I love Paranormal Romance, but I have to say that this is my first foray into what I can only refer to as medieval fantasy… with elements of paranormal. I was a bit skeptical going into it but I was pleasantly surprised.
Blurb: Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed. Rumors say, she has been seen barefoot in the orchard, is awake all night in moon-struck rambles and sleeps all day. Some will even claim her ghostly pallor and aloof manner are signs of illness, of a curse or insanity. The hopes of the peaceful succession to her father’s fief lie in an advantageous marriage. Moira, however, has a hard time attracting suitors. When one does show interest, her family pushes for a decision.
Almost resigned to the fact that she has no choice but to play the part she has been given in life, Moira is faced with Owain. A member of the mysterious Blaidyn creatures and a new guard in her father’s castle, specifically tasked to keep her safe. He is different from other people she knows and when one night under the full moon, she makes the acquaintance of the wolf who shares Owain’s soul, she starts to trust him and seek his presence. As he becomes one of the few individuals who doesn’t make her want to hide and retreat, she wants to learn more about him and they grow closer until they share a kiss one night under the moon.
Faced with feelings and desires that overthrow everything she thought she knew about herself, Moira knows non-the-less that they have to be kept utterly secret. However much they try, however, they continue to be drawn to each other until one night, Owain discovers something about Moira that shakes him to core.
Laila Blake creates such an interesting world that I could surprisingly easily picture. Owain, a Blaidyn (or shifter if you like) is hired to protect Moira. Humans don’t really understand the Blaidyn and there have been rumors about their appearance and their behavior. So when Moira realizes that Owain looks very human, albeit much taller, she’s pleasantly surprised. Moira is a recluse, prefers to be alone, especially in the deep of the night.
On one such night, under a full moon, Moira goes wondering and bumps into Owain, but in wolf form. She’s surprised at how playful he is… different from how he usually behaves as her guard. She enjoys the time with him but realizes that whatever this is could never happen. She decides its safer to stay away from Owain but their attraction is too strong. They’re both surprised at how strongly they feel for each other and eventually give in to their feelings. But they have to do it in secret because a relationship between a human and Blaidyn could never be, and Moira is not just any human, shes a noblewoman.
I really loved this budding relationship. I have a thing for shifters and Owain didn’t disappoint. So gentle, so protective and so passionate.
After a moment, in which the gesture touched him so much it almost hurt, he wrapped his strong arms around her, squeezed her against him tightly. He could feel her lungs expanding and contracting against the grip, with just a hint of resistance. Her breath, her life in his arms. In that moment, he knew more than ever before that he wanted to hold her and keep her safe for the rest of his life.
However, this beautiful relationship is only part of a bigger plot filled with different preternaturals, an ancient war, and plans for retribution. And this is where the plot kind of lost me. I will completely take full blame on this issue because its come to my realization that if a book contains more than 2 types of preternaturals then I get a bit lost. But if you are a big fan of this genre then you will probably get everything from the beginning. I just feel more in my element with shifters and vampires and less so with magic and fantasy.
I did love however that the book contained elements of love and mystery. I feel like Laila has created a beautiful setting for a series. So go forth and enjoy oh lovers of everything paranormal 🙂
Finally I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.