Release Reviews: Smiling Irish: Katy Regnery

by - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Smiling Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #2)
Katy Regnery
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Release Date April 3, 2018

Tierney Haven and Burr O’Leary come from completely different worlds…

…but there’s a reason they say “opposites attract.”

Bookish Tierney Haven has always preferred places to people, and she especially loves the peace and quiet of Moonstone Manor, an estate museum located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where she is head docent, chief historian and live-in caretaker. The very last thing she expects to find on the doorstep at midnight is bruised and bloodied stranger, Burr O’Leary, in desperate need of her help.

Against her better judgement and at the risk of her brothers’ wrath, Tierney offers Burr sanctuary at Moonstone Manor, and nurses him back to health, surprised to discover that the dashing, enigmatic stranger loves the history and peace of Moonstone as much as she. But Burr has a dark history, and those who hurt him will stop at nothing to eliminate him...placing Tierney in grave danger until he is well enough to find them first.

A mysterious stranger literally bursts into the quiet life of Tierney Haven. She is a shy loner and  the caretaker and historian for the Moonstone Manor Estate. 

Burr O'Leary's life has just gotten messy and he ended up lost and in need of help. He has been involved in some situations that put him in danger. And he arrives with an intense and commanding presence and in need of some assistance. 

Fortunately Tierney is strong-willed, tenacious, and used to dealing with her more stubborn brothers. She takes on the situation better than most would. She is a safe haven when he needs it. But his presence could put her at risk. But as they find a connection together, they both tend to want to help and protect the other one.

I loved Tierney's combination or sweetness and spunk.  She has an underlying strength and sass about her and has a craving for more excitement and passion. And Burr really grew on me quickly. He is definitely rough around the edges and broody, but it is understandable under the circumstances. And as his layers are peeled back, we see a man who is starting to see the possibility of hope again and want something more even if he thinks he is not good enough. He's a big, burly, protective alpha with a heart that had just been put under lock and key for years. And he will protect her with all he has even if it means from himself. His life is full of dangerous complications. Their worlds do not exactly mesh and they may be entering a waiting game with no positive resolution.   

This is a sweet story of opposites in need of change and waiting to find a true partner. It is romantic, suspenseful, hopeful, and emotional. It was fun reconnecting with her brothers Rory and Ian, and Rory's new girlfriend, Brittany. I enjoy the relationship between the triplets and how protective they are of each other.  I am interested in Ian and Hallie's upcoming story.

I was gifted a copy.

Tierney Haven is the quietest of the Haven triplets. Bookish and thoughtful, she is more at home at her lighthouse than anywhere else. When Burr O’Leary pounds on her door, bruised and bloody, in the early morning, Tierney isn’t sure how to handle the large stranger seeking shelter.

But Burr brings a danger with him that is bigger than the threat of angering Tierney’s brothers. He has a dark past that has caught up to him in a big way (hence the bloody midnight arrival on her doorstep). Tierney offers him sanctuary to heal

I loved getting to know Tierney better. She isn’t always outgoing in social settings, so she was a little hard to read in Fighting Irish, but getting inside her head was fantastic (and at times a little like it feels in my own head). She has a fiery side and I love when Burr asks her to smile. Her reaction becomes a bit of a gag as she repeats the same response no matter what.

Burr was an interesting combination of traits, especially as his past becomes clear and the danger he brings with him comes to light. Though he brings the shadow of a threat with him, he stays to protect Tierney, even with the strong pull he feels to get to the bottom of his situation. And what a situation it is!

This was a fun, sweet read with a hint of danger. It was easy to forget that there was danger hovering over them, especially with as strong as the chemistry is between the two. I always love how quickly I can fall into a Katy Regnery title and not want to leave the world. I also enjoyed seeing Rory and Brittany, and the third sibling, Ian.

I was gifted a copy.

Irish-American triplets, Tierney, Rory and Ian Haven (trí ciarde in their mother's native Gaelic) grow up as "children of the help" at Summerhaven, an ultra-exclusive camp for rich, city kids in New Hampshire.

Years later, distinct personalities, an unusual upbringing and complicated family dynamics will challenge their hopes for lasting true love.

Fighting Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #1)
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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.


Loving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3)
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Expected June 26, 2018

Ian Haven and Halcyon Gilbert haven't seen each other since Hallie's 17th birthday...

...the same day Hallie pledged she would never, ever speak to Ian again as long as she lived.

Hallie Gilbert has had an especially awful year. When her husband of five years left town with his receptionist, Hallie’s 4-year-old daughter, Jenny, essentially stopped speaking. Add to this, Chef Hallie’s cable television show was canceled, and she had to sell her parent's Boston house to pay her husband’s exorbitant credit card bills. What Hallie needs is an uncomplicated autumn at Colby Cottage, her family’s summer home in Sandwich, NH, where she and Jenny can re-group and figure out what happens next.

But Colby Cottage, located adjacent to the Summerhaven Camp has been used (and abused) without permission as a lover’s nest and midnight party spot by campers. It's in such disrepair, it's almost unlivable. When camp owner, Rory Haven, arranges for his brother—local handyman, Ian Haven—to handle improvements for Hallie, her plans for an uncomplicated autumn suddenly get a lot more challenging.
Katy Regnery 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Thirty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Katy LOVES connecting with her readers and answers every e-mail, message,

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