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BOOK REVIEW: Loving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3) by Katy Regnery

BOOK REVIEW: Loving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3) by Katy RegneryLoving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3)
by Katy Regnery
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Synopsis:

Ian Haven and Halcyon Gilbert haven't seen each other since Hallie's 17th birthday...
...the same day Hallie pledged she would never, ever speak to Ian again as long as she lived.

Hallie Gilbert has had an especially awful year. When her husband of five years left her, Hallie’s 4-year-old daughter, Jenny, essentially stopped speaking. Add to this, she had to sell her Boston apartment to pay her husband’s exorbitant credit card bills. What Hallie needs is an uncomplicated autumn at Colby Cottage, her family’s summer home in Sandwich, NH, where she and Jenny can re-group and figure out what happens next.

But Colby Cottage, located adjacent to the Summerhaven Camp, has not been well-maintained and Hallie finds it in such disrepair, it's almost unlivable. When nearby camp owner, Rory Haven, arranges for his brother, Ian, to handle renovations for Hallie, her plans for an uncomplicated autumn suddenly get a lot more challenging.

Review:

Loving Irish was a charming second chance story.  While each book could be read as a standalone, I definitely recommend going back and grabbing the first one, Fighting Irish.  This series was a lot of fun and you don’t want to miss a minute.  From that first book, Ian Haven captivated my attention.  I just knew his story would be something special.  So here are three of my favorite things while I was reading this story:

Both sides of the story:

Still looking deeply into his eyes, she reached up with a trembling hand and placed it in the crook of his arm, watching the worried lines smooth out on his handsome face and wondering if her heart could stand the risk of loving him out loud again.

Yes we got to hear the story from both Ian and Hallie’s perspective, but we also got to see their lives in the present and the past.  I was drawn to their back story.  Every few chapters we would go back ten years, when they were first together.  They were beyond adorable and it looked a lot like first love to me.  But as their past story unfolded, we got to that moment where everything went wrong.  It was heart wrenching to watch, but it added so much understanding into who they were now.  While their lives ended up spiraling into two different paths, they met again.  They were given a second chance and I couldn’t wait to see how they could get back together and heal from the past.

The heart of a child:

“’Night, ladybug,” he whispered.
He straightened up to find Hallie looking at him intently, her eyes liquid and vulnerable, her lips parted.

Hallie had a daughter named Jenny.  Oh my gosh I loved that child fiercely!  She was four years old and not only did she add a lot of heart, but she helped steer where the story went and I loved that!  Jenny quickly connected with Ian and I had so much fun watching their friendship flourish.  Not only did Ian give Jenny the nickname ladybug, but their relationship was beyond adorable and oh so memorable.  Jenny helped Hallie see Ian in a different light, and it was also heartwarming how Ian tried to help mend Jenny and Hallie’s broken relationship.  There were moments that I had tears in my eyes or I was clutching my heart.  This child was absolutely everything.

True second chances:

For the first time since that terrible morning, the future felt…hopeful. Like maybe, just maybe, there was another chance for them; like maybe fate wasn’t finished writing their story.

This story was not only about Ian and Hallie having a second chance at love, but it was also about them getting a second chance at life.  I loved watching them slowly find their way to happiness.  Because both of their pasts hurt my heart.  Ian’s past was filled with alcohol and Hallie’s past had a failed marriage where her husband devastated her in so many ways.  They both had a lot of work to do on themselves, individually.  And I loved that they found their paths.  To what they wanted in life.  To happiness.  But most of all I loved that Ian worked his hardest to try and redeem himself and find his way back into Hallie’s heart.  It was an emotional, hard journey and I loved every minute of it.

“Halcyon,” he said, his voice interrupting her awful thoughts. “I want you to know something.” He paused, the silence taut and heavy as she waited for him to continue. “I never stopped loving you. Never.”katy

Loving Irish was a story with a lot of heart.  If you adore second chance romance then definitely give their story a try.  I’m so very glad I did!

BOOK REVIEW: Smiling Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #2) by Katy Regnery

BOOK REVIEW: Smiling Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #2) by Katy RegnerySmiling Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #2)
by Katy Regnery
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Synopsis:

Tierney Haven and Burr O’Leary come from completely different worlds…
…but there’s a reason they say “opposites attract.”

Bookish Tierney Haven has always preferred places to people, and she especially loves the peace and quiet of Moonstone Manor, an estate museum located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where she is head docent, chief historian and live-in caretaker. The very last thing she expects to find on her doorstep in the middle of the night is bruised and bloodied stranger, Burr O’Leary, in desperate need of her help.

Against her better judgement and at the risk of her brothers’ wrath, Tierney offers Burr sanctuary at Moonstone Manor, and nurses him back to health, surprised to discover that the dashing, enigmatic stranger loves the history and peace of Moonstone as much as she. But Burr has a dark history, and those who hurt him will stop at nothing to eliminate him...placing Tierney in grave danger until he is well enough to find them first.

Review:

I absolutely adored Smiling Irish!  The story started off with a bang in the middle of a dark and stormy night and I was glued to the pages.  There was action, heartache, friendship, secrets, true love and I couldn’t get enough of it!

He’d barged into her tidy life, turning it upside down, and yet…and yet, it was some of the most exciting fun she’d ever had. She didn’t want him to go. Not even a little bit.

Tierney Haven was the sweetest woman ever, and I came to care for her in the previous book, Fighting Irish.  She loved her happy, quiet little life….well almost all of it.  Once her brother, Rory, became involved with Brittney, she seemed to long for more.  So I loved that right from the start of this story, Burr O’Leary stormed into Tierney’s life.  Burr was bloodied, injured, showed up in the middle of the night and was frightening.  Yet Tierney and her good heart helped him.  From that one decision, Tierney’s whole life was about to change.

“You asked if I was good or bad. I can’t tell you exactly who I am or what I’ve done, because the less you know, the better. But I want you to know this: I was always on the good side, Tierney. I’ve always counted myself among the good guys.”

While Burr was a mystery, I quickly liked him.  In case you haven’t realized it yet, I’m a sucker for tortured males. And Burr was absolute perfection in that regard.  He had scars that ran deep from what he saw and did, and my heart ached for him.  He sacrificed more than any person ever should.  As time passed, we slowly got to learn little pieces of who he was, and see the bigger picture.  It was so easy for me to fall head over heels in love with him.

Her breath caught as he took a step toward her. Placing two fingers under her chin, he lifted it so that her face was upturned to his. Then, gently, so gently that tears bit at the backs of her eyes, he dropped his lips to hers, brushing against them tenderly.

With the traumatic situation Tierney and Burr were thrust in, they easily formed a quick friendship.  They had to trust each other right from the start, even if the trust wasn’t entirely there.  They were both Irish, and it was heartwarming how that helped link them together.  Plus the banter and chemistry did that too.  They had me laughing one moment and then swooning the next.  Their scenes together officially made them my favorite couple in this series.  Just don’t tell Tierney’s brothers that. 😉

“You are…the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, in all my life.”
He reached for her waist, pulling her back between his legs.

Again I loved watching the relationship the triplets had with one another.  It was heartfelt and emotional.  They loved one another deeply.  And while Tierney had her brothers, I liked watching her form a friendship with her brother’s girlfriend, Brittney.  They both needed a true friend and Tierney was beyond clueless when it came to guys.  She was highly inexperienced and I loved that she had Brittney to talk to.  Because Burr and Tierney realized that fighting their attraction was futile.  It didn’t matter that they were from two entirely different worlds.  What was happening between them was so much bigger than life.  I just knew in the bottom of my heart that they would get their happily ever after.

“Do you still have hope for us?”
“I’ll always have hope for us,” she said.

Smiling Irish was the perfect mix of suspense, romance and friendship!  I loved every single moment and I’m so thankful I picked up this series.  So if you adore sweet romance stories, then definitely give this series a try.  Spoiler alert – I’ve already read the next book and it’s absolutely adorable too.

 

Reading Order & Links:

Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)
***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***


Fighting Irish #1
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Smiling Irish #2
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Jen

Loving Irish #3
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Catching Irish #4
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BOOK REVIEW: Fighting Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #1) by Katy Regnery

BOOK REVIEW: Fighting Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #1) by Katy RegneryFighting Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #1)
by Katy Regnery
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Synopsis:

Rory Haven and Brittany Manion knew one another as children...
...but it's been a long time since their childhood summers at Summerhaven.

The Havens weren't the children who attended exclusive Summerhaven Camp in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. They were the children of the owners, expected to “pull their weight” and absolutely forbidden to fraternize with the paying guests. But that didn't keep Rory from having a quiet, unrequited crush on gorgeous, popular, insanely-rich, Brittany Manion for three tortuous summers.

When all-grown-up, recently-engaged Brittany books the off-season summer camp for her upcoming spring wedding, she immediately recognizes Rory as the scorching-hot boy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. Meanwhile, Rory, who senses that Brittany’s nuptials are less about Mr. Right and more about Mr. Right Now, launches the fight of his life to win the heart of the girl he’s always wanted.

Review:

Fighting Irish was a sweet story that left a smile on my face.  It was filled with heartwarming characters, not a lot of angst and it was a quick read.  So here are three things that I absolutely adored while reading this book:

Cute love story:

“Rory,” whispered Brittany, her lips so close to his ear that his eyes fluttered closed for a split second, “I wish you’d broken the rules.”

Rory always liked Brittney from afar.  She was one of the campers that would come to his family’s exclusive camp each year.  But Rory’s mom had a strict do not fraternize with the guests rule, and Rory was always the rule follower.  Years later he comes face to face with Brittney, she wanted to use the camp to host her wedding.  While the obstacles should feel daunting, because Brittney was engaged, I never felt like they were.  I didn’t like her fiance from the get to, so I was all about her ditching her fiance and getting with Rory.  Bad Jen lol.  Brittney and Rory were both attracted to each other, even if they shouldn’t, and there was no way they could deny what was between them.  What unfolded was oh so sweet and absolutely adorable. 

 

Loveable characters:

“Why are you so sweet?” she asked, blinking away unexpected tears as she looked over at him, her glance resting on his strong, smooth jaw and tracing the lines of his beautiful profile. Her cheeks were still warm from the way he’d just looked at her, but she squelched the tiny thrum of hope from deep, deep within her heart.

The characters were so easy to connect with and I loved how we alternated between Rory and Brittney.  Rory Haven was sigh worthy, extremely patient, a hard worker and I loved how he went after what he wanted.  Brittney Manion was from an extremely wealthy family, and she seemed a little nervous about why others truly liked her.  While she didn’t always trust her judgment, I loved how much she grew in this book.  She went from a woman who almost seemed meek at times to one who finally started to listen to her heart.  Brittney was such a warm, caring, thoughtful woman and I hoped she would finally make the right decision for herself.

 

The importance of family:

Rory, you’re a dumbass if you think all fights require fists and fury. Some fights are quiet, but the battle’s still being waged. – Ian talking to Rory

This wasn’t just a love story, in my eyes, family also played a strong, central theme.  You see, Rory is one of three triplets.  Not only did he come home to take over the family’s business and put aside his dreams because his mother had a stroke.  But his brother, Ian, was an alcoholic and we got to see how Rory and his sister, Tierney, pulled together for their brother.  It was extremely heartwarming and I loved their dynamics.  I also adored the mother son relationship Rory had with Mrs Toffle, who worked for him.  They were such opposites, but they cracked me up!

So now I’m off to jump into the second book.  It’s about Rory’s sister, Tierney, and I can’t wait to learn more about her!

 

Reading Order & Links:

Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)
***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***


Fighting Irish #1
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Jen

Smiling Irish #2
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Jen

Loving Irish #3
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Jen

Catching Irish #4
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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: You Had Me at Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #2) by Jennie Marts

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: You Had Me at Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #2) by Jennie MartsYou Had Me at Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #2)
by Jennie Marts
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Synopsis:

This cowboy is falling hard

Mason James is the responsible one who stayed behind to run the ranch while his brother, Rock, took off to play professional hockey. Women have used him before to get to his brother--and Mason intends never to get burned again. But after he meets quirky Tessa Kane at his brother's wedding, Mason discovers he's ready to take a chance on love.

Tessa Kane is a reporter on the verge of losing a job she desperately needs--unless she's clever enough to snag a story on the famous Rockford James. But when she falls for her subject's brother, she's caught between a rock and a hard-muscled cowboy. What will happen when Mason finds out who she really is?

Review:

You Had Me at Cowboy was such a sweet, heartwarming story.  It was filled with strong families, sexy cowboys, adorable pets and I loved how friendship, trust, love and second chances were strong themes.  And while this could be read as a standalone, I highly recommend starting with Caught Up in a Cowboy. That’s where you first meet the James family, who are now preparing for a wedding.   

No stopping whatever this crazy thing was that was happening between him and this woman he’d just met. Although it didn’t feel like they’d just met. It felt like he’d known her forever. 

Tessa Kane was having the worst day ever.  In those first few pages, when she arrived at the pre-wedding activities as someone’s date, I was already cringing and laughing out loud.  And just when things started to turn even worse, in walked Mason James.  Not only did he come to her rescue, Tessa eventually realized that Mason was the ticket to keeping her job.  She was supposed to get an exclusive interview with the famous NHL groom, Rock.  And Mason was Rock’s brother. 

He wanted to touch her, to taste her, to adore her. 
She was his fantasy. 

I loved that Tessa and Mason clicked right away.  Their friendship and chemistry were smile inducing and so much fun!  I kept finding myself laughing at their antics and then sighing over their sweeter and sexier moments together.  What was happening between them felt so magical, as if it was meant to be.  But Tessa was just here for the story, so she could save her job which would help save her Grandma’s house.  But even she couldn’t deny what was going on between them.  It all felt so true in her heart. 

He knew the right thing to do, the chivalrous thing. Finding his voice, he leaned toward her ear. “I’ll give you some privacy and see if I can find you some dry clothes.” 
She whispered one word, but he heard it as clearly as if she’d shouted. 
“Stay.” 

You have to meet Mason James!  I was obsessed and easily found myself enraptured by that cowboy.  Mason was seductive, hilarious, thoughtful, compassionate and caring.  Yet he was definitely guarded.  Women had used him in the past to get to his famous brother.  So my heart hurt for him and I understood why he didn’t have a date to his brother’s wedding.  That was until he crashed into Tessa and later asked her to be his date for all of the wedding activities.  Mason thought he finally found a woman that wanted only him.  And I was so nervous, because I was waiting for everything to explode. 

As much as she wanted to tell him the truth, to come clean about who she was and why she was really there, she wasn’t ready to let him go. Wasn’t ready to let this go. 

Tessa found herself in a tough situation, and while I didn’t agree with some of the choices she made, I more than got it.  How could I not like her when Tessa was kind, funny, quirky, compassionate and had the hugest heart ever.  I loved how she jumped right in to help others, and that was just one of the countless reasons why she fit in so easily with Mason’s family.  And then when I saw her interaction with Dewey, a dog, oh my heart.  She was so sweet to him and little Dewey added so much heart to this story.  But best of all, I loved how Tessa made Mason feel.  It warmed me all the way to the tip of my toes.  So, I just kept my fingers crossed because the truth was bound to come out.  And I hoped it would all work out for the best! 

Somewhere in the last few days, he had become all hers. And no matter what happened next, whether she stayed in his life to see where this led, or if she went back home after the wedding, Tessa Kane had ruined him for any other woman. 

You Had Me at Cowboy was the perfect mix of sexy and sweet.  I loved that we got to be in both Tessa and Mason’s heads.  And I loved that we got to spend time with all of our favorites from Caught Up in a Cowboy!  Rock, Quinn, Vivienne and so many others graced the pages and it was absolutely perfect!  Now I’m left excited for the next book.  It’s about the youngest brother in the James family.  I fell in love with the moments between him and the girl he seemed interested in…it was all so adorable with a little bit of awkward thrown in.  So I can’t wait to read their story next! 

PS Mimi, Tessa’s grandmother, was hilarious.  We didn’t see much of her, but when we did, she had me rolling with laughter. Ohh Aunt Sass too.  There’s an ice sculpture scene between Aunt Sass and Mason that made me laugh so hard I cried! 

 PPS I know that I rarely give my opinion on covers, but the covers in this series are HOT.  Having them on my Kindle isn’t enough, I also need them on my bookshelf *fans face*.

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Reading Order & Links:

Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)
***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***


Caught Up in a Cowboy #1
Reviews:

Jen

You Had Me at Cowboy #2
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Jen

 

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About Jennie Marts:

Jennie Marts is the USA Today bestselling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. She is living her own happily ever after with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies, in the mountains of Colorado.

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Time I Lied by Riley SagerThe Last Time I Lied Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Synopsis:

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she--or anyone--saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings--massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it's immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp's twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

I smile, pretending they’re right. What none of them understand is the point of the game isn’t to fool others with a lie. The goal is to trick them by telling the truth.

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for stories that take place with summer camp setting. I went to one for several summers as a pre-teen, so I certainly have no trouble picturing it. There’s just something about breathing in those early breaths of independence and freedom. No parents, new people and new experiences that often don’t translate back to life at home. Because of this, I am thrilled when books have a summer camp setting, and this book DID NOT disappoint.

Fifteen years. That’s how long it’s been. It feels like a lifetime ago. It also feels like yesterday.

As the synopsis says, fifteen years ago four girls (Vivian, Natalie, Allison and newcomer, Emma) form a short but strong bond one summer. But one night, Vivian, Natalie and Allison go missing while Emma is left to fill in the blanks, which she does with varying degrees of accuracy and truthfulness.

In present day, Emma struggles with the events of fifteen years ago. She does her best to deal with the aftermath, using painting as a form of therapy. But when she is asked to return to the camp as a counselor and art teacher, she is drawn back into the world and begins to investigate what really happened so long ago.

But after my time at Camp Nightingale, I vowed never to lie again. Omission. That’s my tactic. A different sin entirely.

While this is certainly a thriller, at the heart of this story is female friendships, especially those made at the cusp of the change between being a girl and being a woman. It’s a precarious time of life; there’s a reason it’s written about so much – it is such a unique and major event in life.

The scenes between Vivian and Emma were fascinating. Vivian is older and more experienced at life and takes Emma under her wing. She serves as a surrogate older sister, which is both wonderful and terrible for Emma, as we the readers learn more about the events of that summer. While Allison and Natalie play a role, this novel really focuses on the relationship between Vivian and Emma.

Yes, boys can break your heart and betray you, but not in the same stinging way girls can.

As the book jumps back and forth between the summer of the girls disappearing and present day, more and more comes to light about the events of what happened and how that plays into what is happening to Emma in present day.

The author, Riley Sager, did an excellent job in creating sympathetic but complicated characters and keeping me guessing the entire time. I enjoyed his last novel, Final Girls, but was a little put off by the ending. However, that was not the case this time around. I was breathless up until the last page and I was left fully satisfied. I cannot wait for future books from Sager if his first two novels are an indication of what’s to come next.

I want to laugh. I want to cry. I want to confess. Instead, I say, “Two Truths and a Lie. Let’s play.”

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