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By the Light of the Moon (Lakeside Book 1) by [Blake, Laila]
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"A deeply emotional tale of fantasy romance"

By the Light of the Moon is the first installment in the Lakeside Trilogy.
Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed.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. When a suitor 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, he is 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, her life starts to change and to unravel.

Genre: Romantic Fantasy / Paranormal
Length: 95k words
Tags: medieval fantasy, forbidden love, shape-shifter, were-wolves, fae, fairies, mental health, prejudice, privilege

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4584 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lilt Literary; 2 edition (24 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KK6BT8Q
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #973,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good forbidden love story! 10 April 2013
By RabidReads - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
By the Light of the Moon begins much the same as any other fairy tale; a soon-to-be-wed young woman is tired of doing as she's told and living her sheltered life so she goes looking for adventure only to find it in the arms of a sexy werewolf. Laila Blake's writing style flows well and fits the time period of this book nicely. I always enjoy a good forbidden love story! There's great chemistry between Moira and Owain but I found that their relationship was, at times, overshadowed by the complicated fae plot line.

The first half of this book was difficult to get into because tons of side characters are introduced but we learn very little about their roles or their preternatural sides. From what I was able to piece together there's a fae mother who's trying to mend bridges with her estranged fae daughter by using her Halla as a messenger. That daughter is in turn trying to protect her estranged daughter through her other Crossling daughter. Are you confused yet? There's more but I think you get the idea. I'd expected a nice love story with a trivial plot line featuring werewolves and hopefully a few good sex scenes. What I received was sizably more complicated than that.

Once the love story took over I quickly forgot about the convoluted first half and I only had eyes for Moira and Owain. Reading about old school courtships is one of the main reasons I enjoy Historical Romance novels and Laila Blake takes chivalry to a whole new level in By the Light of the Moon! I loved watching their relationship progress from reserved to passionate and I especially enjoyed Moira's first encounter with Owain's wolf. My only complaint is that I wish their electrifying chemistry had landed them in the bedroom on more than one occasion.

The origins of the Blaidyn fascinated me but I wish there'd been a tad more because I sometimes had difficulty understanding Owain's motivations both as Moira's guard and as her lover. Lady Rochmond is a sweet girl and I thoughroughly enjoyed her point of view; her noble blood in no way gave her a superiority complex, unlike her suitor Fairester, who's downright loathsome. Also, I wasn't a big fan of Blake's terminology choices with regards to the paranormals in this book. I think she was trying to pick period appropriate names but in doing so she only added another level of complexity to an already weighed down plot.

Overall, By the Light of the Moon is a satisfying read and a good start to a promising new series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly original 29 April 2013
By BookLover132 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This story started out a little confusingly. During the first few chapters I found myself wondering what was going on, and who all these people we were being introduced to were. The beginning was hardest for me because I'm the type of person who likes to know what's happening all the time.
But with By the Light of the Moon, it worked. After those first few chapters, I really started to get into it and, as the author explained more and more, I found myself quickly turning over the pages to see what would happen next.
Moira is a strange girl. She yearns to do what she pleases, but she can't do that because she's in the public eye--which seems to make it worse. She is always anxious to be outside, to be alone and be able to breathe.
Owain is Blaidyn, which is sort of like a werewolf race, except they were created by fae as fighting machines (until they started wondering what they were doing and put a stop to it). They are scorned and people are always frightened of them, but humans still need them to help protect them.
Owain is hired by Moira's father to protect her because she keeps escaping outside. But little did they know that it would change everything...
I really liked Moira because it's nice to see a girl who isn't perfect as well as prim and proper. She was human and real, and that made her really relatable.
Owain is the embodiment of the tall, dark, and handsome persona. Sexy and brooding, he falls in love with the strange girl named Moira.
The plotline was a really good and interesting one, and I loved the whole world in the book. Everything in there was really original, especially the names, as well as the history of each of the races and the people in it.
Once I got to the middle of the book, there was no going back. I gobbled it up and didn't sleep until the wee hours of the morning.
I really recommend this book to anyone who likes refreshingly original stories, paranormal romance, and an amazing world with constant surprises.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By the Light of the Moon by Laila Blake (Lakeside #1) 15 April 2013
By Samantha Martin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
By the Light of the Moon is a dark romance that sweeps the reader to another time. Moira and Owain are an unlikely pair that are thrust into each others path. Moira is bound to do her father's bidding, but she wants more for herself then that. Until she meets Owain, she thought her path was to be alone. Through dark moonlight nights, mysterious circumstances, and dangerous men, Moira's life just went from eccentric to hectic. Can she and Owain be together, or is some sinister plot in effect.

Laila Blake brings history to life through her descriptive scenes and strong characters. When you are reading you fill like you are Moira waltzing through the orchards by the light of the moon. You feel the night air on her cheeks, the wind in her fiery hair, and the softness of Owain's lips on hers. The sweet romance, the dangers lurking around every corner, everything that leads up to the mysterious climax of this story, is thrilling and exhilarating. Destiny and fate collide in this beautiful tale of following one's heart and being who you are meant to be.

I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read of Paranormal Romance and Historical Fiction. Such a beautifully written book. 5 May 2013
By Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
By the Light of the Moon is a story about a young woman named Moira. She is a lady, but she hates it. She feels like she is in a prison and tried whatever she can to leave. People think she is quite strange because of how she doesn't act like what they think a lady should. Not to mention, her appearance is sort of ghostly and she has dark marks under her eyes. There are men who are interested. One in particular, Sir Deagan Fairester, is very desperate to have her so he can get her father's land. But due to Moira's little walks, her father hires a Blaidyn named Owain. Owain is a warrior and a werewolf. Everyone is afraid of their kind, but he must watch over Moira. She is careful around him, but she finds that she can trust him. But can he trust her?

Wow, what a beautiful read. I really enjoyed this book a lot. I didn't really know what I was getting into, but I am glad I got into this. I really liked Moira. I did feel sorry for her and her situation. She was an independent spirit that was being held against her will. I loved that she didn't want to be Miss Pampered. But she was a great character and I was rooting for her. I really liked Owain. There are different stories about his kind, so at first I thought he would be a bad guy. But I loved him. I loved the slow build up between him and Moira. The chemistry between them was great. I loved the connection, it was just beautiful to me. The villain in the book, Fairester, was interesting and quite diabolical. He wants Moira, but he only wants her for her father's kingdom when he dies. I loved Moira even more for this because she wasn't blinded by Fairester's good looks that he used as a weapon. He even admits that he uses his looks to get what he wants. Moira felt uneasy around him and knows there is something slimy about him. Everyone else around her keeps telling her how great he is, but Moira knows better. And let's not forget Maeve. Again you don't know whether she is good or bad, it is great trying to figure it out. She is also a great character.

I loved this story. It was quite a mystery uncovering why the Fae want anything with Moira. We are also trying to uncover if Owain had an agenda. The Blaidyn had such a great history in this book. I would like more on them besides Owain. The Blaidyn are warriors specifically created by the Fae to fight their wars for them. It was great. There are some great twists in this book that definitely left my mouth hanging open. Boy oh boy Blake, you are awesome.

I definitely recommend this to people who love magic and mystery. The story was very intriguing. I loved it. Owain and Moira romance was definitely a favorite for me. Some may have issues keeping up with the characters since we do get a lot in a short amount of time. But it gets ironed out after a few chapters. I will definitely keep my eyes open for the second book in the Lakeside series. Make sure to add Blake to your authors you must keep your eyes open for list.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 2 June 2014
By Shari-amor - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Note: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lady Moira Rochmond is an eccentric young heiress who would prefer solitude and the beauty of nature over tending to her duties as the daughter of a lord. Her nightly walks, unhealthy sleep patterns, and odd behavior has fueled rumors that she may be afflicted with either a mental illness or a curse. Fearing for her safety and sanity, her father hires a mysterious Blaidyn creature to protect her.

The Blaidyn in question, Owain, is a wolf shapeshifter, created by the Fae. Owain was hoping for an easy retirement job, but what he gets is far from easy, and nothing he expected. Falling in love was never part of the plan, especially since the young beauty, Lady Moira's, hand has been promised to another.

As the story unfolds, it is clear that this will not be a simple romance. The first few chapters of the story are slow in pace, and a bit confusing, due to the many characters that are introduced at once. Thus, it took time for me to become emotionally invested, as each character struggled for the spotlight. But as the pace quickens, things smooth out, and Owain rises to the forefront... this is when things get interesting! Political scheming between characters, and even between races, is the best part of all. And the sinister plotting kept me intrigued -- perhaps even more than the romance!

Owain and Lady Moira are interesting characters. Moira is a free spirited, intelligent woman, who is also quiet, and a bit awkward; while Owain is dark, brooding, and handsome. He is easy to love in this story, with his inherently protective nature. However, the relationship was often overshadowed by the complexity of the storyline. I would have liked to see more effort given to exploring their feelings for one another, as I'm not a huge fan of instant love. Still, they were a good fit, and their union had a sweet appeal.

The book is very descriptive, and the imagery pulls you right in. The author's writing style makes it easy to follow along. I hope, through future books, we will get a more in-depth background on Blaidyn and the Fae history -- so much of the information given was barely touched on. Still, this is a potentially promising series, and I would love to read more!

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