Thursday, January 30, 2014

Something to Prove Review...

Something to Prove
The O’Learys
By: Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing January 2014

Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families—and find there may be more to their partnership than just business…
Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she’s capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she’ll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights…
Colin O’Leary’s father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn’t a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he’s responsible enough to own a bar of his own—and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers—and passions—flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure—or will they have to choose between the two?

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Maybe she’d invite Colin to lunch. She had to be able to work with him. He hadn’t done anything to make her think he wasn’t trustworthy. He’d done nothing wrong. In fact, he’d come up with some good ideas.
            She grabbed her purse and headed back into the bar. He stiffened at the sight of her. Oh, yeah, this was going well. “We missed lunch. I thought maybe you might want to grab something to eat before we have to meet with people.”
            His shoulders relaxed and his mouth quirked. “Is that an invitation?”
            “Yes. I’m sorry I snapped at you.”
            “That’s all?”
            What else did he want? She raised her brows, waiting for an explanation.
            “No ‘thank you’?”
            “Why should I thank you for doing your job?”
            He walked around the bar and stood much too close for her comfort. “I think you owe me a thank-you for rescuing you from the biker.”
She rolled her eyes. “You did not rescue me. I handled myself fine.”
His smile broadened. “From where I stood, he was about to handle you.”
 “I didn’t ask for your help.”
“What would you have done if I wasn’t here?”
She debated telling him that the door wouldn’t have been open. The clientele of this establishment made her uneasy, but she wasn’t about to give him that fuel. “I would’ve called the police.”
“Wrong choice. You need me more than you thought, Legs.” He walked past her toward the door.
“What did you call me?”
“Legs.” He tilted his head and his gaze ran down the length of her. “As in you’re all leg.”
“My name is Elizabeth.”
He smiled, and her heart jumped. A smile should not have that effect.
He continued, oblivious to her condition. “Anyway, if you’d made that call to the cops, he would’ve gone into a rage. You have to be able to read people.”
“That’s why I hired you. So we’re back to you just doing your job and no thanks are necessary.” She turned to the door with her car keys in hand. His laugh echoed in the empty bar behind her and she couldn’t hold her smile back.

Reviewed by Cindy:

Something To Prove is the third book in the O'Leary's series. When I requested to review it I didn’t know it was part of a series. However I had no problems getting started or staying interested in the story. This is the story of Elizabeth Brannigan. She is wanting to take over for her father when he retires. So she goes to Chicago to check on a bar he purchased years before. When she sees the Irish Pub she is distraught to see its run down. She decides she is going to turn the bar around. However she will need help. Enter Colin O'Leary.
Colin is back in town trying to prove to his family that he plans to stay and help them with the family business. I really Liked Colin. I felt he was a good match for Elizabeth. Where she is all work and no play and a bit stiff, he is fun and laid back. They really balance each other out. While helping Elizabeth reconstruct her bar and try to help it be more then a drunken bar on the corner, he falls in love with her. Now Elizabeth is very strong and is used to doing everything all on her own. Of course Colin has no intentions of letting her deal with the things that happen to her and her bar alone.
Now let me tell this book is full of angst. Mostly because of Elizabeth and her trust issues. She doesn’t trust anyone. That's thanks to her brother Keith. They have a I can do it better then you relationship.  I was angry with her for treating Colin the way she did at times. I just wanted her to trust Colin. All in all I enjoyed reading Elizabeth and Colin’s story and will definitely go and read the other books in the series.  I give Something to Prove 4 stars.
Author Info
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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