3 out of 4 stars
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Bridget and Declan worked waiting tables together, and she thinks he is trouble because he does all of the right things. She had dated nice boring men and not-so-nice men. She had always managed to self-sabotage all of her relationships, so she wanted to keep Declan on a friendship-only level. Animals, babies, and society's rejects flocked to Bridget because of her kindness. An Irish wolfhound that has stared at her for months chases her to her car. Declan tells her that the world is full of supernatural people, and he thinks she is the one he has been seeking for centuries. He thinks the dog is watching over her because someone wants her dead. Bridget has always been superstitious, believing in such things as dead loved ones visiting through cardinals, St. Anthony was the number 13, and cockroaches and ravens are death omens. She believes him, and they name the dog Sid. For Bridget's protection, he takes her and Sid to his home, where she finds out that he is a billionaire. After a selkie attacks Bridget, Declan gets a telephone call from his mother telling him that his father is suddenly ill. She wants him to bring Bridget to Ireland to save him because she is superstitious and believes in all the Irish myths. What is a selkie? What do Bridget and Declan have in common with old Irish myths? Follow their journey by reading the romance novel, Fireflies: A Celtic Romance Series by Shea Hulse.
I enjoyed reading about selkies, witches, reincarnation, ancient curses, leprechauns, clurichauns (drunk leprechauns), and other Irish mythologies. Shea Hulse did a fantastic job describing Ireland's green and blue colors when Bridget and Declan could see the land and lakes from the plane. I had to laugh at the humorous banner between Bridget and Declan in some of their conversations. The book is written from both Bridget's and Declan's perspectives, and it is easy to follow. There are many life lessons to learn in this book. For example, you can be destroyed the easiest by the people close to you, people cope with problems in different ways, living in a box created by others creates anger and anxiety, and by playing it safe, you make your own box and do not live your life fully. I thought I knew what the book's ending would be, and I was shocked when it ended. I have got to read the next book in the series. I am sure this was the author's intent, and she was successful.
The only thing I disliked about this book was that some of the punctuation appeared stylistic, but it was not consistent. After a few dialogues, there was a comma instead of a period. Usually, that means the conversation continues in the following sentence or paragraph, but that was not the case. Therefore, I had to count all of them as errors.
This is a well-written, fast-paced book with a smooth-flowing plot that I am forced to give only 3 out of 4 stars because of the number of errors. If the author has this book edited by a professional editor, it will deserve four stars.
I recommend this book to readers over 16 who enjoy romantic novels about Irish or Celtic mythology and the paranormal. If non-erotic sexual content, the sign of the Catholic cross, alcoholism, or non-borderline profanity trigger you, you may want to avoid this book.
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