Crew Costa isn't Irish, but for a kid from the school of hard knocks, he's had the luck of the Irish with his chain of faux-Irish pubs, O'Shaughnessy's Shenanigans. Number 13 is set to open in time for St. Patrick's Day. The Bronx is already the site of several authentic Irish pubs, including The Lion O'Brien. Started by Liam O'Brien, the pub is now managed by his youngest daughter Siobhan, but only after her four older brothers refused the job. Now Siobhan has to prove she is worthy. Siobhan falls for Crew, literally, after they collide while he is moving into her apartment building. Their attraction is immediate and powerful, but they are rivals. Siobhan is counting on the Lion winning the St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl, which Crew has entered as well. The lead-up to the event involves "pranking" your competition, and the older pubs band together against the gaudy newcomer, with its McNaughty the Leprechaun and other cultural stereotypes. For Crew and Siobhan, the pranking quickly gets personal and expensive. Siobhan and Crew can't resist the electricity between them, but can Siobhan trust this streetwise charmer? Can Crew trust this daddy's girl whose overriding passion is her pub? And will the rage brewing among the other pub owners put their lives in danger? Book 2 in the O'Briens Series.
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Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and now author. Lover’s Oak is her first novel. For more information, go to: authorcorinnescott.com.
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"Remember what I said would happen if anyone tried pranking me?" he asked, menacingly. She shrugged, trying to look unaffected. "Is sabotaging my opening professional in your personal definition of professional?"
"I thought you weren't going to lie, Siobhan." He paused, hands on his hips, and blew out a frustrated breath. "Look, I get it. You guys hate chains like mine, but I have as much right to open a business here as anyone else. And I have a right to promote my business by joining your pub crawl. I'm sorry if that upsets or threatens you--"
"Threatens me? You think your knock-off, diet, generic pub could ever compete with the real deal?"
"Since I have thirteen pubs and you have one, I'm going to guess yes," he replied.
"We'll see about that. Game on." She stepped into his space, hands on her hips, matching his stance.
"Are you saying you want to compete against me?"
"If you can take it, absolutely. Whoever has the better sales the night of the pub crawl, wins."
"Aren't those the rules already set by the committee?"
"Side bet. Your pub versus mine."
"And what do I get if I win?"
"We'll back off and let you run your business without interference. You can be in the pub crawl every year if you want."
"But until then, all bets are off?"
"It's every man for himself."
"Or woman," he murmured. Siobhan realized he was standing way too close and took a large step backwards. He smirked.
"What do I get if I win?" she asked, defiantly.
"What do you want?" he asked, menacingly.
"I want you to admit to all the pub owners that our business is better than yours, and since you're capitalizing on our brand, we'll take a portion of all sales you earned that night too."
"I think you end up coming out ahead in all this."
"Scared you'll lose?" she taunted.
"Honey, I don't lose. Thirteen locations, remember?"
"It's about quality, not quantity. You're about to find that out."
"Can you agree to go easy on the pranks? Because I don't play fair, Red. I may be new to all this, but if I retaliate, you're going to wish I hadn't."
"We'll see about that."
Crew leaned in close. Too close for Siobhan to think clearly. Her emotions were all over the place. She could have sworn she'd been angry at him two seconds prior, but now all she could focus on was the fire in his eyes and the chance that he'd put his lips on hers.
She didn't have to wait long.
Crew swooped in, pinning Von to the file cabinets in her office--no space between them, no air to breathe.
Before she could even get used to the kiss or drown in it--which is what she really wanted to do--Crew pulled back, breathing heavily.
"I always win. Remember that, Red."
With a wink he was gone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dollycas’s Thoughts I am been anxiously awaiting the next book in this series and I must say it was well worth the wait. After her brother turned down managing the family pub, the Lion O’Brien, Siobhan takes over the reins. Her father isn’t sure this is the right move but with his recent health scare, he doesn’t have much of a choice. Her first decision is to join the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. A unique event where patrons travel from pub to pub in teams, drinking, eating and answering trivia questions. She sees it as a fun community event that will draw new customers to the Lion. Then she finds out a chain pub is joining in this year. Crew Costa is set to open is 13th O’Shaughnessy’s Shenanigans and plans to use the Crawl as his grand opening. The man doesn’t have one drop of Irish blood in his body so the other pub owners are quite upset to have him joining their party. So they come together to use the traditional pranking that leads up to the crawl to force him and his bar out of the St. Patty’s Day event. There is only one problem. Siobhan finds herself drawn to Crew. The romantic tension just radiates between them. Can they seriously be headed for a relationship? or is it just a fun fling leading up to the holiday? Will their relationship make them targets of the pub owners, putting themselves in danger? Adding romance to the suspense is always good in my book. We met the O’Brien’s in the first book of this series, Beginner’s Luck. I was captivated by this family right away. I do have a little Irish in my blood and Siobhan’s parents remind me a little bit of my own. Eoin and his wife Vivian are back, newlyweds expecting their first child. The other brothers all make appearances too, but this is Siohban’s story. She is handling her new pub duties very well until she meets Crew Costa and the crawl pranks start. Some causing some costly damage and making her father very unhappy. Crew is a handsome man who had a little criminal activity in his past. That and a little luck got him to where he is today, owning a chain of pubs. The electricity between them is evident immediately, but they are rivals, Siobhan is dedicated to her family, he is rarely in one place for more than a few weeks. They are both such strong people, can they have a real meaningful relationship. Again Ms. Scott sets the perfect pace to get us invested in her characters. We get to know them so well while she draws us in and then things get not only romantic but suspenseful. Someone is carrying these pranks too far, putting lives in danger. But who is it? I was suspecting everyone right up until the culprit was finally revealed. I am impressed with the author’s talent to mix her steamy romances with a nice suspenseful mystery and keeping a comfortable balance between the two. She gives her readers a very entertaining story. Meetings 1 and 2 with the Obrien’s have both been perfect escapes. I am ready for visit 3, If we are lucky we won’t have to wait too long.
Romance and suspense both my favorites. Best Of Luck gives the reader a bit of both. The story line takes place around an Irish Pub and The Pub Crawl an annual local event. Pub owners enter and could win a big prize. Through the years the local owners started pranking each other. It was all in good fun. But this year things begin to get out of hand. Our main character Siobhan is super excited to finally get the chance to manage the family business. Everything is going great and then walks in Crew Costa. Who happens to be her new neighbor and new owner of a more commercial style pub. Siobhan and Crew clash immediately. Siobhan and Crew are attracted to each other from the beginning. Sparks begin to fly between the two while pranks get crazier and crazier. While the romantic sparks simmer a pub catches fire and the pranks get out of control. It was fun to read about the Irish pub scene in Brooklyn The reader just might end up on the edge of the seat waiting to see how this turns out! I enjoyed Best Of Luck and I am looking forward to reading book 1 of the series! I received a complimentary copy.
"Best of luck" is often said to someone in a competition. The sincerity of the sentiment can vary. For St. Patrick's Day the competition is a pub crawl between the traditional Irish pubs, however this year there are new venues. Siobhan O'Brien, only daughter in a traditional and lifelong pub family, finally has her chance to earn her da's approval and show up her brothers as pub manager. There is also a new bar in town, a chain, and not at all traditional. No one even wants to allow it into the competition until Siobhan sees who owns it. Immediate attraction can not be denied between Siobhan and the stranger, Crew Costa. Can love conquer all or will her competitive spirit and desire to please her father make Siobhan lose sight of her values as pranks between the pubs escalate to out of control? Romantic tension and competitive suspense fill each page as Siobhan struggles with her ethical dilemma and her personal emotions. The pace is quick and the writing flows easily. I enjoyed this book very much.