Sunday, 26 September 2010

Review: Straight up - Deirdre Martin

Genre: Contemporary romance
Pages: 352
Published: 2010

Even a man on the run can enjoy the thrill of the chase...

Hiding from New York's Irish mob, Liam O'Brien is in Ireland working as a bartender in his parents' old village. Hurt once by a man, Aislinn McCafferty is the local ice queen, which the unsuspecting Liam soon learns the hard way.

Accepting a wager from the pub's owner, Liam pursues Aislinn. But neither of them expects this donnybrook of the sexes to turn into an unlikely love...

I am gonna post my lost review here. I read the book back in July, it was supposed to be a guestreview and in September I realized it was lost, but yesterday, I finally found it.

This was so a fun and sweet romance, and I am not just saying that cos it took place in Ireland ;) 

The story:
It’s about Liam who is running from the Irish mob back in NY, and now he works as a bartender in a little Irish village. Then there is Aislinn, a sheep farmer who got hurt badly in love and now is just angry. After a little run in with Liam he does something incredibly stupid. With the pub owner and the 3 stooges he makes a bet that he can get her. Let the games begin.

The couple:
Oh oh, man he was stupid. He makes that bet and then falls for her. He realizes that she is sweet under that frown, and he loves who she is with her sheep and Padraig that works at the farm. So he gets this stupid notion that he can win the bet, and keep the girl. Sighs, men! Does he not understand that when she realizes the will leave him bleeding in a ditch? No is the answer and she falls in love with him, and I keep waiting for her to find out and hit him over the head with a whisky bottle. Cos he deserves it if he is such a bloody eejit.

Aislinn has a tongue of her own, she was lied to be a man she loved, and now she feels like everyone is pitying her so she rather angry and people in the village is calling her The McAfftery. But it’s her way of dealing with the hurt, and it’s not like she is some angry woman. No she just gives the three stooges at the pub a tongue lashing now and again, but hey they enjoy it too. It seems she is the only woman to actually talk to them. Other than that she is a nice woman, and I do like her. She has had much to deal with, but she stays strong, too strong actually, and all she wants is to keep those sheep.

My thoughts:
I want these two to be happy but with that lie between them I know that sooner or later all hell will break loose. In the mean time it’s fun to see Liam try, and finally manage to court her. They do have this bantering between them and it’s fun to watch.

A sweet romance, set in a beautiful country. A Yank falling for a sheep farmer, what more is a girl to ask for.

Blodeuedd’s Cover Corner: It looks fun !
Reason for reading:won
Final thoughts. This was a great contemporary romance, fun and romantic, with some great characters in it.


  1. Great review.
    I also enjoyed the book a lot even though the hero really acted like a jerk at the beginning.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this book. I listened to a contemporary romance earler this week and barely made it through. Too much ick factor for me.

  3. I'm a huge fan of sweet romances and this one sounds great, plus it doesn't hurt that it takes place in Ireland!!

  4. LOL LOL at him being so dumb!! loved your review!

  5. Well at least he fell for the sheep farmer... :D

    Okay, bad joke... *hangs head in shame*

    This actually looks like a fun romantic read. Thanks for the review.

  6. Sabrina
    Thanks :) I know, such a jerk, I just wanted to kick him, but despite that, great book

    Ick factor, how come? No ick factor here tough, at least not for me. It was sweet and fun

  7. Staci
    Sweet all the way around, and fun. Also like you say, the big plus, Ireland! I love it

    Thanks :D Hihi, was such an ass, and really thought he was so clever. But then he understood that yes, not something girls appreaciate

  8. This sounds so so cute, plus that cover is very fun :) Great review!

  9. I enjoyed your review. I'll add it to my TBR list because I like a sweet and fun romance :)

  10. Oh dear, the lie didn't get confessed?!? O.o

  11. LOL sounds like a cute read :-) thanks for hte great review.

  12. I think Patti (book addict) really enjoyed these books awhile ago..I need to check out this author...

  13. Sometimes I prefer a dumb hero. Sounds like a sweet romance!

  14. I enjoy contemporary romance. I like that this one is set in Ireland.
    Great review.

  15. LOL.. I guess you could ask for a milk maid. I guess the sheep thing is more manly.LOL Fun review.

  16. Hi Blodeuedd! Nice review - I liked this book too. I felt bad for Aislynn, and Liam sure was an idiot at times but overall he was a good guy.

  17. This one does sound like a fun little romance. And Ireland is a great setting.

  18. Melissa
    Lol, ok that makes that joke the worst joke of the week ;)

    Second in a row, cool :=)I just love the cover, so fun and cute

    if that is what you enjoy then this one is so for you

  19. Chris
    Men, tsk, I am sure Mayhem would have something to say about this.

    Thanks, and yes gotta love cute!

    Yes I remmeber her reading some books, and they sure seemed fun, I must read more by this author

  20. Dc
    Lol, they do spice up things in their own way.

    It's a genre I wish I read more of. And Ireland, mmm, ireland, must go there

    Hehe, that is sure is. But then this woman is something else

  21. Patti
    Idiot, yes, and my heart really went out to her. But at least it ended happily :D And I must read more

    Ireland and Scotland, all books should take place there ;)

  22. This does sound sweet! Glad to see you enjoyed it.

  23. This does look like a cute one!

  24. This sounds so cute! I love books set in Ireland. I sure hope she tore him a new one when she found out about that bet though...

  25. Bermuda
    It was really sweet and fun. It's the kind of contemporary romance I love the most

    I do recommend it

    Oh she did just that, and good for her, being such an ass and all

  26. It's been a while since I last read a romance and I've never tried this author before but this book does sound like a lot of fun. I think I'll see if I can find it. Thanks for the review!

  27. Simcha
    Some romance is always nice, it's just all so sweet :)



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