Once a Gypsy by Danica WintersIrish Traveller #1
Published on November 1, 2016 by Diversion Publishing
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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Even for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thing.
Helena has always struggled to fit in with her Irish Traveller family. It’s not just her opposition to getting married or her determination to attend university; Helena also has one talent that sets her apart from the rest of her clan―the gift of the Forshaw, the ability to see the future.
Graham is the groundskeeper at a manor in Adare, Ireland. Though the estate appears idyllic, it holds dark secrets, and despite his own supernatural gifts, Graham can’t solve Adare Manor’s problems by himself. Desperate for help, Graham seeks out a last resort: Helena, whose skills are far greater than even she knows.
When he promises to teach her to control her powers, Helena resists, afraid both of the damage her abilities might do and her increasing attraction to the handsome groundskeeper. Her entire way of life is at risk: Any involvement, especially romantic, with non-Travellers like Graham is forbidden. But Helena’s future is anything but certain, and fate has other plans for her family, her powers, and her relationship with Graham.
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So… this was supposed to be a paranormal romance, right?
I love the PNR genre so I jumped at the chance to review this book and then I read it… and I’m not really sure that this had enough of the supernatural persuasion nor of the, you know, romance, to qualify. It was a huge disappointment on that front.
It starts with Helena. I didn’t like her. She’s just, well, let’s just say she brought the whole mood down. Her life sucks. I get it. And nothing seems to really make it better and her whole attitude made this book an energy-suck to get through. I don’t mind more depressing books every now and then but it’s not what I look for in a romance, not front and center for quite a bit like this was.
I didn’t understand why Helena and Graham should have a romance. It felt forced and stilted, as though the author wanted the romance to happen but it didn’t fit the characters she wrote. Not good for a romance novel.
As for the world, I needed more. The setting veered to the side of fantasy but was vague at best and uninteresting at worst. Just there to beef up the descriptions. Yet it played a role in the story, this world, and that really didn’t help because the characters didn’t have my attention and nor did the world. In terms of the story, I really didn’t feel one way or the other about it.
In the end I skimmed quite a bit of this to see if anything grabbed at me and I left the book with no inclination to continue the series. Perhaps I just wasn’t in a good mindset for this book, or it was the book, but it didn’t go well.