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Something to Prove

Something to Prove

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by Shannyn Schroeder

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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


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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Floridian Elizabeth Brannigan finds herself in Chicago clandestinely investigating one of her father's investments, a biker bar named the Irish Pub. Elizabeth is out to prove to her father and brother that she is accomplished enough to become CEO of their million-dollar family business when her father retires. On a recognizance mission to size up her competition, Elizabeth meets handsome Colin O'Leary, who tends bar at his family's pub. Colin and Elizabeth are both on missions to prove their worth to their relatives. Will our pair realize they've got to match wits as well as hearts to find success? VERDICT Reveling in the give-and-take between these protagonists with very different personalities, readers will learn how a spark of romance can complicate or simplify personal challenges. [Xpress Reviews, 1/10/14.]—Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL

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Something TO PROVE The O'Learys



Copyright © 2014 Shannyn Schroeder
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ISBN: 978-1-60183-183-5


Elizabeth drove up and down Addison, west, then east again, watching the addresses. No matter which way she went, the gray slab of a building had to be the right place. She parked and climbed out of the rental car. Motorcycles leaned against the building—not at the curb, but on the sidewalk actually touching the building.

Why the hell would Dad own a biker bar?

She glanced up at the rusty sign, THE IRISH PUB. It didn't look much like anything Irish. She pushed through the door and a cloud of smoke smacked into her lungs. Chicago was supposed to be smoke-free. Didn't the manager know this? That alone was fine-worthy. Trying to keep her breaths shallow to avoid inhaling too much smoke, she walked toward the bar, hoping to find someone in charge. The room, what she could see of it, was dark and tables were scattered haphazardly.

"Excuse me, I'm looking for the manager," she called out.

"Are you the health inspector?" a grizzled man asked while drying a glass with a dirty cloth. His pasty skin reminded her of a vampire's, but she doubted he'd sparkle if she took him into the sunlight.

"No, I'm the owner."

He laughed and the men sitting on stools at the opposite end of the bar joined him. She stiffened. It wasn't like this was the first time she'd been laughed at, and it undoubtedly wouldn't be the last. She produced a card from her suit coat pocket and slapped it on the bar. "Elizabeth Brannigan. My father has owned this bar for more than ten years. Feel free to call the office to check."

She prayed her bluff would work. If he made the call, she'd be caught.

The man sobered and took the card. He brushed his stringy salt-and-pepper hair from his eyes. "So you're here to finally sell?"

"No. I'm here to save it." Until the words left her mouth, she didn't even know that was her plan. She had arrived in Chicago thinking she wanted to know more about this property, but now she knew it would be her mission. Her chance to prove her worth to her father.

Her statement set off another round of laughter.

"Then, when it's turning a profit, I'll sell."

The man leaned forward and extended his hand. "Mitch, your manager. I was hired on about ten years ago and have seen many men come through from your daddy's company talking about change. It ain't happened yet."

She shook his hand, trying to ignore whatever diseases she was accepting in the action. "Maybe that was the problem."


"They were all men." She paused. "I'll need to see the books and any other pertinent information. I'll be back tomorrow morning at nine a.m."

"We don't close until two. I won't be here at nine." His eyes were already bloodshot, so she couldn't imagine him more sleep-deprived.

"Then give me a copy of the key and leave the information in the office. I assume there is an office?"

"You got ID on you? It'd be just my luck to give keys to someone who isn't the owner."

Elizabeth reached into her wallet and slipped out her driver's license.

Mitch took it from her hand and tilted it in the light, glancing from the card to her face. Satisfied, he tossed it on the sticky bar for her to retrieve.

"Hold on." He walked to the end of the bar and flipped up a piece of the counter. He disappeared into the back and returned a few moments later with a ring of keys. He tossed them on the bar.

"Thank you." She slipped the keys into her pocket and walked back outside. Within a few minutes she had already learned more about the bar than the audit of her father's properties had taught her.

From behind the wheel of the rented Mercedes, she stared at the building. It must've meant something to her dad. He'd never done any work on it, but never sold it either. If she could turn this place around, prove to him that she could handle this task, he would have to hand the reins of the business over to her instead of Keith.

She'd never taken the lead like this before. They tended to treat her more like the clean-up crew. Dad didn't even know she was here. He'd been keeping this place a secret. This was her moment to shine. If she fixed this, he'd have to see that she could handle doing it all.

And if he didn't?

She shook her head. She'd cross that bridge later. Right now, she needed to do some research, starting with finding a place to live.

While allowing her GPS to guide her to a hotel, she called the office. "Hi, Meg."

"How was the flight?"

"Fine. Listen, I need you to get some information for me about a property." She heard some rustling and knew Meg was getting her notepad out.


"My dad owns a bar called The Irish Pub here in Chicago. It's part of his personal holdings, not Brannigan Enterprises."

"I don't have access to his personal information," Meg said, uncharacteristically nervous.

"I want you to talk to Claire. She's been with my dad forever. Talk to her, assistant to assistant. Tell her that I need whatever information she has."

"Can I ask what's going on?"

"I'm not sure. I'm going to call my dad, but I have a feeling he won't give me all the details, so I'm making a preemptive strike. I also need everything you can get me on the codes for bar ownership in Chicago."

"Anything else?"

"Not yet. I'm sure that once I hit the ground on this, I'll need some more support."

"I could do my job from Chicago. I've never been there."

Elizabeth smiled. "I'll let you know if I need you. In the meantime, if Keith asks, play dumb. I don't want him following me here trying to help."


They clicked off, and Elizabeth pulled into the lot of a chain hotel. No five stars here, but it would have to do. Her mother would choke if she knew. At the reception desk, she negotiated a month's stay for a decent price and went to her room to set up her office away from home.

She tossed her suitcase on the brown paisley bedspread and pulled her laptop from her shoulder bag. While the computer booted up, she hung her suits in the minuscule closet and placed the remaining clothes in the dresser. From the front pocket of her suitcase, she pulled the frogs. For this trip, she had four.

She set the frogs beside her computer: two plastic, one stuffed, and one metal. It was her niece's way of making her feel at home. Before every business trip, Melissa snuck some frogs into the suitcase. It had started when Mel was little more than a toddler and offered Elizabeth her stuffed frog to keep her company. She'd just moved into Keith's carriage house, and her relationship with Mel was nonexistent. What did she know about kids?

But they'd bonded over frogs.

Over the years, it had bloomed into a collection. Family now gave Elizabeth frogs for gifts. It was almost a competition to see who could find the ugliest one.

Smiling at her family of frogs, she set to work. Her first order of business would be to check out the competition. Returning to the computer, she Googled Irish bars in Chicago and then narrowed her search for the neighborhood.

The results stared at her, a mass of red pushpins on the screen. "How can there be so many damn Irish bars in one area?"

She expanded the map and looked closely. In a ten-mile radius, she counted twenty-three Irish pubs. She'd bet she wouldn't find that many in the entire state of Florida. Zooming in on the map, she copied the addresses of the five closest to The Irish Pub and sent the information to the GPS on her phone.

The Irish Pub.

What a dumb name. The total lack of creativity or originality grated on her nerves. She checked the time. Six o'clock. After-work hours for most. Tucking a notepad into her purse, she headed out to the first bar, figuring she'd get dinner along the way. The research and reconnaissance was the worst part of the job. Keith usually handled it. He was good at reading people.

She was better with the finances, which was why Brannigan Enterprises should be hers. The CEO didn't need to be a people person. The job required an understanding and ability to wrangle the bottom line. Definitely her forte.

Pulling into the lot alongside a bar called Duffy's, her stomach growled and her eyes felt dry. It promised to be a long night, and she planned to be back at the bar at nine. She climbed out of her car and pushed on. The sooner she got started, the sooner she'd be done.

For a Monday night, she hadn't expected to find crowds at any of the bars she'd chosen to investigate. She pushed through the glass doors of the bar and was met with chaotic noise. The crowd wasn't huge and the patrons were mostly young, early twenties. Two TVs blared in competition with the jukebox that played some kind of rock. As she moved toward the bar, her feet squeaked in the stickiness of the floor, and she cringed.

The lighting wasn't bright enough for her to see what made the floor gross or for her to make sure there wasn't anything stuck to the stool as she took a seat. The bar itself was made from a nice dark wood, walnut, if she had to guess, but puddles of some indeterminate liquid lingered across the surface.

Not very inviting.

She slung her purse over the back of the stool and waited. Within moments the bartender asked what she wanted.

"Do you have a menu?"

He slapped a laminated sheet of paper down in front of her. The menu consisted of the usual bar food: hot wings, burgers, nachos. "I'll have a burger, everything. Do you have a drink menu?"

"Huh?" His eyebrows rose with the question.

"A drink menu? So I can decide what to drink?"

"Uh, no."

Huh. How was a customer supposed to know what to order if choices weren't presented? "Can I have a wine spritzer?"

"Coming right up."

While she waited, she took in the atmosphere. Tuning out the noise, she focused on what she saw. Young people, dressed casually, congregated in clusters at tables. Waitresses circulated, but the only thing that distinguished them from the customers were the aprons tied around their waists. No uniforms, no name tags. Cardboard decorations hung drunkenly from the soffit above the bar. Beer promotions and green-clad leprechauns dangled lopsided, and their discoloration told her they'd been hanging there far too long.

Her drink was delivered. She only took a small sip to find it relatively tasteless. When her burger arrived, it wasn't much better. She tossed money on the bar beside her half-eaten food. Regardless of location, when she was done, Duffy's wouldn't be much competition.

Four hours and three bars later, Elizabeth was ready to call it quits. She was tired of drinking cheap alcohol and being hit on. Her last stop for the night was O'Leary's. She'd almost decided against it, but after checking out their Web site on her phone, it looked too promising to pass up. Cars filled most of the lot, but spots were still available. She tugged the heavy oak door open and walked through, pleasantly surprised. No cigarette smoke and the noise level was tolerable. She eased her way toward the bar, scanning the crowd as she moved.

The main bar area had a variety of seating from booths to tables and in the back area she saw high-top tables and dartboards. All of the waitresses wore O'Leary's Pub T-shirts with jeans and they each had a name tag. She took a seat at the end of the bar. On a small stand was a menu for both food and drinks.

This bar was doing something right.

The bartender came over as she was reading the menu. "Hi. What can I get you tonight?"

She looked up and swallowed hard. The man in front of her was mouthwateringly gorgeous. His mussed black hair framed a face dominated by a happy-go-lucky smile. She lost her ability to form coherent sentences. "Uh ..."

He tilted his head and studied her face. "You look beat. Tough day?"

She nodded. What was wrong with her? She didn't do this around men. She'd had no fewer than eight different men try to pick her up tonight. This one was just doing his job, and she had to fight for focus.

"How about an Irish coffee?" Dark brows arched over navy eyes.

She cleared her throat. "Sounds good."

He walked away. She studied the menu. It wasn't fancy. Like the rest of the bars, it offered burgers and hot wings, but they had more traditional pub fare, like fish and chips and shepherd's pie. Her mouth watered at the thought of real food. The drink menu was plain as well, but at least displayed a list of drinks with the basic ingredients. Pictures and descriptions would've been better, but this bar had already exceeded the competition from the other Chicago neighborhood pubs she'd visited.

The bartender returned with her Irish coffee. She sipped and found it perfect. The whipped cream puffed and floated on top and she used her straw to scoop some up. She ran her tongue over the cream-laden straw and heard a groan.

She looked up to find the bartender looking at her. Replacing the straw, she waited for an explanation.

His mouth quirked up at the corner. "Sorry. I couldn't help it. That was downright sinful."

Her cheeks flamed. She was blushing? No. The alcohol from earlier in the evening was catching up with her and colliding with her exhaustion. He broke eye contact and mumbled, "Give me a holler if you need anything else."

He walked away and picked up a conversation with other customers. She tried not to be obvious in studying him and the way he interacted with people. This was something the other bars had been missing as well. A personal touch.

She finished her drink, tossed cash on the bar, and took a few moments to wander toward the back of the bar. There was a small stage, a jukebox, and dartboards. Down a dimly lit hallway were the bathrooms. Too tired to think, she opted to leave. Part of her wanted to talk to some of the patrons, get their perspective as to why they came here, but it would have to wait.

By morning, hopefully Meg would have information about The Irish Pub and, with any luck, the books wouldn't be as bad as she imagined. As she wound her way back toward the front, raucous laughter exploded at the bar. The sexy bartender was enjoying something.

He caught her eye as she passed. His laughter made his eyes twinkle with mischief, his smile lighting his face, like he had the best life in the world. She wondered what it would be like to feel that even for a night. It wasn't that she was unhappy; she liked her life very much, in fact, but it had been too long since she'd experienced a laugh that shook her whole body.

* * *

Morning came much too soon for Elizabeth, especially when she realized that she hadn't thought to pick up her own coffee for the maker. Now she'd be stuck with whatever the hotel offered. The coffeemaker didn't brew fast enough for her sloggy brain, so she put her cup directly under the drip. After a measly half-cup, she took her shower and prepared for the day.

Meg hadn't called, so she dug around a little on her own, gathering information on both IP, as she'd begun to call The Irish Pub, and O'Leary's. Something about that bar had stuck with her into her dreams last night. She couldn't call it a classy bar; it wasn't. It was more like a neighborhood hangout for adults. Truth be told, she wouldn't have ever stepped foot in the place if she hadn't been doing research. It wasn't the kind of establishment she normally frequented, at least not since college. Maybe that's why she liked the place.

She toyed with the frogs on the small table that acted as her desk. Before heading to IP, she sent a quick e-mail to Meg. She hadn't even gathered her keys when her cell rang.

"Hi, Meg."

"Hi. I've got bad news and more bad news."

"Give me whichever is the least bad."

Meg blew out a breath. "Claire doesn't know much about that bar.

Mr. Brannigan—your dad—doesn't talk about it."

"Not a big surprise. What's worse?" She jingled the keys in her hand.

"The one thing she did know was that your dad bought it for Keith."

The keys bobbled in the air and she missed them. They hit the floor with a clunk, as did her heart. "It's Keith's?"

"It's in your dad's name. You were right about that, but Claire is sure that he bought it after Keith brought it to him and convinced him to buy it."

"Okay, thanks."

"Do you want me to book your flight home?"

"No. Not yet. I'm not done here." She poked at the keys on the floor with her toe.



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Something to Prove 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars  Look at the cover and tell me you don’t want to read this!!! Elizabeth and Colin had both have Something To Prove to their families. For Elizabeth – she wants to show her father that she could handle being the next CEO of their family business. Never mind that she was a woman, that she was popping antacids to settle her stomach upset due to stress or going behind her father’s back to make her pet project. Auditing, she came across a bar in Chicago, she thought it would be a perfect project to show her father how she works better than her brother. But, she needs more than her brains to get things going and dealing with the rough crowd that has been frequenting the establishment. Who better to ask than the handsome bartender-slash-co-owner of a nearby successful Irish Pub? If Elizabeth has Something To Prove to her father, Colin has something to prove not just to his brother but his whole family. He screwed up big time when he walked out on them. Now, all he wants is to prove that he can be responsible enough to own a bar of his own. Elizabeth may be able to help him. But can he keep his hands on this beautiful woman in front of him? They have made something amazing out of a near-dilapidated bar – regardless of their constant clash and bickering. It was great seeing Elizabeth finally loosen up. She tries to fight it hard, but Colin is a charming guy. No matter how tall the walls around Elizabeth are – she was about to lose her heart on him. Question is, are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure? Or will they have to choose only one? My heart goes to these two characters, who have made some mistakes in the past and are very much willing to rectify and make up for their shortcomings. But, up to what extent? Elizabeth was on the verge of bleeding her stomach out because of stress, and Colin – (although, I was wondering what made him turn his back on his family), I was hoping they would give him the chance he deserves. He was working his ass off on the bar. Elizabeth’s pet project was the chance he was waiting for. But, their hard work is in danger as someone barges in their bar and tries to sabotage it. We don’t need to please other people to know our worth. Just do your job to the best of your ability, compete with yourself rather than with others and never forget to have fun. Life is too short to waste on being miserable. A story about love, romance, sibling rivalries, trust, families and priorities. Something To Prove is sexy, romantic, heartwarming and heartbreaking. The cover had lived up to its expectation. I have enjoyed reading this novel, and excited to meet the rest of the O’Learys.  ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Something to Prove by Shannyn Schroeder is the 3rd book in her O’Leary’s series. I have not read the first two books in this series, as this is the first time I have read Schroeder. After reading this book, I want to go back to the first two books and find out more about this great O’Leary family. Don’t worry though, this book can be read as a standalone, as you meet most of the O’Leary’s throughout the story. Something to Prove is about Colin O’Leary and Elizabeth Brannigan. Elizabeth, who works for her father’s business, has something to prove, as she is always in competition with her older brother. She arrives in Chicago to take over an Irish Pub that is a disaster & falling apart. Elizabeth knows that her brother owns the property, but she is determined to fix it up and make it a viable property to prove to her family that she can do this on her own and sell at a profit. But it isn’t going to be easy, as she is faced with an impossible task, as well as incompetent employees. Colin has recently returned to help his family with the family pub, which his brother Ryan runs. Colin has to prove himself, as Ryan doesn’t trust him not to leave them again. When Elizabeth does research on the bars in Chicago, she meets Colin and in a short time, Colin goes to work for Elizabeth to help revamp the Irish Pub. He continues to work late at night for his family bar, but Colin wants his own place one day. This time he wants the responsibility and to stay. There is immediate chemistry between Colin and Elizabeth, but they are two very unlikely people to make any kind of relationship work. Elizabeth is uptight, a workaholic, and is obsessed with proving to her father that she is capable of taking over his business, as he nears retirement. She resents her brother always being the favorite in her fathers’ eyes. She wants nothing to stand in her way, and that includes the sexy fun loving, Colin. He is most definitely a hunk, who is also a ladies man. But even though Elizabeth will not mix pleasure with business, Colin finds himself totally attracted to her. What follows is a wonderful contemporary romance that is against all odds, Besides the wonderful romance that slowly builds; the storyline of revamping the bar, sabotage, and meeting the other O’Leary’s was a lot of fun. Watching Elizabeth slowly find herself unable to resist Colin, and part of her trying to fight it, as she plans to leave Chicago when her job is done, made this even better. In comparison to Colin, with a wonderful family, Elizabeth was very much alone. Her father’s tactic of putting the siblings in competition against each other was sad. At times, Elizabeth was annoying, especially refusing to see how Colin felt about her, and her stubbornness in thinking she had to do this herself, even to the point of not seeing her brother trying to make amends. Will Elizabeth allow herself to open up her heart to Colin? Will she convince her father that she can run the company? Will Colin prove himself to have his own place? Will they both end up together? You must read this book to find the answers. I really enjoyed this fabulous and unlikely romance that was a fast and enjoyable read, despite Elizabeth being annoying at times. Shannyn Schroeder weaves a wonderful story of two people trying to prove themselves to their families, each with their own issues, and finding love along the way. I wholly recommend reading Something to Prove.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Elizabeth Brannigan and Colin O’Leary definitely having something to prove to themselves and to their families. Elizabeth is the youngest of two kids and works for her father’s company. Since she was in college, her father has pitted her and her older brother Keith against each other. Or so it seems. With her father getting close to retiring, Elizabeth wants to become the CEO of the company. After the death of his father, Colin O’Leary was lost. He didn’t think he could be the head of his close knit Irish-Catholic family, so he bolted, leaving his brother Ryan to handle the family and the family’s bar business alone. Colin returned to Chicago about a year ago and has been desperately trying to prove to his family, especially his younger brother Ryan that he’s done running away and is there to stay. Colin has been biding his time. He wants to prove that he can handle his own bar, but he doesn’t have enough money to purchase one and Ryan isn’t in a trusting or giving mood. Upon discovering a ran down bar that’s bleeding red in her father’s list of possessions, Elizabeth decides to turn the bar around as a way to prove her worth to her father and brother. Elizabeth eventually enlists the help of Colin and together they complete each other in the bar and personally. While I was disappointed that there wasn’t more to Colin’s story of running away, I still loved this story. Something to Prove is the story of two people discovering their own worth and path in life. Realizing that you have to trust yourself and those around you. Understanding that when all is said and done, your family has your back. And that maybe when it all comes down to it, the only person you have to prove something to is yourself. Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in a day, she has become my new favorite author.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I put this book down when I finished, and my first thought was “Shannyn Schroeder went to my high school”.  Second thought was that I  knew those people.  See., I went to high school in the northeast, in a predominantly Irish-Catholic area: and I even went to a girls school.  All of these issues: the family dynamic, the pressures to both acknowledge and pay homage to the heritage: those are additional obstacles, usually put forward by family.  In this book, we meet Elizabeth or Libby as she prefers:  driven, focused and fiercely competitive, Libby and her brother are battling for control of the family business when their father retires.  While there is no doubt that one of his children will get the prize, there’s no guarantees that Libby will win, and thus feel the acceptance from her father that she so desires.  Looking through the financials, she discovers an underperforming diamond in the rough, and decides her mission will be to bring this Irish Pub back to life.  Colin is still trying to prove himself to his family: devastated when his father died, he ran from Chicago and had little to no contact with his family for three years.  Wounds like these run deep and fester long: his family still hasn’t welcomed him back into the fold, not completely.  His experience running his family’s pub make him the perfect employee to advise and help Libby make her venture a success. This story was fun: the interactions between the two were clever and Libby has the right mix of utter sense and nonsense, full of quirks and phobias.  Colin is a good man who wants everything: home, hearth, love and success and the money he will earn teaching Libby to manage a successful enterprise will bankroll his own plan to open his own pub.   While the two battle their attraction and see it as being problematic in their business relationship, they agree to a no-attachment affair.  Of course, the rule of no attachments is the hardest to keep, and the two are slowly becoming much more to each other.  When Colin sees that Libby is driving herself into illness, his pushing and prodding and tender ministrations show Libby that this is a man to keep.   I really enjoyed this story set in Chicago, the family and interpersonal dynamics were beautifully detailed and felt viable: I think I’ve even seen/heard some of those conversations.   I received an eArc copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review with Tasty Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility
RozGroves More than 1 year ago
The title of the third in Shannyn Schroeder's O'Leary series perfectly encompasses her characters. Both Colin and Elizabeth have something to prove, albeit for different reasons. Colin is trying to show his family, and in particular his brother Ryan, that he is back for good. He ran when things got too hard after the death of his father, leaving Ryan and the rest of the family in the lurch. After three years trying to outrun memories, Colin returns. However, rebuilding trust and relationships is proving harder than he expected. Elizabeth has one goal: to be the one who succeeds her father as CEO of the family hotel business. Always in competition with her older brother Keith, Elizabeth is using this trip to Boston to show her father that she is just as capable and worthy of running the business as Keith is. These two balance each other really well. Colin's laid-back and easygoing demeanor is the perfect foil for Elizabeth's somewhat uptight, business-centric personality. Their romantic and physical chemistry is really well done, and each brings something out in the other that not many people get to see. Early on in the book, Elizabeth's complete lack of willingness to trust and her attitude towards certain things left me scratching my head on occasion. That was until I got the full story behind why she was like she was. I can't imagine being pitted constantly against my sibling like gladiators in the ring - which is exactly what Elizabeth has been made to do to win her father's favour. When I read what triggered Elizabeth's current behaviour, I totally see why she couldn't trust anybody. To be treated that way by family is just awful. At least Keith was trying to make amends for his behaviour. Dear old Dad on the other hand...what a nasty pastie he was. I also really liked how the tension between Colin and Ryan was resolved - there were no false, super-sweet promises made or signing angels involved, just honest feelings and talk between the brothers. I had been waiting to see how this would happen from book one, and I was so happy with how it was done in the end. Hopefully there are more stories to come from the world of the O'Leary family, because I am thoroughly enjoying their tales. Maybe one of the sisters will get their happy ending.... I give Something to Prove 4 out of 5.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Incredibly Sweet With A Bit Of Mystery and Intrigue! A Perfect Afternoon Read. 4 Sweet, Romantic Stars! The Review: Elizabeth Brannigan is out to prove to her father that she’s the better choice to take over as ECO of her father's company instead of her brother. After Elizabeth goes through her fathers assets and finds a neglected business, she gets the idea to turn the Irish Pub from a run down, failing business into a newly polished, profitable bar without the help of her family and prove her worth to her father and brother. The only thing is, she knows nothing about running an Irish pub so she decides to enlist the help of local talent in exchange for a percentage of profits and sales. However, after accepting the help of the hot, tempting Colin O’Leary, she quickly decides mixing business and pleasure may have gotten her in way over her head. Colin O’Leary wants to branch out on his own after spending the last year working under his younger brother in their families pub. He made the huge mistake of running after his father died, leaving their close knit family to pick up the pieces alone. Now that he’s back and ready to prove himself, he’s finding it hard to gain the trust of the brother he so desperately wants it from. Succeeding on his own will prove once and for all he can be trusted so he accepts Elizabeth's offer to partner together and in the process, make enough money to afford his own place. When Elizabeth and Colin meet, sparks ignite and these two can’t seem to keep their hands off each other no matter how hard they try to resist. They finally give up and just go for it, which was thrilling to read. They are instantly attracted to each other and meet in a fun and unique way. But Elizabeth has some major trust issues and Colin getting her to come around takes it toll on both of them. I really enjoyed Elizabeth. She was strong and independent but she also needed help and someone to lean on. Colin was wonderful, trustworthy and dependable and I loved how he took care of Elizabeth even before he realized he loved her. These two have huge hurdles to overcome before they find their HEA’s and add on top great family dynamics, fun and interesting characters, a saboteur who’s trying to ruin all their hard work and two opposing, strong willed people who find something better inside themselves when they work together and you have the perfect recipe for an outstanding romance. The Wrap Up: This read was sexy, sweet , fun and definitely entertaining. I loved the great cast of supporting character and the mains were complex and well written. I’m definitely a fan and look forward to reading more from this author. Note: Something To Prove is book three in The O’Leary’s series and is an Adult, Contemporary Romance written by Shannyn Schroeder. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review through Tasty Book Tours.
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RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
3.5 of 5 ¿¿ Elizabeth never quite grew out of her somewhat childish competitive focus with her brother and her new self found venture of re-inventing a run down bar, is once again an example of that. Of course the dynamic between the siblings was created and urged on by father dear, but nonetheless, needlessly perpetuated by Elizabeth, who with all her feelings of inadequacy, can't seem to let go. Poor little rich girl trying to win daddy's approval. In comes Colin with plenty of baggage if his own, having left the family business to venture off on his own for a few years, unsure if he was built for the responsibilities it brought with it. That left his brothers in charge after his father died, and him the one who 'failed' to carry the load. Something he is still paying for even after being back in the fold for a year and working his butt off to prove himself. Colin too, needs to start doing things that are good for him and not for others.  Colin has the know how to straighten out the bar and Elizabeth has the business acumen......and the funds. She also has an incessant need to be the top dog, wanting desperately to hold onto the reigns of control tightly, just so she can say later she did it all on her own. The girl has big lessons to learn......nothing worth doing is done on your own.  With Colin invested for his own reasons and learning to draw on his family for support when he needs it, the bar makes steady progress. But despite letting her shields down a lot of the time with Colin now, both in and out of the bedroom as well, Elizabeth cannot let go of her obsessive need to secure her position in her family and at times her attitude reeks of paranoia. It takes that girl a really long time to grow up......and in the process she could lose everything important.  I loved the story itself, the bar rescue, some of the family dynamics, the initial tension and battle of wills between the main characters. I saw transformation in Colin through the book, an opening of his eyes, gradually, but I didn't see that so much with Elizabeth until the absolute very end. A complicated and reluctant romance with plenty of heat, steeped in family drama!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
My Review: 4.6 Star Review - Something To Prove I recommend this book. This book includes drama, passion, betrayal, and heartache. Elizabeth has always competed with her brother on projects. She is going to bring a bar back to life and then once it is thriving she will let her brother and father see how much she disserves to run the company. Only problem is she knows nothing about running a bar. She needs a partner who knows the bar business and can help her out. Colin knows how to run a bar and draw in customers. But he is super sexy and that could cause problems. Colin is the family screw-up. But he is working his way back to being a man people can count on. He just needs to prove to everyone he can stick around and not screw up. Helping Elizabeth will be his chance to prove himself and get the money she is offering to buy the bar when it's all said and done. Colin wins her over and helps her get the bar up and running. They grow closer and are starting to have feeling for each other when it all comes tumbling down. Someone is sabotaging the business could it be Colin? What would he have to gain? Does Elizabeth come out and accuse him? If so you have to wonder will it kill the partnership and the personal relationship they have.....