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Being a bit Scotland-mad for years now, I was immediately interested in this book. I don't know much about the Loch Ness Monster myth beyond the fact that it's largely believed to be a tall tale. No verified photos have been captured, and most believe it's simply a tale told to children or to reel in tourists. What Karen Nutt has done is created this truly magical tale of how the Loch Ness Monster came to be, assuming that it is real. I love the self-sacrifice, the bravery, and the ultimate love in the story, and the characters intrigued me as much as the tale. In addition, there is a brilliant murder mystery (or rather, several murder mysteries) that will keep you guessing until the very end. Every time I would think - I know who did it! - I would be proven wrong. Guaranteed to grab your attention and hold it until the book is done.
Once there were two brothers who, out of love for their sister, sacrificed themselves to save her from a terrible fate. Drawing from their shapeshifter ancestry, they were turned into fantastic sea creatures. They could only walk as humans every fifty years, for a period of fifteen years at a time, with the hope that they would each meet their soulmate and break the curse upon them. Now, in present day, one brother, Alan, is about to meet his soulmate. But she is dying, visiting Scotland as part of her will to live life to the fullest. And he only has a short amount of time to convince her to live that life with him. With murders suddenly happening all around the loch, and many fingers pointing at Alan, he must work to stop the violence before he and his brother are killed for another's crimes, and he must win the heart of his love, before it is too late.
Alan and Hyatt were such fun - Alan with his brooding good looks and Hyatt with his charming, devil-may-care attitude. While our heroine went with Alan, I personally would have probably fallen for Hyatt. Either way, both brothers are chivalrous and kind, perfect gentleman in an age where it seems they are dying out. Michaela Grant, our heroine, was lovely as well, with a willpower that made me instantly like her. She stood her ground when threatened, and I loved how she stuck to her guns, even when her ex-boyfriend did his best to coax her back. She knew that she had found the right guy in Alan, and nothing was going to take him away from her. With her disease threatening her life, it was bittersweet watching her worry over that as well as try to live her life with Alan the best she could.
I sincerely hope there is another book coming soon for Hyatt! I am eager to read more about this brother, as I am certain his story will be just as engaging.
**I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley. This is my honest review.**