Wildish Things By Carolan Ivey

Samhain Publishing

Fantasy Romance

ISBN: 1-59998-678-7

Reviewed by Chris



After recovering from a debilitating accident, acclaimed artist Beith Molloy books a trip to Ireland to photograph terns, endangered shoreline birds. Her guide and good friend, Kemberlee, unexpectedly becomes ill and can’t join her on her trip. Stranded in Dublin’s airport, Beith considers going home until she meets Kellan O’Neill, the guide Kemberlee arranges to escort Beith to the terns' nesting sites.

Kellan O’Neill is not exactly the man chosen for the job. He and his brother Declan run a security business. When the fax of Beith’s photo arrives in their office, he takes one look at the woman and decides she’d be perfect for a summer fling. Intercepting her at the airport, he whisks her away on his Harley to, quite literally, his castle.

What is supposed to be a simple fling turns dangerous when the ancient and mythical Hag, Cailleach, intervenes. Itching for sex, the creature sets her sights on Kellan. Only Beith has the power to protect him from the Hag’s clutches. But is she willing to give her heart and hope to the Irish stranger?

Who doesn’t love a tall, red-headed, green-eyed Irish hero? Wildish Things offers a realistic glimpse into the trials faced on a daily basis by the physically challenged, but the handicap doesn't overpower the plot. Carolan Ivey’s variation of the Cailleach Bheur, the Irish Hag legend, is unique and interesting. There is plenty of sex between hero and heroine, both previously strangers to one another. The Hag’s meddling, however, allowed me to believe the quick attraction was possible. Ms. Ivey’s written a satisfying novella, perfect for the romance and fantasy lover. Don’t pass it up.


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