Saturday, July 19, 2014

Love and Shenanigans by Zara Keane

Title:  Love and Shenanigans
Series:  Ballybeg #1
Author:  Zara Keane
Published:  May 17/14 by Beaverstone Press LLC
Length:  376pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Vows in Vegas...True Love in Ireland.
Three days before leaving Ireland on the adventure of a lifetime, Fiona Byrne returns to her small Irish hometown to attend the family wedding from hell. When she discovers the drunken vows she exchanged with the groom during a wild Las Vegas trip eight years previously mean they're legally married, her future plans ricochet out of control. Can she untangle herself from the man who broke her heart so long ago? Does she even want to?

Gavin Maguire's life is low on drama, high on stability, and free of pets. But Gavin hadn't reckoned on Fiona blasting back into his life and crashing his wedding. In the space of twenty-four hours, he loses a fiancée and a job, and gains a wife and a labradoodle. Can he salvage his bland-but-stable life? More importantly, can he resist losing his heart to Fiona all over again?

WARNING: This book features a crashed wedding, a labradoodle with attitude, sexy times, and love and laughter, Irish-style.

My Review:

Keane had me laughing from the first page to the very last. She also works some very heartfelt and touching moments into this remarkably unique tale. Her writing style is smooth and the story flows steadily forward. The storyline itself was captivating and unique. She had me guessing throughout. I appreciate the fact that, although definitely one of a kind, the romance within the story was genuine, even if it was just as off kilter as the characters themselves.

The main characters in this novel are absolutely priceless. They definitely drive the story. They were easy to get to know and easy to connect with. I appreciate how the author shows both sides of the story. Having the ‘inside scoop’ from each of them heightens the excitement and enjoyment of the tale. I appreciate the fact that the main characters are down to earth. The fact that they are surrounded by individuals from all walks of life, connected by the small town they grew up in adds to the fun of the story.

Family, friends, hardship, and lore all make an appearance in this loveable & captivating novel. It was a phenomenal read that I would recommend to those who enjoy second chance romances. I know I certainly did. I cannot wait to read the second novel in this series.

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