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Love and Blarney (Ballybeg, Book 2) (The Ballybeg Series) by [Keane, Zara]
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"I rarely find an author who combines all of my favorite things in one book: quirky comedy, fascinating characters, romantic moments, and a delicious setting. Zara Keane's BALLYBEG series brings Irish small town romance to life in all its charming glory. I'm already addicted to this adorable cast of characters." -- Penny Watson, bestselling author of APPLES SHOULD BE RED

"This was a very cute short novella.." -- Tracy at Book Binge

"Keane combines humor and a little heartbreak into an engaging little second chance romance as we learn why Ruairi left his wife and the extent to which his wife goes to get him back." -- Tori at Smexy Books

From the Author

Love and Blarney is the second story in The Ballybeg Series but stands alone well--Happily Ever After guaranteed! It's a 20,000-word novella featuring Ruairí the grumpy barman from Love and Shenanigans and his estranged American wife.

Each story in the series features a different couple's love story, but they are all set in the same small Irish town with a recurring cast of secondary and tertiary characters. While my Ballybeg is fictional, its geography is based on the towns of Cobh, Kinsale, and Clonakilty in County Cork. All the other places I send my characters in this book and the other books in the series are real--Cork City, Doolin, the Burren, Lisdoonvarna, Blarney, Galway, Dublin, and so on.Ireland and the Irish are steeped in a unique history and culture and I usethese aspects to flavor my stories.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1604 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beaverstone Press LLC (August 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MPUHE52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another short freebie. It is about an hour read. It was okay. I liked the premise of the story, but was not enamored with the way the story played out.

It is a second chance romance. The couple has been married for 3 years and separated for about a year. The H drops a bombshell on the h one day by telling her that he has to leave Manhattan and head out to Ireland for a family emergency. She has been married to the guy for 3 years and was led to assume by the H that he had no family. Naturally she was floored that he never shared with her that he had a family during their time together.


A year goes by. Divorce papers appear in the H's mail. No discussion between them. The h then flies out to Ireland to see if the marriage is salvageable before the divorce is finalized. More bombshells follow. The H has never told his family that he was married in the States. He has a large family of about 6 siblings. She finds out the family emergency was his mother's cancer. On the day the h appears at the H's doorstep, he is getting ready for a date! The h is hit with all this on her first day. To top that off, the H asks why she is in Ireland in a mean kind of manner. No glad to see you or thank goodness one of us had the sense to make a go of our marriage. What a way to jump start a relationship. With this disclosure, I thought he was a scum bag for not trusting his wife enough to share his background with her.

What I really disliked---The h makes all the moves and sacrifices in the story. Second chances should involve both parties giving and taking. The h was doing all the giving and the H was doing all the taking. If the h did not make the trip out to Ireland, the divorce would have been finalized and he would have started a new romance.
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I'm falling in love with this series in a big way. Not only are the characters and their stories interesting and less formulaic than most of the other romances I've read, I feel like I've been transported to a small seaside town in Ireland every time I read one. It's like a mini-vacation in a book, and really, what's better than that?

In Love and Blarney, the story centers around Ruairí MacCarthy, local pub owner. Years ago, he left Ballybeg for New York, thinking he'd never return. But now he's back to take care of the pub and some pressing family issues.

Ruairí has some loose ends to clean up. For one, he's left behind a wife in New York that no one knows about. He's never told her details about his family, and both of his worlds collide when Jayme shows up in Ballybeg in a last effort to see if their marriage can be saved.

But before that can happen, they both have secrets they need to share with each other, and Ballybeg is a perfect setting for that to take place.

This story had many elements that I really enjoyed. The main characters are thirty-something established professionals. They have to make some tough decisions about their lives. Their path back to each other is sweetly romantic as it's clear that both Ruairí and Jayme are still in love with each other. It all becomes a question of whether love is enough to trump all of the circumstances and past history and give them a second chance,

If you like contemporary romance, give this series a read, I think you might like it. Love and Blarney can be read as a standalone. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series of 2014.

Can't wait for the next installment!
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While the book is well written it didn't hold my interest for very long. I found myself reading "just to be done with it". The characters were full of personality and the story line was somewhat interesting I just couldn't seem to get into it like I usually do. The issue may not lie with the book but rather with me and my interest as I began reading it. So based on that I give it 3 stars and would probably recommend it to friends and family who I know to be into this type of book. It just wasn't my cup of tea as it turned out.
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If your spouse fled halfway across the world amid half-truths and anger, would you let them go or would you try and salvage what once was? That's the situation Jayme and Ruairí find themselves in when Jayme comes to Ballybeg to reclaim her man.

Jayme King is on her way to Ballybeg, Ireland to try and salvage any scrap of a marriage that may be left to her estranged husband of a year, Ruairí MacCarthy. Ruairí now owns a pub and is getting ready to move on with his life; in fact he had a date the very night Jayme traveled 3,000 miles to see him. When he walked out of her life after lying to her about his past, leaving America for Ireland, she was devastated. Attempts to reconnect have been met with resistance by both of them.

Ruairí's not thrilled to see her at all, and Jayme's heart is breaking all over again. He never told his family he was married. He never told her his family was alive. Now confronted with his lies and half-truths and omissions, not to mention Ruairí's hostility and ambivalence, Jayme didn't know her pain could get any worse than it already was. But Jayme is determined to find out if their marriage can be salvaged, and little by little, bit by bit, Ruairí is thawing toward her. Can a week together bring them back from the brink of divorce or will it solidify their decisions made all those months ago?

LOVE AND BLARNEY is the second book in The Ballybeg series and is a solid, gut-wrenching addition. My heart was in my stomach when Ruairí first saw Jayme and treated her so coldly, but gradually he thawed toward her. I couldn't believe how he lied about his family being dead and conversely how he never told anyone in Ireland he was married!
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