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Masked by Moonlight

Masked by Moonlight - Nancy Gideon Mobsters + shifters + tough cop heroine = a great beginning to the Moonlight Trilogy!Masked by Moonlight starts with a gruesome murder of two men. Charlotte is called in to investigate.Detective Charlotte "Cee Cee" Caissie is the daughter of a fallen cop. She doesn't apologize for her "in-your-face looks .. short dark hair .. model-sharp angles under café lait skin." She tends to dress more like Xena the Warrior Princess than Suzie Homemaker. But she's "tough, confident and capable. All Cop. All the time." That's not quite true though. She is strong, but also very fragile. She quickly turns to mush when she's around Max and for Max, Charlotte has become an impossible temptation to him.Their attraction to each other is complicated by the fact that Charlotte is dedicated to putting away criminals and Max works for the city's Mob Boss. Max is an always-frustrating enigma for Charlotte. No one knows anything about him, no birth certificate, no SS#, driver's license, etc. Max Savoie is "tall, dark and bold", Jimmy Legere's right hand. His silent enforcer. He's "confident without being cocky, powerful without aggression, and exudes complete control over what he allows the world to see."Jimmy "rescued" Max when he was boy. He raised him to do/act/speak/dress exactly as Jimmy tells him to do. He's his "pet", given anything he wants, but owns nothing. Jimmy's world is all he's ever really known. As he becomes closer to Charlotte, the short leash Jimmy keeps him on becomes looser. For the first time in his life, Max wants something for himself, Charlotte. Max's past and despicable treatment by Jimmy have made him who he is and now he's becoming "more".Tiny little annoyance: Charlotte is (almost) always referred to ask "Cee Cee" when speaking, but hardly ever when spoken to by anyone. It's always Charlotte or Lottie (??Another nickname??)I will definitely be reading the whole trilogy. I love mob stories and this tied in shifters in a way that made it a super fun read.