Sunday, June 10, 2018

REVIEW - Fighting Irish - Katy Regnery

TITLE - Fighting Irish

AUTHOR - Katy Regnery


Rory Haven and Brittany Manion knew one another as children...

...but it's been a long time since their childhood summers at Summerhaven.

The Havens weren't the children who attended exclusive Summerhaven Camp in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. They were the children of the owners, expected to “pull their weight” and absolutely forbidden to fraternize with the paying guests. But that didn't keep Rory from having a quiet, unrequited crush on gorgeous, popular, insanely-rich, Brittany Manion for three tortuous summers.

When all-grown-up, recently-engaged Brittany books the off-season summer camp for her upcoming spring wedding, she immediately recognizes Rory as the scorching-hot boy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. Meanwhile Rory, who senses that Brittany’s nuptials are less about Mr. Right and more about Mr. Right Now, launches the fight of his life to win the heart of the girl he’s always wanted.

Erin's Review:

This is the first novel of the Haven triplets. We first meet the characters as teens at the picturesque Summerhaven Camp, which Rory's family owned and operated while Brittany attended. Then we skip forward to them as twenty somethings meeting to plan a wedding. “Life isn't guaranteed to break your heart. If you lean in and trust it a little, it just might surprise you.”

The characters are rich and deep. Rory's deep Irish roots, with bit of Gaelic thrown in are impossible not to love. Brittany is opposite of Rory in many ways, but the differences draw you in and make you see the characters as people so much the better. Ms. Regnery provided such amazing details and wrote them in such a fun and witty and charismatic way that I want to be part of the family or their friend! “You deserve amazing” is one of my favorite lines by Rory...everyone deserves a special person who thinks enough of them to know that their love deserves amazing things in and from life.

One thing that I love about this book is the slow build of the relationship. Chapter one doesn't see any clothes ripping off, but the chemistry and trust and details are all revealed to create a beautiful relationship that we see grow...led by witty conversations like, “Do you have kids? Want them?” “Have them? No. Want them? He grinned at her. “Yeah, of course. I'm Irish. It's one of our specialties.” “Breeding?” she blurted out...

Ms. Regnery's writing style caught me almost right away. The witty conversation, magnetic characters and astounding attention to detail keep the book and plot moving forward despite the flashbacks, which all works so well for the storyline. I didn't put the book down once I started, and am confident future books will continue to thrill.

I want to go to Summerhaven camp. Either as a kid, or as an adult for a conference. It sounds amazing! I should probably visit the East Coast, because New Hampshire and the towns near “Summerhaven” sound absolutely fabulous. I want to be friends with the family The way the reader gets drawn into the “tri ciarde” of the triplets makes you feel just a bit like a voyeur to the family, but in the best way. It sets the stage to see if Tierney and Ian get their Happily Ever Afters in following books; which I am excited to read and review!

Star Ratings:

Plot = 5/5 
Characters = 5/5 
Heat = 5/5 
Writing Style = 5/5 
Overall Rating = 5/5

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