Straight Up

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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 ...

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Overview


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...

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"I haven't laughed so much through a book in a long time. Deirdre Martin knows how to add spunk and life to characters in a way that is genuinely funny. A delightful story that will captivate the reader from beginning to end."
-Once Upon A Romance

"Deirdre Martin's STRAIGHT UP is warm-hearted, the characters believable and it is an excellent read from start to finish."
-Affaire de Coeur, Five Stars

"Ms. Martin writes stories about real people in real relationships, which is refreshing in a world of fantastical plot set-ups and contrived conflicts."
-All About Romance

"STRAIGHT UP successfully weaves the perils of falling in love amongst the realities of life. Liam and Aislinn's relationship will tangle your heart with emotions!"
-A Romance Review

"Delightful...filled with Irish charm and dialogue... an excellent novel."
-The Romance Readers Connection

"In STRAIGHT UP, Deirdre Martin brings readers to the rural countryside of Ireland for an entertaining, jovial read that's sure to please."
-Romance Reviews Today

"STRAIGHT UP abounds with energy, Irish humor, a little melancholy but also plenty of love and happiness. Aislinn and Liam take a chance on love and it pays off in spades."
-Romance Junkies

"I absolutely and completely fell in love with Straight Up! I found Aislinn to be a courageous woman...Liam's growth from egotistical jerk to a man who falls in love was a beautiful sight to see. Ms. Martin continues to spin a web of Irish tale and romance with unique characters that have you wanting to visit Ireland... What an outstanding novel; one that will have you quickly turning pages and staying up late just to see what is in store for these two hot-tempered characters."
-Coffee Time Romance & More, 5 Cups

"An enjoyable romance...Deirdre Martin provides an amusing tale of love."
- Genre Go Round Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425234662
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 641,817
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Deirdre Martin has written scripts for the daytime drama One Life to Live. She lives with her husband and her dog, Molly, in Ithaca, New York.
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  • Posted July 3, 2010

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    An Irish delight

    Deirdre Martin a delightful story in Straight Up.

    Liam O'Brien takes off to Ireland to wait out the danger back in NY City from the Irish Mob. He trusted the wrong friend and got in trouble with the criminals. He is taken in by friends and relatives in Ballycraig. Working at the local pub helps him not miss home so much. He meets a local girl Aislinn McCafferty who was scorned badly and no one in town can get close to her. Liam makes a bet that he can be the one to break through Aislinn's stone wall.

    Aislinn McCafferty loves her life in Ballycraig. Running the families sheep farm brings her the only joy in her life. Years ago her fiancée embarrassed her at the altar and Aislinn built a high wall around her heart. She knows the locals give her a wide berth and for the most part is ok with it. Meeting Liam O'Brien starts to change Aislinn's whole world.

    Aislinn slowly lets Liam into her heart and starts to trust again. Once the bet is common knowledge can she forgive Liam too? Liam realizes what he did was wrong and he has strong feelings for Aislinn. He pulls out all the stops to get her back into his arms.

    But there is someone asking a lot of questions around town. Has the mob found Liam? Or is it something worse?

    Straight up is witty and charming. The characters are not perfect but their flaws make them more real and enjoyable watching them get things right. Deirdre Martin's stories are always once to hold onto and treasure.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    You'll Need More Than Your Lucky Charms to Woo This Lass Boyo!

    I can honestly say that Aislinn McCafferty - or "The McCafferty" as the townsfolk like to refer to her as "because it's nicer than calling her the "B" word" is unlike any female lead I've read in a long time.

    She's a sheep farmer for goodness sake. She is one hard-working, fiercely independent, prickly as a porcupine tough cookie (hence the nickname from the townsfolk) and should come with a "Beware The McCafferty" sign. She speaks her mind to the point of being harsh and the people who hang out at the local watering-hole she frequents are often on the receiving end of her biting, caustic tongue especially the three local men she refers to as the "Holy Trinity of Arseholes". And now the new bartender in town, Irish-American Liam O'Brien has arrived to try her patience, but he's going to need more than his lucky charms to woo this lass. The scenes at the pub were among my favorite in the book.

    The first half of this book was great. There was a sense of impending doom as the anticipation just kept building. A bet made by Liam and then a bad decision on his part due to his pigheadedness had me waiting for the other shoe to drop. You knew it was coming and that it was just a matter of time before the fireworks or "The McCafferty" exploded. And she didn't disappoint.

    Watching Liam try to woo Aislinn back and redeem himself while he enlisted the help of the locals as well as Aislinn's sister Nora was at times comical. I did find this part dragged on just a wee bit too long for my liking. The last half of the book just didn't pack the same punch for me as the first half did.

    Straight Up is a good, solid read with lots of laughs and was worth it just for all the new words I learned: goolies (use your imagination), eejit (idiot) - this was used a lot, wellies and lots of other quaint Irish expressions. I am pretty sure the voices in my head were speaking with a lovely Irish lilt while I was reading this book.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Wonderful - gotta read

    I love the whole series, but this one kept me smiling longer than usual. Deirdre Martin's writing puts you right there in the little town in Ireland; you feel like you're one of the locals. I fell in love with the characters and was somehow close enough to feel their sadnesses and joys. It's a great read. Even writing this I'm smiling!

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