Thursday, May 2, 2013

By the Light of the Moon by Laila Blake + Featured Freebie

By the Light of the Moon (Lakeside #1)Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed. Rumors say, she has been seen barefoot in the orchard, is awake all night in moon-struck rambles and sleeps all day. Some will even claim her ghostly pallor and aloof manner are signs of illness, of a curse or insanity.The hopes of the peaceful succession to her father’s fief lie in an advantageous marriage. Moira, however, has a hard time attracting suitors. When one does show interest, her family pushes for a decision.

Almost resigned to the fact that she has no choice but to play the part she has been given in life, Moira is faced with Owain. A member of the mysterious Blaidyn creatures and a new guard in her father’s castle, specifically tasked to keep her safe. He is different from other people she knows and when one night under the full moon, she makes the acquaintance of the wolf who shares Owain’s soul, she starts to trust him and seek his presence. As he becomes one of the few individuals who doesn’t make her want to hide and retreat, she wants to learn more about him and they grow closer until they share a kiss one night under the moon. 

Faced with feelings and desires that overthrow everything she thought she knew about herself, Moira knows non-the-less that they have to be kept utterly secret. However much they try, however, they continue to be drawn to each other until one night, Owain discovers something about Moira that shakes him to core.

My Rating: 4 Roses
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A lovely romance with a mix of paranormal. By the Light of the Moon was a wonderful historical/paranormal romance.

The characters in this book were great.
Moira was a lovely heroine. She had a quiet strength that made her an admirable character. She wasn't afraid to do whatever she had to do for love. I can't say much more about her. She was an awesome character.

Owain was ah-mazing. I loved him. He was the epitome of dark and mysterious and, wow, did he know how to use it. But, he was also so sweet. His kind might have a fearsome reputation, but he could be so gentle and sweet when he wanted to be.

The romance was sensual, without being overly sexual. The love between Moira and Owain was palpable and they had some sparks between them. I could truly feel the emotion between them. It was so sweet.

I loved the atmosphere of the book. It was my favorite aspect. The atmosphere was so well done, dark and sumptuous and perfectly presented in the time period. Loved it.

The plot was good, though I had a tough time getting into it at first. It started out a little slow, it took a while for me to get my bearings. So, I had to knock off a star for that. But, after that rough patch, the plot took of and I was hooked. And the ending was so sweet.

Romance lovers, if you're looking for a great read, you should check out By the Light of the Moon. With a mix of historical and paranormal romance, this book was wonderful.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Today, I have two books that sound totally awesome: Redeemed by Kerrigan Byrne and Stroke of Genius by Mia Marlowe. Go forth and get them for free!

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