Review: Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O’Malley

Posted March 27, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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Review: Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O’Malley
Wild Irish Heart

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Series: Mystic Cove #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Park and Stowell
Released on September 12, 2014
Pages: 258
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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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.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #25
Literary Pickers #59 diving suit
Books N Tunes #13 The High King’s The Wild Rover 


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lover of Romance
3 years ago

ooh I saw this book in both the Audible Romance Package and KU, and also at my library, so I was really curious about this one especially since I love those Ireland settings. I can see why these two would be frustrating. But the setting and story line sounds so intriguing.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Glad I could test drive it for you. It’s got lots of good going for it even with a few niggles. Hope you like it if you get the chance, Renee. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

Finding family you didn’t know before could be fun.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yes! Her family search led to a lot of surprises. Her mother had her reasons, but she had basically lied to Keelin by omission and kept her from a lot of family for too long.

3 years ago

It’s always nice to find a good one and I didn’t know about it nor the author

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I agree, Melliane. It’s fun to try new authors and books.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

How fun to do an annual St. Paddy’s day read!!! I would have like an atmospheric read, especially for a setting like Ireland. Keelin sounds like she could have been a really interesting character. The whole having visions and being able to heal people sounds intriguing! Too bad the characters weren’t as developed as well as they could have been beyond the lust and over emotional drama. Despite all that, I’m glad you enjoyed the story overall! Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I’ve been trying to do that off and on for years. I try to pick a book with an author from the country and the setting in the country based on cultural holidays here in the US. I’ve got Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest, and I’m still looking for others. It gives me a good excuse to learn about other people and clear off the TBR. LOL

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

It has elements i normally enjoy so i see why you chose it. Love the pot of tea..and agree that wouldn’t endear me to them. Curious about the rest of the series.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes! It was an easy decision to pick it up. There’s enough there to enjoy in spite of issues. 🙂 I want her grandmother’s story.

Carole rae
3 years ago

Ooo I am in love with this series. :3

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

I’m glad you are loving on the whole series. I want grandma’s story. 🙂

3 years ago

Oh I am glad you mostly liked it. I can’t even remember what I rated it offhand. Or even if I did. The story is hazy too since its been maybe 4 years? Not sure. I can’t even remember if I listened or read. I do know I have the next one languishing in my tbr. Maybe someday.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

I have a feeling that I’d like other stories in the series better since it was this pair of characters and not the story or setting that put me off a bit. I definitely want her grandmother’s romance. That lady was my fav character.

LOL, you sound like me with that languishing TBR pile. 🙂

herding cats
3 years ago

Well that cover is just lovely. It is so hard when you’re just eh on the main characters but it does sound like it has a lot of potential as a series/setting 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

You got it exactly. The set up for the series has potential even if this pair of characters weren’t my thing.