May 13, 2012

Book Review: The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

Title: The Lure of Shapinsay
Author: Krista Holle
Publisher: Sweet River Romance
Release Date: December 16th 2011
Source: Received from the author for an honest review

Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the Selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

My Thoughts

Other than reading about them in some old myths and legends book when I was a teenager, I have not yet come across a romance involving Selkie.
I was intrigued, and rather looking forward to entering this little known world.

The beginning of this story is quite emotional as Kait discovers the sad reality of man when faced with an unexpected half Selkie babe born to a friend.
And this basically sets the tone for the entire book.

While it starts out as a story of revenge and inquisitive wonder for both Kait and 'Eamon', The Lure of Shapinsay is at its heart a rather dark and almost gothic novel depicting the self destructive tendencies of an emotionally immature and unbalanced couple.

Both from different worlds they struggle to come to terms with their emotions making rash decisions that could seriously endanger the person they profess to love the most.

There are lots of ups and downs in this book both between the couple and with the reading of it but all in all I was pulled along into this alluring and enchanting Selkie story.

A very interesting 3.5 Star read ;]


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