A horseshoe, a shamrock, a lady bug … (no, this isn’t a pathetic bar joke, unless you want to buy me a Green Machine juice instead of beer…)
I believe in luck to a certain extent (I love the idea of Serendipity), but most of the time the work put forth reflecting a job thoroughly done usually results in an equally splendid and thoughtful result.
Best effort + Consistent action = Desired best outcome
…And that, friends, is the extent of my math capabilities before 12pm. I can, however, ramble up a storm during an introduction to a book review by having a teensy bit of caffeine.
Luck was with me as I picked out this time travel and suspenseful romance by Bella Street. Romance is always a must for me. It could be sweet (this book is), sensual, hot, or scorching – but it has to have strong romantic elements throughout to keep me there.
Kiss Me, I’m Irish had a beautiful cover that caught my attention (Bella designs covers, and this one was a WINNER.) The blurb won me over, essentially, but as I got further into the story I couldn’t help but think – what the heck is going on here? NOT confusion, but this lady writes some KILLER simmering suspense, keeping readers on their toes the entire story. Best of all, it didn’t overshadow the romance between Liam and Emily. Here’s the blurb and my review:
Emily Musgrave is heading a direction she never wanted to go in Regency England–namely a convent to turn her from her waywardness.
Liam Jackson is going nowhere fast in modern-day Tennessee. Playing his Dobro in seedy bars and backward dives along with his fiddling sister, Tinker, is doing nothing for his music career–and even less for the dark places in his soul.
Pixie dust and thieving mischief can not only change time-lines, it can change hearts–because a girl can only get so far without a little magic in her life.
The Twists and Suspense In This Story Had Me Consistently Intrigued
I was blown away by this wonderfully written story where Emily escapes her fate of banishment dictated by her Aunt in Regency England to a convent for her unacceptable behavior. Liam, the hero who is in modern day Tennessee and is a musician, is the yin to Emily’s yang as they are an entertaining couple to read. The conversation between both of them had me turning pages because the dialogue was written appropriately for both time periods, giving the story that extra kick it needed to really pull someone into the scenes and become connected with the characters.
I also loved the humor because Emily was very proper. It gave her an edge of wittiness without coming off as too naive in a modern time (because she had time-traveled to the future.) Liam had a Southern vibe about him that made him sexy and insecure without seeming inadequate to truly be the man for Emily.
The twists and suspense in this story had me consistently intrigued. I could tell Bella enjoys suspense by the way she writes it. I am normally not a big fan of suspense, but this book did it for me because of the romantic elements and fantasy weaved throughout. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Bella’s books! I highly recommend this book to people who love fantasy, time-travel, a sweet romance, and/or suspense…it’s really hard to pin this book down into one category, except to say it’s a must read for anyone who loves any or all of those elements in the stories they read. It’s exceptionally well written.
More Titles By Bella Street:
Apocalypse Babes Series
Tennessee Waltz Series
#1 Amazon Bestselling author in Time Travel Romance!
Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes weird romance (which includes Gothic science fiction romance, apocalypse, time travel, paranormal romance–and possibly Sasquatch…