- 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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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hot Gossip ( An Irish romance) (The Kerry Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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’.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got through the first 50 pages and the story sort of stagnates. It isn't awful, it just kind of dragged on and got kinda boring.Published 5 months ago by Alex Watkins
I have fallen in love with the way this author writes. I am Irish and love her Irish romance series..Published 10 months ago by Jonell M. Fonderhide
I was drawn end from the beginning with the character and her transformation. This series is worth reading. Can't get enough.Published 14 months ago by Voncia
A fast moving and enthralling story from cover to cover. The characters are very credible and real. The story is interesting and not the usual romantic type. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jofromoz
I had read the first in the series and really liked the first book because it had some humor and romance and a bit of a mystery. Read morePublished 16 months ago by drnlp
Janine had a lost life but finds herself & the two loves of her life. She almost loses them because her one true love says something very stupid & she sends him packing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Starmagic