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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Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed.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

About the Author

Laila Blake (lailablake.com) is an author, linguist and translator. She writes character-driven love stories, co-hosts the podcast Lilt and blogs about writing, feminism and society. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies. Keeping a balance between her different interests, Laila Blake’s body of work encompasses literary erotica, romance, and various fields in speculative fiction (dystopian/post-apocalypse, fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy) and she adores finding ways to mix and match. A self-proclaimed nerd, she lives in Cologne/Germany with her cat Nookie, harbors a deep fondness for obscure folk singers and plays the guitar. She loves photography, science documentaries and classic literature, as well as Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory.

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  • Publisher: Lilt Literary; 2 edition (May 24 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f398a38) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0ac63c) out of 5 stars A great read of Paranormal Romance and Historical Fiction. Such a beautifully written book. May 4 2013
By Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0ac690) out of 5 stars Refreshingly original April 28 2013
By BookLover132 - Published on Amazon.com
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
HASH(0x9e5ac9a8) out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book! April 16 2013
By ICanOnlybeHele3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Addictive is the easiest way for me to define the writing style of Laila Blake! I was shocked to learn that this was her first novel because it is just so finely written. She has a way of making you plunge into the story so deep that you will curse yourself for not being able to read faster. Blake also has a knack for writing sensual mature scenes that will make you swoon and blush profusely. The character development in this novel gets a double A+ from me. The only writing issue I had with this book was a slight confusion dealing with some of the character dialogue. I had to re-read some of the dialogue twice to fully understand what exactly was going on, but this problem only appeared in two scenes.

By the Light of the Moon had my attention the moment I read the first sentence. I can honestly say I enjoyed everything about this book. The story focuses mainly on Moira, a young maiden. Her father is a highly regarded Lord and expects her be regal. However, Moira is everything but. She is strange, loves the moon light, enjoys being outside at night, and is extremely antisocial. People think she is crazy, at times she thinks she is too. When her father hires Owain, a blaidyn (a werewolf), to be her personal bodyguard, her whole world is turned upside down. She discovers that the only time she feels normal is when she is alone with Owain. The truth about her is revealed, partially because of him actually. (Trust me when I say, it will shock you!)

By the Light of the Moon had my attention the moment I read the first sentence. I can honestly say I enjoyed everything about this book. The story focuses mainly on Moira, a young maiden. Her father is a highly regarded Lord and expects her be regal. However, Moira is everything but. She is strange, loves the moon light, enjoys being outside at night, and is extremely antisocial. People think she is crazy, at times she thinks she is too. When her father hires Owain, a blaidyn (a werewolf), to be her personal bodyguard, her whole world is turned upside down. She discovers that the only time she feels normal is when she is alone with Owain. The truth about her is revealed, partially because of him actually. (Trust me when I say, it will shock you!)

Needless to say, I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the Lakeside series. I vote you go pick up By the Light of the Moon and be wowed like I was. This is one book I can see myself reading over and over again... and I know if you give it the chance you will feel the same way!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0ac918) out of 5 stars Magic, Love, and Lore April 12 2013
By Ria @aBookishEscape - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Way I See It

This Romance starts off pretty shockingly. At first, I wasn't sure where it was going, and when I would start to connect with the characters. This story is slightly slow building (just because I was a little confused) *probably my own fault* However, once answers started coming to light, it was a whirlwind, and I fell in love. I understood the many characters, and their connections. I really enjoyed the way Ms. Blake spun the lore that is contained in this lovely novel! Everything started clicking, and I could not put the book down.

B-eautiful, and young Moira is lonely and considered strange.
Y-earning to find Peace and Solace, she desires to know who she really is.

T-reacherous beings from far away plot and plan ways to change the things that are.
H-auntingly enigmatic, a queen sends an emissary to do her biding.
E-ntrapped, Devali has no choice, but to concede to Maeve's demands.

L-ove born innocently out of a full moon, will never recede.
I-ndependent and alone, Owain has never met someone who has moved him the way Moira has.
G-uarded, were their hearts. It took one, and other, to tear those walls down.
H-opeless, a love that will never be understood, by the noble and peasants alike.
T-ruths that lead to an egregious rejection, shattering an innocent heart.

O-ffspring though flawed, hold no fault, and should never be punished for just being.
F-ire burning, desire blooming, and a final happiness proves where Moira comes from.

T-rust broken, but mended again will remain strong for these two.
H-eartache for those Maeve has lost, and has had to sacrifice.
E-difice looming, Moira turns her back and walks away from everything she has known.

M-other, always gone, always loving, always watching.
O-utpouring of magic, making wrongs right and dreams come to fruition.
O-blation, a sister will do what it takes to ensure the happiness of her other.
N-ecessities is all they have. It's all they need.

The looming problem in the story is resolved. YAY!! I like it when that happens! There are some things left open, so I do hope Ms. Blake continues to write about Owain and Moira, and this collection of complex characters If you like lore and love, this book is for you, and I highly recommend it! I know I'll be STALKING "looking out" for the next book in this series.

My Fav's

Moira

Lonely and eccentric, at the core aren't we all that way, even a little bit? Typically, I love the tough as nails chick! Well...Moira is a lady, she is feeble, and tiny, sullen even. I looked passed that, and what I saw was a beautiful girl looking for her way in a life that was predesigned for her. She fought the constraints of the norm facing ridicule and not wavering. Isn't that the toughest form of bravery? Facing ridicule, and accusations while remaining true to the heart? I admire her for that, knowing what I know about her, I CANNOT WAIT to see where her character goes! I'm kinda doing a happy dance.

Owain

Blaydin, even the name is HAWT!! MM MM MM! Not a knight in shinning armor, but a protector to the core! Once he gives his heart to Moira, he is willing to do anything for her. We don't know much about him, thus far, and I fell in love with him for all the things he did for Moira. He sees her as beautiful, when most see her as strange. He sees her as strong and wild, while most see her as weak and withdrawn. For all those reasons, I love Owain, and I certainly can't wait to get to know him better. ;)

My Rating

4.0 Favored Pet, Glowing Heart, Ancient War, Full Moon, Dead Horse, Lost Child, Fertility Restored, Promises Made, New Adventure Filled Stars!! For those of you who are fans of magic, love, and lore, this paranormal is for you!! Go out and get it. *sing song* Get it. Get it! ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0acb58) out of 5 stars A good forbidden love story! April 9 2013
By RabidReads - Published on Amazon.com
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.