Wild Irish Heart

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Mystic Cove Novel #1

An oldie from 2014, I was looking for something Irish to read in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day when I stumbled upon Tricia O’Malley’s Wild Irish Heart. Another “new to me” author was my first experience with O’Malley’s work, and it was a nice light read for a Friday night. I enjoyed the storyline but felt it could’ve been so much more. There was so much here the writer could have expanded upon, but if you are looking for a quick Irish Romance to get you ready for St. Patty’s Day, then look no further. This story is full of beautiful Irish imagery, love, and magic.

The story starts in Boston with Keelin and her mother, a character I don’t understand, but when Keelin receives a book and a cryptic message from her grandmother, she quickly changes her plans and goes off to a small Irish village called Mystic Cove. There she discovers more of her “abilities” and the secrets in the town. There was a lot of rich history and folklore I wished the writer would’ve expanded upon, such as why Keelin and Flynn both dream of the other before they meet. I thought the author did an excellent job combing Irish folklore and Keelin’s abilities into a modern tale. The sexual attraction was quick, but the Cove has some influence there.

“The sea was a tempestuous woman, roughly angry one day, silkily soothing another. No other natural phenomenon reflected their moods as deeply as the sea. It was beauty. It was wrath. It was everything.”

― Tricia O’Malley, Wild Irish Heart

Blurb

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Tricia O’Malley, comes a romance series set on the rocky shores of Ireland. It is time…An ancient book, a power untouched, and a heart unloved lead Keelin O’Brien from her graduate studies in Boston to a small village on the coast of Southern Ireland. Determined to unearth the secrets lying hidden in the enchanted waters of the cove, Keelin has little time for a surly Irishman who infuriates her during the day and haunts her fantasies at night. Inexplicably drawn to the woman who has stepped from his dreams and into his world, Flynn fights a stubborn battle against his increasing attraction for Keelin. Forces unknown have better plans for the two. Only the secrets of the cove can show Keelin who she really is, the beauty of her mysterious power, and a love that will break the bounds of what she knows.

The Mystic Cove Series:

Book 1: Wild Irish Heart

Book 2: Wild Irish Eyes

Book 3: Wild Irish Soul

Book 4: Wild Irish Rebel

Book 5: Wild Irish Roots: Margaret & Sean

Book 6: Wild Irish Witch

Book 7: Wild Irish Grace

Book 8: Wild Irish Dreamer

Tricia O’Malley New York Times Bestselling author, Tricia O’Malley, lives in the Caribbean with her much doted-upon dogs, Briggs and Blue. On a typical day you will find her lost in the worlds of her making or gearing up to go scuba diving. Tricia loves fun vacation reads, hates wimpy characters, and hosts a serious addiction to traveling the world. She finds inspiration on the go – and you’ll often find her books set in beautiful settings with characters tangled in affairs of the heart…or murder.

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