Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters

Once A Gypsy
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
ISBN:  1682303071
ISBN13: 9781682303078
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Thrilling and romantic, Once a Gypsy starts a brand new series from award-winning author Danica Winters.

“A haunting and fresh voice in paranormal romance. Be prepared for Danica Winters to ensnare you in her dark and seductive world.”―Cecy Robson, author of the Weird Girls series and 2016 Double-Nominated RITA® Finalist

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.

ONCE A GYPSY was nothing like I thought it was going to be. That isn't bad, but it was not the book I thought I was going to read which is kinda funny considering I just re-read the blurb and it describes the book exactly. I don't know why I thought it was going to be different.

Although I really enjoyed the characters in ONCE A GYPSY I felt that they got lost in the story. There was a lot to get through and a lot going on at once which made it hard to focus on the characters themselves. The good thing is that we get a lot of information about Helena's family and their Traveller lifestyle. Since the book is ONCE A GYPSY it was good to get a feel for everything that Helena is considering leaving behind.

The romance between Helena and Graham was cute, but I didn't totally feel the romance for a lot of the book.  Helena has a lot to work out within herself before she will let herself be with Graham, but she gets there. Graham was always pretty strong in his want for Helena, but there is the need he has for her powers behind everything he does. I just wish there was more sparks between the two throughout the book.

I got through ONCE A GYPSY and had no problem keeping my attention in the book, but it didn't really leave me with a yearning to read more of Helena's story. We will see how I feel when book two comes out.

I gave 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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