Embracing Everly (book review)

banner Embracing Everly was written by Kelly Mooney.  This post was organized by N K Author Services.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Kelly_Embracing Everly300dpi1500x2400When Mick O’Malley left Boston and casted aside his family with IRA ties, he never imagined finding solace within a club of Bounty Hunters. At 25 years old, he’d given up on love and trust and counted on only one person to get him through life—himself. When Mick finds himself doing a protection gig as a favor to his new mentor, he finds the one girl who can alter his out of whack views.

But he’s there to do a job, not fall in love with a girl who is off-limits. Mick was committed to protecting Everly and not failing his boss for a second time. But what’s the harm in one kiss? One time? One night?

Everly Moore was ready for her “real life” to begin. She had a lifelong dream of moving to New York to write music professionally. She didn’t realize the danger her father’s job had placed on her, or the fact that her new sexy and confident neighbor Mick O’Malley was sent there to protect her.

Mick knows how lies and secrets can destroy trust. Hell, he’s lived with those his whole life, but when those secrets are meant to protect her, he has no choice but to continue the deception.

When his secrets and lies are revealed, will it be too late to save Everly or will their need for one another beat the odds?


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My review:

First of all... Everly is just a cool name.

I don't think I ever get tired of the storyline of the strong protector falling in love with the woman he's just supposed to be protecting.  I know it's so cliche and it's been done so many times before... but I love it each time.  And the more the protector has been warned against it... or has said that it's not happening... the better it is.  I love it even more if the woman also has reasons to keep her distance.  It just makes it so satisfying if they finally do give in.

I really enjoyed the characters in Embracing Everly.  Not only were Mick and Everly really well fleshed out... but the supporting characters, especially Dawson, were also really well done.  I also loved the little details that kept made Mick and Everly's story so endearingly THEM.  Like the song Mick would hear Everly singing through his wall... or his remembering the tea she likes...

No story spoilers... but I loved the little twists that happened closer to the end of the book.  There were just so many times I thought I knew exactly what would happen next... and then I'd be surprised.

I can imagine from the prologue's focus on Dawson and Thomas (Everly's God-Father and Father), and the story of Mick protecting Everly as a member of Dawson's bounty hunter "club", the this could easily turn into a series of bounty hunter romances.  I'd also love to hear the story about Mick's twin sister in Ireland.

About the author:

Photo on 1-23-15 at 2.20 PM #6Kelly Mooney was born in Southern New Jersey and now resides in Upstate New York. She started writing Young Adult Romance novels, which she loved, but wanted a little more freedom with the characters that she had running around in her head. She now writes New Adult/Contemporary Romances. She has been on Amazon Best Seller List and on the top 100 iTunes charts. She has two children and two dogs and a very supportive hubby who keep her very busy when she’s not sitting in front of her computer. She loves to hear from her readers, so please email her or find on facebook.

Feel free to email her at mooneymama1@yahoo.com