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.