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This review is from: Kiss Me, I'm Irish: The Sins of His Past\Tangling with Ty\Whatever Reilly Wants... (Hqn) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. Claire (originally published in 2006)
What do you do when your career and dreams are pretty much over, all because of a stupid mistake? Seamus "Deuce" Monroe returns to town and is shocked at all the changes, starting with what used to be his family's bar, Monroe's. He never expected to see an internet cafe, and these weren't the only changes in town; talk about a major facelift and a lot of new structures built in the name of progress. Deuce is also shocked to his father engaged - to the woman responsible for all of these changes to the town. What floors him the most is seeing Kendra Locke - the woman with whom he shared an amazing night, then left without a word to return to his baseball career. Kendra has big plans for Monroe's, and they don't include a tall & hunky ex-baseball player who wants to turn it into a sports bar; Kendra has suffered enough from tangling with Deuce and she doesn't know if she could survive another round.Will he slide home - continuing from where they left off, or will he strike out?
While I enjoyed the story, I thought that there was a disconnect with the past and present. Yes, the story was well written and enjoyable, but the fact that it wasn't updated definitely struck a chord with me. For example, the story centers around the internet boom and the need for cyber cafes, and while that was current then, now it just reads a little "off."
Tangling with Ty by Jill Shalvis (originally published in 2003)
Nicole Mann has dedicated her life to becoming a doctor, which works out well because she is a loner by nature. Things get turned upside-down when she comes across Ty Patrick O'Grady, architect, lying in her hallway. Nicole and Ty get off on the wrong foot, and despite her being a genius, she has a difficult time figuring out people, Ty included; Ty on the other hand, knows what he wants, and he definitely wants Nicole. Both are weary of other people because of their pasts and have to work together to see if what they feel is strong enough to overcome anything or anyone that may come their way.
I enjoyed re-reading about Nicole and Ty; I've read the the other two stories in the series as well and I enjoy the relationships formed from living together in an old building. One thing that I liked most about this story was that both characters were insecure and looking for someone who understood them. Nicole and Ty used piercings and body art, respectively, to commemorate hurdles they overcame to reach their goals. The interactions between the two managed to show a whirlwind courtship of sorts from which a true relationship can be built.
Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child (originally published in 2005)
Connor Reilly and his brothers cannot resist a challenge and have made a bet to stay celibate for 90 days, if one wins, he gets $10,000. One brother has already lost; Connor is sure he can resist temptation - if he makes sure not to even look at another woman for the next 90 days. Unfortunately there's a little problem with that plan. Her name is Emma Jacobsen. Connor thought he'd win the bet, hands-down, with Emma by his side because she was "one of the guys." Well, it turns out that "one of the guys" has now other plans. Emma has been friends with Connor for a while, but when she finds out he's never wanted her and that he sees her as a mechanic and not a woman, she nearly loses it! Emma was okay with being friends, but now she is intent on proving to Connor that she is the woman who will make him lose the bet... but will it be worth it - or will her actions damage their friendship?
I really enjoyed the banter between Connor and Emma. Guys can be such blockheads sometimes when it comes to understanding women expressing their feelings. I thought Maureen Child managed to capture the building heat between Emma and Connor and create a story where the characters learn about themselves, each other, and love.
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