! This story is about Veron’s brother Dhuro from MH’s first book in this series, No Man Can Tame. He is tasked by his mother, Queen Zara of the Dark Elves, to escort Arabella, a newly turned unicorn, to her sire to help her get her new abilities under control. Sparks of all kinds fly as they travel together and face many dangers. One of the things I love most about this author is her skill in creating beautiful scenes with her words that make you feel like you’re there. This story has a little of everything. Highly recommend.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adena Lee

    A dark elf prince trying to figure out what he is, a newly-made unicorn shifter trying to reclaim herself - the accidental courtship of two badly wounded souls is nothing less than complicated and touchy. Throw in insurrection and bounty hunters and fracturing friendships and the complicated and touchy becomes downright catastrophic. It is a good thing that unicorns in this mythos are so powerful despite their pacifism and dark elves are so formidable - between them, Arabella and Dharo will chan A dark elf prince trying to figure out what he is, a newly-made unicorn shifter trying to reclaim herself - the accidental courtship of two badly wounded souls is nothing less than complicated and touchy. Throw in insurrection and bounty hunters and fracturing friendships and the complicated and touchy becomes downright catastrophic. It is a good thing that unicorns in this mythos are so powerful despite their pacifism and dark elves are so formidable - between them, Arabella and Dharo will change their world. I received an ARC from the author and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Arabella or as she wants to be known Bella has an exciting tale between her and Dhuro bringing the dark elves and humans relations into the forefront. As Nox helps her as much as he can with mastering her powers as unicorn, she soon learns thinks about herself and of Dhuro, including that both can love again. After meeting the unicorns and learning who turned her and what that means for her, they learn trust can be given and one can change the way of others. So excited for what comes next in thi Arabella or as she wants to be known Bella has an exciting tale between her and Dhuro bringing the dark elves and humans relations into the forefront. As Nox helps her as much as he can with mastering her powers as unicorn, she soon learns thinks about herself and of Dhuro, including that both can love again. After meeting the unicorns and learning who turned her and what that means for her, they learn trust can be given and one can change the way of others. So excited for what comes next in this series.

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