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The Wild Irish Sea

The Wild Irish Sea

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by Loucinda McGary
     
 

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Drawn to a force he can't resist...
Former police officer Kevin Hennessey is running from his past-choosing to battle smugglers instead of dealing with his personal demons. When a desperate, rain-drenched American woman appears on his doorstep with wild tales of danger, Kevin is drawn to helping her, despite his reservations...

She never saw him coming

Overview

Drawn to a force he can't resist...
Former police officer Kevin Hennessey is running from his past-choosing to battle smugglers instead of dealing with his personal demons. When a desperate, rain-drenched American woman appears on his doorstep with wild tales of danger, Kevin is drawn to helping her, despite his reservations...

She never saw him coming...
Amber O'Neill knew without a doubt that her brother was in mortal danger. Rushing heedlessly to the rocky shores of Ireland, Amber was stunned to find her rescue mission derailed by a gorgeous, but deeply flawed Irishman...

The tumultuous sea, the intertwined fates of the coastal villagers, and unearthly tales of a hidden selkie prince bring Kevin and Amber together in a connection of mind, body, and soul that neither can deny...

Praise for The Wild Sight:
"A fascinating tale that kept me spellbound." Sandy Blair, author of A Highlander for Christmas

"A magical tale of romance and intrigue. I couldn't put it down! Loucinda McGary is a talent to watch." Pamela Palmer, author of Desire Untamed

"A richly drawn love story and riveting romantic suspense." Karin Tabke, author of Master of Craving

"Bursting with passion." —Darque Reviews

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A bit of adventure, a little fantasy, a touch of humor, and a lot of love make for a delightful read." - BookPleasures.com

"How couldn't you fall into the pages with such fascinating characters... This author is definitely going on my must-read list. " - The Romance Studio

"[McGary's] imagination is astounding and her characters are unusually exciting." - Fresh Fiction

"McGary has a wonderful feel for her exotic setting and the talent to put you on its windswept shores." - Between the Pages

"Once again Loucinda McGary managed to mentally transport me to Ireland entertaining me along the way... hot and sultry! " - Pudgy Penguin Perusals

"Well written and fast paced -- with tons of action, steam, and suspense -- you'll soar through The Wild Irish Sea and finish before you're ready" - The Long and Short of It Reviews

"Deeply moving, enchanting and so wonderfully written you'll honestly hate to turn that last page. " - My Book Addiction and More

"An excellent romantic read. " - Heather's Books

"When it comes to love, adventure, and paranormal interests, Loucinda McGary is a sure bet." - Coffee Time Romance

"In McGary's richly drawn novel, the mystery will keep the pages turning, while the romance will warm the heart. Readers will thrill to believe in magic and most of all, in the magic of love that will conquer all. " - RT Book Reviews

BookPleasures.com
A bit of adventure, a little fantasy, a touch of humor, and a lot of love make for a delightful read.
— Kelly Moran
The Romance Studio
How couldn't you fall into the pages with such fascinating characters... This author is definitely going on my must-read list.
Fresh Fiction
[McGary's] imagination is astounding and her characters are unusually exciting.
— Kay Quintin
Between the Pages
McGary has a wonderful feel for her exotic setting and the talent to put you on its windswept shores.
— Lynda Coker
Pudgy Penguin Perusals
Once again Loucinda McGary managed to mentally transport me to Ireland entertaining me along the way... hot and sultry!
— Kaye
The Long and Short of It Reviews
Well written and fast paced -- with tons of action, steam, and suspense -- you'll soar through The Wild Irish Sea and finish before you're ready
My Book Addiction and More
Deeply moving, enchanting and so wonderfully written you'll honestly hate to turn that last page.
— Wendy
Heather's Books
An excellent romantic read.
— Heather
Coffee Time Romance
When it comes to love, adventure, and paranormal interests, Loucinda McGary is a sure bet.
RT Book Reviews
In McGary's richly drawn novel, the mystery will keep the pages turning, while the romance will warm the heart. Readers will thrill to believe in magic and most of all, in the magic of love that will conquer all.
— Sabrina Cooper
Rundpinne
For readers who enjoy an exceptionally written romance novel with the air of mystery, then The Wild Irish Sea is an excellent choice.
— Jennifer
Night Owl Romance
Well paced, has a good strong romance, factual legends to enhance the tight suspense. Well done.
Wendy's Minding Spot
McGary is a master of her craft. The Wild Irish Sea is a beautiful romance.
— Wendy
Anna's Book Blog
A story that is magical and fueled with romance & mystery.
— Anna
Truth
A light, fun, romantic adventure.
— Heidenkind
Cheryl's Book Book
A breath of fresh air.
— Cheryl
Thoughts in Progress
McGary draws the reader into the enchanted world of Ireland... you'll be swept away by The Wild Irish Sea.
— Mason Canyon
The Romance Dish
Ms. McGary combines romance, suspense and a wee bit of magic to whisk her readers away to the rocky coast of Ireland.
— Gannon
Reviews by Martha
The author manages to transport you to the wet, wild and dangerous setting.
— Martha
Book Junkie
Fantastic and mesmerizing... brilliantly written.
— Brande
Books
All the characters in this story were great from the main characters to the secondary characters... a very well-rounded love story.
— Stormi
Everything Distills into Reading
The scenic beauty of Ireland, the connection between the characters and also with the seals along with underlying suspense help in keeping the reader engrossed
— Gautami

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402226717
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 4.36(h) x 0.85(d)

Read an Excerpt

From Chapter One:

Kevin Hennessey held out his hand toward the smoldering turf fire and listened to the wind rattling through the eaves and down the chimney. Rain pinged on the tin roof as the third squall in a week, and by far the strongest, buffeted the lone cottage. So much for his pleasant seaside holiday.

But what did he expect during summer in Donegal, especially in these parts? His old man had lived here nearly ten years when he'd died this spring, and the entire time, he groused to anyone who visited that Malin Head possessed only three kinds of weather-barely tolerable, foul, and more foul.

A rapping noise interrupted Kevin's reverie. Had one of the shutters on the front window blown loose? Jaysus, but he hoped not. He most decidedly did not want to go outside in the dark and the rain to fix the bloody thing.

The noise came again, louder and unmistakable, and thoroughly improbable. Someone was pounding on the front door. Kevin turned in slack-jawed surprise at the realization. The house stood at the end of a perpetually muddy lane, an isolated sentinel on the ragged bluff, more than three kilometers from its nearest neighbor. No one ventured out here without an express invitation. 'Twas the way Declan Hennessey had liked it, and Kevin preferred it the same.

What feckin' neddy would be out in a storm like this, then?

He snatched the battery-powered lamp off the end table and strode to the front door to find out. Gripping the light in his left hand, he threw the bolt and eased open the heavy wooden door.

A dripping figure in a yellow rain slicker stumbled forward. Nearly dropping the lamp, he stuck out an arm, and the woman steadied herself. He knew the stranger was a woman the moment her slender fingers gripped him, a Yank judging from her muddy jeans and trainers. She jerked away from him as if burned, her dark eyes enormous in her pale face, wet hair plastered against her head.

"Are you a policeman?" she asked, her accent confirming his assumption that she was indeed American. "They told me at the pub that a policeman lived at the end of this road."

Where the devil had she come from? Kevin peered around her into the yard but saw no vehicle.

Another gust of wind blew rain into his eyes and made the woman teeter unsteadily on the doorstep. He grabbed her forearm, dragged her over the threshold, and shoved the door closed.

"My father was constable of our village in County Derry," Kevin answered gruffly. "But he's been dead these past three months."

"I'm sorry, but are you Mr. Hennessey's son? They told me you were a policeman too." The woman's voice crackled with tension, and deep shadows purpled the skin beneath her eyes. "I need your help. My brother's in trouble, and I have to find him!"

She swayed against him again, and Kevin recognized that it was exhaustion, not the wind or rain, making her unsteady.

"Let's have a cuppa first, shall we?" He surprised himself with the invitation, but something about her wouldn't let him turn her back out into the rain. "I'll take your coat and then put on the kettle."

Shoving a lock of wet hair off her forehead, she squinted at him in confusion before understanding spread across her face. "Oh, you mean tea."

"Yes." Kevin spoke slowly and carefully as he held out his hand. "But give me your coat first. Miss, uh?"

"Oh, sorry! O'Neill, Amber O'Neill." She pulled one hand out of her wet slicker and started to shake his, splattering drops of water on his shirt and the floor. "Oh no! Sorry..."

"'Tis no matter." He watched her peel the soggy garment off. Underneath, her T-shirt was also damp and clung enticingly to the nicest set of tits he'd seen in many a day.

Bloody hell!

He didn't ogle women's tits. Not since he went off the sauce. But here he was, gawking like a schoolboy. He grabbed the dripping coat and turned quickly away to hang it on one of the pegs beside the door.

"Are you Mr. Hennessey's son?" she persisted.

Taking a deep breath, he composed himself before he turned and answered. "Yes, I'm Kevin Hennessey, but I'm afraid I'm not a policeman. Not anymore."

A stricken look clouded her eyes, which he now noticed were the same golden brown as her name, Amber. A strangled sound gurgled in the back of her throat as her hands on her forearms. The lamp clanked onto the tiles in the process, and the noise made her flinch.

"My brother..." she murmured and flailed one hand toward the doorknob.

"Come inside and sit down," Kevin urged, still rather stunned by his sudden, unreasoning need to assist her. He wrapped one arm around her shoulders and retrieved the fallen lamp with the other, then guided her into the sitting room.

"How long since you've eaten?" he asked when she'd settled onto the sofa in front of the fireplace.

Amber O'Neill gave a slight shake of her head and gnawed at her bottom lip for a moment. "I dunno. I ate a candy bar in the Shannon airport."

Her answer caused him to thump the lamp down onto the end table with surprise. "You drove straight here from the Shannon airport? That must have taken what, eight or nine hours?"

"I dunno," she repeated, staring at the mud and dirty water dripping off her shoes and the bottoms of her soaked jeans. "I'm not even sure what day it is."

"'Tis Thursday night," he replied, but she didn't respond except to give an expansive yawn. "I'll just put on the kettle then. Won't take a moment."

He disappeared into the kitchen, which had been added long after the cottage was first constructed and therefore had gas, electricity, and running water. Quickly filling the electric teakettle, he plugged it in and grabbed the tin of McVitie's Digestives before he hurried back to his unexpected guest. She sat with her head slumped forward in what looked like a meditative state.

"Biscuit?" He pried the lid off the tin and held it out toward her.

Her golden eyes moved, uncomprehending, between the tin and his face.

"Please help me." Her plea sounded soft and tremulous as she removed a broken cookie. "Something terrible has happened to Parker."

Meet the Author

Loucinda McGary took early retirement from her managerial career to pursue her twin passions of travel and writing. She sets her novels of romantic suspense in some of the fascinating places she has visited. She was a finalist in the 2006 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest in Romantic Suspense. She lives in Sacramento, CA.

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Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com*****The Wild Irish Sea is a captivating story that snares the reader, captures the interest, and steals the heart. Author Loucinda McGary has written a book that is so unique and unforgettable that once you start reading, you will be unable to stop. Amber O'Neil rushes to the aid of her brother, Parker, when she receives a mental distress call that travels from Ireland to the United States. This particular message is unique as their ability to communicate with one another (they are twins) usually doesn't carry so far away, and she is able to identify not only his terror, but that he is harmed. When she arrives at the place Parker visited to get in touch with his cultural roots, she seeks out the first person she is told can help her. Half conscious and exhausted, she soon finds herself in the arms of a gruff and handsome Irishman. Kevin Hennessy was once a decent policeman, husband, and soon to be father. That all changed on a tragic night that all but ruined his life. Now, he's struggling to stay sober and keep his head afloat. When Amber arrives at his home, banging on the door, he's shocked and intrigued by her. She's beautiful and intelligent -- if not a little strange. When she informs him she's here to find her missing brother, he vows to stay out of it. Unfortunately, tuning Amber out isn't as easy as he thinks. From the moment our hero and heroine meet, you'll sense their connection. Both have been harmed by events in the past, yet can't deny their attraction to one another. I loved the slow burn and chemistry that strengthened along with the story and couldn't wait to see what happened next. The supporting cast is also fantastic and added so much to the plot and overall development of the work. Fantastical elements aside, this is a book about people, relationships, and hope, and Ms. McGary never allows you to forget that. Well written and fast paced -- with tons of action, steam, and suspense -- you'll soar through The Wild Irish Sea and finish before you're ready. This is definitely a book for the revered TBR list.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Loucinda McGary often made up her own endings to books as a child if she didn't like them. In high school she penned stories about her friends, and in college she published over a dozen poems in magazines. After life got in the way of her writing aspirations, she recently chose to leave her management career to pursue her one true love. Other titles include: The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice. When not traveling, she resides in California with her family. Amber O'Neil is awakened in the middle of the night to visions of her twin brother fighting for his life. Desperate to find Parker, she rushes across the ocean to the rocky shores of Ireland in hopes of finding him before it's too late. Turning to the only man who can help, reclusive local inspector Kevin Hennessy is anything but believing of her wild tale. Ever since they were children and found themselves experimented on when others learned of their gift, the telepathic link with her brother has always remained their secret. But now Amber finds herself connecting minds with not only Parker, but Kevin as well. When a ruthless band of smugglers, the mystery of a selkie prince, and the wild Irish sea bring these two lost souls together, not only is there a union of mind and body, but a love that cannot be denied. I adore Irish stories, and this was no exception. A fascinating blend of American and Irish culture come together in this tale to bring the reader right there on the rocky shores, feeling the spray on your face and a lilt to your heart. The secondary characters, Parker, Meriol, Connor, Ronan, and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, really added to this book. This is also a book which readers can take a lot from. A bit of adventure, a little fantasy, a touch of humor, and a lot of love make for a delightful read. This is an author who understands her setting and is able to illustrate it beautifully with eloquence. I will never think of seals the same way again, nor will I ever overlook the wonderful legends of Ireland. Though there is the mystery element to this book, I found the telepathy angle and love story more rewarding. Highly recommended, and I certainly look forward to more from this author. Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer