Wild Irish Rebel

 

A loner at heart…

Morgan McKenzie has been on her own since she ran away from a nightmarish foster home at the age of sixteen. Afraid to put down roots again only to be hurt once more, Morgan prefers to be constantly on the move. Until she is inexplicably pulled to the small Irish town of Grace’s Cove. Before she knows it, Morgan is settling in and forming relationships for the first time in her life. Determined to keep her walls up to protect both her heart and the touch of magick she carries, Morgan fights against her growing attraction for the town’s golden boy, Patrick Kearney.

Patrick can’t keep his eyes off of Morgan. Since the moment he saw Morgan across the dance floor at Keelin’s wedding, Patrick has been lost. Pulled in by her beauty and vulnerability, Patrick’s frustration grows as his advances are continually rebuffed.

As Morgan rebels against her feelings for Patrick, she is swept into a battle against her own worst demons.

I was excited to pick this book up on sale, and delve back into the world that Tricia O’Malley had built with Wild Irish Heart.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, and the short story Wild Irish Roots.  Which only served to highlight my disappointment as I read Wild Irish Rebel.  

The story didn’t read as a final draft, it felt like a first draft that still needed work.  There were also formatting issues with the ebook, that I feel should have been caught before being put up for sale.  But the real issue I have with this book is centered around Patrick’s character.  

His relationship with Morgan throws up red flags all over the place, and I can’t believe that we as readers are supposed to be sympathetic to him, and root for him to get the girl.  Personally,  I think Morgan should have ran the other way.  

He has anger issues, he emotionally pushes and pulls on her, forces her into situations that she’s not ready to handle, and he gives her a promise ring so she won’t run.  And no one calls him out for any of it.   

This is not the kind of story that you want someone to use as a role model for relationships.


one-star

I’m now an early riser?

Wait, what?

It may be too soon to actually label myself as an early riser, but after struggling in vain for so long to figure out a way to get out of bed in the mornings and ignore that snooze button, I’ve hit on something that works for me.

I tried the multiple alarm approach, I tried different alarms, I tried one of the wake-up lights; none of it seemed to work.  I would roll over, hit whatever alarm it was to shut it up, and stay in bed.  No matter how much I wanted to get up, no matter how much I knew I would have a better day if I just got up when the alarm went off, it didn’t work.

Not too long ago I had to start giving my cat, Reki, medicine every twelve hours.  So I decided 6am and 6pm would be the best, timing wise.  This was going to work!  If I had to get up to give my cat medicine, which involved getting out of bed, going into the kitchen to prepare her pill and give it to her, then I could certainly stay up.  At least one would think.  

What actually happened was that I did all of the above, and then crawled right back into my bed.  I often found that when my alarm went off at 6 it would yank me out of a dream, leaving me feeling groggy and disoriented.  Those mornings were the worst and I struggled to function.  

So I decided to set an alarm with the radio to go off a few minutes after the alarm did. Maybe hearing the talking of the morning show would help me stay awake.  Only that didn’t work either.  I still crawled back in bed and then dozed or fell back to sleep anyway.

Getting fed up with being pulled out of dreams,  I looked up some info on sleep cycles. Generally they’re 90 minutes, so the recommended amount of sleep is not 8 hours.  It’s usually 7 ½ or 9.  And looking back I found that if I hit the 7 ½ naturally I usually felt much better that day (I tracked my sleep with a fitbit – not perfect, but good enough).  I tend to go to bed about the same time each night (10pm), and it was a good time for trying to get out of bed at 6am, according to the sleep cycles and all that.  However it still wasn’t working.  So I decided to change the time my alarm was set.  I bumped it up to 6:15 to see if that might be better.  The vet had told me the 12 hour difference for Reki’s meds didn’t need to be exact, so why not give it a try.

And it worked!  Except the reason that it worked was because I forgot about the alarm set for the radio to go off.  So the morning after I changed the main alarm, my radio went off at 6:05.  And the sounds of people talking mixed in with the music pulled me gently out of sleep.  The main alarm went off at 6:15 and by that time I was pretty much already awake.  So I got up, gave the cat her medicine, and then decided to play on the computer for a bit since I didn’t have to rush to get ready. I actually had extra time!

This method has worked for two weeks now, and I’m rather proud of myself.  In addition to getting up early and just feeling better throughout the day, I’ve also started back into doing my Duolingo lessons for French.  And I usually get cuddle time with Reki in the mornings too, as she will curl up in my lap while I’m sitting at the computer.  A win for me and the cat!

 

Cloud Nine (#11)

Birthdays and movies!  I have multiples of both in the last two weeks.  Lots of fun times!

  • Happy Birthday to my brother!
  • Happy Birthday to Meiran!
  • The NeverEnding Story at the Alamo Drafthouse – so much fun to see it on the big screen.
  • Ghostbusters!!!
  • Star Trek Beyond – It’s better than the first two.
  • Dinner with a Babbler friend!  Meiran and I met a friend we hadn’t seen in years and ate at that lovely little place called Bilbo Baggins Global Restaurant. I had a pizza called Smaug’s Delight and it was so delicious!

Cloud Nine (#10)

  • Vacation!!!
  • Karaoke in the car with my nephew.  We are a silly pair.
  • Puzzles.
  • My cousin visiting so we could work on a project together.  
  • Camp NaNoWriMo!  That novel I wrote for Nano about seven years ago might finally get finished.  
  • Registering for a Star Wars 5k at Disneyland. On Friday the 13th.  How awesome is that?  (Very, if you’re me.)
  • New clothes.
  • Hiking the beach with family.

All right, so I could probably keep going, there’s lots of good stuff that happened in the past few weeks, mostly to do with vacation.  Vacations are nice like that.  🙂  

Cloud Nine (#09)

Happy Father’s Day!

  • My dad.  He’s taught me so much.  Love you!
  • Labyrinth sing along / quote along at the Alamo Drafthouse.  SO MUCH FUN!  We had whoopee cushions for the bog of eternal stench.  It was kind of awesome.  Plus super yummy food and drinks.
  • Having the family visiting, and going to a Nats game!  It was so great to have everyone together.
  • Parenthood.  It’s my newest TV addiction.  Thank you, Netflix.