Review: Lord Griffin’s Prize by Katalina Leon

Lord Griffin’s Prize by Katalina Leon
Series: Emerald Isle Fantasies (# 2)
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 149
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

Tullamore Castle, Ireland, is an enchanted place where the unexpected happens. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds and a lonely griffin patrols the ramparts, waiting to reclaim its mate.

And that’s just the beginning.

For the adventure of a lifetime, Maeve dé Burgo visits Tullamore to study genealogy. Through a magical act and time travel, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous medieval romance and the unfinished life of her ancestor. Maeve gets thrown back in time to be captured, ravished and cherished as a war chief’s prize.

Ronan O’Griofa is a griffin-shifter, the most loyal of creatures. He’s been trapped in limbo as the avenging guardian of Tullamore since 1332 and longs to be free. When the soul of his wife returns to the castle, he’s granted the privilege of becoming a man for one day to be her lover, win her heart and remind Maeve of a bond strong enough to last an eternity.


Review: I thought this was the first book in the series for some reason. I have had this book on my wishlist for a long time and never realized that this was the one that I had been wanting to read. I want to find the first one and read it. I believe that this is the first book that I’ve read from this author. If you love books that has some unexplained magical things happening then this is the perfect book for you.

Maeve de Burgo has had nothing but bad luck trying to get to Tullamore Castle in Ireland. She finally gets there and finds out that the room she had requested is having repairs done and the professor that she was going to meet to find out the genealogy and the woman she was named after isn’t coming. Seems like a new professor that knows everything about the history is going to meet her instead. She just wants information about her ancestors and write a romance novel about them. What she gets instead is a phantom ghost that gives her the best night of her life. For some reason the lift also takes her back to 1332.

Ronan O’Griofa has been waiting since 1332 for his wife to come back and break his curse. One day when he was nine years old and playing with his friends in the forest and shooting arrows at trees, he was chased by a witch that lived in the cottage nearby. She told him that he had the presence of the Griffin strong within him and when day he will have to call on him to save him. When he turned into the Griffin he never realized that the day he turned into the Griffin would be the same day that he would lose his wife, who was the only woman for him. When he feels the spirit of his dead wife near he only has one day to become human and get Maeve to remember everything of their love and the promise that she made to him.

This is a story that I just feel in love with. It’s the one that makes you believe in true love and the magic that happens all around you. Makes you believe that there’s only one person out there for you. It has several scenes that took you back in time so that is why I put historical in the tags. I know going back and forth in time can cause you to rethink everything that you thought you knew. I would be afraid just like Maeve and not tell anyone what is going on with her they would think she was crazy if she let it be known. I liked reading about a Griffin that looks over his family and home for years keeping everyone safe.

There are some pretty hot scenes and I wanted to read them over again just to make sure that I didn’t leave anything out. I got so lost in this story that it became real to me and I wanted this to really happen. If you love stories that you can get lost in then this is the book for you.