Colin’s Redemption! Something to Prove by Shannyn Schroder

Posted December 11, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Colin’s Redemption! Something to Prove by Shannyn SchroderSomething to Prove by Shannyn Schroeder
Series: O'Leary's #3
Published by eKensington on January 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 244
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?

Quick Summary
Colin O’Leary has spent the last year trying to prove to his family, especially his younger brother, Ryan, that he’s a better man than the one who ran away from them for three years. He sees an opportunity to do just that when Elizabeth Brannigan partners with him to revive a dive bar owned by her father (who’s also her boss).

The big issues
See, Elizabeth has something to prove to her family, too. Dad’s getting ready to retire and she wants his job as CEO but her brother, Keith, seems to be the front runner. Her partnership with Colin is magic…and so is their attraction to each other.

What I loved
Colin. Yes, he’s a charmer but he’s also a man of substance. He’s perfect for the prickly Elizabeth, using patience and compassion to disarm and bring out the best in her. They made a great team as business partners and lovers. Both have something to prove and the contrasts of their agendas made the story extremely interesting, especially as it illuminated the best about them and what bonded the two.

The O’Leary clan also added some comic relief at times and I loved the follow up of Quinn & Ryan and Griff & Indy. They’re still important to the series.

The bottom line
Each story in the series seems to top the last one. I was rooting for Colin before this story and now I’m an even bigger fan. Pairing him with someone like Elizabeth (a control freak, though a talented one) was brilliant and I enjoyed their romance and business relationship. Hopefully we’ll get more of them, too, in future stories.

About Shannyn Schroeder

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.

Shannyn is represented by Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.

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