By Liz Gavin
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Keira Ashe’s parents are great but her mother has overprotected her for years. Now, this twenty-two-year-old Bostonian has graduated from college and can go on a trip she has been planning for years. She fears her shyness may get in the way of her enjoying what could be a life-altering adventure. However, Keira feels her luck is about to change when she meets gorgeous bartender Declan Slane.
Declan Slane is twenty-six and works at a hotel bar in Dublin. He hasn’t been very lucky in his love life so far. Also, he has got a troubled past he has chosen not to revisit in order to keep his sanity. Because he isn’t looking for a girlfriend, Declan isn’t very pleased to meet a certain breathtaking American who walks into his bar one afternoon.
Get a taste of adventure and heartache as Keira spreads her wings and matures while she gets to know her great-grandparents’ home country – Ireland. Hold your breath when she faces tough decisions and dangers. Root for Keira while she weighs up the consequences of making love for the first time. Bite your nails when she comes across unforeseen threats.
Liz Gavin’s second full-length novel is hard to put down just as it is hard to pinpoint its genre. She has woven an intricate web around her characters that will leave readers breathless. In the sizzling concoction, this talented new author poured heart-warming romance, heart-stopping suspense, and a dash of heart-searching paranormal. Take your pick. Regardless of the literary genre you might favor, Liz Gavin’s writing will take you to a whole different side of it.
(Note: there will be a few potential spoilers)
I loved how the couple didn’t have to break up over something stupid before achieving their happily-ever-after. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t heartbreak or conflict or something sinister to split the couple up, but at least their parting was because of the plot.
As I read through the book, I wasn’t enamored with it, but by the end the author had me wrapped around her fingers and I was ecstatic how the story turned out. How’d she do that, anyway? I have no idea. Keira was an innocent and Declan had been around the block a time or two, and he’d also endured a rather sad childhood. There were a lot of components to the story, including the officer who was first on-scene when Declan’s mother died and just happened to be the one to rescue Kiera, and the dreams featuring Declan’s deceased mother Iris that brought together the couple when tragedy struck. When all was said and done, the story came full circle and swept me up. Again, how did the author do that?
The writing wasn’t what I would consider top-notch and there were enough errors peppered throughout. A solid editor and proofreader would have eliminated a lot of it, I’m sure.
The couple’s love and devotion to one another really struck me. It was so sweet. Saccharine sweet. Souls knowing one another and meeting up with one another regardless of distance or circumstances was quite endearing to me, especially with the role his late mother played. I really actually enjoyed the proposal, too. It was quite…sweet.
The “huh?” part:
There were a lot of coincidences, and how they eventually solved the case seemed too easy considering they couldn’t figure anything out to save themselves before that.
Yeah, I would. Is it one I’d read again? No, I doubt it, but man!, I sure did like that sincere and loving connection Keira and Declan share. Looking back, it actually made my heart smile.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on March 22, 2016.