Dancing in the Moonlight by RaeAnne Thayne Release Date: May 1, 2006 Publisher: Harlequin Book #2 in the Cowboys of Cold Creek series Number of pages: 330 Mass Market Paperback Source: Warren Public Library Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: PG Read 4/2/17 to 4/4/17
It’s not often you run across contemporary romance books with a main character being an amputee. Even more rare is when it’s the heroine who is the amputee. I appreciate that RaeAnne Thayne tackled this subject. I worked (on the clerical side of things) in prosthetics for many years. I’ve witnessed patients have their highs and lows, watched family members practically suffocate amputees with their hovering, experienced having to have prosthetics remade entirely to make sure everything was working for the patient, and cried darn near every single time I saw a patient take his or her first steps post-amputation. It is a high stress roller coaster of a world, but the rewards are also so wonderful.
That all being said, I am not an amputee myself. I cannot sit here and pretend I know the internal struggle of an amputee. Yet I feel, from what I do know, the author did a great job. Everyone’s journey is going to be different, but Maggie’s journey is one I can believe. Not just her journey as an amputee but also as a survivor. To serve your country and get injured yet know that you have friends who didn’t survive, that is a tough thing to go through.
Jake was already on my good side from the first book in this series, Light the Stars. He now fully has my heart. There’s nothing fake about him. Jake is such a truly caring and compassionate person. You can’t help but fall in love with him…and wonder why he wasn’t already snatched up!
I made some notes as I was reading about Maggie’s thoughts on her abilities post amputation. I wanted to be sure the views Maggie had of what she was capable of changed as the story progressed. Thankfully, she had some significant moments that helped her to see that she was more shackled by her emotional state than by her physical state. It was important to me that this point be made during the story and I was not disappointed.
I read a lot of books that I rate NC-17 and XXX so I was wondering if my senses were getting deadened when it comes to the chemistry between characters. The reason I say that is there is another series I was reading, pretty PG rated stuff, that just wasn’t giving me the warm-fuzzies. At first I was pretty confident it was the writing and not me, but when I had read a few books and it still seemed that I was missing something I started thinking it was me! Well, Ms. Thayne proved to me that I’m perfectly fine. Good writing can convey heat and butterflies and attraction without going beyond even a G rating. I felt Jake’s yearning and Maggie’s desire even when they had barely touched yet. It helped me to realize that other author just isn’t for me. And that’s okay. Not everybody is going to like the same things. I will continue to read any RaeAnne Thayne book I find though. She’s one I know I can count on.