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From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar- From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar-shifter has encountered a much more valuable prize on the island: Mona Lisa, the first female Monère he’s ever met—and one especially vulnerable in that she has lost her memory. Now, with all knowledge of her real life as stripped away as her defenses, Mona Lisa can be manipulated into believing…anything. Convinced that Roberto is her kind and sensual protector, Mona Lisa thwarts all attempts at her rescue—including those made by her desperate lover Dante. As Roberto’s devious scheme gets underway, Dante can only hope that the touch of his warm flesh will reignite total recall in the body and mind of the woman he loves. But escape for both of them could be as forever elusive as Mona Lisa’s past.


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From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar- From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar-shifter has encountered a much more valuable prize on the island: Mona Lisa, the first female Monère he’s ever met—and one especially vulnerable in that she has lost her memory. Now, with all knowledge of her real life as stripped away as her defenses, Mona Lisa can be manipulated into believing…anything. Convinced that Roberto is her kind and sensual protector, Mona Lisa thwarts all attempts at her rescue—including those made by her desperate lover Dante. As Roberto’s devious scheme gets underway, Dante can only hope that the touch of his warm flesh will reignite total recall in the body and mind of the woman he loves. But escape for both of them could be as forever elusive as Mona Lisa’s past.

30 review for Mona Lisa Eclipsing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Another delicious hit from author SUNNY. *Contains MINOR spoilers*- brief thoughts on past novels and ending, but NO major spoilers. First thing I want to say is how fantastic this series is. From book one until the now fifth installment, it hasn't lost any of the appeal that it pulled you in with. Mona Lisa has grown from a woman with an emptness she didn't know the reaseon for, into a strong, respected Monere Queen. She's been through hard ship and disaster. Her heart has been broken but has a Another delicious hit from author SUNNY. *Contains MINOR spoilers*- brief thoughts on past novels and ending, but NO major spoilers. First thing I want to say is how fantastic this series is. From book one until the now fifth installment, it hasn't lost any of the appeal that it pulled you in with. Mona Lisa has grown from a woman with an emptness she didn't know the reaseon for, into a strong, respected Monere Queen. She's been through hard ship and disaster. Her heart has been broken but has also been filled with encredable amounts of love. With everything that's happened to her in the past, she really has grown into a sentual, intellegant, confident woman. I enjoy each book I get to read along with her. Oh.. and her strapping men that's along for the ride isn't too bad either. *wink* This time around Mona Lisa is in Carderas looking for her lost lover Dante to return home. She ends up being drugged, and defenless. With a cuncussion that has prevented memory loss of the last six months, she's now in captive with a drug loard mixed Monere named Roberto Carderas and beleives his intentions are well. Although I don't believe he had "bad" intentions with her excatly, I just think a guy of his nature, when preseItented with a woman he actually felt attration to, would do anything to keep her. It's not so hard to believe, but that doesn't mean he's a good guy, or the man for Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa's men are more than good enough for her, and she not in the market for another male on board. What confused me was the synopsis on the back of the book cover. It planly states Mona Lisa and Robertos encounter and her reuniting with Dante but nothing of the other half the what he novels about. It's almost as if this could have been two novels. That being said, I don't think anything was wrong with the two stoies blending, it worked perfectly with the storyline, but I just found it odd how the second half of the novel wasn't mentioned on the back jacket at all. I kind of liked it, it was a plesent surprise! I found this novel quite cleanly written, even with the twist. There wasn't as much deep emotion as past novels, except her meeting with her lovers while not remembering any of them. Although I love all her men, I love Halcyon the most. There's something about him that really grips me. I want more Halcyon! I can't wait to see what's in store for Mona Lisa and her men next. I think I have an idea, but I just can't wait another year. *sighs* But what can I do, right? If your unaware of this series, then you really are missing out. I suggust you go to the store asap and pick up a copy of "Mona Lisa Awakening." You won't regret it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trini

    Hey ladies, just wanted to let everyone know I will be interviewing Sunny and giving away signed books from both Mona Lisa and Lucinda series in a contest. This next book will be named Mona Lisa Eclipsing (not smiling) and coming out around winter 2010. Take a look on my blog at abook-loversreview.blogspot.com. It looks like I'm not the only one waiting for the story to continue. Can't wait to see what happens! My biggest hope is that Dante returns..What's yours? Hey ladies, just wanted to let everyone know I will be interviewing Sunny and giving away signed books from both Mona Lisa and Lucinda series in a contest. This next book will be named Mona Lisa Eclipsing (not smiling) and coming out around winter 2010. Take a look on my blog at abook-loversreview.blogspot.com. It looks like I'm not the only one waiting for the story to continue. Can't wait to see what happens! My biggest hope is that Dante returns..What's yours?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    I loved this series and had e-mailed the author to find out when the next book would be coming out. She said there wouldn't be anymore. I was hoping she would change her mind and she did but it took 3 years for the next book to come out! This book was great and I'm planning to someday do a re-read. Sunny said that her books do not have an audiobook version, which I would love. So Mr/Mrs Publisher, please do an audiobook of this series! Mona Lisa loses her memory when she goes to try and rescue on I loved this series and had e-mailed the author to find out when the next book would be coming out. She said there wouldn't be anymore. I was hoping she would change her mind and she did but it took 3 years for the next book to come out! This book was great and I'm planning to someday do a re-read. Sunny said that her books do not have an audiobook version, which I would love. So Mr/Mrs Publisher, please do an audiobook of this series! Mona Lisa loses her memory when she goes to try and rescue one of her old lovers. I thought it was great that he was able to see her the way she used to before she became involved with the Monere. I loved the development of their relationship. I'm not sure how I feel about the Monere coming out of the closet but can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mona Lisa is a queen of the Monere, a race of people who originally came from the moon. Mona Lisa is 3/4 Monere but was raised in the human world with no knowlege of the Monere. She eventually finds out who (what) she is (by having wildly orgasmic sex with a hot Monere warrior - my kind of book!) and is swept into the Monere world as the first mixed blood queen. The first 4 books in this series detail the conflicts (both external and internal) that Mona Lisa faces as she learns to accept her rol Mona Lisa is a queen of the Monere, a race of people who originally came from the moon. Mona Lisa is 3/4 Monere but was raised in the human world with no knowlege of the Monere. She eventually finds out who (what) she is (by having wildly orgasmic sex with a hot Monere warrior - my kind of book!) and is swept into the Monere world as the first mixed blood queen. The first 4 books in this series detail the conflicts (both external and internal) that Mona Lisa faces as she learns to accept her role in the Monere world. This books takes place 6 months into her reign. The book begins with Dante, a lover Mona Lisa rejected, hiding and in danger on the island of Cozumel. She and several of her guards go to Cozumel to find him and bring him home. While there Mona Lisa loses her memory and is kidnapped first by a 3/4 Monere drug lord and again by another Monere queen. Eventually she escapes both and returns to her home in Louisiana with her lover and guards. Once there she is reintroduced to her life as a Monere queen and to the characters and some of the major events from previous books. All of her lovers are in the book. There's a great scene with Halcyon and Gryphon - my personal favs. Mona Lisa remembers who she is about 1/2 through the book and the plot changes direction. After an usnexpected event threatens to expose the Monere, Mona Lisa is tapped by the Queen Mother to introduce their race to the world in a more controlled manner and to then establish a new world order for the Monere. The book ends shortly after the initial presentation takes place. It doesn't end with a cliff hanger but it definitely sets up the next book. I really enjoyed this book. At first I had trouble remembering all of the characters and almost put it down. It has been a long time since I read the previous book. The action moves along quickly though and the author does a good job of recapping previous story lines so it was fairly easy to catch up. The book is pretty erotic. Although there aren't a lot of sex scenes the ones that are there are very hot and might push some people's boundaries (m/f/m menage and anal sex). I recommend this entire series but because this books gives a good recap of previous events I think people who haven't read the others will be able to enjoy it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yui

    The book description is a little misleading. It's not false but only 1/2 of the whole book is described. I think this is one reason why Monere: Children of the Moon series isn't as popular as it ought to be. Each books are too complicated. Too many plots. like Mona Lisa Eclipsing. It could have ended with the drug lord as a villain but Sunny can't be content with out writing multiple plots in one book. This style is cool like buying two books for a space and price of one but I think I'd like it b The book description is a little misleading. It's not false but only 1/2 of the whole book is described. I think this is one reason why Monere: Children of the Moon series isn't as popular as it ought to be. Each books are too complicated. Too many plots. like Mona Lisa Eclipsing. It could have ended with the drug lord as a villain but Sunny can't be content with out writing multiple plots in one book. This style is cool like buying two books for a space and price of one but I think I'd like it better if Sunny can focus on one problem at a time. She writes her stories like she writes her love scenes. Multiple climax. It's nice but exhausting. Sometimes it's even anti-climactic. like in Mona Lisa Awakening. Nice story about how she had to fight her mother, then the intrigues of the High court up until the rogues but she didn't stop with the 3 villains. Still had to go make a fourth which could have been a very good separate short story, In. Another. Book. but no, it had to be crowded. It would have been fine if you haven't just been spent after the escape from the rogues and the high court. ANTI-CLIMACTIC. It's like an inferiority complex that she fixed by cramming as much as possible instead of trusting her genius world-building and creative writing. Or maybe she's trying to hide the fact that most of the situations are stolen from Laurell K. Hamilton, Keri Arthur and Anne Bishop's novels? Trust me Sunny it's pretty obvious. The lighting of bodies with pleasure. The multiple men & orgies. Mona Lisa's Healing & beast power. Merry Gentry's power comes from her hands too! Some rivals are also noticeably similar. The demon and hell concept esp the High Prince of Hell thingy? There are lots of bits that are the same but it's fun recognizing them and still makes Monere series different. All in all I don't mind the similarities. I'll even encourage it. It's not like she copy/paste phrases. It's just the idea she's borrowing and I really like the Monere world-building. It's a new and refreshing idea coupled with my favorite super powers and dream scenes. If it isn't for the over-crowding of infos and events, Excessive sexual activity and partners or not, I'll proudly put this series in my most favorite shelf.

  6. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Finally I read this book. All I can say is... Seriously, the story is good but it felt like two stories jammed together. As in, 1/2 way through the book, the author decided to go a totally different way. The blurb does not do this book justice at all. As in, it is only a sliver of the story. My thoughts? Sunny said this is the last book in the series and she's too busy. So she writes this complicated mess only to realize half way, she doesn't have the time to continue the series. So she does a 90 Finally I read this book. All I can say is... Seriously, the story is good but it felt like two stories jammed together. As in, 1/2 way through the book, the author decided to go a totally different way. The blurb does not do this book justice at all. As in, it is only a sliver of the story. My thoughts? Sunny said this is the last book in the series and she's too busy. So she writes this complicated mess only to realize half way, she doesn't have the time to continue the series. So she does a 90 degree turn, gives me whiplash and then proceeds to semi-conclude this series in a fast manner that will leave readers behind. The ending to this story is like a hook that could possibly allow her to return to this world if she so choose. I'm not sure if she does return if I will read it or not. I liked these characters. I really did, because they are based off some of my favourite characters from Anne Bishop. I've always thought this series is a blend of Anne Bishop and Laurell K. Hamilton. A cheaper knock off, but still endearing nonetheless. Now that I'm invested in these characters and the world Sunny's created, she's ended it like a ruined orgasm. So, for those who haven't read this series, be aware, you may become enamoured of it only to have it ended abruptly. This last book is not satisfying and I wish there would be more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cindyg

    Hot damn, I've missed this series. I missed Mona Lisa and her band of hot, hot men: Amber, Dante, Dontaine, Halcyon and Gryphon. I was pulled in right from the start and devoured it. There's plenty of action and hot, hot passion. NO one does a love scene like Sunny. I can't help but wonder where she's going with this series. When you read the book you'll understand my question. Please don't make us wait so long for the next installment, Sunny. I need more. I loved this book. You've got to get it; you Hot damn, I've missed this series. I missed Mona Lisa and her band of hot, hot men: Amber, Dante, Dontaine, Halcyon and Gryphon. I was pulled in right from the start and devoured it. There's plenty of action and hot, hot passion. NO one does a love scene like Sunny. I can't help but wonder where she's going with this series. When you read the book you'll understand my question. Please don't make us wait so long for the next installment, Sunny. I need more. I loved this book. You've got to get it; you'll be so glad you did. Highly recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    Yep... Still reading this series for reasons unknown. The blurb on the back cover for this one was a tad misleading. The plot about drug lord Roberto devious scheme to keep the amnesiac Mona Lisa was brief, but I enjoyed the action scenes involving Mona Lisa and Dante's reunion and escape. It didn't take much for Mona Lisa to ultimately recover her memory and the second half of the book culminated in a surprising development (view spoiler)[involving Mona Lisa leading the Monere's in revealing thei Yep... Still reading this series for reasons unknown. The blurb on the back cover for this one was a tad misleading. The plot about drug lord Roberto devious scheme to keep the amnesiac Mona Lisa was brief, but I enjoyed the action scenes involving Mona Lisa and Dante's reunion and escape. It didn't take much for Mona Lisa to ultimately recover her memory and the second half of the book culminated in a surprising development (view spoiler)[involving Mona Lisa leading the Monere's in revealing their presence to the human population (hide spoiler)] . This was a nice change from the previous books and does lead to a promising shift in the potential storylines for future books, but it doesn't bother me in the least that I will have to wait some time for the next instalment. In fact, it's kind of a relief.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Crazy4more

    5 stars, love this erotic series, can you tell? and I can't believe I said it but feeling naughty just the same. This is one of those love-it/hate-it series, there's no room in between. Either you gave it up and toss it out of your TBR or you can't wait for the next book. I'm with the latter. The characters are so yummy and the plots, to me, is very original, and let's not even go there with the sex. Monere race get their life-source when from their queens. Their queens get her energies from Moo 5 stars, love this erotic series, can you tell? and I can't believe I said it but feeling naughty just the same. This is one of those love-it/hate-it series, there's no room in between. Either you gave it up and toss it out of your TBR or you can't wait for the next book. I'm with the latter. The characters are so yummy and the plots, to me, is very original, and let's not even go there with the sex. Monere race get their life-source when from their queens. Their queens get her energies from Moon light and from being pleasured. Her subjects longed to be mooned by her...lol, pun intended... This was a perfect set up, Mona Lisa lost memories of her last 6 months. Oh and what 6 months it was where she went from a plain-orphaned-gifted nurse to a Monere Queen ruled Lousiana region, with 100's of subjects and 5 lovers...yes, 5 yummy lovers. Truly, if I had to pick...I'd ended up with these 5 and then some AND not willing to give any of them up (IF I was a Monere borned, wink wink). It's just part of my God born responsibility, lol. Anywho, it would have been impossible to get Dante back into her life, so much pain & love had passed btwn them, so much to forgive and forget and that's when not remembering it helped them both. So much happened in this book, fast-paced, action packed, smart and loyal team they all have became. A Monere Queen and being truly loved instead of threatened to submission and then death was unheard of, until Mona Lisa. Being mixed-blood, she brought compassion, humility, love, trust and loyalty into the picture.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kah Cherub

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After a 2-year wait for the next book in the series (during which I almost died from anxiety and despair from thinking maybe Sunny had given up on Mona Lisa and intended on continuing only with Lucinda's books), Mona Lisa Eclipsing came to me like a blow in the head. I was happy and apprehensive to know that Dante would return... then I started reading. At the beggining the book made me writhe with impatience over the difficulty of finding Dante and then having to go through Mona Lisa's (very pa After a 2-year wait for the next book in the series (during which I almost died from anxiety and despair from thinking maybe Sunny had given up on Mona Lisa and intended on continuing only with Lucinda's books), Mona Lisa Eclipsing came to me like a blow in the head. I was happy and apprehensive to know that Dante would return... then I started reading. At the beggining the book made me writhe with impatience over the difficulty of finding Dante and then having to go through Mona Lisa's (very painful) memory loss. We were introduced to new characters, such as jaguar-shifter/Mixed Blood/drug dealer, Roberto, and other new enemies, such as the wild Monère controlled by Mona Sierra. The sex scenes were very few, if compared to the previous books, proving that Sunny tried her best to make up for lost time with real innovations in the story. And that she did. Mona Lisa had the incentive of the Mother Queen to spread out the knowledge of the Monère race to humans, after a televised accident with a rogue male warrior. With the help of press and the apparent "understanding" of the autorities, she accomplished it. Now we can only patiently wait for the next volumes to see the actual response of the other Queens, Mixed Bloods and Rogues around the world, (which promises to be so very interesting, not to mention challenging), and hope that our brilliant and beloved author Sunny doesn't make us suffer so much (again) while we do so.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Latte

    This book really only deserves 2 stars but I gave it 3 because I do like the series overall. This particular title is extremely fractured and reads incompletely. In reading the description, you would assume Roberto plays a much larger role in the story than he actually does. There's no explanation of how he became a rogue or how Mona Lisa doesn't know she's in another Queen's territory in Mexico to get her in to the situation that she finds herself in. We're told that yes, Roberto is a drug lord This book really only deserves 2 stars but I gave it 3 because I do like the series overall. This particular title is extremely fractured and reads incompletely. In reading the description, you would assume Roberto plays a much larger role in the story than he actually does. There's no explanation of how he became a rogue or how Mona Lisa doesn't know she's in another Queen's territory in Mexico to get her in to the situation that she finds herself in. We're told that yes, Roberto is a drug lord, but there is absolutely nothing in the storyline about him being in the same place as Mona Lisa to eliminate a rival. Well, let's put it this way. If it's in there, it was so insignificant that I completely read over it. The first chapters dealing with the memory loss are an unneccessary plot contrivance. In fact, the storyline once Lisa regains her memory reads as an entirely different book. It felt like someone threw a novella in the beginning then went on with what could be the beginning of a new series. I think the Roberto storyline could have been taken further and expanded. If you liked the previous stories in this series, you'll like this once it gets rolling along. Unfortunately, it takes a while to get there. While it took a number of years for this most recent title to be released, you can see at the end that there will be a number of titles following based on where the storyline is taking the reader. I do look forward to that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I found this on her website today. http://www.sunnyauthor.com/news/ From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar-shifter has encountered a much more valuable prize on the I found this on her website today. http://www.sunnyauthor.com/news/ From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar-shifter has encountered a much more valuable prize on the island: Mona Lisa, the first female Monère he’s ever met—and one especially vulnerable in that she has lost her memory. Now, with all knowledge of her real life as stripped away as her defenses, Mona Lisa can be manipulated into believing…anything. Convinced that Roberto is her kind and sensual protector, Mona Lisa thwarts all attempts at her rescue—including those made by her desperate lover Dante. As Roberto’s devious scheme gets underway, Dante can only hope that the touch of his warm flesh will reignite total recall in the body and mind of the woman he loves. But escape for both of them could be as forever elusive as Mona Lisa’s past.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Let me start off by saying that I've all the books in the series; and, I'm a true fan. What I loved about the series was the other world. I was fairly disappointed with this book. It's disjointed and almost seems to be two different books smashed into one. I'm not going to read this series anymore. I didn't much care for Mona Lisa getting amnesia especially since the Monere are such a dynamic species and Mona Lisa possesses so many powers having lived other lives. Anyway, the book was very unsa Let me start off by saying that I've all the books in the series; and, I'm a true fan. What I loved about the series was the other world. I was fairly disappointed with this book. It's disjointed and almost seems to be two different books smashed into one. I'm not going to read this series anymore. I didn't much care for Mona Lisa getting amnesia especially since the Monere are such a dynamic species and Mona Lisa possesses so many powers having lived other lives. Anyway, the book was very unsatisfying.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irinak Kish

    Sunny is as good as ever, I love the book, love Monere world. Read it in one day, just couldn’t put the book down.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rapid Reader

    Love this series! It's just too bad that the author has discontinued being a writer, so the series was left hanging. I was rather upset that one of the male love interest got killed. Good thing he didn't stay dead for long, though! The last arch of the series was fantastic! Note: I read all 5 books in one go. Love this series! It's just too bad that the author has discontinued being a writer, so the series was left hanging. I was rather upset that one of the male love interest got killed. Good thing he didn't stay dead for long, though! The last arch of the series was fantastic! Note: I read all 5 books in one go.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    2nd attempt of reading it, couldn't finish it. Will get there one day 2nd attempt of reading it, couldn't finish it. Will get there one day

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Immensely disappointing

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat Crumb

    I loved it ! Action, humor yup and even sex but please don't tell me it ended with this book I loved it ! Action, humor yup and even sex but please don't tell me it ended with this book

  19. 4 out of 5

    ALPHAreader

    When we last saw Mona Lisa she had just violently miscarried and banished her lover, Dante, from her Louisiana territory. She had escaped the clutches of an evil Monère queen, but suffered serious injury at the hands of her demon-lover, Halycon, in the process of her escape. When ‘Eclipsing’ begins, Lisa’s life is in turmoil. Dante is banished and Halycon is in self-imposed exile. With two of her lovers missing or silent, Lisa is distraught and with a divided heart. So when rumour spreads that D When we last saw Mona Lisa she had just violently miscarried and banished her lover, Dante, from her Louisiana territory. She had escaped the clutches of an evil Monère queen, but suffered serious injury at the hands of her demon-lover, Halycon, in the process of her escape. When ‘Eclipsing’ begins, Lisa’s life is in turmoil. Dante is banished and Halycon is in self-imposed exile. With two of her lovers missing or silent, Lisa is distraught and with a divided heart. So when rumour spreads that Dante’s saber-toothed tiger shifter has been spotted in Mexico, Lisa is on the first plane to find her lost lover and bring him home. But a rumble in the jungle sees Lisa badly injured and amnesiac. She has lost the last six months of her life . . . the crucial months in which she learnt of her Monère queen status, took on warrior lovers and mated the demon king of hell. Will this memory loss be the end of everything Mona Lisa has built, or will it be the clean slate she needs to move on and accept the changes in her life? ‘Mona Lisa Eclipsing’ is the seventh book in Sunny’s sublime paranormal erortica series, ‘Monère: Children of the Moon’. We haven’t had a ‘Monère’ book since 2009. In fact, Sunny was silent for a long time on the status of her series. Fans assumed the worst – that the adventures of Mona Lisa and her Monère men would be put on permanent hiatus. And then, just like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Sunny comes out with ‘Mona Lisa Eclipsing’ . . . a stunningly fresh and revolutionary instalment in a much-missed series. This book does have the feel of rebirth to it, like Sunny is opening a new chapter in Mona Lisa’s life. ‘Mona Lisa Darkening’ left off on a somewhat small cliff-hanger, with Dante being banished and Mona Lisa miscarrying. I appreciated the fact that Sunny addresses this precipice in ‘Eclipsing’, but doesn’t harp on it. Mona Lisa and Dante have a lot to work through after the damning events of ‘Darkening’ . . . but Sunny pulls a literal Tabula Rasa, by wiping Mona Lisa’s memory. Mona Lisa’s memory loss serves a dual-purpose. On the one hand, Sunny is able to revisit old plots and characters to refresh the memory of fans who have been waiting for a new instalment since 2009. On the other hand, the memory loss allows Sunny to acknowledge loose-ends and old wounds, and then move on. As much as Mona Lisa has to relearn her life since becoming Monère, she also has to accept the pains of the past as her memory slowly seeps back . . . that means that Dontaine’s paranoia at being thrown aside is addressed, Halycon can admit his shame at having hurt Mona Lisa and Dante’s banishment can be smoothed over. I loved the memory loss storyline; I thought it was invigorating and all-encompassing. In the second-half of the book, the plot veers into a totally different direction. I don’t want to give anything away, save to say this new direction all but guarantees there will be more Monère books. This storyline opens up the entire Monère world to infinite possibility. I did like this second storyline . . . but I found it quite jarring when coupled with the memory-loss plot. I felt like these were two very big storylines, crushed together in a somewhat uncomfortable mishmash. The memory-loss plot could have taken up one whole book; likewise this second plot could have been the eighth instalment in this series. The combination of both fairly major storylines in one book made for somewhat hasty storytelling, oddly combined. But this is my only complaint in an otherwise unblemished book. Of course this is a Monère book, renowned for being a simmering sensual experience. Sunny is back and better than ever in ‘Darkening’. If we had kissed before I did not remember it. And it was so much more than the surge of pleasure I'd gotten from kissing Roberto. Like digging into ground looking for a trickle of water and finding a gushing well instead. Dante kissed me as if he would pour his soul into me and pass it into my keeping – a plentitude of giving, not a taking. A benediction of words and sweet sentiment and hotly sprinkled passion over my mouth, my chin, down my neck, touching off zinging sensations, an abundance of it, wherever those firm and tender lips roamed, pulling forth my own gasps and whispers of his name, spurring him more heatedly on. I loved the fact that Dante was a big focus in this Monère instalment. We met him for the first time in ‘Darkening’, so I'm glad we followed-up with his character in this next book. I have my fingers-crossed that in future books, Sunny backtracks to explore more of the relationship between Mona Lisa and Halycon, Amber, Dontaine and Gryphon. I love those guys and some of them haven’t had much page-time in a while (Amber!). Sunny is back and better than ever. Mona Lisa has been absent for too long, and having her reappear in ‘Eclipsing’ only highlights how sorely lacking the paranormal scene has been without the luminescent and lush Monère series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fifth in the Monere erotic urban fantasy series about a race of children of the Moon who have lived on earth for millennia. (GoodReads lists this as #7; they are including two short stories.) The Story Mona Lisa regrets kicking Dante out…even if he did kill her and her family in another incarnation. So she goes with a small contingent of guards to bring him back from Cozumel where people have sighted a sabre-tooth tiger. Then a crisis occurs in Washington D.C. when a partially-shifted Monere man re Fifth in the Monere erotic urban fantasy series about a race of children of the Moon who have lived on earth for millennia. (GoodReads lists this as #7; they are including two short stories.) The Story Mona Lisa regrets kicking Dante out…even if he did kill her and her family in another incarnation. So she goes with a small contingent of guards to bring him back from Cozumel where people have sighted a sabre-tooth tiger. Then a crisis occurs in Washington D.C. when a partially-shifted Monere man rescues a girl from a burning building and the Queen Mother requests that Mona Lisa become the Monere ambassador to the world. The Characters The Monere are aliens who used to live on the moon before their planet exploded and they came to Earth to live amongst us. Think vampire. They mostly feed through the actions of their Queens calling down the moonlight and spreading that light out to their people. They are a savage race in many respects and the Queen Mother of the Monere has done what she could to help her race survive and now she sees another opportunity for their evolution through Mona Lisa. Lisa Hamilton is Mona Lisa, a one-quarter human and three-quarters Monere. Enough that she is a Monere Queen and in charge of her own territory in Louisiana. Her people include Lord Amber, who has his own territory now; Dante and his brother Quentin along with their parents, Nolan and Hannah Morell; Dontaine; Chami, who plans to stay behind with Lord Thaddeus Schiffer, Mona Lisa's brother who will take over running the Louisiana territory while Mona Lisa acts as the Monere ambassador; Tomas, the new master-at-arms for Louisiana; and, Aquila are all staying to protect Thaddeus. Jarvis Condorizi is the birdman Monere caught on a live television news feed rescuing Kelly Rawlings from the 19th floor of a burning building. Jarvis is a rogue. In Monere culture, he would be killed on sight as no rogue Monere is allowed to roam free. It's his plight that the Queen Mother uses to persuade Mona Lisa to take on the role as ambassador. For she will issue a blanket pardon to all rogues who will come in and help form the new embassies for the Monere. Prince Halycon is the Demon Prince of Hell and Mona Lisa's mate. He loves her dearly and will do anything to protect her. My Take This is more of a bridge and rescue novel. Mona Lisa brings Dante back into the fold and a possible disaster proves an opportunity for the Monere community to embrace new changes by coming out to the rest of the world. On the whole, this was terrible. The further in I read, the worse the writing got. There's the bit where she and Dante have escaped Mona Sierra's people and she's riding commando on top of a sabre-toothed Dante discussing how wet she's getting from the friction of Dante's pelt. Oh, please, "honeyed wetness starting to drip down his sides…"? For a Mixed Blood Monere who spent some 20 years and 6 months surviving in the human world, Mona Lisa is an idiot. What? Was she living under a rock all that time? For one, the Queen Mother is sending Mona Lisa out with a briefcase filled with a total of $1 million in cash and expects her to rescue the birdman and come out to the world. Hullo! Banks anyone?? Security issues? Besides, how can they only have a million bucks available for such an important mission when they all seem to have private planes and such. Then there's the rescue in D.C. Mona Lisa and her people hang out to a Residence Inn when they're expecting that the FBI and Homeland Security are likely to take them in charge. Um…duh?? Hey, why not just save some money and go for a Holiday Inn or Motel 6. They both have just as much security. Just before heading to the hospital to see what the situation is with birdman, Mona Lisa doesn't understand why her people want her to change out of her old jeans, comfy T-shirt, and sneakers? When she's about to expose her people to the world? Surprisingly, there's not much sex in Mona Lisa Eclipsing…at least in comparison to the previous stories. The only real value to this particular story is in the opening salvo of revealing the existence of the Monere. I am so hoping that book six is better written as I am curious as to how Mona Lisa and her people will survive out in the visible world. Especially if this idiot continues to run around. The Cover The cover is lovely with its profile of Mona Lisa gazing down her bare arm with a body of water with leafless trees along its banks anchor the bottom and a bloodred moon eclipsing is the focus just above the title. The title itself, Mona Lisa Eclipsing, is confusing. To eclipse is to hide or obscure, to block when this story is more about revealing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the fifth book in the Monere series by Sunny. This series has been very up and down for me, the fourth book Mona Lisa Darkening was my favorite in the series. This book was okay, but there were a lot of things I didn't like about it. It was more like two novellas than one book. Mona Lisa has recovered from the events in Mona Lisa Darkening, but Dante is still missing. She ends up getting a tip that he is in Cozumel and rushes to find him. When she gets there she is attacked by a drug lord This is the fifth book in the Monere series by Sunny. This series has been very up and down for me, the fourth book Mona Lisa Darkening was my favorite in the series. This book was okay, but there were a lot of things I didn't like about it. It was more like two novellas than one book. Mona Lisa has recovered from the events in Mona Lisa Darkening, but Dante is still missing. She ends up getting a tip that he is in Cozumel and rushes to find him. When she gets there she is attacked by a drug lord named Roberto and looses her memory. She can't remember anything about being a Monere and is confused about her abilities. This is the first half of the book. The last half of the books deals with an incident where a Monere was caught shapeshifting in public. The Monere Queen must decide whether or not to let the Monere go public as a race. The writing is easy to read, just like Sunny's previous books. The plot though didn't make a whole lot of sense in the overall scheme of the series. Why did Mona Lisa have to loose her memory? It doesn't seem to add much to the story, that is unless the drug lord Roberto is going to feature in later installments. I just didn't understand it and the idea of having the heroine loose her memory is pretty cliched. Then the second half of the book had nothing to do with the first part. Suddenly we are onto a totally different story that has Mona Lisa and her men in Washington DC fighting for Monere rights and publicity. This sudden turn of events felt artificial; that and it is has just been done too often in recent paranormal series (Sookie Stackhouse and many others). Not sure why Sunny felt that her series also need to suddenly focus on the coming out of a paranormal race to the general human population. All the strange plot stuff aside, the characters were lacking. None of the characters (excepting Mona Lisa) get much page space. Sunny touches on each of the males a little bit and gives Mona Lisa enough time to sleep with each male and then moves on. Amber was back which was nice, but even he doesn't get a ton of page space. Halcyon also shows up briefly then is gone again. Dante probably gets the most page space of all of them, but he is there as a plot vehicle and doesn't develop as a character. I would be remiss if I didn't address the sex scenes in this book. One of the things I really liked about previous books in the series was the sensuality and creativity of the sex scenes Sunny writes. This is another thing I found to be disappointing in this book. The sex scenes are rushed and not at all creative. It is like Sunny quickly wrote them in to say that they are there, they don't link to the story and don't promote any character development and I was disappointed. Overall by the end of the book I was happy that I borrowed this from the library. I really love some of these characters, but the series has been pretty inconsistent and with this book it took a turn for the worse. It is more like some cobbled together novellas than an actual book; the plots don't make sense in the scheme of the series and there are so many characters involved that none of them are developed or get much page space. The direction she takes the book in at the end (revealing the Monere race to humans) has been done a million times before and I just can't get excited about where this series is going. Although I love Mona Lisa and Halcyon, I think I may have to bid them farewell and spend time on more consistently interesting and creative series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Proserpine

    Mona Lisa Eclipsing by Sunny Summary From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar-shifter has encountered a much more valuable prize on the island: Mona Lisa, the first femal Mona Lisa Eclipsing by Sunny Summary From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem. Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar-shifter has encountered a much more valuable prize on the island: Mona Lisa, the first female Monère he’s ever met—and one especially vulnerable in that she has lost her memory. Now, with all knowledge of her real life as stripped away as her defenses, Mona Lisa can be manipulated into believing…anything. Convinced that Roberto is her kind and sensual protector, Mona Lisa thwarts all attempts at her rescue—including those made by her desperate lover Dante. As Roberto’s devious scheme gets underway, Dante can only hope that the touch of his warm flesh will reignite total recall in the body and mind of the woman he loves. But escape for both of them could be as forever elusive as Mona Lisa’s past. ***Spoilers*** Sunny will bring you to the world of the Monère with her creative hand and you will ask for more at the end of each chapter! She'll come up with bright new idea to make the reader fall into her erotic story. It's Paranormal and it's Sexy! I honestly can say that I read this book in two days, mostly because of the 3/4 of the book was full of non-stop action. First with the new of Dante in Cozumel, then with the encounter of Roberto and the amnesia of Mona Lisa and finally the escape of Mona lisa and Dante from Mona Sera in South America. I love most of her sex scene because Sunny is always able to come up with something new in each book (Mona Lisa is the # 7 of the Monère Series). I found it interesting: this new situation with Roberto in Cozumel. And just because of Mona Lisa amnesia was only before she became a Monère, the story doesn't just turn around the new character. (Even if this book recall alot of the other book, you should read the serie in order to understand all the meaning of Eclipsing). I really enjoy the return of Dante in this Book. I was so sad when he left in Mona Lisa Craving (The Monère # 5). Mona Lisa become more intuitive and stronger in each book and I love the fact that she's just an average girl. She's not a super beauty, she's (almost) a normal girl and women can be related to her somehow. Dante is a strong and fierce character, you never know if you like him or not and that's why I think he can take alot of place in my heart. I was sad about the fact that Prince Halcyon was almost not present in this story. I would like a little bit more of him in the next book (?) because honestly, he's my favorite of Mona Lisa Lovers. I'm a kinky person so I really enjoy the ''ménage à trois'' with Gryphon, Prince Halcyon and Mona Lisa. It's never to much, but at the same time, you will ask for just a little bit more! Sunny do not fall into bad sex scene and I think this is why she can reach almost every kind of group: PNR/Erotic/YA Fantasy/Fantasy... I think the end was kind of weird. Why on earth the Monère would like to go public??? Personnaly I prefer otherworld been unknown to the human world in the paranormal book. We probably will know more in the next book (I hope because i'm a true fan!).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life Rating: 4.5 Stars *Contains MINOR Spoilers for the previous books in the series. It had a been a long while since I read the last Monere book and even though I was really looking forward to Mona Lisa Eclipsing, I had no idea how much I missed this world until I finally got to read it. When I did though, I got on such a wild ride with Mona Lisa and her men, that I didn’t want it to end! As with every book in the Monere series a LOT happens in Mo Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life Rating: 4.5 Stars *Contains MINOR Spoilers for the previous books in the series. It had a been a long while since I read the last Monere book and even though I was really looking forward to Mona Lisa Eclipsing, I had no idea how much I missed this world until I finally got to read it. When I did though, I got on such a wild ride with Mona Lisa and her men, that I didn’t want it to end! As with every book in the Monere series a LOT happens in Mona Lisa Eclipsing and what is described on the blurb is nothing but the tip of the iceberg. I’ll do my best to not spoil anything. Mona Lisa Eclipsing starts off not long after the events in Mona Lisa Darkening and it has been 6 months since Mona Lisa went from being a nurse in Manhattan that believed something was very wrong with her, to being a powerful Queen of the Monere with a lot of friends and at least 5 men she loves and can call her own. Mona Lisa is part of the Monere, Children of The Moon, a race descendant to aliens that once came to earth from the Moon and have been living amongst human for longer than time has been counted. Her mixed blood has not stopped her from having that something extra that marks her as a Monere Queen and ever since her life changed, she has been building her new life and reign the best way she can. In Mona Lisa Craving {Book #5 in the series}, we met Dante, who is the warrior son of a healer, cursed by the high priestess to endure a never-ending cycle of life and death, born and reborn into an ever-diminishing bloodline. Against all odds he and Mona Lisa fell in love, but after a series of awful events, Mona Lisa ended up sending Dante away. After the Hellish events of Mona Lisa Darkening, in this new book Mona Lisa has decided she made a mistake and went after Dante in the last place he had been spotted, Cozumel, Mexico and that’s where everything went to hell in a hand basket. Sexy Half-Monere drug dealers, Wild Monere shifters with their crazy Queen, Amnesia and a surprise turn of events that will turn Mona Lisa’s world upside down, again! All that makes Mona Lisa Eclipsing a book full of adventures, sexiness and emotions and twists that I, as a huge fan of this series, have been waiting a long time for. If I have one complaint about Mona Lisa Eclipsing, it was that at times I felt Mona Lisa was taking some situations pretty easily, like with her amnesia and finding out about the Monere all over again. It can be me just being picky, because I know that if she had been whining and fighting it all the way through, I know I would have complained about that too. One other thing was that I felt the timing for her memory to resurface was sort of weird, not bad, just slightly odd. All in all, Mona Lisa Eclipsing is a great addition to this awesome and sexy series and I recommend to all the Monere fans out there. If you are a Paranoemal Romance fan and haven’t read Sunny’s book yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookaholics

    Mona Lisa Eclipsing by Sunny Paranormal Romance -April 5th, 2011 4 stars Mona Lisa Eclipsing, like all of Sunny’s books are a non-stop thrill ride. This story is full of dark, lush fantasy and huge changes for the heroine. As a child of the Moon (Monere), Mona Lisa has finally begun to adjust to her life as one of the rare Monere Queens. She shoulders a great responsibility to the other Monere that depend upon her. Partially human, she never realized her Monere heritage until six months ago. She is Mona Lisa Eclipsing by Sunny Paranormal Romance -April 5th, 2011 4 stars Mona Lisa Eclipsing, like all of Sunny’s books are a non-stop thrill ride. This story is full of dark, lush fantasy and huge changes for the heroine. As a child of the Moon (Monere), Mona Lisa has finally begun to adjust to her life as one of the rare Monere Queens. She shoulders a great responsibility to the other Monere that depend upon her. Partially human, she never realized her Monere heritage until six months ago. She is coming to grips with special abilities and realizing her full power as a Monere. Recently, she rejected her lover Dante. Dante is a powerful warrior who betrayed Mona Lisa in a past life. But Mona Lisa has decided to forgive him and wants him back. She and some of her elite men discover Dante is in Cozumel and they plan to retrieve him. But their mission goes wrong and Mona Lisa is injured and captured! When she wakes up she has no memory of her past and is easily duped into believing the charismatic and attractive stranger named Roberto. Roberto is actually a drug lord and is unaware of his Monere heritage. (As a Monere they are not physically attracted to humans.) Mona Lisa is the only female Monere he has ever met and is captivated by his attraction to her. As a result, he is determined to keep her. Unfortunately, her memory loss leads her to believe his lies and also results in hurting the other men in her past who love her. Will Mona Lisa regain her memory? Will she and her other lovers be able to reconcile? This book was an exhilarating read. I love this author’s vivid imagination as she seamlessly change scenery and adds plot twists that keep it in high gear. However, because I love the world she has created so much I was torn when she introduced human elements into it. Although I do find the human plot twist adds tension I find the fantasy aspects the most involving. As a result, this is not my favorite in the series. This book also has some very sexual scenes (including a ménage) so those who do not like racy books, be warned! I found this novel very interesting because Mona Lisa finds herself in unique circumstances that make the book actually feel like three shorter stories strung together. Mona Lisa is admirable and likeable. She is smart and although powerful does not let it go to her head or use her power needlessly. I was also thrilled that Mona Lisa’s first love Gryphon returns in a small section of this story, it only makes me hope that he will return for a larger part in future books. Mona Lisa Eclipsing is a fantastic addition to the series. I only wonder where the author will lead us next?! Sensual, alluring and full of surprises this is a book that will keep fans captivated. Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lap

    What a way to inject new life into a storyline? I was beginning to wonder how the Mona Lisa series could continue without going stale. Mona Lisa has been kidnapped, attacked, and saved by her devoted men in each and every book - and this one started out with exactly the same method. There was an interesting twist however, she develops amnesia after a fall while trying to escape from pursuers. When she awakens, she believes the bad guy is her hero and that her men are the bad guys. She remembers What a way to inject new life into a storyline? I was beginning to wonder how the Mona Lisa series could continue without going stale. Mona Lisa has been kidnapped, attacked, and saved by her devoted men in each and every book - and this one started out with exactly the same method. There was an interesting twist however, she develops amnesia after a fall while trying to escape from pursuers. When she awakens, she believes the bad guy is her hero and that her men are the bad guys. She remembers nothing of being Mona Lisa and all the previous books and changes in her life have supposedly only taken six months. I might want to block out that much change in so little time too. I mean she certainly is in an entirely different lifestyle that what she remembers. Never fear, her memory returns after she realizes her "hero" is really the bad guy and escapes home with her men. The entire summary written on the back of the book is over and never heard from again not even a quarter of the way through the book. Now we get to the real story.... A rogue warrior has been captured on video saving a girl from a burning apartment building by transforming into a partial bird shifter using his wings. All caught on camera by several news cameras and the video goes viral. The Monere are at a crossroads. Do they kill the unknown rogue quickly and quietly for exposing the Monere or do they use this opportunity to introduce themselves to the public and try to live in peace together? The Queen Mother has posed this very question to Mona Lisa, and of course the non-traditional Mona Lisa decides to go public. It makes for some interesting reading as they arrive at the hospital, save Jarvis, go public, and make their statement that living together is a one time deal. Either they are issued rights are American citizens and not taken into custody to be studied or they quietly disappear and go back to living among the "humans" on the planet in secret as they've been doing for millions of years. The books leaves off with the public (and government) intrigued by the new Monere presence, but things will surely become more difficult along the way after this book. Good setup for the next one, and the new twist on the storyline has me interested all over again. Until next time, ~Lisa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marsh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved Sunny's first Monere book and fell absolutely head over heels for the Lucinda books. While I certainly enjoyed "Mona Lisa Eclipsing" (and a 2.5 hour commute certainly gave me ample time to read the book from start to finish), it wasn't as compelling for me as the first books in this series. It was a fun, quick read with several steamy sex scenes and some lovely character building, but I'll take Lucinda any day. Part of my issue stemmed from having actually visited Cozumel (Sunny's version I loved Sunny's first Monere book and fell absolutely head over heels for the Lucinda books. While I certainly enjoyed "Mona Lisa Eclipsing" (and a 2.5 hour commute certainly gave me ample time to read the book from start to finish), it wasn't as compelling for me as the first books in this series. It was a fun, quick read with several steamy sex scenes and some lovely character building, but I'll take Lucinda any day. Part of my issue stemmed from having actually visited Cozumel (Sunny's version isn't 100% accurate), but there just seemed to be too many plot threads that were magically, happily resolved. Rogue Monere in Cozumel? He's quickly defeated in a fight and never heard from again. Cozumel queen who imprisons Mona Lisa and her lover, binding them with silver chains and staking them out for the sun? Defeated when Mona Lisa and her lover kiss and it turns out she can heal with just that little bit of juice. Amnesia? No problem... just take a walk in an old lover's closet. A Monere is photographed? No problem-- let's out the entire race and spend the last twenty pages demonstrating our secret Monere powers to the human media! The pace is very fast-- problem, solution, rinse and repeat-- and I would have preferred fewer conflicts, but more fleshed out. Plot aside, there are some of Sunny's trademark lush descriptions... and did I mention the steamy sex scenes? I've never been quite sure why Sunny's books are categorized as erotica, but perhaps it's quality over quantity. There are only a few sex scenes in the book, but they're rather unforgettable. Who knew that riding a sabertooth tiger bareback through the Mexican jungle could end quite so fantastically?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    I am back to REALLY enjoying this series, as opposed to just enjoying it as I had been. Sunny brings it all back on track with a page-turner that I read in 2 days. I hated to have to break for real life (RL). Mona Lisa and a few of her men travel to Mexico to rescue Dante, after reports of a panther (I think) being seen. During this trip, while she is running away from some bad guys, she falls and strikes her head. When she comes around, she is ensconsed in a luxury home with a sexy latino that s I am back to REALLY enjoying this series, as opposed to just enjoying it as I had been. Sunny brings it all back on track with a page-turner that I read in 2 days. I hated to have to break for real life (RL). Mona Lisa and a few of her men travel to Mexico to rescue Dante, after reports of a panther (I think) being seen. During this trip, while she is running away from some bad guys, she falls and strikes her head. When she comes around, she is ensconsed in a luxury home with a sexy latino that she feels a buzz for. She remembers nothing about herself or her life. Of course Mona Lisa's men stage a rescue and bring her back to their mansion in Louisianna (OK, it wasn't quite that simple and took almost half of the book to achieve but I'm limited here or I'll give it all away!), only to discover that a Monere male was filmed saving a young girl from the top floors of a burning building - by using his wings. This is bad, as you all know if you follow the series; the Monere are to stay hidden from humans at all costs. The Queen asks Mona Lisa to intervene and become the ambassador of the Monere people (rouges included!) to the public. The only question I had at the end of this book was about the happenings in Mexico, specifically the Monere there. My guess is I'll find out more in the next book, which I am very much looking forward to!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I usually consider this series erotica, but this book was much less erotic than others in the series. This is book #7 in an urban fantasy series featuring a magically powerful heroine (Mona, or Queen, Lisa) with lots of sexy men who are ok with her having lots of boyfriends. Pretty much a Laurell Hamilton rip-off series, with less violence. It took me forever to finish this book. The storyline was entirely schizophrenic. The opening chapters feature Mona Lisa being captured in Mexico while tryin I usually consider this series erotica, but this book was much less erotic than others in the series. This is book #7 in an urban fantasy series featuring a magically powerful heroine (Mona, or Queen, Lisa) with lots of sexy men who are ok with her having lots of boyfriends. Pretty much a Laurell Hamilton rip-off series, with less violence. It took me forever to finish this book. The storyline was entirely schizophrenic. The opening chapters feature Mona Lisa being captured in Mexico while trying to find Dante and then having amnesia, which I thought was a ridiculous plot line. Evidently the author couldn't make it work, because as soon as Mona Lisa is rescued and gets back to New Orleans, she regains her memory. Then she takes a little trip to Hell to visit Gryphon and Halcyon (the only hot scene), then the plot takes an entirely different direction where Mona Lisa becomes the first Monere-human ambassador.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I love this series and it has been awhile since we have had a book about Mona Lisa. I must say that I liked it but I really didn't care for the beginning. I just felt that it really wasn't needed or should have been longer and explored more. It was almost like two books/short stories put together. I liked the second half after she gets back to her men better than the beginning where she lost her memory. I think that maybe Sunny was trying to give us another perspective on half bloods or setting I love this series and it has been awhile since we have had a book about Mona Lisa. I must say that I liked it but I really didn't care for the beginning. I just felt that it really wasn't needed or should have been longer and explored more. It was almost like two books/short stories put together. I liked the second half after she gets back to her men better than the beginning where she lost her memory. I think that maybe Sunny was trying to give us another perspective on half bloods or setting up for something in a later book (which is what I am leaning toward). I was sooo heart broken for all of her damaged but yummy men that felt that they were not remembered. Sigh. Even the big bad Halicon (sp?) was taken aback but he did hold out that she would remember. I do think the love making was on the low/weaker side in this story in favor of building the characters. Still looking forward to more in this very different world!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Mona Lisa is one of my favorite heroines. Probably because shes so different. I loved that sunny was able to make a character who does everything she does out of compassion and love but still has a "don't fuck with me" vibe when she is threatened. She can be stupid sometimes but that's true for everyone. We can't expect a realistic character to be completely smart and strong 100% of the time. it's boring. I must say my favorite parts of this series is when Mona Lisa or one of her dearest have sh Mona Lisa is one of my favorite heroines. Probably because shes so different. I loved that sunny was able to make a character who does everything she does out of compassion and love but still has a "don't fuck with me" vibe when she is threatened. She can be stupid sometimes but that's true for everyone. We can't expect a realistic character to be completely smart and strong 100% of the time. it's boring. I must say my favorite parts of this series is when Mona Lisa or one of her dearest have shown moments of vulnerability for each other. Its beautiful to me to read about how much love they have for one another and how it doesn't weaken them but makes them stronger. I could go on and on about the things i like about this series but in a nutshell this series, for me, was a great read that i enjoyed immensely. my only complaint that is that Mona lisa gets captured way too much but its always fun to read about the way her men come and get her out.

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