Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Nineteenth century Ireland. Blacksmith Gavin O’Malley is a bitter man, with a heart as hard as the iron he forges. He wants his life back—the one that was stolen from him the day his wife died in childbirth—taking their firstborn son with her.
When Aislinn Deirbhile, an immortal, shape-shifting fae, arrives on his doorstep, he knows he’s in luck. For Aislinn can give Gavin everything he’s been missing: A devoted-seeming wife in the image of his beloved Mairead, and children who are sure to outlive their father. Now, all he has to do is find a way to keep her—without losing his immortal soul in the process.
But Aislinn has an agenda of her own. On the run from a vengeful fae lord who’s vowed to either make her his or end her existence, she knows the iron that allows Gavin to take her captive will also keep her pursuers at bay. In order to put herself permanently beyond her enemy’s reach, however, Aislinn will need something more. She’ll need to win Gavin’s heart and convince him to willingly part with a piece of the very soul he’s trying to save.
Gavin O'Malley has had a tough time the past several years. He wife died, and since her death he has ceased to see the joy in life. He's turned into a bit of a recluse, avoiding all the people in his life. One night, a beautiful woman shows up on his doorstep seeking shelter for the evening, but in books as often in reality, things are not always what they seem. Aislinn is a fae princess. Gavin is not only mortal, but a blacksmith. As everyone knows, or should know, fae can not abide iron. Aislinn is counting on using the iron to keep her pursuers at bay, but hopes that she won't become trapped by the iron that keeps her safe. Gavin is trapped by a deathbed promise made to his dead wife. Aislinn is trapped by the iron, by her pursuers, and by the rules that bind all fae. While Gavin did end up saving Aislinn from her pursuers, really Aislinn saved Gavin from the pain in his life.
Gavin was a dreamy hero: physically strong, handsome, naive, straightforward. Aislinn was a good counterpoint to him. She's strongwilled and, worldwise. Due to the inherent differences in their natures, they continually misunderstood each other, and caused difficulty in their relationship. Eventually, eventually they found their happily ever after, and I was very happy for them.
4 Tea Cups!