Irish Dreams

Toni Kelly
Irish Dreams
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Lyrical Press
Release Date
March 2012
Contemporary Romance

It's one thing to resist an Irish dream, quite another to resist a dreamy Irishman.

After being traded for another woman by her fiance, Maggie decides she's had it with men. Good thing she's far away from him, in Ireland fulfilling her best friend's request to be maid-of-honor. Wicklow and the Emerald Isle are more than she expects-green, lush, and exactly what she needs. What she doesn't need is rescuing by some emerald-eyed charmer.

Newly divorced, Ethan Moore is ready to enjoy bachelorhood. Only one problem-the fiery-haired Maggie Christy. Unlike any woman he's ever met, Maggie draws him close and turns him inside out. The attraction is unexpected and inconvenient, but nobody ever said true love was easy.

WARNING: Exceedingly charming Irishmen and sexually explicit scenes.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Sep 24, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
For those of us with a love-standing love affair with the Emerald Isles, this book is a little love letter, and an engaging reminder of all the magic that could be hiding there for even the most unsuspecting.

Maggie Christy has come to Ireland to stand as her best friend's maid of honor and determined to use the time to forget her two-timing ex-fiancé. The beauty of County Wicklow is an immediate balm to her bruised heart—until she finds herself face to face with a devastatingly handsome Irishman who might just be able to get that heart to beat once again.

Ethan Moore is finally free of his demanding, money-hungry wife and with his divorce finalized, he is prepared to enjoy his bachelorhood, as well as the wedding of his best friend. But the ink is barely dry on the papers when he comes to the rescue of a lovely American who turns his world upside down with a single look. Their attraction is immediate and utterly irrational, but so irresistible that both Maggie and Ethan find themselves falling far too fast and far too hard for the other. Not only have they both recently suffered devastating relationships, but Maggie's former fiancé seems to have some strong objections to her moving on so seemingly easily. Will their brief encounter ever have the chance to become something more?

The chemistry between Ethan and Maggie was electric and stayed strong from their first meeting to the book's close. Theirs was a lust at first sight that developed deliciously into something so much more. Despite their mutual heartbreaks and the sudden depth of their feelings, there is the sense throughout the book that something larger than either of them was happening, and I loved the way that attraction pulled the story along.

Maggie is a resilient heroine who really came into her own during this story. I was thrilled when she realized that she deserved more than she was getting, both in her past relationship and in life in general. That said, it did feel to me that her self-esteem came from Ethan's regard, instead of because she had genuinely learned to value herself. Her defensiveness throughout the book pointed to this insecurity, and I wanted to see her overcome these fears once and for all.

Ethan had quite the attractive alpha-male streak but was vulnerable enough to know heartbreak and hesitant about allowing himself to be hurt again. Because of that, it took him quite a while to overcome the risk of truly letting Maggie know what she meant to him—and longer to realize how much he stood to lose if he let her go. I wished there had been a little more time for them to work through their fears, but there is no doubt that theirs is a once in a lifetime match.

The addition of Maggie's ex into the story was quite an interesting twist, though his final scene with Maggie didn't make a great deal of sense in the context of the story. Nevertheless, Rick's presence forced Maggie to confront her fears and choose between her past and the chances of a happy future. Set against the counterpoint of her best friend's wedding, the differences between Rick and Ethan, between settling or risking everything for happiness was clear and well laid out.

While there were elements of this book that didn't work as well for me, all in all I found this book engrossing and the relationship between Maggie and Ethan very interesting. The beauty of Ireland and its allure was a wonderful aspect of the book and I truly loved escaping into the world of the story and experiencing the magic that the Emerald Isles had to offer.
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