Friday, March 16, 2012

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Review: Kiss Me, I'm Irish

Three bestselling authors bring fans three classic stories of sexy Irishmen and the woman who love them:

The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. Claire
For one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away without a backward glance to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off - but Kendra has no intention of giving in so easily...

Tangling With Ty by Jill Shalvis
Dr. Nicole Mann, a child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen, has no room in her mind of her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off - and Ty Patrick O'Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good.

Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child
Connor Reilly only has a few weeks to go in his "no sex for ninety days" bet with his brothers - and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!

This book is an anthology of three previously released novellas from three separate authors, each of whom has written some great romances. I don't think that any of the stories in this compilation are their best work, but I doubt they think of them as such either.

Although only published in 2006, the plot behind St. Claire's Sins of His Past, is so dated it becomes a distraction.The heroine, Kendra, is a supposed genius who had to drop out of Harvard because she got pregnant and then wants to open an internet cafe. Once you get past people going to a bar to use computers, it is a bit of a struggle to like the "hero" who has some very flimsy excuses for some very poor and immature decisions. The story does comeback nicely from it and has a good ending, but it is overall forgettable.My favorite was, not surprisingly, the middle story Tangling with Ty by Jill Shalvis. But, consistent with my opinion of most of her older works, I found the story rushed and unfinished. I wanted so much more from this book! More backstory, more lead-up tension, and definitely more from them once the main characters did get together. I definitely think there is a place for quick, light romances, but 3 books totaling just over 500 pages is too quick. At least Maureen Child has the excuse that Whatever Reilly Wants was originally released as book 2 of 3, and I was interested enough to track down an e-copy of book 3 in the series, too (which, was on par with the rest of the books here).
Overall, I enjoyed reading the books, but I think my expectations were too high based on the authors' more recent work, so I was a bit disappointed. I'd recommend reading this for anyone who doesn't want to think for a few hours on a beach somewhere.

The Sins of His Past : 2.5/5
Tangling With Ty : 3/5
Whatever Reilly Wants : 2.5/5 

I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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