The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.
So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.
But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.
What I liked: I found the second in this series, Silver Skin, on NetGalley and didn't want to start with the second book so I took a chance and bought Cold Iron. It was well worth it.
I really loved the world building. I think Fae have always been cruel and cold but not all books depict them that way. Ms McDermott more than showed all the sides of the Fae and went so far as to give reasons for their behavior. She didn't overwhelm you with her world building either.
I think I enjoyed the novelty of Cold Iron more than anything. The heroine, Beth, isn't a kick butt, know everything at once type. She's had a lot happen in her life but she's strong willed and doesn't let it completely beat her down. While she appears to be a sad victim, she's not whiny about it which would have completely destroyed her character.
Beth's love interest, Conn, isn't shown as a beautiful, caring Fae. In fact, when he was first introduced, I wasn't sure he was the hero. There is something in Beth which calls to him but she should be his enemy in all things. Conn has grown on me throughout the novel.
The secondary characters were fantastic. I can't wait to dig into Silver Skin and learn more about Helene and Miach. Now he really intrigues me.
What I didn't like: I'm not normally a big reader of paranormal romance because I like the action to drive the story. Since this is a romance, I should have expected all the sex scenes but I really could have skipped them and in fact, skimmed a few. Just personal preference here.
Overall, I sincerely enjoyed Cold Iron. It wasn't knock me down great but it's better than some I've read lately. I just started my ARC of Silver Skin and it's already drawn me in.
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