- File Size: 446 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tule Publishing (October 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075KN9NN4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Love in Dublin (The McKinnon Brothers Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Maggie is a traveler, a nomad, a wanderer. She doesn't really have a home, she doesn't have roots. She thinks it's because she's a free spirit, but it's really because she's running from the pain of her husband's tragic death, even years after. When she meets Colin in Dublin, where she's set to write another of her travel articles, the last thing she expects is to meet the man who will make her feel again. The last thing Colin expects is to meet a spunky American woman who will make HIM feel, too, after having finally shed the marriage he shackled himself to for so many years.
His teen children have urged him to start over, to make a new life for himself, but he just can't, or more accurately, hasn't. But, when he meets Maggie and forms first a friendship with her, then something more, he finally realizes that he is capable of moving on. But, how can it be that he finally meets a breath of fresh air, and it's a woman who will be gone shortly? A woman who rarely stays in the same place for long? A woman who's still running after all these years.
I love that Love in Dublin isn't a gorgeous fairytale. No, Colin and Maggie have a realistic relationship with realistic problems and realistic personalities who don't all the sudden tie up all their problems with a nice, shiny bow. No, they accept each other and their new relationship for what it is, for what they each are. Of course, there's an HEA, but it's a hard won HEA and even then it's not one of those sappy, unrealistic ones. No, it's as realistic as it is sweet and it's in the same tone as the rest of Colin and Maggie's relationship - realistic, heartfelt and really beautiful. If Love in Dublin is what this series is like then I am all set on reading the whole series now because it's made me a true fan of Colin and Maggie and Colin's whole clan.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book received via NetGalley.
“I’m definitely lusty for hot, slightly older Irishmen. Especially the surly, quiet ones with magic fingers.”
Recently divorced and settling into life as a single dad to three teenagers on the verge of adulthood who no longer need him quite so much, Colin is coming to terms with how his life has changed but, rather than embracing it, he sees himself as boring and over the hill. Until he meets American travel writer, Maggie Spencer who reignites the spark in him he thought had fizzled out long ago.
“Whenever I’m with you, I don’t feel old. I don’t feel weary, or done. I feel alive.”
Jennifer Gracen has taken pretty much all I love to find in characters, woven them together and created two people who compliment each other in the best of ways. Despite harbouring her own pain, Maggie is bouncy and full of life, always planning her next adventure, whilst Colin is quieter, more contemplative and to a degree is settling: Dublin is his home, his kids are his heart, and whilst his earlier life decisions were understandable, he deserved more than a loveless marriage—he deserves love and laughter with a woman who appreciates him for the wonderful man he is.
“You brought me back to life again.”
As the story unfolds Maggie and Colin unleash the passion in one another in every sense of the word and although I found them a little too agreeable and polite at times, they were strong couple who truly deserve a HEA. And I can’t not mention Colin’s daughter, Roisin—I loved her honest wise words and complete support for her dad. If you’re looking for heartfelt, engaging and sexy romance with just the right sprinkling of angst and which takes you on beautiful journey around the Emerald Isle into Europe and the US, then you won’t regret grabbing this.
After almost two decades of marriage Colin finds himself divorced, children almost grown, and at odds with life. He’s the kind of man who stays, discovers his duty and does it, who left the wandering dreams of his youth far behind. Now a chance meeting with an American travel writer has his attention. He’d love to do what Maggie does, but it’s no longer in him. What he could see is settling down with Maggie. But Maggie is still running from grief, from a life that was torn from her at her husband’s death. Now her wings will not be stilled… unless perhaps by love.
Colin and Maggie both are grieving, wounded souls although for different reasons. Over the course of three months or so they will strike up a friendship, slowly develop feelings for the other and determinedly begin to help break down walls, or at least put a dent in them. At first neither sees that what they are trying to fix in the other also needs addressed for themselves.
I know it often doesn’t really sound like it, but to say that a story gave me a very satisfied feeling is truly a high compliment. It means all the right buttons were pushed, the mix of happy and sad worked for me, and that the ending was everything that I could have hoped for. Love In Dublin brings two different people together in grief, slowly heals them and then gives them the love of their life to go on into the future with… you cannot ask for much more than that.
I enjoyed myself very much in this story, and I believe any Romance reader would find it charming and touching as well.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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