Love and Blarney by Zara Keane
Series: Ballybeg Series #2
Also in this series: Love and Shenanigans, Love and Leprechauns, Love and Mistletoe
Publisher: Beaverstone Press LLC
Publication Date: June 23rd 2015
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Falling for her husband…
Ruairí MacCarthy abandoned his life in New York to deal with a family crisis in Ireland. Twelve months later, he’s traded his three-piece suits and Wall Street career for jeans and a job managing his family’s pub in Ballybeg. When his estranged wife bursts back into his life looking for a reconciliation, Ruairí must decide if home is where the heart is.
Jayme King wants Ruairí back. She’s prepared to battle sheep, floods, and crazy Irish in-laws to get him. Discovering he lied about his past was a shock, but Jayme’s had months come to terms with the betrayal. Letting Ruairí go was the biggest mistake of her life. Can she persuade him to return to America and give their marriage a second chance?
Jayme King always wanted to travel to Ireland but going there in order to save her marriage wasn’t her idea of a vacation. She wants to find her husband and see if there’s anything they can possibly do to get back what they once had.
Jayme is a Pediatrician and met Ruairi at a club in Manhattan. They hit it off and after a whirlwind courtship got married. After two years Ruairi announces that he has a family emergency and needs to go home to Ireland and will not return in the foreseeable future. Jayme and Ruairi argue and Ruairi leaves. After a while Jayme files for divorce but that’s not what she really wants. Now she’s in Ireland and she hopes to talk Ruairi into being her husband, for real, once again.
Ruairi is a man who left his family after an argument with his father. He headed to America and became a stockbroker. It seemed that he and Jayme never spent all that much time together as they were both working hard. When they did spend time it was awesome – just not enough. When his mother gets sick he knows he has to head home. When Jayme walks into his pub he knows that he has to stop lying to himself and admit that he never stopped loving her. Spending time with her is the only way they can work out their issues so they head off to see the Blarney stone.
This was a very cute short novella. There wasn’t a whole lot of angst as that had happened off page long before we saw Ruairi and Jayme together.
I did feel that Ruairi’s reasons for leaving and not telling Jayme the truth about his family – who were very cool (except for his dad) – were a bit thin. That said, I think in his head it was all justified so I dealt with it. 🙂
Overall a good read and one I enjoyed. This was a more serious book than book 1 but still had some humor in it, which I loved.
Rating: 4 out of 5