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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Kiss of the Irish by Lauren Hawkeye

Not a bad romance but the heroine was sadly lacking in my opinion and there was a decided lack of emphasis on the heroes piercings.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: May 15, 2017

If Sarah Mercer had ever been asked to describe herself in one word, it would be sensible. After all, she had a steady job. Made prudent decisions. Was in what she though was a logical relationship. But when her fiance dumps her for an exotic dancer, Sarah decides it’s time to change…everything! The first thing on her agenda? To get out of town and take a three month trip to Ireland. She’d always been captivated by the Emerald Isle. And she’d heard that there was nothing like an Irishman with a sexy accent and eyes as devastatingly green as the country’s rolling hills to make a girl feel better.

But maybe she shouldn’t have hooked up with her new landlord on the first night in town. Cian Murphy wasn’t supposed to be her type. His arms and chest were tattooed, and he had piercings everywhere. Still, he made her feel beautiful, sexy…alive for the first time in years. Falling for the Irish hottie was as natural as breathing. But figuring out what she’d do when it came time to leave? Not so easy...




What’s it About? Sarah Mercer has decided to take an impulsive trip to Ireland after her fiance dumps her so she rents a place to live online. When she gets to her temporary home she finds that her landlord/local pub owner Cian Murphy is not only tall, dark, tattooed, and pierced but also intent on pursuing her. Temporarily of course. Sarah sees Cian as a chance to unleash all her curiousity and have some fun for once in her life. But what happens when it's time to go back to reality?



Overall reaction to the story? Kiss of the Irish was big on promises but short on delivery. You have a heroine who wants to indulge sexually but doesn't really follow through, and a hero who has tats and piercings yet they play no part in the couple's physical relationship. I loved the setup though, a getaway in Ireland that leads to a hot hookup with an even hotter Irishman who happens to have a heart of gold? Utterly delicious and fun, it just needed a bit more from the heroine and the sex scenes.


Describe the hero in five words: Delicious. Kind. Intelligent. Fun. Sexy.
Did you like him? Yup.
Why? Cian is a ladies man, or at least he was when he was younger but when the story begins he's matured and become a responsible business owner. That doesn't mean he's not fun though, he has a quick sense of humor and is genuine towards the people in his inner circle. I loved his dedication to his inner circle and his interactions with his sister and her best friend. He was confident without being cocky, smart without making other people feel dumb, and encouraging in a way that just felt natural.


Describe the heroine in five words: Boring. Mousy. Smart. Wimpy. Kind.
Did you like her? She was so bland so no.
Why? Sarah had all the promise of a broken woman who gets in touch with her inner warrior woman but she just... Didn't. Sarah was so boring. Her personality was constantly overshadowed by pretty much anyone else who was in the scene with her and there wasn't anything remotely unique about her unless you count her ability to constantly compare herself to any and all other women around her. It got annoying after awhile. Sarah never really became more to me. She was mousy when she got to Ireland, and she was mousy when she fell in love. Bottom line? Sarah was super vanilla, especially when you look at Cian's sister Ainsley and her best friend Nell. I expected more from this heroine instead of an over the top case of nerves who balked at anything remotely fun.


Let’s talk about the romance: Cian and Sarah have an electric attraction that happens even before they meet in person and that was pretty consistent throughout the story. I loved the buildup of tension and the verbal foreplay that seemed so natural whenever they were in the same scene. However, the buildup didn't quite match up to the actual bedroom scenes. It seems that the author took cues from the vanilla Sarah rather than the dynamic Cian because the sexy times were a bit lacking. Sarah never became a "dirty girl" like she supposedly wanted to and Cian's numerous piercings were never mentioned much less utilized, if you know what I mean. There was a lot of potential for some hot and dirty sex but nope, it didn't happen. Sarah was so jittery and nervous every time things got heated between her and Cian that she killed the fun and the passion in those scenes. The only saving grace for this couple was that I did feel there was a good, solid connection between them without the sex which to me made their relationship believable and strong.


How about that supporting cast? Cian's sister Ainsley and her best friend Nell were a hoot. They're everything Sarah should have been: Outgoing, fun, and blunt with a side of vulnerability. They really brightened things up whenever they appeared and I hope they each get their own stories soon.

Click It or Skip It? Click It but only if you can handle bland heroines. On the other hand, Cian is pretty darn sexy and on top of that he's a good guy so that might overshadow the lack of a good heroine. Kiss of the Irish had the right idea, it just needed more from the heroine. And more attention to sex scenes.


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