Fire Maidens #5: Ireland

Inheriting a cottage in Ireland seems like a stroke of pure luck to Grace Connolly — as is a chance meeting with her mysterious (and hot) new neighbor. Soon, Boston’s most up-and-coming harpist finds herself mixing business with pleasure and getting to know Finn Hurley — intimately.

But all is not as it seems with the alluring man from next door, nor in the seaside village of Ballyfianna. Magic, shapeshifters, and legendary pots of gold? The surprises don’t end there — not when Grace’s family secrets come to light. Before she knows it, her mini-adventure — and sizzling romance — become a fight between good and evil. Ruthless enemies are muscling in on Finn’s home turf, and Grace will need more than the luck of the Irish to survive. Does she dare unleash the hidden power within her — a force she’s been warned never to use?

After a decade of military service, dragon shifter Finn Hurley is finally free to track down the elusive beauty he’s secretly loved for years. When he discovers her in his hometown, it seems like destiny is smiling on him. He should have known nothing in life comes easy — especially love.

Because Ballyfianna is no longer the peaceful, sleepy place it once was, and Grace has unwittingly become involved in its troubles. Bitter enemies from beyond its borders are plotting to seize power, while traitors are conspiring within. But they are all mere puppets to an even more treacherous enemy lurking in the background. Can this battle-weary warrior defeat evil and finally find his happy ending?

The Reviews!

5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than It Seems
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
There's just something about an Anna Lowe book - I know I'm going to love it before I even crack open the virtual cover. Her characters live and breathe on the page. They're multifaceted, they're flawed... they're human (inner "animal" notwithstanding). Her stories may be Paranormal Romance, but I defy you to pigeonhole her! There's always something unique in her stories. Beloved tropes and themes are used - good vs. evil; long lost love; Fated Mates - but never quite in the way one would expect.

In "Fire Maidens: Ireland" we have a charming mix of Romance tropes here: Friends-to-Lovers, Childhood Sweethearts, Good vs. Evil, Mixed-race Romance, and Fated Mates. I would contend, however, that we also have a lesson in choosing how we use our power.

Grace could have grown up using her familial gift for her own gain - she could have looked at it as "witchcraft," and decided that it (and she) were evil - but Grace chose to use that gift in a positive way, which ultimately resulted in even more good being done. She also uses her more "mundane" gifts and talents to give back to her community, helping her neighbors.

In our daily lives, each time we choose to be kind, instead of turning a blind eye, we don't always realize the impact we have on the lives of others. One act of kindness can truly turn a person's life around. For Grace, she can see the changes in the lives of people she teaches about savings and money. That's a truly important and generous gift.

As for Finn, while he may seem more laidback, less intense than some of the other Heroes in this series, he's exactly right for Grace. He's known he's been in love with someone he may never see again for most of his life, and when he finds her, rather than demand she stay with him in Ireland, he's willing to let her go. Finn is willing to make his home wherever Grace is. His willingness and ability to acknowledge her strength, to support her in anything she decides to do, makes him one of my favorite or all Anna Lowe Heroes.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the locale of "Fire Maidens: Ireland." The little village of Ballyfianna, Northern Ireland brought back lots of hazy memories for me. The Giant's Causeway, the castle ruins... throw in the addition of giant Elk shifters, and Irish folklore, and small-town characters, and I was in heaven.

It's always a complete pleasure to review an ARC for Ms. Lowe, and I barely wait until the next book is released!
5.0 out of 5 stars You really should read this series, you will love it
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
This Fire Maidens story is a little different. For one thing, it takes place in a small Irish village and not a big city. For another, Grace and Finn met each other many years attack when they were children and Grace's family came to visit a great uncle who lived in the area. The two children bonded over an "almost" accident that they knew had to be a secret to keep parents from freaking out. Most importantly, the Guardians of Ireland are not snotty or overbearing. There is plenty of magic, but not the heart pounding feelings of doom that some of the other Fire Maidens have suffered before and after reaching their European destination.

Grace has come to the small village of Ballyfianna, Ireland because she has inherited a small cottage near the ruins of an old castle. She takes a walk around the castle grounds, remembering a day she spent there with a boy her age playing and climbing around the old ruins. When she almost took a header over a cliff, Finn saved her from falling and the two bonded over their shared relief at thwarting disaster. Grace has thought about Finn ever since that day, wondering about his life and fantasizing about the two of them together.

Finn is a dragon shifter who is the fourth of seven children. His life has led him all over the world and into many a hot zone as a member of the French Foreign Legion. The small village where he grew up and his family lives was too small for him once, but now? He has watched his friends from his Legion days meet their mates and settle down. If only he could go and find Grace, the little girl that he only met once, but has never forgotten. But right now his family needs him.

His brother-in-law is the leader of the local shifters. A giant elk shifter, Eamonn, is the head of the Irish Guardians. An alliance with Finn's dragon shifter family has always been a strong one and several of his relatives are also Guardians. Some troubles with a local wolf pack and the threat of the Lombardis have worried Eamonn enough to have him request that Finn stick around in the area for awhile.

When Finn takes a walk to the old castle ruins and sees a young woman near the edge of the cliff where a little girl once almost fell to her death he shouts to warn the woman away, and almost causes her to fall. When he looks into her angry eyes he sees..Grace.

Find out what happens when the magic of Ireland works to convince a girl from Boston that her heart is in Ireland and destiny shows a boy from Ireland that home really is where the heart is.

I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.
Red-Haired Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars Ireland finds its Fire Maiden
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020
Inheriting a cottage in Ireland seems like a stroke of purse luck for Grace Connolly, especially after she is reunited with her childhood friend. When Finn Hurley finds the woman he has been searching for in his hometown he believes destiny is smiling upon him. But the small town of Ballyfianna is not as peaceful as it used to be and Grace unwillingly becomes involved in the problem.

This was a very sweet romance. Both Grace and Finn were amazing characters with steamy chemistry. Grace is a beautiful musician who knows very little about magic and nothing about shifters. Being saved by a dragon, who is Finn, blows her mind and makes her doubt everything she knows. I really loved her unique way of feeling and using magic.Finn is a sweet and kind protective alpha male. He was just perfect and I loved the scenes with his nephews and nieces. Even though Grace is only in Ireland for a week she falls hard and fast for Finn, and he for her.

These two had a fast and sweet romance. They have to deal with annoying and hateful locals, constant interruptions from family, and enemy shifters trying to take power. This book was everything I look for in a paranormal romance.

I cannot wait for the next book to come out because I want to know Lachlan’s story!

*ARC provided by the author for an honest review.*
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
Grace Connolly has always felt that Ireland called to her ever since she was eight years old and met Finn Hurley and in a very short time they formed a friendship that both thought about throughout the years. Now Grace has inherited a cottage in the very same little village of Ballyfianna that she met Finn, left to her by her great-great-great uncle. She knew her time at Ballyfianna was going to be short and she would be returning home to Boston, but she couldn’t help thinking of what it would be like if she met Finn again as an adult.

Visiting the castle where she and Finn first met and looking over the very cliff that Finn saved her from so many years ago she is approached by a very angry man claiming she is trespassing which nearly causes her to fall over the same cliff, but once again Finn appears to save her. So many years have gone by and yet Grace and Finn still seem to have the same connection they had as kids only she is about to learn things she could never have imagined, and she is about to find herself in the middle of shifter trouble, something she is about to learn the hard way.

If you are reading this series, then you already know about Finn since he first appeared in book four. He left Portugal determined to return after he visited with his family, but Grace put a new perspective on what he sees for his future, she is his mate and having a future without her in it is inconceivable. The Lombardis are joining forces with a wolf pack and a witch and Finn calls upon one of his brothers from the French Legion, Lachlan for help, because like it or not Grace is going to be right in the middle of the danger.

Grace gets a crash course in shifters, her family and what being with Finn, a dragon shifter could be like. She also has to accept the fact that she may be more than just a known harp player but she also has to decide where her life will be and with whom.

If you haven’t started this series I highly recommend doing so, although the books do not have to be read in order you would be missing out on some wonderful books. Each book gives you a look at who the next story will be about and a little background on them. I can’t wait for book six.

Author: Reluctant Retiree

Living in FL and enjoying life.

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