- File Size: 1045 KB
- Print Length: 182 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545552940
- Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (May 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072B872QY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah...I loved this woman! She has to be one of my favorite heroins. To take the crappy hand life has dealt her and take a leap of faith and turn things around, it doesn't get more inspiring. Sarah is the epitome of a strong woman. To step out from the shadow her old life has cast and change it for the better is awe inspiring. Though it was difficult and even at times seemed impossible, she found a way to take back the life she was denied. She broke out of her shell, with the help of some wonderful friends, and found a way to be the woman SHE wanted to be, not what others expected her to be.
I just loved this story. I was captivated by the connection Cian and Sarah had...the chemistry was off the charts! To see these two come together, to realize exactly what they wanted and take it with perfect clarity was a sight to behold.
A HUGE 5 stars!
Lauren Hawkeye again wrote a great story that you don't want to put down.
Describe the hero in five words: Delicious. Kind. Intelligent. Fun. Sexy.
Did you like him? Yup.
Why? Cian is a ladies man, or at least he was when he was younger but when the story begins he's matured and become a responsible business owner. That doesn't mean he's not fun though, he has a quick sense of humor and is genuine towards the people in his inner circle. I loved his dedication to his inner circle and his interactions with his sister and her best friend. He was confident without being cocky, smart without making other people feel dumb, and encouraging in a way that just felt natural.
Describe the heroine in five words: Boring. Mousy. Smart. Wimpy. Kind.
Did you like her? She was so bland so no.
Why? Sarah had all the promise of a broken woman who gets in touch with her inner warrior woman but she just... Didn't. Sarah was so boring. Her personality was constantly overshadowed by pretty much anyone else who was in the scene with her and there wasn't anything remotely unique about her unless you count her ability to constantly compare herself to any and all other women around her. It got annoying after awhile. Sarah never really became more to me. She was mousy when she got to Ireland, and she was mousy when she fell in love. Bottom line? Sarah was super vanilla, especially when you look at Cian's sister Ainsley and her best friend Nell. I expected more from this heroine instead of an over the top case of nerves who balked at anything remotely fun.
Let’s talk about the romance: Cian and Sarah have an electric attraction that happens even before they meet in person and that was pretty consistent throughout the story. I loved the buildup of tension and the verbal foreplay that seemed so natural whenever they were in the same scene. However, the buildup didn't quite match up to the actual bedroom scenes. It seems that the author took cues from the vanilla Sarah rather than the dynamic Cian because the sexy times were a bit lacking. Sarah never became a "dirty girl" like she supposedly wanted to and Cian's numerous piercings were never mentioned much less utilized, if you know what I mean. There was a lot of potential for some hot and dirty sex but nope, it didn't happen. Sarah was so jittery and nervous every time things got heated between her and Cian that she killed the fun and the passion in those scenes. The only saving grace for this couple was that I did feel there was a good, solid connection between them without the sex which to me made their relationship believable and strong.
How about that supporting cast? Cian's sister Ainsley and her best friend Nell were a hoot. They're everything Sarah should have been: Outgoing, fun, and blunt with a side of vulnerability. They really brightened things up whenever they appeared and I hope they each get their own stories soon.
Click It or Skip It? Click It but only if you can handle bland heroines. On the other hand, Cian is pretty darn sexy and on top of that he's a good guy so that might overshadow the lack of a good heroine. Kiss of the Irish had the right idea, it just needed more from the heroine. And more attention to sex scenes.
* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.
Sarah, an art history graduate, has always been sensible, thinking before acting, even in her career, but that's about to change. Why? It's gotten her nowhere except dumped by her fiance, Ross. So Sarah is determined to change her ways and the first step to the new version of herself is a trip to Ireland. After renting an apartment online, and indulging in a little mutual flirting with her new temporary landlord, Sarah has arrived and is at the Wild Irish pub to collect her keys as instructed. When she sees the gorgeous man behind the bar, while appreciating the view and instinctively knowing he's her landlord, Sarah also knows he's not her usual type, nor, she's sure, is she his. But when jet lag kicks in, leaving Sarah feeling off, Cian, yes, it is her landlord, immediately takes care of her.
Cian has been intrigued by the beautiful American woman since they first started corresponding about his rental. He'd spent his time working that night counting down the hours until she arrived. When he sees she'snot feeling well, he can't resist ensuring she's okay, and when they touch, the impact it has on him is intense and immediate. Cian knows he must have her, and soon, because she calls to him on numerous levels. After Sarah instigates an intense kiss, Cian forces himself to stop, knowing she's not fully aware of her actions due to exhaustion. He does, however, begin removing her soaking wet clothes as she crashes, but is unable to finish because he's trying to be a gentleman. He promises himself one thing though. If Sarah, once she's back to her normal self, truly wants him as well, he will act on it.
"Only then would he take her for his own." - Cian
The next morning, Sarah wakes hungover and mortified that she wasn't dreaming and had in fact, threw herself at Cian. As she's eating lunch later that day, Cian joins her and thankfully, isn't upset about, nor does he regret, their kiss. When Cian suggest a friendly game, Sarah can't resist the lure of potential prizes. What he thought would be an easy victory for him, and a win-win for both of them, doesn't go according to plan as Sarah does better than he thought she would. Thankfully, his luck changes and he's intent on collecting his prize, and worshipping Sarah at the same time. But soon, Cian realizes something is holding Sarah back and he wants her to feel secure in herself and the decision to be with him.
Sarah tries to keep to herself, aside from her new friendships with Ainsley, Cian's sister, and Nell, Ainsley's best friend. But she's continually drawn to Cian. As for Cian, he wants to do something special for Sarah, to show her how wonderful she truly is. It isn't long before the two are spending time together, enjoying themselves. Not only intimately, but in a way that almost seems like a relationship. But is that possible for a woman that isn't staying and a man that had always avoided commitment?
Will Cian and Sarah explore where their connection could take them? Will they admit their feelings to one another? Will Sarah decide to stay in Ireland, or go home where she's been unhappy? What happens when Sarah's past comes after her? Will Sarah go after her dream and pursue becoming an artist? Does Cian want her to stay? Will he show her by essentially forcinga decision, or tell her why he wants her to be with him? Is there a HEA for these two?
One-click now and follow along as two people find what they've been looking for due to another's actions.
On a purely personal level, I truly could've done without all of the references to Cian's obvious extensive sexual past. Within less than fourteen percent, I've already read that he's never lacked for a female since he was a teen, having talked "every pretty girl he came across out of her panties and onto his co&*," a woman he'd gone to school with made it obvious she was willing for the night (the night he's meeting the heroine -- he did nothing with her nor did he encourage her), and we get a quick rundown of some of the women he met while traveling the world, and that he'd sampled "a woman of every flavor, sometimes more." Plus, I didn't need to know at times he still thought of some of those experiences when alone with himself...if you know what I mean. He came off as a manwhore and that instantly makes me lose some of the interest I'm supposed to be investing in him. It's tacky, gross, and not at all "heroic." Thankfully, his manwhoring seems to have stopped, or at least slowed down, in the past few years, and he is completely devoted to the heroine.
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
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