Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Wild Irish Sea by Loucinda McGary

From the publisher: "Amber O’Neill knows something is wrong when her twin brother summoning her through the telepathic ability they’ve shared since they were young and rushes to the Ireland to find and save him from the danger she feels in his calling, before it’s too late. Amber enlists the aid of recovering alcoholic and former police inspector Kevin Hennessey, who wants nothing to do with the beautiful American telling him a wild story about murder and danger… But the wildness of the sea, the magical legend of a lost selkie prince, and their own desperate efforts to find and save her missing brother bring them together on levels neither one could ever have imagined. "

My thoughts:

Once again Loucinda McGary managed to mentally transport me to Ireland entertaining me along the way with a little bit of romance, mixed in with a few dangerous characters and some magical elements. Let's just say I'll never look at a seal again with the same feelings. Are they really seals? Some of it may have been a stretch of the imagination, but it still made for a fun story.

I really liked the strong main characters along with the minor ones. The side plot thread of attempted murder, smugglers and dirty police just added to the intensity of the story. It may have been chilly and rainy in Ireland but anywhere near Amber and Kevin, it was hot and sultry! McGary is definitely a "show me," not a "tell me," type of writer.

Despite the book having one of "those" covers, I did enjoy it. Honestly, the cover would have grabbed me just with the spume beating against the rocks and the thatched cottage in the background. I guess it's supposed to denote hot and steamy. All in all, another perfect, summer beach read. 3.5**

If you like this genre of book set in Ireland, you can see my review of Loucinda's book, Wild Sight.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Sourcebooks, Inc. Thank you, Danielle!


  1. Sounds like a fun sea-side read (and your penguins in the photo agree!).

  2. I was curious about this one, but was afraid it wouldn't live up to the teaser. Glad to see that it did. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. This sounds like a fun book but I have to agree with you about the cover - I'm not a fan. It reminds me of a Harlequin Romance! I know, I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover...I will keep this one in mind for a summer reading pick. Have a great week!

  4. Hi Kaye :)
    Being that I'm Irish, I like things set in that scene.
    It sounds like a fun one and I agree about the cover. Too much, right?

    Good to visit you here :)
    I'm doing a Giveaway too..."The Help."
    Come over to sign up if you're interested in winning!
    It was a great read!
    Sending you bundles of Love,

  5. Like the Irish bit...but I can't read a book with a shirtless man on the cover. What will people think? lol

  6. I am sold by the word "irish"lol

  7. Maybe other people will believe that you liked the cover for the rocks and the thatched cottage..I know it was that bare chested man for sure!! I love the penguins kissing...this sounds like a splendid read and anything that transports me to Ireland is a winner in my book!

  8. And here I was just talking this weekend that i really wanna see a seal ;)

  9. Great review. I too loved this book. Great setting.

    Here is my review!


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