March 31, 2014

Title:  See Me

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Published:  March 2014

While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she was led to believe.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

Ana will put See Me on her top shelf!!

See Me is a refreshing story!  A book with humor, romance and a cast of characters you can’t help but love.  It’s unique and fun.  I’d never read a story about leprechauns and, truth be told, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it.  After all, they’re tiny men, dressed in green, who chase pots of gold at the end of the rainbow…or something like that…aren’t they?!?  Apparently not!  I was pleasantly surprised to see that this story was a unique twist on what I was expecting!

I love all of these characters! McKale is a shy, somewhat self-conscious guy when we first meet him but, as the story develops, he comes out of his shell to become a swoonworthy, sweet, sexy man! He is a leprechaun, but be prepared because he’s a little different from the rest of his clan!  Robyn is thrown into a situation that’s very uncommon…an arranged marriage, a strange country, leprechauns and the Fae. Yet, she’s strong and somehow manages to tread the waters well.  And I absolutely adored the fact that, even though they were promised to each other in an arranged marriage, their romance grew slowly and sweetly…no insta-love here!

The secondary characters, especially Robyn’s sister Cass and McKale’s friend Rock are also great – well developed and important to the story in their own right. Actually, Wendy, a story about them would be awesome…hint, hint!  In the role of “evil person I hate” is the FCC.  I won’t tell you what that means because it’s worth discovering for yourself.  But this character adds drama to the story and also, contrary to her intentions, is the catalyst for certain actions by the main characters.  The tricky Fae and the fun-loving Clourichaun definitely added depth to this story and I loved learning about them.

This story is unique for lots of reasons, not just because of the leprechauns. We get a peek at the Fae and their world, we get to go to Ireland, we experience a more simple way of life even in modern day, we meet families who love and support each other and, finally, we see a romance blossom in the most heartfelt way! Really…what more can you want?!

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