Wednesday, July 21, 2010

STRAIGHT UP by Deidre Martin

Publisher: Berkeley Sensation
Date published: May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23466-2
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Liam O’Brien has raced out of New York City after a run in with the Irish Mob there. Now back in Ireland, he weathers the storm of that run-in in his parent’s old village of Ballycraig as a bartender. Not looking for trouble, Liam finds something much more fun-Aislinn McCafferty.

Aislinn McCafferty has had her heart broken once before and she is determined to never have it happen again. Considered the local ice queen, Aislinn shoots down any man who thinks he has a chance with her. Liam finds himself taking a bet that he can get Aislinn to thaw and he ends up finding that Aislinn is more than just a bet but a woman he can fall in love with. Can Aislinn forgive Liam once the truth comes out? Will Liam walk away from the one woman who stirs his every desire?

STRAIGHT UP is a wonderful battle of the sex’s story with two intriguing characters and a setting that has me wishing to go visit Ireland myself. The storyline is fast with some interesting twists to keep me glued to the pages and I hoped Liam could soften Aislinn’s heart. With the right blend of humor, romance and desire, Ms. Martin delivers a story that will leave you with a smile long after the last page is read.

Meet Aislinn, the local ice queen in the village of Ballycraig. Humiliated in the past by a man she adored, she is determined to never fall for a man’s charm again. When she meets Liam O’Brien sparks fly and she finds herself falling for the man’s charm even as she tries to keep her heart unaffected. Liam had to run from New York City due to the local Irish Mob there after him. Thinking the time spent in Ballycraig would be boring, he finds feisty and standoffish Aislinn delightful. When issued a bet by his boss to thaw the ice queen, he eagerly accepts never knowing that he might actually win her heart in the process. Will Aislinn find out about the bet and will she trust Liam after it comes out again? Will Liam lose the one woman who stole his heart? These two struck sparks the minute they met. I loved the way the author captured the characters vulnerabilities and the way their hearts are. The romance between the two is very believable and I enjoyed the way Aislinn made Liam work while both fell for one another.

STRAIGHT UP is an enjoyable story that you will fall in love with. With tight writing, captivating characters and a fast paced storyline, Ms. Martin delivers a story that will keep you glued to the pages till the very end. Ms. Martin is fast becoming one of my favorite authors in contemporary romance.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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