Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed. Rumors say she has been seen barefoot in the orchard, is awake all night in moon-struck rambles, and sleeps all day. Some even claim her ghostly pallor and aloof manner are signs of illness, a curse, or insanity.
The hopes of the peaceful succession to her father’s fief lie in an advantageous marriage. Moira, however, has a hard time attracting suitors. When one does show interest, her family pushes for a decision.
Almost resigned to the fact that she has no choice but to play the part she has been given in life, Moira is faced with Owain, a member of the mysterious Blaidyn creatures and a new guard in her father’s castle, specifically tasked to keep her safe. He is different from other people she knows and when one night under the full moon she makes the acquaintance of the wolf who shares Owain’s soul, she starts to trust him and seek his presence. As he becomes one of the few individuals who doesn’t make her want to hide and retreat, she wants to learn more about him and they grow closer until they share a kiss one night under the moon.
Faced with feelings and desires that overthrow everything she thought she knew about herself, Moira knows non-the-less that they have to be kept utterly secret. However much they try, they continue to be drawn to each other until one night, Owain discovers something about Moira that shakes him to his core.
‘By the Light of the Moon’ by Laila Blake should not be called a Romance novel in my opinion. It should be called a Romance Squared, for the romance and emotion of the story is not limited to its pages and characters, spilling out and gripping us as well. The beautiful prose does not only make us understand the emotions of the characters, but makes us feel them, drawing us into a rich and beautiful world and making us care for the fate of these characters as much as they care for it themselves.
Listed as a paranormal fantasy, this novel is the perfect blend between the two genres. The fantasy element is not to be discounted, for the intricate settings of this world are as much a part of the story as our lovers, Moira and Owain. From the mystery behind Moira’s difference to her family and the people in Bramble Keep, to the undying Fae and mysterious Blaidyn, Laila Blake has woven the threads of a romance into a tapestry of engaging fantasy that would intrigue the most obsessed fantasy genre fans.
If you’re anything like me, you may have somewhat kept your distance from the Romance genre in some respect due to the overblown clichés of the genre. Questionable names for sex organs, unbelievable romances and overblown melodrama. Well, if Laila Blake is anything to go by, it’s time to put away the clichés and trust the genre. This is a fiction both blunt and beautiful, with a slow, desperate progression of believable romance we can cheer for, and completely understandable (and shared) emotion. One I would truly recommend.
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