Tag: Irish novels

DNF Review: Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O’Malley

Posted March 20, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

DNF Review: Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O’MalleyReviewer: Holly
Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O'Malley
Narrator: Amy Landon
Series: Mystic Cove #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: December 11, 2014
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased, Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 258
Length: 5 hours and 58 minutes
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Reading Challenges: Holly's 2019 GoodReads Challenge, Holly's 2019 New to Me Challenge
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It is time…

An ancient book, a power untouched, and a heart unloved lead Keelin O'Brien from her graduate studies in Boston to a small village on the coast of Southern Ireland. Determined to unearth the secrets lying hidden in the enchanted waters of the cove, Keelin has little time for a surly Irishman who infuriates her during the day and haunts her fantasies at night.

Inexplicably drawn to the woman who has stepped from his dreams and into his world, Flynn fights a stubborn battle against his increasing attraction for Keelin. Forces unknown have better plans for the two.

Only the secrets of the cove can show Keelin who she really is, the beauty of her mysterious power, and a love that will break the bounds of what she knows.

From New York Times Bestselling author, Tricia O'Malley, comes a new romance series set on the rocky shores of Ireland.

I started listening to this on audio, but switched to the ebook about 3 chapters in. The heroine was frustrating me, but I thought it might be the way the narrator was speaking for her. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. She was just immature and childish. She was supposedly 28 years old, but she acted like a teenager most of the time. Impetuous and headstrong, she rushed into things without thinking and even said things like “you can’t tell me what to do!”. What? You’re an adult, FFS.

The hero was a total jerk to the heroine. They’d been dreaming about each other and as soon as he saw her, he knew they were meant to be together. That pissed him off for some unknown reason and he ended up being an ass for no apparent reason. When she started banging on his chest like a little kid and he called her stupid, I just couldn’t anymore.

“Stupid?” Keelin hated being called stupid. Her Irish Temper kicked in. “Who are you calling stupid, you big oaf? What are you doing down here anyway?”
She pounded her fist on his chest and he grabbed her wrist with his hand. His eyes glinted dangerously at her as he held her hand captive.
“Obviously, I’m saving a stupid child from drowning.”
“A child? You, you jerk. Leave me alone.”

The premise was really intriguing – I love books featuring psychic abilities – but the execution was poorly done. Between the immature actions of the heroine and the asshole hero, I had to DNF around the 40% mark. I’m just glad this was a free read, or I’d be asking for a refund.

Rating: DNF

Mystic Cove


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Review and a Giveaway: The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy

Posted June 2, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 26 Comments

Holly‘s review of The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy

As his men are slaughtered around him, legendary Irish warrior Finian O’Melaghlin is held captive by the despised English Lord Rardove. Struggling to break free, Finian finds aid from an unlikely source: the beautiful Senna de Valery, who is also trying to escape Rardove’s bloodthirsty grasp. Risking both their lives, Senna releases Finian from his shackles so they can both flee, but their plight has just begun…

Seeking safe refuge, Finian and Senna have only each other to depend on for survival. Neither can deny their immediate attraction, but indulging their desires will put them both in grave danger. Finian vows to protect the woman who saved his life, but he soon learns she is a pawn in a much larger battle. For Senna has an unbreakable link to a priceless treasure many centuries old. It is the stuff from which dreams are made and for which men will kill-and not even Finian may be strong enough to save her…

Last year Kris Kennedy blew me away with her debut medieval, The Conqueror (only $3.99 at Amazon!). I’m happy to report she’s penned another winner with The Irish Warrior.

Senna de Valery travels to Ireland to finalize a deal with Lord Rardove that will save her wool business. Only Senna doesn’t realize until too late that Rardove doesn’t want Senna’s wool, he wants her. For Senna’s mother was a rare dye-witch – someone who could make the famous Wishmé dyes. The Wishmé dyes are both beautiful and deadly, offering the owner of them the power to defeat any army. Rardove will stop at nothing to get them, even forcing Senna into a marriage she doesn’t want.

Finian O’Melaghlin isn’t just a warrior, he is also one of the king’s closest advisers. He and his men have been captured by Rardove and are being killed off one by one when they refuse to give Rardove the information he seeks. Finian knows they all must die rather than reveal what Rardove wants to know, but each man he loses is personal to him. When Senna arrives Finian is impressed with her spirit and ingenuity, even as he thinks her foolish to provoke Rardove, who has proven himself to be a madman.

Senna knows she’ll never make it out alive on her own. Desperate to escape, she risks everything to release Finian, praying he’ll help her to safety. Finian vows to protect Senna with his life, but once he realizes just why Rardove wants her, he isn’t sure he’ll truly be able to protect her. Because Senna holds to the key to something everyone wants, not just Rardove. 

First, I have to say that this book is set in Ireland. I don’t think enough love is given to the Irish, either in historical or present-day novels. Kennedy really does a stellar job of highlighting the wild, untamed beauty of medieval Ireland. The setting and story are woven together beautifully, proving us with a rich, full-bodied reading experience.

Senna is a strong, resourceful woman. In a time when most women are thought of as nothing more than livestock, she runs a successful business and keeps her family together. Even in the face of great adversity, she still keeps her wits about her. She doesn’t falter or accept her fate, she fights for the things she believes in. One of the early scenes with her and Rardove, where he tries to force her to accept his suite, is one of the most compelling I’ve read in a long time. Because Senna shows such strength, such pride in herself, I was literally moved to tears. I had no problem seeing why Finian admired her so much.

Finian was a strong warrior, but he also had a playful, mischievous side. He didn’t take himself too seriously, and knew just when to lighten the mood. That isn’t to say he was a jester, he was simply multifaceted – strong, resilient, resourceful and, when the occasional called for it, playful. I absolutely adored him. His inner struggle over his conflicting loyalties was well done and fell right in line with the type of man he was.

The journey across Ireland’s sweeping landscape was harrowing and filled with adventure. And the passion smoldering between them was powerful strong.

The secondary characters were also well drawn, from the villian of the piece to the mysterious smuggler who played both sides. I was especially intrigued by Senna’s brother William, and hope to see a book for him released sometime in the very near future (hinthint).

I did struggle some with the explanation of the Wishmé dyes. Although I grasp the basic concept behind them, I was left feeling a bit lost about what exactly they were, where they came from and how exactly they were used. I wish Kennedy had spent a bit more time explaining the legend behind them and the dye-witches.

Overall I adored the Irish setting and rich characterizations. I dub this a stellar sophomore release and look forward to many more like it from Kennedy in the future.

4.75 out of 5


Leave a comment on this post telling me why you’re interested in The Irish Warrior, and I’ll toss your name in to win a copy. Also, be sure to check back later because Kris will be guest blogging with us. Contest ends Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.

This book is available from Zebra. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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