t'irla ~The BookSlayer~'s review Reviewed Nov 23, 2012
Selkies are now on my book boyfriend list! Calan is HAWT!...adds Rosanna Leo to her Favorite Author list!! A MUST read for Shifter fans!
his was supposed to be her year. However, after losing her job and discovering her fiancé cheating, Maggie Collins has her doubts. When her grandmother dies, she hits rock bottom. Maggie travels to her grandmother’s home in Orkney, Scotland to sort through her gran’s things, only to discover the old woman has left her a seal pelt as her inheritance. She also learns that others are after the pelt.
To add to her frustration, Maggie’s dreams are filled with luscious images of a long-haired man, images that draw her to the magical beaches in Orkney. Although she’s lost her trust in men, this dream man inspires her with a lust she’s never known before.
Calan Kirk has also been dreaming. Dreaming of Maggie, the mortal woman who arouses him as no other woman ever has. Meeting her in the flesh when she arrives in Orkney is nothing short of spontaneous sexual combustion. But she is a human, and not to be trusted. He needs the seal pelt, not a red-haired temptress.
As a thief ransacks Maggie’s grandmother’s house, Maggie and Calan are thrust together. They must search for the animal skin, a mythical relic which once found, will either bring them together or rip them apart forever.
I love when I discover a author that is new to me and fall in love, Rosanna Leo is my latest crush. Selkie is a unique book using a seal shifter as the male protagonist. I have not read any other books about the legends of Selkie mostly because I couldn't see the appeal, however I gave into peer pressure (Bookie) and I am sooooo glad I did. I won't go into the story too much as the description says it all but it is definitely not a formula read. The character creativity in the character building was excellent. Calan is a typical alpha in some ways but he does show more of his feelings and his humor which makes him a more sympathetic hero at least when you get past the arrogance at the beginning. Maggie is your everyday girl...nothing is going right and she is down on herself, a very "real" female protagonist. I adored Nora who had died thus causing Maggie to travel to Scotland she was so alive, so vibrant through the memories of Maggie and the geriatric duo. These older ladies made me laugh and I loved them to pieces. The plot turned out more complex than I originally thought it would and had several different twists and turns which led to an ending I didn't expect, I mean, I had NO idea.!! . Now why isn't it a 5 star?..there was just a few things; I kept feeling like I missed reading a book when Calan spoke of Angus..as a reader I felt I should know about that happened with his mating..so I do think RL should do a prequel to let us in on what happened in that story. I feel more of Calan's mischievous side should have been used... there needed to be 1 outrageous falling down laughing moment. Kayla confused me for a while and by the end Calan did explain her but when he looked at his bed and said he hadn't had another woman there but Kayla...were they platonic?? The story also set evil Annette up to make trouble but it never happened, I would have loved to see Annette and Matthew put their heads together to try and make some trouble, with Annette I felt like that story was not tied up.
This is a very promising beginning of a series that I know will put Rosanna Leo in the same breath as Shelly Laurenston when discussing well loved Shifter novels. I can't wait for the rest of the Selkie brothers to get their stories told. 4 Bright and shiny starts for Selkie..a MUST read this holiday season!