Dark Guardian #2: Full Moon: Full Moon

Paperback | June 30, 2009

byRachel Hawthorne

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Chapter One

Supposedly, dreams reflect our hidden fears and secret desires, all clamoring for attention. The one I’d had last night had been so vivid that even now, as evening drew near, it still made me squirm in my chair. I sat against a wall in the counsel room where the elders and the Dark Guardians—protectors of our society—were discussing how best to ensure our survival. Because I hadn’t yet experienced my first transformation, I was considered a novice and was not allowed to sit at the large, round table with the others. This was okay by me, because it gave me the freedom to let my mind wander—without anyone noticing that I wasn't paying attention.

In my dream, I'd been standing in a clearing with my declared mate, Connor, our arms wrapped around each other so tightly that we could barely breathe. The full moon served as a spotlight.

Then dark clouds drifted over the moon, and everything went black. Still holding him near, I was acutely aware of the muscles and bones in his body undulating against me. He grew taller and broader. My fingers were in his hair, and I felt the strands thicken and lengthen. His mouth covered mine, but his lips were fuller than before. The kiss was hungrier than any he'd ever given me. It heated me from head to toe, and I thought I knew what it was to be a candle, melting from the scorching flame. I knew I should move away, but I clung to him as though I'd drown in a sea of doubts if I let go.

The hovering clouds floated away, and the moonlight illuminated us once again—only I was no longer in Connor's arms. Instead I was pressing my body against Rafe's, kissing him, yearning for his touch. . . .

I shifted uncomfortably in my chair with the memory of how desperately I'd wanted Rafe. It was Connor I was supposed to long for. But I'd woken up in a tangle of sheets, clamoring for another of Rafe's touches—even if it were only in a dream.

Squirming again, I felt a sharp elbow in my ribs.

"Be still, will you?" Brittany Reed whispered harshly beside me. Like me, she would soon be turning seventeen and would experience her first transformation with the next full moon.

I'd known Brittany since kindergarten. We were friends, but I'd never felt as close to her as I did to Kayla—whom I'd met only last summer, when her adoptive parents had brought her to the park to face her past. We'd connected on a deep level almost as soon as we met. We'd spent the past year sharing our lives through emails, text messages, and phone calls.

During the last full moon she'd discovered that she was one of us and that Lucas Wilde was her destined mate. I can't imagine how frightening it would be to have so little time to prepare. We Shifters can't control the first transformation. When the full moon rises, our bodies react to its call. But now Kayla sat at the table with the others.

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is usually a time when as many of our kind as possible come together to celebrate our existence. But this year a pall hung over us as we gathered at Wolford, a village hidden deep within a huge national forest near the Canadian border. All that remained there of what had once been a vibrant community were a few small buildings and the massive, mansionlike structure that serves as the home of the elders who rule over us. The residence also houses most of us when we're here for the solstice celebration.

We've always been a secret society. Even though we have lived among the rest of the world, we show our true selves only to each other. But recently, we discovered that Lucas's older brother had betrayed us by telling someone in the outside world about our existence. Now some scientists who work for a medical research company called Bio-Chrome were determined to capture us and discover what makes us tick—or more important, what makes us transform. They wanted to patent this ability, develop it, and use it for their own financial gain. But being dissected and studied wasn't how any of us wanted to spend our summer vacation.

Although we hadn't seen any signs of Bio-Chrome scientists since Lucas and Kayla had escaped from their clutches, none of us believed they'd given up their quest so easily. We were all on edge because we could sense an impending confrontation—the way animals sense a coming storm. Nature had made us attuned to danger. It was the reason we hadn't gone the way of the dinosaur.

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Chapter OneSupposedly, dreams reflect our hidden fears and secret desires, all clamoring for attention. The one I’d had last night had been so vivid that even now, as evening drew near, it still made me squirm in my chair. I sat against a wall in the counsel room where the elders and the Dark Guardians—protectors of our society—were di...

Rachel Hawthorne believes in happy endings and adopting older rescue dogs. She also writes asNew York Timesbestselling author Lorraine Heath and as J. A. London with her son, Alex. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and is presently spoiling a pooch named Jake.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:June 30, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061709565

ISBN - 13:9780061709562

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! 2nd in the series, Full Moon was as enthralling as Moonlight. Lindsey is thorned between Connor, a friend that she's known her whole life and Rafe, a new interest. Wolford is in danger of being discovered and the werewolves are being yet again hunted... The story shows how difficult life can be when "it's time to grow up." I enjoyed the tension and the life's lessons that came out of it.
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely The second book in the Dark Guardian serie have a lot in common with the first which make it as good as the first. First, it's a really cute and romantic read with and a hint of action even if I would have loved more, I knew it was more of a lovestory then anything else. Two, in this one we are in Lindsey's head and it feel so reel like for Kayla's story. Rachel Hawthorne really know how to transform feeling in word and make it sound like true. I was not disapointed by this other novel of her and I definetely recommend it to everyone who love cute story with super cute end.
Date published: 2009-10-12
Rated out of 5 by from I was First Under The Moonlight, Now I'm In the Full Moon... Moonlight, told us about Kayla's story and how she figured out she was a Shifter, in other words a Werewolf, and how she found her true mate Lucas. In Full Moon it's Lindsey's Turn. Before she was even born she was destined to be with Connor, she has known him for all her life and knew he was the one. Until she meets Rafe, a bad boy who is dangerous and mysterious. Ever since she noticed him, she can't seem to stop thinking about him, and she even dreams of him. Lindsey is beginning to have second thoughts about Connor, and Connor is beginning to notice. Lindsey must choose between the boy she has known all or life, or the one who she feels right with... After reading Moonlight I couldn't wait to read Full Moon, and after I read it I loved it. This series is amazing, and there is a third one called Dark Of The Moon which is on Brittany's point of view. So far this one is better than the first one. I love Rafe, he is such a gentleman and a dangerous one at that. I recommend this series to anyone who like romance, and werewolves all put together.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA Romance - Far too quick a read though!!! In this second installment of the Dark Guardians trilogy by Rachel Hawthorne, we get to see how the character of Lindsey goes through the trials and tribulations of choosing between a newly developed and intense love, and the love of a man she's known her whole life and who was meant to be her mate from the beginning - all prior to her first wolf transformation! Each book in Hawthorne's trilogy focuses on one of the female pre-transition wolf-shifters and what they go through prior to their first transition. In Hawthorne's world, women go through their first wolf transformation on the first full moon after their 17th birthday, and they must do so (according to traditions) with their mate - a male wolf shifter. It is said that without a mate, the pain from the first transition is too much to handle for women, and that they cannot survive by going through it alone. It is also the moment where the male and female truly bond to each other, also meaning that as a shifter you are meant to find your true love and soul mate by the age of 17. In the first novel, we readers experienced Kayla's first transformation and her bond with Lucas. In Kayla's case, she had no idea about her wolf heritage and was simply thrown into the secret shifter world to make sure she survived the transition. In this tale, Lindsey, Kayla's best friend, grew up knowing that she would become a wolf one day, and "knowing" that Connor would be the one for her. The two of them grew up together, shared every important moment together, their families were close to one another, they essentially always figured they were their one and only for each other. But this summer, only weeks before her first transformation, she starts to notice Rafe - second in command to Lucas, and the more quiet, reserved, yet rebellious wolf of the group. And Rafe notices her too and has plans to win her over. From here we experience through Lindsey's eyes, her doubts about Connor, and whether her new crush on Rafe is love or lust! Both men want her and are willing to go to any lengths to win her affection, all the while Lindsey is having a huge internal battle between who to choose and whether or not she even knows how to make the right decision! Beyond the love story, the shifters are at risk of not only being exposed, but also of being captured by the evil Bio-Chrome who intend on capturing a shifter or two and extracting their DNA to find out why and how they shift, as well as anything else these shifters possess beyond basic human ability. We meet these bad guys in Moonlight, and they do make a return in Full Moon. This side of the story is excellent at involving other characters in the novel as well as giving the reader something beyond the emotions of the story's love triangle. Because this book is such a quick read too, this aspect of the story is welcomed and adds a nice twist without being tedious. Overall, I really enjoy Hawthorne's work. It's quick, easy to understand, and perfect for those, mainly teens, who want to know what a romance novel entails without it being too mushy gushy, graphic, or too detailed!!! I would actually be quite interested to see what Hawthorne could bring to the table with and Adult Paranormal Romance. Although I mention the fact that it's a quick read a good thing, I find it also what is keeping me from giving it 5 stars. IT'S TOO QUICK!!! I like the fact Hawthorne doesn't beat around the bush and over do it with descriptions and detail, but I could have used at least another 100 pages; 260+ pages is really not much, and as a reader in her twenties, I needed and wanted more than what was given!!! Regardless, I do recommend this book if you like what I mentioned above!!! It's a nice read!!! :) Enjoy!!!!
Date published: 2009-07-16