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Something To Prove (eBook)

Something to Prove
The O’Learys
By: Shannyn Schroeder
eKensington
Releasing January 2014

Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families—and find there may be more to their partnership than just business…
Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she’s capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she’ll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights…
Colin O’Leary’s father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn’t a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he’s responsible enough to own a bar of his own—and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers—and passions—flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure—or will they have to choose between the two?

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Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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The Unexpected Wedding Guest

The unexpected wedding guest

“Surprised to see me?”

Getting caught in her wedding dress by her drop-dead-gorgeous ex-husband is Reese Michael’s worst nightmare. Especially when her perfect-on-paper fiancé then cancels their wedding!

Reese has spent years trying to forget how her marriage to Mason Hicks crashed and burned—yes, their chemistry was incredible, but a girl can’t live on lust alone! And what’s a jilted bride supposed to do when the one man she could never forget is back in her life, as irresistible as ever? Mason might be her own personal brand of Kryptonite, but surely life is meant to be lived a little dangerously…?

OK I have to admit, I have never read a Mills and Boon book. In fact, I would have scoffed at the very idea. You see I remember seeing them lined up on my mums headboard when i was litte, like around 10 – so we are talking 20 years ago here. The covers of damsels in distress or with a swept away look and the hero coming to save the day. Well thats what I remember – as to whether or not the covers actually looked like that I had no idea.

One day out of the blue I got an email from Mills and Boon. They were launching their Modern Tempted line and wanted to know if I would be interested in joining in with the launch. Firstly I did a happy dance, its always a good thing to get acknowledgement for what you do never mind be told that you do it well. Secondly I thought mmmm Mills and Boon. Anyway I am not one to turn down a book. So I said “bring it on”.

I have been meaning to read one for a while, I had actually started but it disappeared from my house mmmm. So today I said “right time to get down to business”. I decided I was going to read Aimee Carson’s book The Unexpected Wedding Guest.

As I said, I wasn’t what to expect. Actually that’s not quite true, I was expecting fluffy, over the top dramatics and airy fairy dialogue. That’s OK though, I am woman enough to admit when I am wrong. I wasn’t just off the mark here, I was off the grid. Apart from the fact that it was published by Mills and Boon it was every bit as good as all the other books I have read. It was gritty, exciting and had a fantastic story line. I don’t know how Aimee did it, perhaps it was just the anticipation but I was heating up when there wasn’t even anything steamy happening in the story line. If anything I thought it would have been raunchier but in fairness that would have made it tacky. It had the perfect balance of romance, angst and steam.

It is short enough in that I read it in a few hours but all the bases were covered. At no point did I feel that it was rushed or that anything had been left out. It’s edgy, sexy, modern and fits perfectly with the way the modern market is heading, especially with the eBook phenomenon. Well done to Harlequin and Mills and Boon for taking this label and while staying true to themselves (or so i’m told) yet embracing what readers want! They have certainly gained a new reader in me!

I also found proof in this book that reading broadens your vocabulary. Aimee taught me a new word that I cannot wait to use. FUBAR. What is FUBAR? I know you are asking because I had to go and ask Aimee, FUBAR = Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. LOVE IT!

I absolutely cannot wait until I get my hands on the next book in the series, Girl Least Likely to Marry