Synopsis: Dr. Nicole Mann has no room in her mind or her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off—and Ty Patrick O’Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good.
Cover: This novel has two designs about twelve years apart and I honestly wouldn’t have picked up either in a bookstore. The oldest version looks awkward, as thought it was originally bigger and then squished down to fit the needed size. The second is better, but feels like three separate images collaged together rather than one cohesive picture. The UK Mills & Boon cover is decent, while the anthologies cover is pure yum.
Writing Style: The author has a tendency to make certain phrases into one word without the benefit of hyphens. For the most part it’s quite easy to read, but there is one smooshing that takes a moment to figure out.
Plot: The storyline is simple. Boy and girl meet, she’s a workaholic and he’s a wanderer, so they fight their attraction, but they fall in love anyways. To give it a little pep there is the non-romantic aspects of Nicole having an annoying coworker and of someone from Ty’s secret past is trying to contact him. I get the feeling this is the second book in a series as one of Nicole’s friends was recently engaged and the other is left alone in their single-forever pact.
Romance: What I wouldn’t give for a gorgeous Irishman lying at my door, but Nicole doesn’t fully appreciate her luck at first. Over time they find themselves drawn to each other, while it feels like it is happening quickly for the reader. This may do to singular moments of indecision and then BAM! it’s dealt with rather than being a little more drawn out.
Character: Ty Patrick O’Grady is from Dublin, moved to Australia, travelled across Europe and the East, then landed in the States. Because Ty is running from his past, he can pull numerous accents though he tends to use a more neutral transatlantic tone in order to hide his origins. By the end of the novel, though, it seems that he has accepted who he is and allows his lilt to be heard.
Quote: You steal my heart.
Verdict: The novel could have used a bit more depth in the nonromantic interactions. The characters obviously don’t live in a bubble as you see them interacting with others in various locations, but those scenes could have been expanded upon. I loved reading this however and that may be why I wanted a longer story! The characters are so interesting you just want to spend more time with them. I will definitely be looking if there are other books with these characters.