AUTHOR: Renee George
PUBLISHER: Book Boutiques
PUBLISHING DATE: March 16, 2017
FROM GOODREADS: Cougar-shifter Lily Mason is trying hard to live as a human in Moonrise, Missouri. But renting a garage apartment from Parker Knowles, her boss at the Pit Bull Rescue Shelter, is making it difficult to keep her secret, especially with the upcoming full moon just weeks away. Desperate to get into her own place, Lily immediately makes an offer on a “fixer-upper” with a checkered past and begins work on getting the place ready for her and her dog Smooshie.
Smooshie proves primed for demolition when she scratches a hole in a wall and yanks out a human bone. The investigation brings Lily unwanted attention from the local police chief who has an ax to grind and a murderer desperate to keep the past in the past.
With the full moon just around the corner, the police breathing down her neck, and a murderer on her heels, Lily needs Smooshie and Parker more than ever if she wants to keep her secret and prevent another killing!
This paranormal cozy mystery contains cougar-shifters, shifters, lovable pit bulls, and supernatural beings.
This second book in The Barkside of the Moon series find Lily smack dab in the middle of another mystery and once again trying to stay alive. Several months have passed since the last book and Lily has decided to settle down in Moonrise, Missouri and has purchased an old house in drastic need of repair. While working on it one evening, her companion and ever faithful pit bull friend, Smooshie, finds a new toy hiding inside a wall - a old decayed foot. Lily soon locates the rest of the body and the mystery ensues from there.
Once again, I found myself loving the characters of Moonrise. Lily has grown close to her uncle after years of not knowing him and has embraced that she is now a shifter living in a primarily human society. Despite that, Lily is making friends and is finally starting to feel like she belongs somewhere. I also love her interaction with Parker, a military vet and pit bull rescuer, and appreciate that the author didn't throw them into insta-love territory. After all, Lily is hiding a pretty big secret from Parker, one that may keep them apart forever.
This is a super quick read and a lot of fun. Of course, Smooshie is as adorable as always and the bond between her and Lily gets stronger by the day. I'm really looking forward to the next Barkside book - Pit Stop.