I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.By the Light of the Moon by Laila Blake
Published by Crimson Romance on April 8, 2013
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Book #1 in the Lakeside Series!
Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed. Rumors say, she has been seen barefoot in the orchard, is awake all night in moon-struck rambles and sleeps all day. Some will even claim her ghostly pallor and aloof manner are signs of illness, of a curse or insanity.
The hopes of the peaceful succession to her father’s fief lie in an advantageous marriage. Moira, however, has a hard time attracting suitors. When one does show interest, her family pushes for a decision.
Almost resigned to the fact that she has no choice but to play the part she has been given in life, Moira is faced with Owain. A member of the mysterious Blaidyn creatures and a new guard in her father’s castle, specifically tasked to keep her safe. He is different from other people she knows and when one night under the full moon, she makes the acquaintance of the wolf who shares Owain’s soul, she starts to trust him and seek his presence. As he becomes one of the few individuals who doesn’t make her want to hide and retreat, she wants to learn more about him and they grow closer until they share a kiss one night under the moon.
Faced with feelings and desires that overthrow everything she thought she knew about herself, Moira knows non-the-less that they have to be kept utterly secret. However much they try, however, they continue to be drawn to each other until one night, Owain discovers something about Moira that shakes him to core.
The characters in this book are just amazing. I fell in love with the story and the characters are to die for. I am not usually turned on by such a high fantasy book, but there was something about this one that just sucked me in. I loved the love story and the depth of each character. The steamy scenes make the book that much more desirable. I’d have to say my favorite character would have to be Owain. He is just the essence of hotness. I can’t get enough of him. Moira would have to be my next favorite character. Although in the beginning she struck me as somewhat odd, I could tell she was more than what she seemed to be. You will have to read this terrific novel to find out her secrets. The fae in the book are majestic yet cut throat. They play by their own rules and I love a good group with attitude. You always love to hate the villains in novels. This book has several of those types of characters. Laila Blake is a terrific author and her ability to write a book based in the time this book was made is compelling. She is truly an artist with the written word. Just for all of you lucky people out there the book is currently selling for 1.99 on Amazon! What an awesome steal for such an amazing book! Jump on it people this price won’t last forever! I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did.