Thursday, April 5, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Kiss Me, I'm Irish Anthology

March 4, 2012 HQN Romance

505 pages Anthology by Jill Shalvis, Maureen Child and Roxanne St. Claire


The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. Claire
For one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away without a backward glance to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off—but Kendra has no intention of giving in so easily….

Tangling with Ty by Jill Shalvis
Dr. Nicole Mann, a child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen, has no room in her mind or her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off—and Ty Patrick O'Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good.

Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child
Connor Reilly only has a few weeks to go in his "no sex for ninety days" bet with his brothers—and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!

This was a satisfactory enough read, the stories were good but none of them knocked me off my stool. All three stories were previously published. And I give all three stories 3 stars each.

The first was Tangling with Ty by Jill Shalvis. This is only my second story of Jill's. I didn't really warm up to the heroine much with her cool exterior and dogged work ethic. For a doctor she seemed detached and distant with people. Ty however, was adorable. If he had a more fitting heroine I would have given this higher than 3 stars. Ty has a few secrets, a dodgy past and an Irish accent that keeps slipping. Ty Patrick O'Grady is a drifter working as a handyman in the Doc's apartment and literally falls into her life. There were fine moments and a finer hero. Good read.

The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. Claire is also a good read, the hero is a bit of an ass though. Deuce Monroe swans back into town after losing his baseball career in a car wreck. Hoping to take over the family bar, he didn't count on his father selling part of the bar to Kendra Locke who has turned it into an internet cafe (Whoops, dated there) Once attracted to each other, the sparks begin to fly once again. Their past is slowly revealed and it was interesting to see this couple find their way back to each other. But neither the hero or heroine appealed to me on a gut level. Another good read.

Whatever Reilly Maureen Child.  Oh yay, a sex-bet story. Connor Reilly and his brothers make a lame bet over who can go without sex for ninety days. I never understood these kind of bets, how to prove it? Anyway, the heroine Emma is offended by this bet and is out to prove her long-time friend Connor is not immune and she will do what it takes to make sure Connor doesn't win. Entertaining read as the hero and heroine don't know what hit them. A little predictable but Connor is sexy as all get out.

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