Book Review: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder (Under The Moonlight #1) by MaryAnn Kempher

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Book Review: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder (Under The Moonlight #1) by MaryAnn Kempher Title: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder
Author: MaryAnn Kempher
Series: Under the Moonlight #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: December 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
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Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with Katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.

See Scott & Katherine. See Scott & Katherine study together. See Scott & Katherine as friends. See Scott & Katherine date other people. See Scott & Katherine get jealous over said other people.  See Katherine in the hospital (repeatedly). See Scott & Katherine get their HEA…& a bike shop.

Scott & Katherine are thrown together as partners for a school project. At first it seems they can’t stand each other, but they eventually become friends. Friends that kiss & grope for a sec, but then decide that’s not what they want for the time being. Katherine is in the process of divorce & Scott is semi-recently minus a fiance. Anyway, they end up dating other people as their feelings for each other grow. And did I mention that someone is trying to kill Katherine?

I wanted to love this book, I really did. It was a cute story & had some of the things that I love: Hot guys, mystery, a killer on the loose, romance, a psycho chick, & guys in drag. (Ok, the last is an odd thing to love, but I just can’t help myself. ;)) I know that if you get your main characters together too early, your story is over. Well, unless drama ensues to separate them for a short period. I love when the male & female leads are friends first. It’s nice that they don’t just fall into bed & say “I love you! Fuck me harder!!” (Don’t get me wrong, I love me some of that, as well.). But when your characters are thinking “I love you” one second & “Well, fuck you then” the next, it gets a little frustrating.

Be warned that there are other people’s POV’s thrown in there, so sometimes you have to really pay attention or you will be going back to figure out who is thinking.Overall, I’m giving this book 3.5 stars. I liked it. I chuckled a couple of times. I wanted to smack people around a little.


She’d only walked a couple of blocks when the large, ominous clouds above began to swirl and play hide and seek with the full moon; soon they hid it completely. Katherine made a “tsk” sound and then mumbled, “Damn.”

Luckily, up ahead on the other side of the street, a dim light shone from an outside lamp attached to someone’s garage. She focused on that. A man was standing near the trunk of the car in the driveway. Katherine couldn’t help smiling, he looked so comical as he struggled to contain an overflowing bag of Styrofoam tubes, like something out of a movie. She was nearly parallel to the garage and the man when the moon reappeared.

When the sky went from black to bright, her smiled disappeared. She looked back and forth between the man’s eyes and the arms and legs she’d mistaken for Styrofoam tubes. He was holding a woman, and Katherine wanted to laugh hysterically, she’d been so stupid. It was a mannequin! Of course. Her eyes traveled from the legs sticking out from the blanket up to the arms, so fake looking now that she knew her mistake. She looked for the faceless head, but it was hidden. Carefully, the man set the mannequin down on the cement. The blanket fell open and finally Katherine could see everything. Including the head, drained of color and covered in blood. A voice in her head shouted “Run”.

About MaryAnn Kempher

MaryAnn Kempher’s writing is infused with romance and mystery. Her love of romance stories goes back to her teen years spent living in Reno NV where Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set. She had a career in the Air Force before deciding to write her first book. MaryAnn’s travels have taken her to beautiful cities in Italy, Southeast Asia and the sultry desert country of Qatar. She met her husband on one of her romantic misadventures while traveling. She has two children and currently lives in Florida where she and her family share their home with two dogs and a cat. Her writing influences include favorite authors Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. She’s a huge fan of the Hercule Poirot mysteries. Her guilty pleasures are any and all sweets, including a good cup of Mocha!