A fresh new Paranormal Romance series, Once a Gypsy is a unique read that I found enjoyable and entertaining. Very slow to start it took me a little to get used to the nuances of the story and slog through a lot of the need to establish gypsy culture – but once the story got going it was interesting. I give it to Winters for staying true to the real gypsy culture, or at least the one that we are used to as depicted by TLC and not brushing it off, she did a great job of portraying pseudo-reality within the pages of fiction.
Helena is an Irish traveler, the modern kind, that live a very different world than the settled people around them. She’s expected to marry, she’s expected to not work, have babies and uphold the traveler traditions. She doesn’t want any of this. She wants to go to University. But, she knows that if she does this she’ll lose her family, just like her older sister did when she fell in love with a non-traveler. Through this worry, she’s also dealing with some magical abilities that are rearing their head – that she doesn’t know how to cope with and her new job, helping her recently released convict father. With the new job comes a new boss, the good-looking and overly knowledgeable Graham who is the love-interest. I didn’t pick up on this since Graham seems like he’s rather desperate for her help – and not in her particularly.
Overall, Once a Gypsy is a good start to a series. It did have some flaws. Personally, most of the time I felt like I was reading a fiction story and not a paranormal romance. The romance part didn’t do it for me and the paranormal was light in Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters. If you are looking for a very light PNR, without all the crazy world-building and alpha vampires…this is one for you.
Once a Gypsy by Danica WintersSeries: Irish Traveller #1
Published by Diversion Books on November 1st 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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.