When an emotionally adrift single dad from Dublin meets an upbeat, free spirited American travel writer, opposites more than attract. She thinks she’s saving him… but as they fall into a passionate affair, they may learn healing goes both ways.
Title: Love in Dublin
Author: Jennifer Gracen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Series: The McKinnon Brothers
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Single father Colin McKinnon has roots and obligations that have kept him firmly in Dublin his entire life. He once planned to explore the world, but he was bound by duty and gave up on his dreams long ago. When he meets free-spirited American travel writer Maggie in a pub, he’s intrigued. She could help him get a taste of what he lost, rattle the chains of his self-imposed isolation. Instantly drawn to her light, beauty, and sense of adventure, Colin can’t stay away.
Maggie Spencer doesn’t just crave the open road, she needs it to survive. After a harrowing accident and life-changing loss, she rebuilt her life by exploring new places on her own. When she accepts a temporary job writing about day tours in Ireland, she falls in love with Dublin and the man she teaches to explore it. Through their daily adventures, they learn opposites do more than just attract—they can also help each other heal.
But can a man with deep roots keep a woman with wings by his side?
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An excerpt from LOVE IN DUBLIN
Copyright © Jennifer Gracen 2017
As she opened her mouth to say goodbye and thank him for joining her, Colin asked her if she’d have dinner with him.
Her heart skipped a beat. The way he was looking at her… he didn’t want the day to end yet either. Maybe he was ready for more than she thought? “Dinner? But you just spent all weekend with me.” She tossed him a playful grin as she joked, “Aren’t you tired of me by now?”
“No,” he said. The corners of his mouth turned up, a hint of sheepish and a lot of sexy. He stood there patiently, just gazing down at her.
Her heart fluttered. God, he was adorable. A knotted up burly bear with a sweet, kind heart. And lips she was dying to taste. And beautiful blue eyes that showed there was so much more on his mind than the short, polite things he said.
The noises of the city—cars driving, people walking by and talking, horns and shouts on the air—seemed to fade away as she stared back at him.
“I have to admit,” he said quietly, “I do enjoy your company.”
Delight and want made her stomach give a wobbly flip. She finally gave in to the impulse she’d been squelching all day. She dropped her duffel bag to the ground by her feet, placed her hands on his shoulders, and stood on her tiptoes to sweetly brush her lips across his.
“What are you doin’?” he whispered against her mouth, his eyes wide.
“Kissing you in the middle of Dublin.” She pressed her lips to his softly and his breath hitched. Loving that, she did that again, lips brushing against his with a feather’s touch.
“Confession: I’ve been wanting to kiss you all day.”
“Is that so?” Amazement sparked in his eyes. His hands slowly lifted to her face.
“Mm hmm.” Her heart started racing, adrenaline coursing through her. His fingertips stroked her cheeks as his gaze locked with hers.
She kissed him again, still soft and gentle, still testing, gaging his reactions. His body was tense, holding back, but his eyes revealed how much he wanted her. As usual, there was so much going on in those bright blues… but right now, desire was the winner there, clear as day. It gave her a rush and she shivered from it.
“Actually,” she said, “the full truth is, I’ve been wanting to kiss you for weeks.”
His gaze burned into her. His hands slowly swept along her jaw, then cupped her face.
“Well… if we’re being truthful, I’ve been wantin’ to kiss you for weeks too.”
“Then you should,” she whispered, smiling up at him. “I mean, I already kissed you first…”
WOW, what an amazing book. This is the kind of book I really like when I want to feel all the emotions. Love in Dublin is basically a story about two total opposites, Colin and Maggie, who fall in love. Colin is recently divorced with three kids who he adores, and Maggie is a young american with no real roots, and uses traveling as way to cope with loss.
What I liked about this story was that there was not insta-love, they gradually fell in love. There was even some heartache thrown in as well. Both of these characters had lives before each other, both experience heartache, and both learn to move on and love again. I love love love that they started out as friends, and moved towards something more. The build up of their love story was probably one of the parts I enjoyed most.
Both of these characters faced realistic choices and troubles, which made them relateable to the reader. Love is not easy, and choices have to be made in order for it to grow and flourish and these two had some big decisions to make in order to make love last.
I have to say I want more of their story, I did not want it to end. This is definitely a book I will read again and again.
Jennifer Gracen hails from Long Island, New York, where she lives with her two sons. After spending her youth writing in private and singing in public, she now only sings in her car and is immersed in her passion for writing. She loves to write contemporary romance for readers who look for authentic characters and satisfying endings. When she isn’t with her kids, doing freelance proofreading, or chatting on Twitter and Facebook, Jennifer writes. She’s already hard at work on her next book.
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