Review of The Lure of Shapinsay

                                                                   

 by Krista Holle

Pages: 260

Review Source: Author

Publisher: Sweet River Rmance

Release Date: Dec. 16, 2012

My Rating: 3/5

Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

The book opens with the mystery of what was wrong with the child born to Kait’s friend and what its grandfather was doing with it (and that’s what caught me).  Kait follows the man and ends up being seen by the selkies that live around the island as she looks for the newborn, and that is how Kait gets inadvertently gets accused of murder.

Kait and her brother live on the Island of Shapinsay. Their parents died when they were young which lead to Kait being independent, strong willed and outspoken. She doesn’t seem to take much grief from anyone. Needless to say everyone else wishes she were quiet and obedient like the other young girls of the village. Her brother Blair has a hard time trying to be the head of the house and attempts to marry her off. Kait is naïve when it comes to selkies and men, it comes across well, I like my heroines a bit less so. She’s entranced and in Love from the start.  She can’t go a second without thinking of her selkie or looking for him. At times it her obsession was a bit annoying, but it was an important part of the story.

Eamon, the selkie, wants revenge against Kait for the killing.  After meeting her he can’t get her out of his mind.   He treats Kait with dislike and contempt at the beginning of the story. He begrudgingly admires her love of the sea and swimming, so unlike the other humans on the island.  The selkies are definitely more animal than human…“So ye really do not use names?” “I thought I was clear on that,” Eamon said with a growl as his eyes moved sleepily over my face.  …..“Then how in creation do you address one another?” “The selkie speak with a look or a nudge. If that doesn’t work, we bite or use a swift rock to the head.” (Krista Holle. The Lure of Shapinsay)   

The world that Krista Holle has created is complex and the research that went into it is obvious.  I loved Tipper, can’t say more without giving something away. The struggle, both emotional and in the real world of the book, that would go on between selkie and human was portrayed very well.   I would recommend this one to anyone who likes a good romance, paranormal and historical elements.  I’ve no idea what Ms. Holle has planned but it would be a shame not to have another story in this well developed world.  Tipper’s perhaps? 

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