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Monday, June 17, 2019

Dirty Irish (Murphy Brothers #3) by Magan Vernon

A Review by Wendy
3 Sometimes Right In Front of Your Face Stars
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Spoiler Free

Why is it people who are attracted to each other keep thinking of reasons why not to recognize the writing on the wall? Sometimes people just need to go for it...especially if there is a spark of friendship and chemistry. In Magan Vernon's Dirty Irish, this was the huge quandary which kept me at my wit's end. As part of the Murphy's Brothers series, the basis was a clause in Da's will. All three brothers needed to be wed by the year anniversary of his death and said marriages had to last at least six months. If all of the brothers did not do as directed then the company their father had built would be turned over to the board and sold.

Now, none of these blokes had women to easily marry at the start of this series. But at the start of this third entry, the only brother left to find his woman is Sean, the talented and famous Rugby player. All pressure is on him and it is not sitting well on his shoulders.

For rugby has been his devotion all of these years. As much as he loves his brothers, they were the ones who his Da blessed with smiles and praise. Instead, Sean was told his rugby playing amounted to a hobby and he needed to get with the program and come work in the company's office...tied to a desk.

Sean knows how serious this finding a wife is and wants to find someone he would actually care about. Trouble is, he has never been one to romance anyone and the latest woman he has dated more than a month just flat out turned him down. Sean doesn't have a clue what he is going to do... the only woman he has any type of relationship is living in Chicago and plays a mean Words With Friends.

Leah is that friend Sean plays with...Fallon is her best friend and she now is to married Connor. Leah was at that wedding and when she saw Sean, there were sparks but she knew to stay very far away. Now she is there in Dublin working at one of the Murphy's Pubs as a bartender. It was a gift from Fallon when she heard of the situation Leah was in. Her ex and business partner decided to get busy all over a new shipment of dresses in the boutique Leah owned. Once that happened, everything started to go downhill business-wise. Unfortunately, Leah couldn't keep the doors open and had to close her shop. It had been her dream...Fallon held out the opportunity to come to Dublin, get her head straight, and have a fresh start.

Leah grabbed it and there she was bartending. Sean walks in stunned to see she is there. These two had chemistry with an undercurrent which sizzled. Both knew it but because Leah had shot Sean down before, Sean tried to be cool seeing her there. Conversations happen, acknowledgment of the will and clause, and before you can say Guinness, Sean offers Leah the position of his assistant. He needs to have someone get him organized and arrange dates for him to find an appropriate marriage candidate. With the terms of a flat to live in and a salary which would cover the expense of her sister's education, Leah cannot say no.

Both know they are attracted to each other and it is going to be hard to fight this...But hey, they are strong and will just have to stay focused. No problem...Yeah, Sure...

This is a tale which had its moments. Sean can be a bit dense but overall is the sweeter of the two. There is this pressure on him, the need to marry so the family can keep the business, his love of rugby, how it conflicts with being part of the business, and this out and out want for Leah. He really liked her not just due to chemistry but for more and it showed from the start. Leah had more hang-ups about the situation she was in. Yes, she wanted Sean...crazy attracted but didn't want to give it a possibility of growing. The clause and everything it represented clouded her mind about all of it. Personally, this was my biggest issue because when it was all said and done...She was into him and he into her so if they were just open and forthcoming, it could have been so delightful...

But then it would have been a different story... and this was what our author had in mind...more conflict with the best outcome for the couple. I did do a woo ho when Fallon had a "Talk to Jesus" moment with Leah. It rang extremely true and what a good friend would do. When reading this I also felt as if the "Irish" was authentic and seemed natural. All of these books can be read as stand alone.
A gifted copy was provided by Entangled Publishing LLC (Embrace) via NetGalley for an honest review.

About Magan Vernon

Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.

You can stalk her online at all of these fun and happy places.

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