I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin on April 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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Experience Ireland—the dramatic beauty, the warm hospitality…and the smoking hot local guys!
Imagine nursing a pint in a cozy, authentic country pub, far from Cork's busy city pulse. Getting here took you a plane, bus, taxi and…um, bicycle. But just as you're resigning yourself to drinking beside grey-haired farmers, you see him—a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl.
He's your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.
For American Jamie Webb—recently dumped and housesitting for two weeks—Connor Kelleher is like a six-course feast after a 23-year starvation diet. But it's gotta be casual. She's just begun rerouting her life after a three-year man-related detour. Still, a sexy romp (or twenty!) with Sexy McBartender?
But what happens when Jamie's best-laid plans for no future plans with any man begin to change?
Small but perfectly formed – this is the best way in which I can describe Cara McKenna’s hot and sexy new novella, Her Best Laid Plans.
I only recently discovered Cara McKenna after listening to the Bookish Tarts Podsnuggle and hearing Rhyll wax lyrical about her love for the author’s work. I must say, after reading Her Best Laid Plans, I’m heartily impressed with Rhyll’s good taste.
So, here are my thoughts about Her Best Laid Plans:
The chemistry between Jamie and Connor is H O T…hot! The whole short-term vacation fling is one of my favourite storylines, because when it is written as it is in Her Best Laid Plans, you just smile and think to yourself “you two just aren’t going to let it go here”.
The development of Jamie and Connor’s fling-turned-relationship didn’t feel rushed – there is a measure of insta-lust, but considering the length of the story and the constraints on it as a result, insta-lust works really well for me.
Connor has that whole “saint in the street, devil in the sheets” air about him. He was suitably dirty, when it comes to the sexytimes, but I also liked that he had a fun and genuinely caring side as well. I loved that even though Jamie had some serious feelings for Connor, she wasn’t just going to jump straight in and repeat the mistake she’d just made, by giving herself second-place behind a man.
Even though this is a romance, and by that virtue, it will have a HEA, I found myself wondering how these two would resolve their issues and get together for good. Cara, I was suitably impressed with how you did this.
I love how Cara McKenna describes what’s going on with and around her characters – it isn’t too hard to imagine sitting in a country pub in the middle of Ireland when she gets going. However, in my trips to Ireland, I don’t think I was ever so fortunate as to get a Connor-level barman….might just have to make a return visit 😉