Saturday, June 4, 2016

A SELKIE'S MAGIC by Lana Lea Short

Series:  The Selkie’s Heart #1
Author:  Lana Lea Short
Publish Date:   01.24.2016
Publisher:  Liquid Silver Books
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  C – average writing
Received from:  Lana Lea Short (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads link: A Selkie’s Magic
Date completed: 06.04.16

Description from the publisher:
A Selkie’s Magic, Book 1 in the new fantasy series The Selkie’s Heart by romance author Lana Lea Short. This thrilling tale of intrigue, passion, myths, and legends will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens when a sexy surfer from California meets a Selkie prince.

Aileana Sutherland is a strong-willed, independent young Southern California surfer who decides to move to Scotland, her father’s homeland. She’s prompted to relocate after an awful heart-wrenching breakup with her boyfriend, who she caught having sex with another woman Scotland is the perfect place to lick her wounds and move on with her life.

There, she runs into a man from her past, Kendrick Morgan. A man with gorgeous long, dark hair with the body of a god; a man with a secret. He happens to be a shapeshifting Selkie Prince, a creature of Celtic myths and legends.

Kendrick and his Selkie clan are tasked with protecting the locals from evil Unseelies in the form of Finfolk. There have been reports of kidnapping, but when Aileana is abducted, will Kendrick be able to save the woman he’s given his heart to?

Content Notes: Spicy, Fantasy, Contemporary, Sea Creatures, Selkies

This is the first book in the Selkie’s Heart series.  It is told in third person POV.

I was drawn to this book because of the Selkies – a were-seal, if you will – pulled from Scottish and Irish lore.

I liked the story.  It was imaginative, romantic, and in parts suspenseful.  The characters are likeable and relatable.

Unfortunately, the writing itself is poor.  Sentences are too simplistic and words/ideas are too often repeated (e.g.  “…he would only continue to fall deeper under the spell of her magic.  It seemed his little human possessed her own magic, and moreover, it seemed Selkies were not the only creatures with magic.”  This kept me from falling into the true magic that is the spell cast by a well-written story.

This is the first book offered by Lana Lea Short.  I hope she continues to work at it and is able to grow in her chosen craft. 

The Selkie’s Heart series:
  1. A Selkie’s Magic

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