"A very different twist to this vampire story!"
In 1805, Lady Theodosia "Theo" Barrett really didn't have a
choice when she cried seven tears in the sea in Ireland.
The Queen of the Dark Fin-Folk, Dubheasa, was blackmailing
Theo with exposing her father's research and Theo would do
anything to protect her father. You see, the Barrett family
has been protecting the Selkies of Cu Mara for generations
and her father taught Theo the tradition well. A fortnight
after she shed her seven tears, Theo goes to the tomb to
request a selkie skin for Dubheasa. When Theo realizes the
man with her is a vampire, she immediately stakes him and
runs away. On her way back home, Theo sees a lot of dead
seals and decides to use one of those to give Dubheasa.
After all, they are already dead.
One year later, vampire selkie king, Roane Cu Mara decides
to marry Theo, even though he knows she is the one who
staked him a year ago. It turns out his wound has not
healed and the only way it will is if he takes Theo's life-
force. Of course, how he'll keep her from discovering his
clan's secret is another matter altogether. So off he goes
to claim his bride. When they leave immediately after the
ceremony for Roane's home, Theo is a bit put out. She
expected at the very least they would partake of the meal
her parents had prepared for them. On their way back to the
island of Cu Mara, a bit of holy water spills on Roane's
hand and Theo now knows his secret. As soon as they arrive
at Roane's home, bats come attacking.
Who is behind the bats? Will Roane and Theo stay together?
Will Roane take Theo's life-force so he can heal? Will
Dubheasa be happy with the seal skin Theo gave her, or will
she want revenge?
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SELKIE is a really different Regency
vampire story. M.A. duBarry flawlessly puts us in the
Regency period, and the combining of selkies and vampires
is a very unique twist. As with all of M.A. duBarry's
stories, the action is fast-paced and kept me turning pages
to find out what happened. Her heroines are all a bit
quirky, one thing I really love about her writing, and Theo
is no exception to that rule. Personally, I would love to
see another story of the Cu Mara selkies, maybe with Miles,
Roane's younger brother. I highly recommend this story.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted March 22, 2008
In the dangerous world of the selkie underground, a selkie vampire king and a mortal woman join forces to fight the queen of darkness that would destroy them all.
Lady Theodosia Barrett is blackmailed by Dubheasa, Queen of the Dark Fin-Folk, and forced to stalk the Cu Maran crypts in search of a selkie king’s pelt. What she finds is the king himself—and he isn’t only a selkie, but also a vampire. Calling upon her skills as a vampire hunter, Theo stakes him. But she doesn’t complete the kill. A year later, King Roane comes back, demanding her hand in marriage.
Theo has no choice. To protect her family, she must accept.
Selkie vampire King Roane Cu Mara is determined to keep his people safe from the Dark Fin-Folk. To do so, he must first solve the puzzle as to why Theo, a soul born to protect the selkies, tried to kill him. Until he can figure out why she betrayed her own kind, Roane sets out to keep a close eye on her by making her his bride.
But even as Theo begins to warm Roane’s cold, vampyric heart, Queen Dubheasa plots to destroy selkie-kind in a twisted quest to make Roane her own. For she knows something that Roane doesn’t—Theo’s soul holds the key to keeping the selkie kingdom alive.
Warning: this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Red Hots!