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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:

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***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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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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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.*

 

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***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***


Caught Up in a Cowboy #1
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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: Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van DykenDangerous Exes (Liars Inc. #2)
by Rachel Van Dyken
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Synopsis:

Isla made one teeny little mistake. Now she and her PI company, Dirty Exes, are being targeted by one seriously angry and furiously sexy ex-quarterback. Jessie freakin’ Beckett. But there’s no way some NFL superhunk is going to take her business away. If only he didn’t make her so hot—and bothered.

Jessie wants payback for a ruined reputation. His plan? Top secret. His hard-to-hide arousal for Isla? Not so much. Especially when they let down their guards and sneak a kiss. Like any juicy scandal, it goes so viral, so fast, that only a good lie can combat the bad press. Mortal enemies in a fling? No way. Um…this is love!

Actually…could it be?

Isla’s not faking it. Jessie can’t. As the game of let’s pretend gets real, Jessie forgets all about revenge. That’s the problem. His plan is already out of his control. Now it could undo everything they’ve been trying to build. Coming clean may be the only thing that can save it.

Review:

Dangerous Exes was a ton of fun, hilariously addicting and oh so sexy!  I have been excited for this book since I finished reading the last page of Dirty Exes!  I’m happy to say that I loved this book just as much as the first! Revenge, lust, friendship and romance filled this story along with my favorite thing of all, enemies to lovers.  So if you’re a fan of romance stories that have love to hate in the pages, then you definitely have to pick this one up.

“You’re a good kisser, Isla.” He tilted my chin toward him. “But it’s not enough— I will shut you down, that I promise.”
He walked off leaving me hot, breathless, and pissed.
I opened my car door and tossed my purse in the opposite seat, then pressed my fingertips against my lips and cursed the universe for doing the impossible. Making me feel alive again— by way of my enemy.

If you haven’t read Dirty Exes yet, I highly recommend you do (here’s my review).  Everything started in that book and it continued to play out in this one.  So going into this story, I already liked Isla Turner and Jessie Beckett.  Towards the end of Dirty Exes they were slowly becoming friends and there was even chemistry between them, but that all changed.  Jessie’s life went up in smoke and he set his sights to destroy Isla’s PI business. Just like she destroyed his life.

I hated his smirk more than I hated his body.
Because it made me react.
Hell, everything he did made me react and want to seek vengeance with a fiery purpose on his damned soul.

I couldn’t help but laugh when Jessie showed up wherever Isla was.  He infiltrated her life and it started to drive her crazy. But when a kiss happened between them and it became public, because of Jessie’s high profile life, things shifted.  Jessie was still trying to accomplish his goal, Isla was fighting back, yet now there were kisses and touches between them.  I loved how they toyed with each.  I loved the games they played. But I loved the passion between them the most.  It was crazy addicting and created so many explosive scenes bursting with sexual tension.  

She grinned excitedly, then took a deep sip and moaned as she closed her eyes. “You know me well.”
I’m sure she didn’t mean to say it.
Just like my heart didn’t mean to react to the words.
My body felt warm all over as her eyes met mine.
I cleared my throat and looked away while she returned her attention to the game.

No matter how hard Jessie wanted to hate Isla, he couldn’t ignore what was between them.  And Isla couldn’t deny that she was attracted to Jessie and that he made her feel things. Oh I loved the both of them so much!  Jessie was seductive and controlling, yet he showed us more  sides of him. We learned his deepest, darkest secrets and it made me fall for him that much harder.  Isla was also controlling but she had this energy to her that was addictive. She probably got it from her great aunt, Goo-Pah.  That woman was hilarious and she made me laugh so hard I cried.

Maybe my view of perfection was wrong— had been wrong all along.
It wasn’t the perfect house.
The perfect wife.
It wasn’t the perfect life or career.
It was moments like this, with a woman I would never understand or deserve, lying on my lap asleep, and me wishing I could hold on to the seconds a little bit longer.

Desire and lust swirled between Jessie and Isla anytime they were near each other.  With emotions and feelings mixing into the moments too, I was obsessed. And you couldn’t tear me away from this book!  If it’s not completely obvious, I absolutely loved this book and that ending! I’ve realized that every single time I pick up a book by Rachel Van Dyken my spirits are always lifted.  Her stories are feel good, heartfelt and continually make me smile and laugh. So I can’t wait to read whatever Rachel Van Dyken publishes next!

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

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2) by Christina Bauer

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2) by Christina Bauer

If you enjoy paranormal romance that has humor, a snarky heroine, a wonderful hero and two fabulous best friends then definitely check out my 4 Star Review below and enter a wonderful giveaway! Enjoy!

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2) by Christina BauerShifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2)
by Christina Bauer
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Synopsis:

After being raised by the meanest fairies in the history of ever, Bryar Rose is now free to live her own life. For the first time, she’s attending West Lake Prep, a regular high school. Well, mostly regular. Some students are actually hidden members of the Magicorum. In other words, they’re really wizards, fairies, or shifters. Bry doesn’t mind, though. She’s thrilled to enjoy all the new experiences of being around normal kids her age, from locker pranks to lunchtime mystery meat. Everything is going along great, except for one thing.

Bry’s dreams about the pyramids of Egypt have gotten darker and more sinister. Every night, she sees her new man Knox and her best friend Elle in danger.

With no other choice, Bry plans to leave school to explore the pyramids on her own. But her new man Knox discovers the scheme and is having none of it. He wants to stay by her side, no matter what. It’s a good thing too, because Bry must solve the mystery of her attraction to the pyramids and soon. Otherwise, it could cost the lives of those she loves most.

And that means not only Knox, but also her best friend Elle.

Review:

Shifters and Glyphs was an action packed adventure that was filled with friendship, laughter and love.  If you’re not familiar with this series, you definitely need to start out with the first book Wolves and Roses.  You can read my review of that book here.  Each book flowed into the next and the storytelling was very creative.  The characters were living out their lives according to their fairy tale theme and it was a mix of shifters, wizards, fairies and other creatures too.  So if you adore paranormal romance, definitely check this series out.

Knox gently rests his palm against my cheek. “I’m not leaving you. I’m not losing you.” All the intensity in the world shines in his ice-blue eyes.

If it’s been a while since you have read Wolves and Roses, this book catches you up and then some.  I felt like I easily stepped back into this world and it contained all of the knowledge from the previous book.  Life has changed so much since we first met them. Bryar and her best friend Elle were getting ready to start their senior year in a school for magical beings.  Knox became Byrar’s mate and while it seemed like there were feelings between their two best friends, Alec and Elle, they still claim to be just friends and I loved that they play video games together lol.  I loved their little group of four, they were as thick as thieves and I couldn’t wait to see what awaited them!

Leaning in, Knox brushes the barest kiss across my lips. “You’re my mate, Bry. My life. My soul. I love you.”

As more pieces of the puzzle started to fit together it became easier to see the bigger picture.  While I guessed how a lot of things played out, I was shocked by the hugest twist of all. I definitely didn’t see that one coming!  And it was so much fun getting answers to so many answers of the questions I had.  Even some that have been lingering from book one!  The only thing I missed was hearing Knox’s pov.  I loved listening to his chapters in the first book, he was beyond intoxicating, and I was secretly wishing to hear his voice again.  If there’s ever a novella released in his voice I’d completely devour it!  So if you enjoy paranormal romance that has silly humor, a snarky heroine, a wonderful hero and two fabulous best friends then definitely check this one out!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the Monster House Books, LLC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

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Wolves and Roses #1
Review:

Jen

Moonlight and Midtown #2
Review:

Jen


Shifters and Glyphs #3
Review:

Jen

About Christina Bauer:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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