Saturday, January 16, 2016

ARC Review: Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye

Unholy Blue
Author: Darby Kaye
Series: Bannerman Boru (Book 2)
Publication: Spence City (January 19, 2016)

Description: Strong and Irish.

That's how Shay Doyle likes her whiskey. And her men. As Healer to a clan of immortal Celtic warriors living in modern-day Colorado, she has been gifted with such a man: Bannerman "Bann" Boru, who is warrior, lover, and father. The only problem is keeping the stubborn warrior alive. For Fate seems to have it in for Bann, and his son, Cor, descendants of the kings of Ireland, and recipient of an ancient grudge from the mad god, Cernunnos.

But, with a bit o'luck, Shay, Bann, and the rest of the Doyle clan - along with the aid of a legendary huntsman known as the Black Hand - might just suss out how to kill a shapeshifter that refuses to stay dead, prevent clan warfare, and make a choice that could change their lives.

If they don't lose them first.

My Thoughts: This second book in the Bannerman Boru series has Bann and Shay trying to plan a wedding around incipient clan warfare, an old god who isn't quite dead enough, and battles with both Amandan and Fir Bolgs.

Cernunnos was defeated in the first book in the series but managed to escape being destroyed by invading Shay's dog Max after he was killed defending them. Cor is only 8 rising 9 and can't quite understand that Max is gone. Cernunnos uses that uncertainty to try to kidnap him. Cor's American fey blood might be the key to turning Cernunnos into a god again if Bann and Shay can't protect him.

There is lots of action in this story. Between battling Amandan and the rival Tully clan, there is a kidnapping, an invasion of Fir Bolgs who threaten Clan Doyle, and a guest appearance by Gideon Lir.

What I liked most about this story was watching Shay and Bann build their new relationship. Both are warriors and strong people. Compromise isn't really part of either of their vocabulary until they fall in love with each other. I also loved watching Shay's relationship with Cor grow. He's as stubborn as his father and as loving.

Fans of urban fantasy will enjoy this story and be eager for more.

Favorite Quote:

"Yes, yoga. And repeating it over and over with that look on your face is not going to make me stop."

"What look is that?"

"The look that screams 'hell will have frozen over enough for the Frost Giants to vacation there before you will find me twisted into a position that resembles a Celtic knot'"
I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.


  1. Thank you so much, Kathy, for reviewing my book! Made my day!

  2. This sounds like it might be a fun story/series. I'll have to take a look at book one and get it on my list.
    Thanks for sharing.


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