Thursday, February 22, 2018

Straight Up Irish (Review)

I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill.

Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run.

A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong?
Straight Up Irish
Murphy Brothers #1
Magan Vernon
Pub Date: 2/19/2018
Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5
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I remember stumbling upon Magan Vernon with her YA My Alien Romance series and My Paper Heart. I'm beyond excited to read something a little different from her and Straight Up Irish is definitely a step up!

The fake wife trope is trending and this is the first story I've read under the NA umbrella. Fallon moved to Ireland for a temporary job. She has student loans and her grandmother's care as financial burdens, so when her boss' hotshot younger brother proposes marriage for a big payout, she's all in. Connor Murphy's family owns a pub business. When his father dies he stipulates in his will that his three sons must marry within the year and still be married six months later, or they'll lose control of the business. This is an insanely difficult task for a womanizer like Conner, but somehow he and Fallon work out an agreement that benefits both of them.

Straight Up Irish is written at a pace that moves a little distractedly every now and then. When Fallon and Connor got together the narration turned more towards the what ifs that concerned them. What if their ploy isn't convincing? What if Fallon falls for Connor and he doesn't reciprocate, and vice versa? Valid concerns, yes, but they're on constant repeat while I'm waiting for the plot to continue moving forward. I didn't feel as though I got to know the characters beyond the drama and their fake relationship. And their constant worry over the arrangement they came up with takes the excitement out of seeing them finally work through it.

I loved being transported to Ireland for this adventure with Fallon and Connor! With Magan Vernon's flare for creating characters with snark and chemistry Straight Up Irish will keep you tied up for a few hours of flirty, romantic fun!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*


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