Paranormal

Heart of the Sea (The Gallaghers #3)

Heart of the Sea

Summary:

The breathtaking conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with “Jewels of the Sun” and “Tears of the Moon”...

Darcy Gallagher has always believed in the pull of fate, the magic of legend... and the importance of money. She longs to find a rich man who will sweep her away - into a world filled with glamour and adventure, and the exotic life that is her destiny...

A wealthy businessman with Irish blood, Trevor Magee has come to Ardmore to build a theater - and uncover the secrets hidden in his family's past. He thought he had given up on love long ago, but Darcy Gallagher tempts him like no woman ever has. She's gorgeous, intelligent, and she knows what she wants - and he's more than willing to give it to her. But as their mutual attraction flares into passion, they look into their hearts - and find out what happens when you truly believe...  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Darcy is the woman who adds a dramatic flair to the Gallaghers and isn’t afraid the flaunt what she has.  There’s something you have to respect about a woman who knows her own mind and heart and unapologetically goes for it.  I think that everyone could handle a little more Darcy in their life.

Trevor on the other hand is so eager to push everyone away that sometimes it seems that he misses what’s right in front of him.  I like that he has to start to open himself up while also balancing a business around the world.  Both of them need to learn what might be hidden in their hearts while also pursuing their dreams.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans who enjoy a flair of fantasy, but it’ll be a bit confusing if you don’t read the others in the series first.

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Tears of the Moon (Gallaghers of Ardmore #2)

Tears of the Moon

Summary:

A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of women and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story—one of loneliness and desperate longing…

No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use—least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician—as the song in his head keeps time with the beating of a woman's heart… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was certainly my favorite book in the series set in Ardmore.  Brenna is a complete sparkplug who constantly cracked me up throughout the development of their relationship.  I loved how both Brenna and Shawn thought they were doing the manipulating while the other was convinced of the opposite.  The rest of the family just sat back and watched it happen in slow motion.

One of the best scenes in the book is when Shawn and Mr. O’Toole decide to come to an understanding.  I was truely laughing out loud.  Actually, all of the relationships with the O’Toole family are well done in a way that is realistic with its grudges and pain – even if they are manage to work through them quickly.  This was definitely one that I’d highly recommend.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of romance, a touch of fantasy and strong heroines.

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Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore #1)

Jewels of the Sun

Summary:  

In her new trilogy, “New York Times” #1 Best Selling author, Nora Roberts returns to the lush, green hills of Ireland, where love is forever touched by magic - And where the Gallagher siblings explore the depth of their fiery hearts. 

Determining to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refugee in Faerie Hill Cottage, immersing herself in the study of Irish Folk and discovers hope for the future of the magical past.

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Although he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes--and in Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her--while they create a passionate history of their own... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was the second time I’ve read this series and absolutely adored it once again.  I really think this is one of Roberts better series.  One of the best things is how she is able to capture the essential parts of Ireland: it’s beauty, it’s culture and mythology and its tough people. 

Jude is going through a dramatic life change, much like many of Roberts heroines.  I really appreciated her no-nonsense approach to the challenges she faces and her slow discovery into who and what she can be.  She is someone I think I’d be friends with in the real world.  And naturally, Aidan is lovely with a great sense of grounding in his village and his pub.  The combination of the two throw them both off guard and into a supernatural fantasy world that neither of them are expecting.

Warning: Contains sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans that like some Irish inspiration.

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River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6)

River Marked

Summary:

Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn't go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip - and the pimped-out trailer they're using - is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached...

Being a different breed of shapeshifter - a walker - Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River - and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book was a little unique in that we only are focused on Mercy and Adam.  I was absolutely cracking up at the antics in the beginning of the book involving the wedding, but absolutely fitting.  What’s great about this book is that we get to see a devoted view of what Adam and Mercy’s relationship is like day-to-day.  In the previous books we get somewhat of a peek, but it’s always very brief. 

I loved the incorporation of heritage throughout this book as well.  There are a lot of characters that are not quite what they seem and it creates a wonderful mysterious tension throughout it all.  And let me just say, I’m never looking at otters quite the same way again…

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of Mercy and Adam – you only really get the two of them in this installment!

Want to read the whole series?