His Wicked Celtic Kiss (book review)

HWCK banner His Wicked Celtic Kiss was written by Karyn Gerrard.  This blog tour was organized by N K Author Services.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

9781440583872 It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Denison’s world upside down. The problem is, he’s only in town for six months, and happily ever after isn’t in this world traveler’s vocabulary.

Julie’s worked hard to get her life in a good place—dropping substantial weight and getting a great job at her friend’s bakery. But this handsome charmer is just as tempting as any of the decadent pastries she sells, and she can’t resist his advances for long. Julie fully expects Lorcan to break her heart—but she’s planning to enjoy every second she can of their explosive chemistry.

After years of danger as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan fled to tiny Rockland, Maryland for some boring downtime. He didn’t count on meeting someone who could ignite his libido and soothe his damaged heart, and their passion soon leads to deeper feelings. But can Julie convince Lorcan he has more to offer her than just his wicked Celtic kiss?

 Can be purchased on Amazon.

My review:

I read this entire book this morning.  I just couldn't put it down.

Lorcan was a really deep character.  It was painful to read how devastatingly broken his heart was after events he experienced in the Irish military.  I can't the feeling of trying to  completely turn off your heart to connections and love... but to have deep feelings of grief and loss and guilt.  He was really a tormented man.  It made me think of all of our troops that return from overseas... and to wonder what horrors their living with... even if they were part of peace keeping missions.

I also felt such a connection with Julie.  Her feelings that there was no possible way the gorgeous Lorcan could be physically attracted to this plain Jane, previously "fat girl" was something I was familiar with while dating.  The chubby girl feelings and image remain in your head even if she's long gone.  It takes a lot to quiet her in your head.  It was amazing to me that Julie could push those thoughts away when Lorcan was honest with the fact he would be gone in 6 months.

I was glad that their were blow ups and fights during their relationship.  It wouldn't have made any sense to me if Julie DIDN'T feel moments of anxiety and uncertainty over what was happening between then.  It also wouldn't have made sense if Lorcan was able to immediately put his torment behind him.  The story felt much more real to me because of the battles to repair the brokenness.

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About the author:

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a favorite. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals and contemporaries with various heat levels. As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise, she assumes everything is golden. Karyn's been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward. You can visit Karyn at www.karyngerrard.com

COMING SOON:

Bold Seduction Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press Early 2015 (historical)

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