Seduced by a Selkie (Folk Haven) – book review

Seduced by a Selkie
by Lauren Connolly
Release Date:  November 10, 2012
Publisher: self-published
Book #1 in the Folk Haven series
Number of Pages: 168
Kindle Edition
Source:  Amazon Purchase
Paranormal Romance/Shapeshifters
Ages 16 and up
CW: parental death, hoarding, drowning

He’s found his mate. She’s just passing through. Can he convince her to stay?

Delta Novac hates her house on Lake Galen. The old place in the small town of Folk Haven is a reminder of her father’s mental decline in the last few years of his life. She’s just come to town to clear the thing out and get it ready to sell. Delta never even planned to dip a toe in the water until a prone body floating has her diving in to save the swimmer.

A selkie will know their mate when they are rescued.

Calder MacNamara wasn’t in need of saving, but he certainly appreciates the effort. Especially when the hands on his bare skin warm him to his core. The moment he meets the woman’s piercing stare, his gut tells him she’s his life partner. But he soon finds that if Delta feels anything toward him, it’s annoyance. Accidentally insulting her dog doesn’t help his case.

With Delta’s focus on the road out of town, Calder scrambles to discover what, if anything, could make her stay. He’s willing to use all means of pleasure at his disposal to convince his mate that Folk Haven is the perfect place to call home. Especially if you’re a mythical creature.

The way I came about this book was a new one for me. I recently decided to join the TikTok community, although thus far I’m only a lurker. One of the first authors I started to follow was Lauren Connolly. I can’t remember why since I hadn’t read any of her books, I’m sure one of her videos ended upon my FYP. She did a good job because I was really interested in reading her new selkie shifter book. Bonus that I found out, from her again, that it was free! Of course, I had to get the book and check it out.

I cannot express how much I adore Calder. He is so sweet and innocent in so many ways. He’s not naïve to the ways of the world, but he has very specific ideas about love and mates and how romance works. His ideas are coming from such a good and pure place, I can’t fault him.

Delta has a lot of baggage and no idea of the nature of so many of the residents in her father’s town. When she moves there to clean out his house and close his estate, she just wants to get it done and get out. Too many bad memories, too many regrets, too much guilt. She can’t help the pull she feels toward Calder from the moment they meet, but it scares her to think he will have her holding onto things she would rather let go.

Both characters have a lot to learn about themselves, especially Delta. Once she has her eyes opened to the world around her, she slowly starts to open her inner eyes onto herself. I had a lot of issues with Delta, but she’s a strong and smart woman who is just going off the information that is available to her.

Overall, I really enjoyed this tale. There were some issues for me with the flow here and there, but for the most part it was a quick read. I’ll definitely be checking out more from this author. I really enjoyed Calder’s family and would love to read their stories that are all coming up in this series.

3.5 stars

P.S. I have to mention that I really appreciate the author putting content warnings in the beginning of this book. Not only so I would know if any of the content would be a problem for me, but also to help me to know what to list myself. Often I know a book I am reviewing needs a content warning but I’m at a loss to how to categorize the triggers. Whether it’s because I just cannot think of the right words or I just flat out don’t know what a specific type of trauma is called, it doesn’t matter. The content needs a warning and I don’t want to let anyone down. Having the author already list them out really helps as both a reader and a reviewer.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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