Beers, Hens and Irishmen by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fiona O'Leary lives in the small Virginia town of Warblers Point. Her Irish family owns a bed and breakfast, as well as the local pub where she works. She has three very protective brothers, and feels trapped in her life. Booker is a world famous director who wants to get away from his Hollywood life full of phony people who want to use him for his fame, wealth, and connections. He is looking to escape to somewhere far away for a while and experience life as a regular person.
Booker's sister helps him with a make over and finds himself across the country in Warblers Point where he quickly attracted to local bar maid Fiona. Fiona is quickly attracted to Booker, and the more they talk she realizes they have a lot in common, and an emotional connection she hasn't felt with anyone. She also knows that she cannot allow herself to have serious feelings for a tourist since the only outcome will be devastation for her.
I struggled a little with some of the attempted Irish dialect. Sometimes it felt more distracting than representative of the accent. That said- I liked these characters and found myself interested in their lives. At times this felt more like a TV show than a book in the way we got to experience parts from so many of the characters. I enjoyed that a lot, and I think it helped to be able to see things from the different perspectives.
I loved Fiona and Booker and through their rough attempts at getting together or staying apart, I was really hoping that they would be able to make it work. Their chemistry was very hot, and they seemed to be a wonderful match for one another. I enjoyed all of Fiona's brothers, even through their fierce and sometimes intrusive protectiveness of Fiona and their regular use of violence with one another. Their whole family is entertaining even with their quirks and dysfunctions. I was a little bit surprised by the epilogue since it portrayed one of the peripheral characters in a light I didn't expect. I will be reading the next book in this series to spend more time with these characters and see where things go from here.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review