Love and Blarney

Zara Keane
Love and Blarney
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Beaverstone Press LLC
Release Date
August 2014
Book 2 of The Ballybeg Series
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Married in Manhattan, True Love in Ballybeg

Ruairí MacCarthy abandoned his life in New York to deal with a family crisis in Ireland. Twelve months later, he's traded his three-piece suits and Wall Street career for jeans and a job managing his family's pub in Ballybeg. When his estranged wife bursts back into his life looking for reconciliation, Ruairí must decide if home is where the heart is.

Jayme King wants Ruairí back. She's prepared to battle sheep, floods, and crazy Irish in-laws to get him. Discovering he lied about his past was a shock, but Jayme's had months come to terms with the betrayal. Letting Ruairí go was the biggest mistake of her life. Can she persuade him to return to America and give their marriage a second chance?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 21, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
74 people found the following review helpful
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! While I can understand his reasons for keeping secrets, their marriage was built on a lie to begin with and didn't have a chance until he came clean. I enjoyed the fact that though this book was short, it still packed an emotional punch. The two recognized their need to talk a lot of things out, and though it didn't happen immediately, they finally bit the bullet and confessed what was in their hearts and minds.

LOVE AND BLARNEY is a well written and sweet romance that fans of the genre will enjoy. Other than a few chaste kisses and one brief sex scene, the focus in this book was more on rekindling a love and building on what was skipped over the first time around. All in all, this is a good, sweet story with a HEA that will make you believe true love exists.
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