Series: The O’Leary’s

Review: A Good Time by Shannyn Schroeder

Posted January 2, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

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Review: A Good Time by Shannyn SchroederA Good Time by Shannyn Schroeder
Series: O'Leary's #2
Published by eKensington on July 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Goodreads
four-stars

A passionate free spirit and a sweet-talking playboy sound like a match made in heaven—until life gets in the way of all the fun and games… Indy Adams values her freedom above all else. She works hard to support herself, moonlighting as a waitress while she fights for her first big sale in the Chicago real estate market. The last thing she needs is to be tied down, so she doesn’t think twice about declining her philandering boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Besides, she just landed a new client, a wealthy lothario—exactly the kind of guy who would understand her no-strings approach… Handsome, rich, and charitable, most women jump at the chance to even talk to video game developer Griffin Walker, let alone date him. So he can’t understand why Indy wants nothing more than a few steamy nights together. Despite his romantic track record, Griffin longs for real love—complete with a home and family—and he wants it with Indy. But a blessing in disguise may lead them both to a life they never expected, and give Griffin a chance to show Indy that it’s okay to want more than a good time…

The set up
Indy Adams is fierce about her independence. Her recently divorced boyfriend proposes after she breaks up with him and won’t take “no” for an answer (she finally wised up about him). Her flagging career as a real estate agent is about to get a much-needed boost when her brother-in-law’s rich best friend asks for her help in finding a home. However, Griffin Walker is also looking for more than an agent.

The issues
Griffin has a reputation for being commitment shy, which normally would fit right into Indy’s style. She’s not looking for a relationship or someone to take care of her. But, there’s more to Griffin than that reputation that precedes him and he’s falling for the one woman who isn’t interested in a commitment. Both started their relationship with only an expectation of a good time but he’s wanting to change the rules.

What I loved about this story
I wasn’t prepared to even like Indy based on what I knew of her from the first book. She completely disarmed me with her sunny attitude, even while her life was falling apart. It would have been so easy to let Griffin “rescue” her but Indy was determined to find her own way and I admired her resilience. Griffin turned out to be a really great guy who was struggling with emotions he’d never experienced. Their path to a relationship that worked for both of them was often funny and sometimes heart wrenching. It takes real skill to turnaround an unlikable character and Indy’s transformation was pretty huge. It also wasn’t one-sided as Griffin had some growing up to do, too.

The bottom line
I’m really glad my first impressions were completely off base about Indy and I could really enjoy this sizzling romance. She reminded me a lot of a younger Jenny McCarthy (the author channeled Kate Hudson), making the best of her talents no matter what others thought of her. Indy makes no excuses nor offers any apologies for her choices. I so enjoyed seeing her relationship with Griffin develop and mature. This series is now one of my favorites.

 

 

 

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.


Review: More Than This by Shannyn Schroeder

Review: More Than This by Shannyn Schroeder

Posted July 20, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

More Than This By Shannyn Schroeder The O’Leary’s #1 Source: Just Contemporary Romance Giveaway Rating: A- The set up Quinn Adams thought she needed to shake things up in her life. She’s the one always taking the practical path and is in sort of a rut with her career and love life but doesn’t know how to alter her course. Ryan O’Leary would love a shot at being the romance in her life but she sees him as being cut from the same mold as her ex…a bartender who can’t resist the flavor of the night, even though he’s so much more than that. The issues Quinn’s polar-opposite, outgoing sister Indy and friend Kate help her put together a list of things she must do […]