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Hot Gossip ( An Irish romance) (The Kerry Series Book 2) by [O'Leary, Susanne]
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  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GX8U90E
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The description -- almost a prologue -- was well-written and set my mind on the path of this page turner.
Though this book is a sequel to Hot Property, it stands on its own as a separate novel and the references to the Irish countryside, with its slurry scent hanging in the air, made me add Ireland to my bucket list.
Though the genre is romantic comedy, there are a few serious, deep, passages, especially relating to death adjustment, which I could relate to on a personal basis. Being practical during a divorce also made sense with "...miserable is bad enough. But being miserable in cheap clothes is worse."
I don't know why, upon finishing the book, I felt the urge to drink a glass of Laphroaig single malt from the isle of Islay... Of course, Guinness is a must.
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Hot Gossip is a wonderfully entertaining romantic comedy written by Susanne O'Leary. While it is not a sequel to Hot Property it does take place in the same location and has some of the same minor characters. I think that Susanne O'Leary does a great job of describing the locations in Ireland. While reading I always feel I can really picture it in my mind. Hot Gossip is fun and a bit fantastical while providing a nice romance. I enjoyed following up with some of my favorite characters from Hot Property and finding out where their lives have taken them even though you will have no problem reading this book without having read Hot Property first. I hope this is not the last we hear from our friends in County Kerry, Ireland!
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I didn't realize I had read the first book in this series. This book stands alone and again Susanne has made it a page turner to the end. I took one evening and read it, since I couldn't and didn't want to put it down. As I read the book, she often mentions places in Ireland I've been, which made it all the more visual for me. If you ever been to Ireland, you'll appreciate this book more. She included many twists in this book which made it more life like. If you enjoy a bit of mystery, intrigue and sex, with a woman who through life is made strong - you'll love this book. The advice she gives her young neighbor is right on and what young girls need to hear or read. You won't be sorry you bought this book.
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Hot Gossip is a standalone sequel to Suzanne O'Leary's first book, Hot Property, set in the west of Ireland. We again meet the characters that O'Leary first introduced, as supporting cast, but they remain very much in the periphery. As another reviewer wrote, it's a: "cleverly economical re-purposing of previously developed characters and settings."

Hot Gossip is the story about Janine, a French model-cum-trophy wife trying to escape her past in the backwaters of Ireland. Janine, incognito, has flashbacks, that converge with time present. But her past returns to haunt her with a vengeance. The North African flashbacks, when she is on the run, are intriguing. The tension created in this story is when the main storyline and the backstory converge.

Janine Marchand is an interesting character and O'Leary did a good job on plot and character development for her heroine. But the supporting cast remains flat and one dimensional. Janine's love interest, Mick O'Shea (Paudy's brother) is a stand-in, but there's no depth, no character development. Her North African love interest, Jake the adventurer, is a black and white Bogey character, lacking dimension. Her rejection of him is the weakest part of the storyline. One gets the impression that Janine secretly wants to be found as she flaunts haute couture and stilettos in rural Ireland. We also meet again the stars in the first book: Megan and Paudy; and supporting characters, Boris and Beata, the immigrant odd couple. But they're not fleshed out.

O'Leary's writing style has improved tremendously, her few misplaced prepositions are forgivable in a country where prepositions do all the heavy work. My complaint about her first book remains the same in this one. I still don't get a authentic feel for the Irishness of Kerry.
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I found this very difficult to invest anything in. The characters were very mono-dimensional. I never did get a feeling for the love interest, he was absent from the book. None of the characters were well rounded, and I felt that the author didn't know from one minute to the next where she was going with the book.
It was hard to concentrate on and even more difficult to feel anything about any of the characters. Her main rival for the absent H' s affection was a hairdresser with questionable choice in clothing and may or may not have had a sordid past. She was maybe a blonde and she was a mother. Beyond that? I couldn't tell you. I've read the first book, and while not my favorite, it was much better than this. I will probably not bother with the third book. I'd have to agree with another commenter, there wasn't a lot of comedy in this. There wasn't a lot of romance in this, either. It was...odd.
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Hot Gossip is the sequel to Hot Property. Susanne has done an outstanding job of enabling it to stand alone, with well-thought-out references to its prequel.

Also set in the beautiful Irish countryside, Hot Gossip features Janine Marchand, a rather enigmatic (and charismatic) young and beautiful Frenchwoman, with an intriguing and colourful past. She seeks to escape the more unsavoury aspects of that past in a small, quaint village in Ireland, backdropped by austere and stunning landscape. Her endeavours to stay incognito are not helped by two men in the village, who are captivated by her, and the daughter of one of them, twelve-year-old Nelia, whose impressionability and somewhat hasty immature actions lead to near tragedy.

The story weaves expertly back and forth from a heady time in Egypt, back to the sleepy Irish village, the times and events a sharp contrast to each other. As with Hot Property, it’s obvious the fondness O’Leary has for her adopted Ireland: she sells it better than any Lonely Planet guide!

Janine, Nelia, Jake (the significant other from her time in Egypt), and Mick (Nelia’s father) are all strong, know-their-own-minds characters. Makes for some delightful ‘fireworks’, and it’s wonderful to see Polish Beata and her big-bear husband, Boris, (from Hot Property) making a reappearance.

Wonderfully written, as always by this author, this is a ‘fine romance’.
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