One Night in Dublin by Kemberlee Shortland *Giveaway
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One Night in Dublin
by Kemberlee Shortland
At her mother’s prompting (nagging) about grandchildren, Sive wonders if it really is time to settle down. She’s just finishing college so she should be thinking about her future. But is she ready to settle down? Is she ready for kids? And more importantly, which of the three men she’s been seeing does she want to spend the rest of her life with?
Sive has a choice to make, and only 24 hours in which to make it.
Thirty minutes later, I’m on the Dun Laoghaire seafront, standing on the top step of a converted old Georgian terrace house. I’m not looking forward to the three flight trek to Fitzy’s Sky Loft, as he calls his flat, but the Irish have a saying—when needs must. And my needs are musting.
I press the buzzer and wait.
I press it again, but still get no reply.
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,” I curse. Did he go into that fecking parade after all?
I turn and look out at the park over the road. Maybe he’s gone across for some reason. Seemingly not everyone was in the city today. With unusually clear skies over the county, locals are out walking the twin piers surrounding the ferry port, while others stroll along the promenade. And no doubt there are a few down at the Forty Foot—the traditionally men-only skinny dipping spot—leaping naked into the frigid waters of Dublin Bay.
A flash of memory hits me. Fitzy had taken me there once, and f***ed me in the water against the rocks, in the shadow of James Joyce’s Tower. I shiver at the thought. Not from how cold water the water had been but at how hot I had felt in Fitzy’s arms.
I’m about to buzz him again when I see his bed-tossed coppery head bobbing over darker heads just up the road. I bounce and wave frantically to get his attention.
Fitzy looks like your typical Irishman, with green eyes, fair skin, and freckles to go with all that hair. He isn’t cover model gorgeous, but more Kurt Cobain-ish with chin whiskers. His charming good looks tell a woman she can trust him . . . at least in that moment.
Can I trust him for life? That’s the big question.
Sive is a young woman on a mission, and that mission is to find the one man she can settle down with, have babies with, and spend the rest of her life with. She goes out on one of the busiest days in Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day, and decides to find him, and luckily she has three to choose from. But after visiting each of the men she’s been seeing for a while, she realizes that none of them were who she thought they were. Now frustrated that she may never find Mr. Right, she meets a handsome tourist at a bar whose looks alone makes her forget the crazy day she’s had. Sive feels a strong connection to him and feels that he could be the man of her dreams. But he’s a tourist, so nothing can spark between them that would lead to a relationship…right?
What I love about this novella is that, to me, it’s not focused on love, but focused on character development or change. The story is told through Sive’s point of view, so you get to see some growth in Sive as she starts to realize and notice things in her life that she was blind to before. You feel for her as she struggles to come to terms that her life isn’t all that cracked up to be, and hope that she can find someone who will be the perfect guy for her. Towards the end, you get to see her change from a desperate person to a slightly stronger and confident woman. Some of that confidence can be thanks to the man she finally ends up with, who I rooted for from the first time I met him. He’s anyone’s perfect guy, and I know that any woman who reads this will root for him too.
One Night In Dublin is sexy, emotional, and downright enjoyable. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fun read, light erotica, romance, and being swept away to a country that is unfamiliar, because this is my first book that took place in Ireland, and I can tell you that I felt like I was right there. I give this book 5 fangs! I’m glad that it’s a part of a series because now I have something to look forward to.
Here are the links to my review:
Barnes & Nobles (with this one you have to scroll all the way down to see the review): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-night-in-dublin-kemberlee-shortland/1121018271?ean=2940046496963
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kemberlee was born and raised in Northern California in an area known as America’s Salad Bowl. It was home to many authors, including John Steinbeck, and for a while Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1997, Kemberlee had the opportunity to live in Ireland for six months, where she ended up meeting a man who convinced her to stay. Kemberlee is now celebrating her eighteenth year in Ireland and has been lucky to travel the country extensively, picking up a cupla focal along the way—a few Irish words.
Kemberlee has been writing since a very young age and over the years she has published dozens of travel articles and book reviews, as well as worked with some notable authors who’ve set their books in Ireland. 2006 saw the publication of Kemberlee’s first two stories, Tutti-Frutti Blues and Dude Looks Like a Lady, set in her hometown. Since then, Kemberlee has published a number of short stories and novels, many of which are set in Ireland.
Get in touch with Kemberlee:
Kemberlee Shortland — http://www.kemberlee.com
Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/KemberleeShortland
Twitter — http://www.twitter.com/kemberlee
LinkedIn — http://www.linkedin.com/in/kemberlee
Heart Shaped Stones — http://www.heartshapedstones.blogspot.com
Hearticles: Articles with Heart — http://www.hearticles.blogspot.com
A Piece of Ireland: A real plot of land in Ireland, as part of a land preservation scheme in the West Cork Gaeltacht. This giveaway is an international giveaway. In addition to the prizes listed, GFP will award a randomly drawn host a $5 Amazon GC.