Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Hearts in Ireland by J. C. Long

Title: Hearts in Ireland
Author: J. C. Long
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Category: Contemporary
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When the future is shrouded and it’s hard to find direction, maybe it’s time to let the heart lead the way….
Ronan Walker stands at a crossroads, unsure how to pursue his education… unsure if he even wants to. Now that his mother is gone, all he has left are the wonderful stories of her youth in Ireland, and he’s drawn to the land of his ancestors. There, he seeks out his mother’s family and meets Fergal Walsh, who works at Ronan’s aunt’s bookstore. A love of literature facilitates a fast friendship between the two men, and even though Ronan cannot deny the potential—and his desire—for more, he cannot see a future for the two of them when he leaves Ireland. Fergal must persuade Ronan to give school in Dublin a chance—and convince Ronan that his heart has already found its home.
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3.5 Stars

After losing his mother, Roman spends a couple of weeks hiding in his apartment, rarely moving from the sofa, until his father finally shows up and tells him it's time to join the living again. Ronan decides to honor his mother's wish by visiting her homeland, Ireland. When Ronan steps off the plane he can't explain the feeling of home he feels, and when he meets the employee at his aunt's bookstore, Fegal, well, he doesn't realize it yet, but that seals his future.

This was a quick and easy read. It was sweet and funny, with just a bit of heartbreak. My heart broke for Ronan. Watching him deal, or quite frankly, not deal with his mother's death was heartbreaking. It was also heartbreaking to watch him have to decide between his father and the family he'd grown so close to over the short period of time he has been in Ireland. I loved not only the main characters, but the secondary characters, as well. The banter between Ronan and his cousin Hannah had me chuckling.

This was a well-written and nicely paced book. I really enjoyed getting to visit Ireland through Ronan's eyes. Ronan and Fergal had good chemistry, but I really dislike fade out sex scenes! All in all, this was an enjoyable read I'd  recommend!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.*

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