Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Selkie by Rosana Leo

This was supposed to be her year. However, after losing her job and discovering her fiancĂ© cheating, Maggie Collins has her doubts. When her grandmother dies, she hits rock bottom. Maggie travels to her grandmother’s home in Orkney, Scotland to sort through her gran’s things, only to discover the old woman has left her a seal pelt as her inheritance. She also learns that others are after the pelt.
To add to her frustration, Maggie’s dreams are filled with luscious images of a long-haired man, images that draw her to the magical beaches in Orkney. Although she’s lost her trust in men, this dream man inspires her with a lust she’s never known before.
Calan Kirk has also been dreaming. Dreaming of Maggie, the mortal woman who arouses him as no other woman ever has. Meeting her in the flesh when she arrives in Orkney is nothing short of spontaneous sexual combustion. But she is a human, and not to be trusted. He needs the seal pelt, not a red-haired temptress.
As a thief ransacks Maggie’s grandmother’s house, Maggie and Calan are thrust together. They must search for the animal skin, a mythical relic which once found, will either bring them together or rip them apart forever.

Yes. I am happy to report that the story is just as SEXY as the cover. I had been swooning over this cover since its first reveal on facebook months ago. The book couldn't move up fast enough on my TBR list - I couldn't wait to read it! Then I had a panic. What if the story was terrible? And I'd been fooled by my lust for delicious covers? I'd be hard-broken, disappointed... oh no. So I took it one page at-a-time, lowering my expectation, because it wasn't likely anything could be as SEXY as the cover. But I was wrong. The book was FABULOUSLY SEXY - FUNNY AT TIMES - SWEET AT OTHERS - AN ULTIMATE INDULGENCE.

Rosana Leo captured Maggie's emotions so well, I made a new friend. I experienced her life while inside this book and it was a wild trip. She's had a rough beginning and then is abruptly thrown into this mythical adventure. Using the secondary characters just enough to add depth, the focus of the story was on Maggie and Calan. Oh, wow, Calan. Now, Calan being a selkie (think were-seal) means the book is built on paranormal mythology. The story has the perfect balance of paranormal elements and romance for me. Maggie and Calan together are a treat. They're quite humorous at times and then there are these crazy sexy and intense scenes. The story has a good blend of descriptive language to make readers feel like they are inside the story. I felt thoroughly immersed in the story and didn't want to put it down.

I am already awaiting future books with Calan's brothers!

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.
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