Book #1 in the Lakeside Series
Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed.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 will even claim her ghostly pallor and aloof manner are signs of illness, of 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, however, they continue to be drawn to each other until one night, Owain discovers something about Moira that shakes him to core.
By the Light of the Moon by Laila Blake
Reviewed by Laura
This is book #1 in the Lakeside series and what a fantastic start to a new series!
By the Light of the Moon follows the story of Lady Moira Rochmond, a strange but very intriguing young woman. Moira prefers her own company and even takes to midnight walks so she can feel at peace. Her father, to ensure her safety, hires a body guard to protect Moira. The bodyguard, Owain, is a Blaidyn and changes into a wolf at every full moon. Moira stumbles across Owain in his wolf form one full moon and a bond between the pair is created. The wolf makes Moira feel safe and secure and a growing attraction between the pair in Owain’s human form soon grows.
Moria’s father on the other hand has a different plan and wants Moira to marry a man who is worthy and of good standing. Will Moira give in to her father’s demands and marry Sir Fairester or will she give into her own feelings for Owain?
This book is very descriptive and Laila Blake pulls you into the story with her way with words. I will definitely be adding more of Laila’s book to my “to read list”.
A very well deserved 4 Golden Apples.
I was born in 1985 into a family of artists, hippies and individualists in Cologne/Germany, creativity was fostered from an early age. Where my family focussed mainly on visual art (painters, sculptors, my mother was a brilliant puppet artist and performer!), I soon started to discover my love for the written word and have been writing and reading ever since.
Getting side-tracked by school and getting a serious and reputable degree (an MA in Applied Linguistics/Specialized Translating), I only truly and honestly allowed myself to give writing a real shot in my mid-twenties. I grew up not only bi-lingual and interested in the creative professions, I also learned how dangerous it can be to place one’s trust on talent alone. Now that I have a somewhat stable job, I have been writing in every free minute, trying to put together a good body of work.