Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Park and Stowell
Released on September 12, 2014
Source: Free Book
Atmosphere, an Irish village settled near a mystical cove, and a woman who comes seeking answers to long-held secrets. I was all in to try this first in series by a new to me author.
Keelin O’Brien receives a mysterious package from a grandmother she has never met, calling her back to the coastal Irish village her mother left just before she was born. Margaret O’Brien has kept many secrets from Keelin who is now ready to get to the bottom of things. She has odd moments of visions and ability to read people’s health and heal them. She wants to ignore this and hold tightly to her preference for everything to be answered by science. Her arrival in the small village leads to several memorable encounters including the irascible Flynn who rubs her wrong just as much as she does he. Keelin must come into her own and embrace it all if she is to have a fulfilling life.
Wild Irish Heart was a pick for my annual St. Patrick’s Day holiday read. I wanted something set in Ireland and wanted to keep working off my backlog of Kindle titles so this one fit the bill. I found it moderately engaging. It offered up elements that match up well with my personal tastes and I enjoyed it to a certain extent, but never whole-heartedly liked either heroine or hero. They both swung too wide on the emotional pendulum and I had a hard time figuring out half the time why they made such a big fuss over stuff. So much tempest in a pot of tea.
But, the world and setting of the series and the intro to the larger circle of characters had me enjoying much of what I was reading. It wasn’t as atmospheric in tone as I thought it would be and focused more on Keelin and Flynn’s internal issues while not developing their characters much beyond lust and resistance. Okay, and Keelin pull a lot of stupid stunts for someone who is supposedly driven by science and study. She nearly drowns twice in less than twenty-four hours for Pete’s sake when she actually knows the safety rules since she’s a marine biologist. Not to mention, her grandmother has just got through telling her the rules for respecting the cove’s magic. But, Keelin finding the rest of her family and getting to know them, meeting and seeing the other characters from the village and sensing some stories there, and, the knowledge that others who are Grace O’Malley the pirate queen’s descendants also are gifted- all made me pleased to have read about this little slice of Ireland.
So, it was mostly good and I was definitely glad I read it. I wish I could like the main characters more, but I have hopes for when the later books shift to other lead characters. This will be for those who wish for a small village setting, some magic and a spicy hot romance.
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