Saturday, May 31, 2014

4 1/2 Stars for Love and Shenanigans by Zara Keane

Vows in Vegas…

Three days before leaving Ireland on the adventure of a lifetime, Fiona Byrne returns to her small Irish hometown to attend the family wedding from hell. When she discovers the drunken vows she exchanged with the groom during a wild Las Vegas trip eight years previously mean they’re legally married, her future plans ricochet out of control. Can she untangle herself from the man who broke her heart so long ago? Does she even want to?

…True Love in Ballybeg.

Gavin Maguire’s life is low on drama, high on stability, and free of pets. But Gavin hadn’t reckoned on Fiona blasting back into his life and crashing his wedding. In the space of twenty-four hours, he loses a fiancĂ©e and a job, and gains a wife and a labradoodle. Can he salvage his bland-but-stable life? More importantly, can he resist losing his heart to Fiona all over again?

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What I thought about Love and Shananigans 

It was the synopsis for Love and Shananigans and the fact the story took place in Ireland that got my attention. I don't often read and review unsolicited titles  but I decided to take a chance on this one, and I'm so very glad that I did.  Love and Shananigans might just end up on my favorite reads of 2014 list. 

The action starts off days before the wedding, with the ladies trying on their typical hideous dresses. I couldn't help but like Fiona from the start, with her quick wit, and fairly forgiving nature. It's a fun scene, made even more interesting with the arrival of the Gavin, the groom and his new pet labradoodle, Wiggly Poo. Yeah, that name made me cringe-laugh every time I read it.  

Fiona and Gavin have some history and when the truth comes out, the wedding is off,  Gavin's almost-inlaws put the screws to him in major way, and Fiona ends up having to stay in Ballybeg for while, missing her long-awaited vacation.

When Fiona ends up in a cottage next door to Gavin, they can't deny the connection they had years ago. But eight years is a long time and both have different goals for themselves and it becomes a story of choices for Gavin and Fiona.

I really loved both of the main characters.  Gavin is sweetly romantic with Fiona, and Fiona is a strong woman that knows her own mind. There's a spark between them from their very first moment together, and they jumped off the page for me in a really pleasant way.
There is a lightness to all of this that just makes Love and Shenanigans more romantic comedy than drama and I really loved that about this story.  I just felt good while I was reading this. It was refreshing and fun and made me want to keep turning the page.


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