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A Taste of Winter (Lakeside Book 2) by [Blake, Laila]
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Picking up where BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON left off, A TASTE OF WINTER is the second book in a romantic paranormal fantasy trilogy, set in alternate history medieval times. It follows the life of young Moira, a half fae noblewoman who fell in love with her shape-shifter guard and ran away from her ancestral home.

Traveling the country, searching for a safe place to stay, the two of them soon realize that life is not as kind to them as they might have hoped. They feel the sting of prejudice and bigotry in each town they visit, and the reality of poverty and winter begin to erode Moira and Owain's blossoming love.

In the castle they left behind, darker plans are afoot. The fae spy Brody is slowly taking over, and he has no love for humans. He needs to be stopped before he can seize power and trigger another war between the races. But Moira and Owain are long gone, and Brody always seems two steps ahead.

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  • Print Length: 249 pages
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  • Publisher: Lilt Literary; 1 edition (28 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in excitement, but the author's writing continues to delight 28 October 2014
By RabidReads - Published on
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I’ve rarely seen an author stick with the same couple throughout a Paranormal Romance series, and even though Moira & Owain’s HEA wasn’t 100% resolved when BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON concluded, it had still reached a point that I was satisfied with. In this installment readers reconnect with the love struck duo who are now on the run because of their taboo mating, and although I enjoyed a number of aspects of this story, as a whole I found it somewhat lacking in the excitement department. I liked learning more about the heroine’s origins, the fae elements were fascinating, and Laila Blake’s werewolves are undoubtedly smexy, however three quarters of this novel revolved around the protagonists bumbling their way through the woods which was… boring. As a result, A TASTE OF WINTER didn’t quite live-up to this series’ debut.

Due to publications issues, the time elapsed between the first and second installments was pretty significant, so I was happy that the author gave me ample opportunity to refamiliarize myself with the characters, and her LAKESIDE universe. I liked that we got to peek-in on Maeve, Moira’s mother, and gain a better understanding of her coloured past. She and her daughter have something in common in that they both fell in love with an off-limits male, but that’s where their similarities ended because Maeve’s tale is as far from happily-ever-after as you can get. Her character had to make some really tough decisions, and sacrifice her own romance for her children’s safety; I had previously doubted her motivations, however that’s no longer the case. I was also pleased to discover that not all of Blake’s fae are evil.

The chemistry between Moira & Owain was one of the high points of book 1, and I enjoyed this element even more the second time around. My main complaint about the previous installment was the lack of bedroom action, so I was thrilled that the author poured on the steam in this latest addition. The couple underwent an interesting role reversal too because the Blaidyn gets captured, is severely injured, and the heroine is forced to not only save his werewolf hide, but also nurse him back to health. This showed great character growth on Moira’s part, she’s come a long way from the soft noblewoman she started out as in BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. That being said, after a while this shift got old, I missed Owain’s alpha maleness, and the one-the-run story line grew rather tiresome after 150+ pages.

Once the POV shifted to Rochmond’s castle, things got a lot more interesting. I disliked Brock/Brody in the first novel, but in this one I downright hated him! The author succeeded in creating a loathsome villain while also weaving in some gripping fae politics, it’s just too bad that this aspect wasn’t at the center of the plot. I’m sure you’re all familiar with changeling lore, however Blake added a unique twist which was downright freaky. I wasn’t overly fond of Iris in the previous book, but her character definitely redeemed herself in this tale. Niamh’s intentions still remain unclear, and I confess that I’m not exactly sure how this trilogy is going to end. Two babies are born, one of evil and one of light, but unless some major time jumping happens I can’t see how either of them will determine the fate of LAKESIDE.

A TASTE OF WINTER had some pleasing elements, and Laila Blake’s writing continues to delight, but as a whole it was borderline filler. ~ 3.5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Original 6 November 2014
By BookLover132 - Published on
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4.5 stars

It’s been a while since I’ve been in this world, but as soon as I opened the book, it felt like it’d only been a few months at most. Because I read the first book so long ago, I had to re-acquaint myself with the characters, but as soon as I read a bit about them I remembered who they were right away. (Plus there’s a handy little character description at the end of the novel to help keep track!)

There were four main plots here—Moira and Owain; Maeve and (briefly) Ronan; Iris and Brock/Brody; and Devali and Niamh. That tended to make it a little hard to track but once you got the hang of it, it ended up being really easy and entertaining flipping between the plots.

Maeve and Ronan’s story is heartbreaking, as always. Maeve is an incredibly interesting character that I can relate to, because while she is Fae, she acts as much as a human as she can without being a human. Her life is full of sadness and sacrifice, and she’s still fighting for her daughters.

Moira and Owain are the light to the darkness that is going on, though the darkness tends to encroach on their light for much of the book. Their love is what keeps me hopeful that things will end well for them, though I never know. Owain is the tortured, loving hero and Moira is the hopeful, lively heroine that brings light to Owain’s darkness.

I slowly warmed up to Iris in this book. In the last book I didn’t know what to think of her, but here I definitely felt for her and now I desperately want a happy ending for her. Brock/Brody, however, is a fae I have quickly come to despise. This power-hungry fae will stop at nothing to get what he wants. The fact that he despises humans makes his plan so much easier for him to execute, but leaves me feeling like he’s heartless. Which he is, completely.

I really liked Devali, though I don’t care for her blind devotion to Niamh. She’s sweet, though, and really wants to help, which is endearing. I still don’t know how I feel about Niamh. Her past is something I’m not sure I can get over, and when I find myself warming up to her, she does something that makes me dislike her all over again.

Ms. Blake writes a convincing, relatable, and original story. I read the book and couldn’t put it down until I found out how everything worked out. Her characters have flaws, which makes them people you can relate to, or at least understand their motives. Her story is refreshingly original, with a world that will make you want to stay in there forever.

I definitely recommend this book to those who love fantasy, originality, action, and romance. I do recommend you read the first book first, or you might be lost for a while!
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read 3 November 2014
By Shari-amor - Published on
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Note: A copy of the novel was provided to me by the author.

After the first book, I couldn't wait to read more of Moira and Owain's adventures! A Taste of Winter had me enthralled and intrigued from beginning to end. And although the plot is slightly less complex than the first book, it is a gripping read, and a meaningful addition to the series.

Owain, a mysterious Blaidyn; and Moira, a human/fae hybrid were last seen fleeing Castle Richmond, and have now set out on a journey as an eager couple, young and in love. But quickly, Moira learns that life outside the safety of the castle isn't all wondrous. Instead, there are hardships in living a life on the run, and extraordinary challenges in surviving the winter season. Further, Moira is unprepared for the prejudices they encounter as an interspecies couple -- from both human and fae -- which tests the love between them.

The scheming fae spy, Brock (Moira's disguised, wise tutor), has proven more sinister than ever. The extent of his plans for both the fae and the human world slowly reveals his true madness. As we learn the backstories of various characters, and as Brock's plans unfold, the true depth of the story is revealed, which drives the plot, and brings insight into the story. What is exposed is a heartbreaking journey that lead us back to our hero and heroine.

Watching the evolution of the characters was an extraordinary experience, as each is confronted with how to cope, and how to adjust to a new way of life. One such moment is observed as Owain, both strong and proud, struggles to provide for Moira. Slowly, it chips away at him, testing his confidence, and revealing his deepest vulnerabilities. He questions his ability to care for Moira, and I couldn't help but grow fond of Owain through his struggles.

Moira experiences the most profound and inspiring transformation. This sweet, innocent young woman has to find her own inner strength to became a steady force, both as a woman, and as the backbone of the relationship. I was so proud to see her come into her own, and squealed with happiness when she faced off with Owain, stating, "You don't get to decide when I'm done loving you." I cried, and I cheered for their love. I wasn't sure how strong their love would prove to be, but now I'm a firm believer!

This story is all about growth, fighting for what matters most, and sacrifice. Thank you to the lovely Laila Blake for providing me with an advanced reader copy of A Taste of Winter. The story was nothing short of amazing, and I can't wait to find out what will happen next!
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Winter Read. 2 November 2014
By Kelly M - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so was happy to receive a review copy of 'A Taste of Winter' from the author.

I admit, I wish I had re-read the first book before beginning this one, just to refresh my memory on all the different characters and their relationships. It took me a few chapters to settle back into the story-world. Once I did though, it was smooth reading.

It's not a fast-paced novel, but the characters are in new situations and are growing as a result. I especially liked seeing how Moira adapted to living on the run with Owain. She was the most changed character, although Owain showed more vulnerability and openness as well.

A lot of scenes took place away from Moira and Owain, and showed the goings on back at the castle, where Brock/Brody was still working on his devious plan to become the next Lord. This sub-plot lead to a surprising ending and a possible time-jump in Book 3. The early scenes with Maeve (Moira's mother) and Ronan helped to fill in more background story, but some scenes in other minor characters' points-of view were a bit distracting, I felt.

Overall, the book did what a good middle-of-a-series book should do - it kept the characters moving forward and facing new challenges, and it maintained my interest in their struggles, enough so to look forward to reading the next installment. I hope to see Moira and Owain come back as the main characters and take charge of Book 3, but I guess I'll have to wait and see what Ms. Blake has planned for us.
4.0 out of 5 stars 22 December 2014
By LT. Mitchelle - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Moira and Owain are still trying to learn to live outside the castle and they run into a lot of prejudice people. They call Moira a wolf whore and it makes it hard for Owain to find work. Feeling like he has let her down, he feels like he has no choice but to rob criminals only to learn those criminals have plans of their own. They attack and attempt to kill Owain with plans to do Moira next. Moira finds them and calls to Owain's wolf inside him to take over and save them both. Afterwards Owain is very hurt and unable to protect Moira. Moira's fae mother senses she is not well and seeks her out. Years ago she was forced to have her second born child raised by the human nobleman to save her from her fae people. Her first born child was tortured and became a shell of the child she use to be and she didnt want to fail another child. Now she will sacrifice herself for her daughter by turning herself into her fae people in hopes they will leave her daughter and her love alone.