Thursday, April 12, 2012

Quickie Review: Sweet Irish Kiss by JoAnne Kenrick

Sweet Irish Kiss (1 Night Stand) by JoAnne Kenrick
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Shaun Bell, a divorced workaholic, spends all his time tending bar in his Irish Pub. He's ready to love again, but the women who visit his bar are only after his infamous Irish cocktails. At the advice of his darts team, over a tanker or two of Beamish, he applies to 1Night Stand to get back into the swing of things and enjoy the company of a woman specially selected for him by Madame Evangeline.

Rachel Taylor has issues. Her father broke her mother’s heart with his cheating and Rachel swore never to let that happen to her, but one ruined relationship after another and she’s realized she's got to get over being closed off to men. Perhaps a one-night stand is just the baby step she needs to begin to build trust again.

A match seemingly made in heaven...until morning rolls around and Shaun can't bring himself to say good-bye. Can he win her over with his secret weapon, a Sweet Irish Kiss, or is Rachel still too scared to love?
My Thoughts: I went into this book looking for something light and sexy. I can't say I was disappointed in that regard but at the same time I also can't say that I ever connected with the characters. I get that these books are supposed to be about a quick hookup that turns into something more but these two had a shitload of baggage to get over and I'm not convinced that anyone would toss years of issues out the window with someone they didn't know AT ALL. Especially when said issues have emotionally and socially handicapped both of them for years.

So, while it was entertaining, I personally needed a little more character growth and development before I could accept these two falling into a committed relationship. Sexy? Yes. Believable on an emotional level? Not really.

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Reading challenges: Ebook Challenge, Why Buy the Cow? Challenge
Sweet Irish Kiss was a free download I picked up at ARE on 03/13/12.

4 comments:

  1. Bummer, i saw Irish and got excited...oh well at least it was sexy.

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    1. In the book's defense, it's short and there wasn't much time to develop a relationship with the main characters. It's fun if you're looking for sexy times, though!

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