Source: Self Purchased
Published: July 17, 2013
Series: Moonlight Saga #2
Sex: R - Strong Sexual Content
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Colorblind is the 2nd book in the Moonlight Saga by Violette Dubrinksy, but can be read as a stand-alone. It is a prequel if you will to the first book Taken by Moonlight.
The story revolves around Leon Arnaud a French werewolf who comes to America to help his brother who is already there free slaves. Posing as a foreigner (well he really can’t pose because he is French after all…lols), Leon purchases a plantation…his plan is to start delivering slaves from his plantation to his brother place in Virginia and then from there to Canada to their freedom. However, while inspecting his land and the slaves on the property, he sniffs out another one of his kind and is properly shocked to see that she’s a slave.
This story was just awesome and when I tell you I loved it…I adored it!
This was exactly the type of story I’ve been searching for of late. I wanted something with a forbidden romance…a romance that’s not suppose to happen but does and I didn’t just want the he’s rich, she’s poor type story. No I wanted something like this where she’s black and he’s white or he’s Asian and she’s white. I also wanted it where the story was set in a time or place where this type of love is not allowed…not wanted or accepted, where the h/h would fight to the death to be together.
Well, I got it here. Oh yes I did. Leon and Penny were beautiful together and it was such a pleasure to read this story. Ms. Dubrinsky does an excellent job of weaving this story together.
Leon and Penny didn't just have to hide their love from the white society but also from the other slaves. Their relationship starts off tentative as Leon tries to learn more about Penny, how she was born, where are her parents…things like that. You see Penny knew about her wolf, but she thought of it as a curse. Losing her parents as a baby and not knowing the circumstances behind their death, she didn't even know she wasn't human.
So she learns from Leon…grows under his tutelage on how to use her powers in her wolf and human form. She learns how to control her wolf among other things… she also learns about the supernatural world from him. But during all this learning, there is an attraction that cannot be denied. Leon already knows that Penny is his mate and the more Penny is around Leon, she starts to realize the same. The sexxy times between these two were off the kilter especially when Penny goes into heat for the first times…Lawd, I had to go get something to drink because it was hot!
Leon was fierce and very protective of Penny and she was of him. It was interesting to read as they sometimes fought and bumped heads because of this.
“I’m not afraid of you, Leon,” she said instead, keeping her gaze trained on him. He’d told her that he would never harm her and she believed him.
“then why are you running?’
“I’m not running. I’m making sure to keep from being trampled.”
He moved closer, forcing her back until she was pressed against the wall. His body pressed up against hers, and she attempted to push back the burning lust that accosted her at the feel of him. It had been so long…
“Did you call me a hypocrite?” he asked softly.
Those eyes never shifted back to their green. His Yellow held hers.
She nodded. “only because you are.”
His teeth snapped together. “How?”
“You act as though you believe everyone is equal when it suits you, you use your position to your advantage. I don’t care if you’re doing it for good reasons; it still makes you a hypocrite.”
“it makes me your mate”, he countered immediately. “I will do whatever is necessary to keep you safe, even if it means, your Master, sending you elsewhere.”
“you won’t apologize?”
He shook his head. “I will never apologize for keeping you safe.”
Well suffice to say Leon slept alone that night. Men...smh, even back in the day, they are hard-headed.
But again this is the South in the year 1851 and as things around the plantation become more and more dangerous, both Penny and Leon have to do what’s necessary to keep their newly found love safe.
Colorblind is not an easy story to read, these types of stories are always hard to read. But when the author can put input other elements into the story and make it work? It’s excellent to see the words on paper. Violette Dubrinksy did a wonderful job here; the world building is…all I can say is perfect. And along with Leon and Penny, there is a cast of secondary characters who stand out pretty damn well in this story and I really hope to see them again as this saga progresses.
To conclude, Ms. Dubrinksy combines historical and paranormal romance very well together and although there will be times where you will cry, times when you will be spitting mad and then…there were will be the times with the great big smiles. This is truly a HEA worth reading.