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Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: His Wicked Celtic Kiss by Karyn Gerrard / @TastyBookTours @KarynGerrard

Title: Wicked Men of Rockland #2: His Wicked Celtic Kiss
Author: Karyn Gerrard
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours

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?

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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 here. It was her brain. Mind over matter kind of thing, you know? Lorcan was key to changing her mentality about herself. He saw her as beautiful, didn't see her as beneath him. The simplicity of her beauty was more appealing to him than the women he'd known in his entire adulthood. Convincing her of that fact required skill that had nothing to do with bringing her to orgasm.

This is where the title of the book comes in. It has nothing to do with kissing in the traditional sense and everything to do with kissing in the...non-traditional sense, lol. The term was coined by one of Lorcan's one-night stands. Combine the phrase with his sexy-as-hell accent and smoking good looks, it was easy to see why his "kiss" could very well have been the best thing to happen to some woman he bestowed it on. Of course, Julie was more than some woman. She was the woman.

Lorcan's job as a driver for a mobster family was actually a good thing. I didn't think it was smart move on his part at first but it grew on me. It wasn't really the people he drove but their lives, particularly that of the son. It was funny, to me at least, how closely his love life resembled Lorcan's. They each had the affection of a good woman. While the son chose to run around on his lady love, Lorcan chose to put his own at arm's length. In the end, one suffered tragedy that helped the other put his life and heart in perspective.

I wasn't sure if I'd like this story. Lorcan came across as an arrogant ass who turned on the charm when he wanted something, knowing that the woman he charmed would give him whatever it was he was after. The charm was just a facade though, so liking him took time and eventually I did. I was glad for their happy ending, especially for Lorcan who woke up and realized everything he needed and wanted was with and in Julie.

The book isn't long but it lacks for nothing. The characters are well developed and the story moves at an even pace except for the ending. It seemed a little rushed given the easy going flow of the story, but that's probably just me. It doesn't at all take away from my overall enjoyment of this story. I wonder who Ms. Gerrard will write about next. Ronan? Or Sully?

I'm hoping it's Sully.

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Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals and contemporaries are her favorite.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. 

Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

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