LOVE AND BLARNEY (Ballybeg #2) by Zara Keane ~ Release Day Review


LOVE AND BLARNEY (Ballybeg #2) by Zara Keane

Published August 14th 2014 by Beaverstone Press LLC

Married in Manhattan…

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 reconciliation, Ruairí must decide if home is where the heart is.

True Love in Ballybeg…

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?

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Zara Keane gives her readers another delightful second chance love story with LOVE AND BLARNEY, the second book in her Ballybeg series set in the quaint Irish town of the same name. I’m always happy to be reading a romantic story about couples who love each other deeply despite being separated and like nothing better than paging through as it all works out.

Love and Blarney reunites Ruairi MacCarthy and Jayme King, a couple so desperately in love they married in a fairytale Manhattan wedding within six months of meeting and lived together blissfully for three years. Sharing so much with each other yet sharing so little at the same time. A family emergency forces Ruairi back to Ballybeg, but before doing so he has to tell his wife some of the secrets he’s been keeping. And then he leaves her with no promise of return. A shocked and heartbroken Jayme goes through a devastating emergency of her own, alone and without her husband’s support. As the day their divorce will be final nears she decides she must take one last chance to win her husband back and heads over to Ireland.

Much like Zara’s first book, Love and Shenanigans, along with the Love story in Love and Blarney there are colorful characters, amusing dialogue, and matchmakers on every corner. Ruairi’ s Mom and sisters give him appropriate rations for not telling anyone he’d gotten married when he was away in the states and warmly welcome Jayme into the family. I loved his sister’s. They had the impish, scheming personalities of all younger sister’s. Olivia makes an appearance and Gavin and Fiona are mentioned, but sadly no mention of cute little Wiggly-Poo. Love and Blarney is a quick, lighthearted read, that warmed my heart all the way up to the HEA ending. I would have really liked to have even more of Jayme and Ruairi’s story. 4 stars

~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review~

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Zara Keane writes Contemporary Romance with a Celtic Twist. Zara grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictitious Ballybeg. She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries—with occasional success—to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.

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Love and Shenanigans (Ballybeg #1) is available here!