Irish Moon by Amber Scott — Paranormal Romance

Continuing on my Blog Tour de Force adventures, I received a review copy from Amber Scott, writer of steamy romance, stay home mom, avid reader, writing coach, not to mention fellow chocolate enthusiast. Below lies my review — and as usual, be warned there may be some spoilers.

Irish Moon by Amber Scott

Irish Moon is a historical paranormal romance set in the wild countryside of Ireland in the 1300s. Under the magical Irish moon, anything can happen — and beware, because not all spirits are friendly.

The story follows headstrong village princess Breanne, who is desperate to learn more about her Druid powers even if it means sneaking off in the middle of the night to meet her eccentric mentor. But when a stranger washes ashore the same night her mentor is killed, Breanne must make a decision that will change her life forever: should she protect this mysterious English knight or turn him in for murder? Mystery, magic, forbidden love and cursed cats — this story delves deep into Irish mythology and shows us why the Irish really do it best.

Irish Moon is an effortless read, the kind of story you can rip through in one day. As someone half-Irish perhaps I’m a little biased, but I really enjoyed the history and mythology in this novel — Irish folklore is dark and twisted, and makes a great backdrop for a murder mystery. I particularly enjoyed Scott’s descriptions of the countryside and the magical groves, but even the main keep is described vividly (and there’s a great scene on a staircase!).

The characters are varied and believable. Breanne is a likeable, entertaining heroine with a mind of her own, and Ashlon (the knight and love interest) has a certain honourable charm. While I didn’t like all of the characters – I mostly wanted to smack some sense into Breanne’s other love interest — I connected with them emotionally, which doesn’t always happen in romance novels as many lack character depth. Overall, though, my favourite character was the cursed cat, whose temperamental nature and sarcastic comments never failed to amuse… not to mention what he gets up to later on in the novel!

The novel does get pretty steamy, but never overly explicit; Scott strikes a great balance between too much and not enough. Perhaps my only nitpick is that the romance sometimes overtook the murder mystery plot, and that Ashlon’s storyline (and his secret mission) did not get as much attention as it deserved. The story really focuses on Breanne’s struggles, and ends soon after her problems are resolved. But then again, we can’t have it all, and I must admit that out of the many indie romances I’ve read, Irish Moon ranks highly.

In sum, I’d recommend this book to fans of historical paranormal romance — you can grab a copy online from Smashwords or head to Amber’s blog to learn more.

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About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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30 Responses to Irish Moon by Amber Scott — Paranormal Romance

  1. Thanks for posting this review. Can’t wait to read this book. Amber thanks U.

  2. “Amber thanks U”. This review is why I am going to read the book! It was well written, and informative. I do love history and mystery!

  3. Cathy M says:

    Great review. Secret Charm.

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    Amber Thanks You

  4. Linda says:

    Sound great! I can’t wait to read it!
    Secret charm.
    Lindadao2060@yahoo.com

  5. Sarah M says:

    Sounds like a great book :-) Secret charm.

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  6. Sarah M says:

    Amber Thanks U

    smaccall @ comcast.net

  7. Andrea says:

    Wow, what a great review! This sounds like a wonderful read!!!

    “Secret Charm”

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! Can’t wait to read it!!!

    atsnider@verizon.net

  8. Sharin Faircloth says:

    Irish moon is a secret charm.. That anyone would read.

  9. Marta says:

    What a great review, the book sounds amazing!

    Secret Charm :)

  10. Siddy says:

    Hooked by the synopsis! I can’t wait to read it! Secret Charm!

    Siddy
    Obsidian.Reverie[at]gmail[dot]com

  11. Siddy says:

    Also, Amber thanks U. ;)

    Obsidian.Reverie[at]gmail[dot]com

  12. Vanessa says:

    “Secret Charm”!!
    P.S. Amber Thanks you!!!!!

  13. Cool review, and the book sounds great! Secret Charm

  14. Kathy says:

    Great review. Sure makes me want to read the book. “Secret Charm.”
    KZH26@aol.com

  15. This book sounds amazing, a perfect blend of princesses and druid powers.

    SECRET CHARM!

    ktreads@gmail.com

  16. Sound as if this truly is a SECRET CHARM!

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  17. Tara says:

    Great review. This sounds like something I’d love. Secret Charm.

  18. Karen Johnson says:

    The review has me eager to read the book! Secret Charm!!

  19. Allison says:

    Sounds amazing.

    Secret charm.

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  20. Lisa G. says:

    Nice review~What great “Secret Charm” you have, where can I get some? Lol!

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  21. Audrey Atherton says:

    The book sounds great!
    Secret Charm…
    I can’t wait to read it ^^

  22. Mona Livsey {Momma-Mona Storms} says:

    Sounds amazing. “Secret Charm”

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  23. i wish i had a Secret Charm to woo the world! c”,)

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