I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Catch Your Breath by Shannyn Schroeder
Series: O'Leary's #4
Published by eKensington on July 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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As kids they steered clear of one another--but now a beautiful, well-connected reporter and a sexy, driven detective are all grown-up and on the job. . .Moira O'Leary's work as a reporter gives her access to some of Chicago's swankiest soirees. She knows how to navigate the jet-set crowd, and her style and confidence help her blend right in. But when her childhood crush starts popping up at posh events, her poise begins to falter--until she realizes she has the upper hand in a high-stakes game of secrets and seduction. . .
Jimmy O'Malley has always tried to avoid his friend Liam's little sister. Something about Moira spelled trouble. But he's out of his element working undercover in Chicago's high society, and Moira is his ticket to the inner circle. As sparks begin to fly--and their chemistry heats up--Moira gets dangerously close to his investigation. Will Jimmy be forced to push her away to keep her safe--or will they surrender to a desire that could leave them breathless?
Moira O’Leary fell for neighbor Jimmy O’Malley when she was ten years old and he became her protector. Now that he’s back home and working as a detective for the Chicago PD, he’s still treating her like his best friend’s kid sister. She’s a newspaper reporter and when she stumbles into his undercover operation, Moira sees not only a chance for a great story but the time to force his hand and make him notice her as a woman.
Moira and Jimmy
Moira’s bubbly and just utterly likable, even though she’s a talk-a-holic. Jimmy’s more taciturn and hard to read. He listens more than she thinks and has kept her at arm’s length because of his friendship with her brother. Plus, he’s the de facto head of his own family who have loads of issues.
What I enjoyed
Moira’s resilience and high spirits are infectious, even when she’s doing risky things. The undercover operation added an element of light suspense that made the story more interesting. While I was rooting for Moira, I also was struggling with Jimmy. It wasn’t until the end of the story that I grasped how his control issues made sense. He came pretty close to being in my anti-hottie harem, even bringing me close to wishing Moira would walk away. His backstory, though, is heartwarming and was my reminder that he was worth her efforts.
The bottom line
This is the O’Leary’s series so family plays a huge role in the story. The brothers’ over protectiveness went beyond reasonable at times but Moira holds her own. This is clearly her story and she’s what makes and keeps it interesting. I’m glad she finally earned the respect of her family and has progressed beyond being just the “little sister” in the eyes of everyone, including her man, Jimmy.
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