Camel Press (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 232 pages
As eldest son, Eoin O’Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O’Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da’s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery.
Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can’t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O’Brien family’s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead.
Says Corinne, “My first time in a New York Irish pub, I was struck by the strong feeling of family and tradition. And so the idea of the O’Briens was born. I could picture this big Irish family pouring drinks and sharing stories, all with an adorable brogue. They seemed so real I had to make them come to life.”
Eoin is living his dream, much to his father's dismay, and ready to move on from his heartbreak, but his first case involves his not yet ex-wife, Viv. The burglary and vandalism seems over the top and Eoin is committed to protect Viv at all costs - it's his job, his duty, and he's still in love with her. Even after three years, Viv has to be careful not to fall into his Irish charm - to keep true to her determination to sever the marriage.
This is a romantic suspense with the Irish Pub as the back drop for the Eoin's family. There are subplots, including Eoin's petite partner, the featured artist, and Viv's friend and roommate, that keep the story interesting.
And of course, who is after Viv remains a mystery until the end. If you enjoy romantic suspense with a bit of heat and Irish brogue, you'll enjoy BEGINNER'S LUCK and may just have found a new series. The language and descriptions are best suited for an adult audience.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
About Corinne Scott:
Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.
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