If I had of seen the front cover of this book before I read it, I might have been less shocked on the content. As it were, I read it on my Kindle, and being that the picture was really tiny and in black and white, I didn’t notice the half-naked man on the cover.
It features Brianne O’Donnell, a young woman in the 1300′s learning Druid magick from an eccentric old man called Heremon as well as her familiar, a talking black cat. Learning the ways of old in the heart of Ireland is exciting at the best of times, but when a handsome stranger washes up on shore the same night her mentor is murdered, Brianne’s whole world starts to spin. She doesn’t know who to trust, or where to turn for she can barely trust herself. Brianne and the stranger join together to try and solve the mystery of Heremon’s death and in the process get tangled in a snare all their own. Lust, love and adventure spiral together until Brianne isn’t sure which way is up, which is down and which is truth.
This happens to be the first book I read on my Kindle. It’s the very first one I downloaded and I chose it for two key reasons: it was cheap, and it was about Ireland. I’m Irish, my husband’s Irish; it seemed like a good choice. I was completely unprepared for the raunchy intimate scenes. The passages weren’t long, a few pages at most but when you aren’t expecting it, it kind of hits you. They were tasteful; they sat a very fine line between suggestive and seductive. I’m not normally one for raunchy books, but Amber Scott writes beautifully and these sections were spread out, giving you nice breathers in between. Not a bad read for my first soft erotica.
On the other hand, although the writing itself was good, the characters and plot line were a little flat. Brianne changes her mind too often giving her character an adolescent feel which, after reading the aforementioned snippets, I wasn’t overly fond of. The stranger, Ashlon, though I did quite like him, lacks a little depth. The mystery surrounding him didn’t strike me as essential, I understand it was but for some reason it didn’t grab me. The things that did grab my attention were ultimately left unanswered. The cat for instance, and the young boy she treats as her brother. I was just left feeling a little confused and unsatisfied, even though I had enjoyed the journey. I suppose the whole book reads like a wooing; the attraction, the flirtation, the seduction, the lust, the love and ultimately, the lack of climax.
And on that note I’m going to give this review an 18A rating.