It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Denison’s world upside down. The problem is, he’s only in town for six months, and happily ever after isn’t in this world traveler’s vocabulary.
Julie’s worked hard to get her life in a good place—dropping substantial weight and getting a great job at her friend’s bakery. But this handsome charmer is just as tempting as any of the decadent pastries she sells, and she can’t resist his advances for long. Julie fully expects Lorcan to break her heart—but she’s planning to enjoy every second she can of their explosive chemistry.
After years of danger as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan fled to tiny Rockland, Maryland for some boring downtime. He didn’t count on meeting someone who could ignite his libido and soothe his damaged heart, and their passion soon leads to deeper feelings. But can Julie convince Lorcan he has more to offer her than just his wicked Celtic kiss?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gerrard has written a captivating novella that kept me wondering throughout. It is one of those stories you know has to have a HEA but for the life of me I couldn’t see how until we got there. It was a refreshing break from the all too common formulaic contemporary romances. The storyline definitely kept me engaged throughout, allowing me a glimpse into the lives of these characters and their friends. Although this isn’t the first story in the series, the author sets it up so it can be read as a stand alone. She references past events but ensures that she gives readers enough background information so they aren’t lost, without bogging them down in a recap.
Gerrard has created a very unique set of main characters for this novella. They stand out in the fact that they aren’t perfect. They definitely aren’t your stereotypical romance pair, but were perfect for the story all the same. I also appreciated the fact that they didn’t try...
I didn't know going into this one that this was book 2 in a series. But this can be read as a stand-alone with no problems. It refers back to some stuff in book 1 but not enough that I felt I was missing the story. That being said I totally plan on going back and reading it. I would love to get the beginning of Lorcan and Julie's story.
This was a very captivating and heartbreaking at times story. I was enthralled in it and read it in one sitting.
Julie is very relatable. She has a lot of insecurities but shes trying to fight past them. I love her humor too.
Lorcan is just devastating. I was intrigued by him from the start and with every piece of his past that was revealed I just fell for him more. He's an extremely sweet guy. He was very closed off but you can't help but be drawn to him. At times he could be overly cocky and he definitely has a lot of demons from his past. But he has all these layers to break through to get to the real him...
Lorcan. He's not really damaged. He's just...lost. He hasn't been home to his native Ireland in a long time and has a desire to go. But he suffers nightmares from his years as a soldier and believes he doesn't have a heart left to give to anyone because of his former jobs. Truth though, he had a heart. It showed up every time he thought of or was with Julie. His brain did most of the talking when it came to what he shared with her, convincing him that he had nothing to give her except a good time in and out of bed. But his heart knew better. It wasn't that he didn't have a heart to give; he needed to meet a woman who was worth giving it to.
That would be Julie. Her "fat girl" insecurities were...relative. Having been there before, I understood those moments of doubt, the second guessing, the need for reassurance. She was warm, caring, giving, and compassionate. She possessed a heart of gold despite the doubts she wore on her sleeve, so her heart was never an issue...
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