“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.”
Okie dokey, so this could not have been released on a better date than the holiday of Ireland, you know, because the book is about IRELAND! I have to say I’m a freak for anything fairy or Celtic folklore related. Mainly because I think all things have to have a grain of truth in them, and also because I would LOVE if leprechauns existed. I’m not even completely sure if I’m not one, considering I’m only an impressive five feet tall and Irish…Never mind. I’ll think about it later lol.
This stand alone book is about Robyn. Robyn has known almost all of her life that she will one day be bound to an Irishman because a fairy fixed it up when she was just a baby. And news flash, that day has come. She’s dreamed of what he’ll look like and how he’ll react when they meet. But then Mommy gives a bit of a shocker on the plane ride over about what her new hubby will most likely be like. And the image isn’t a savory one either.
I have to say that this book read differently than I anticipated. I expected Mckale to be like a prince of his people and be a cocky arse, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Mckale is a quiet, shy guy who isn’t exactly well received by his fellow kin. That kind of pissed me off because they hold him in low esteem for something he can’t control. I also liked how he has red hair. Yes, an Irishman with red hair, gasp! but you don’t see many red head guys as your main character, and I liked the change.
Robyn is what I expected. She’s the type of person who will do anything for her family and never complains. I didn’t really feel a connection to her because I have a Irish/Welsh temper, and you better believe I’ll get in your face if you hurt or take what’s mine. I just wish she could have been more of a strong heroine instead of a girl who let people walk all over her. But all together I liked her just fine and respected her personality to not ruffle feathers unnecessarily. But come on, have some gumption girl! LOL
Now the whole plot on the other hand was good and the folklore was good too. There were aspects I didn’t care for, like how the men of the village saw women as bellow them, but the women let it go and said it was fine. SO NOT COOL. I also found it disrespectful when the men would pinch the women’s butts and think it was funny. I personally think it’s a form of sexual harassment, but again, the women gave them excuses. I know this is the custom for hundreds of years ago, but I don’t think excusing the behavior in the book was the right message to give to young girls reading it.
I liked the budding romance between Mckale and Robyn. It felt natural for two people who had never met but were expected to get married would act. They also shared similar personalities which was cute to read about. Both are shy and sweet. The secondary characters weren’t as developed except for Cassidy, Robyn’s sister. But I guess in the scheme of the story it wasn’t that important. I liked the story overall and the plot line was really good and original. Gotta love misbehaving fairies and Irish accents 😉
See Me by Wendy Higgins = 3.75 stars (yeah I know, weird rating 😉