Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic, and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite so sure as she seem. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV.
Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist, and sophisticated man-about-town – The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good looking . . . and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating glamorous, vain, and shallow women.
Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, but soon is drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s columnist, The Squire, and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just who the opponent is.
When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their relationship develops, so much more proves at stake than protecting their alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings. When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?
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About the Author
Sharon Black trained as a journalist and worked for The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner. She has had short stories published and she won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition. She lives in Sandymount, Dublin with her husband and their three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a cute story. I wanted to read it because I like stories about journalists. Charlotte is an enjoyable character who writes for the sports section. She is given an opportunity to write an anonymous column and she ends up in a battle of wits with a rival paper. While out covering a horse race, she encounters an oddly dressed, yet charming man. She ends up set up with him by a mutual friend, who isn't aware they have already crossed paths. I liked the banter between the columns, but I felt like we didn't get to see enough interaction between the couple to get a sense of why they were really attracted to each other. A lot of things happen off the page, and the story is pretty clean. The story was cute and interesting, but was a little lacking in the actual romance department. Although Derry does pull a few romantic gestures, like sending gifts and things. Charlotte is a rather likable character, even though there were a few times I really wanted her to allow explanations instead of always jumping to conclusions. If you are looking for something light, mildly humourous that you could recommend to anyone, this book is for you. I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
This was a sweet, enjoyable read. I loved the concept, so I didn’t hesitate one clicking on amazon. The characters were great, and I really liked our leading lady Charlotte. My stomach was in knots when a simple mistake placed her job on the line, letting me know how invested I had really become in her journey. Derry himself was a really interesting and likable character. The romance was sweet, instead of intense, and the sex was pretty closed door. Now I have said this many times before, I like my sex scene to sizzle, but somehow…the closed door nature of Derry and Charlotte coming together was perfect for the pacing, and tone of the story. A really enjoyable light hearted read and I would recommend it. There were bits I wanted more of. I wanted to see more stuff happening instead of being told. It isn’t that the telling wasn’t wonderful, because it was entertaining. But salient information like the first kiss between Derry and Charlotte, was mentioned in passing. I was like holy hell! Why? I needed to see that onset, the uncertainty, the tension, and feel the pleasure with them, ya know. Other than that missed first kiss, I loved the steady buildup to their falling for each other, though I wished I had seen more page time with Derry and Char. I thought it was so sweet that they didn’t fall into bed with each other, but took the time to date. And what made it so perfect is that they were both rivals (Cain and Able, Superman and Lex Luthor rivals ;) ). Battling each other with their posts from the newspapers they worked at, and didn’t know it. I waited with bated breath the entire time for it to be revealed. And I was satisfied when it happened. It was a good read, humorous in a few places giving me some laugh out loud moments. This author completely drew me into Derry and Charlotte’s lives, making the story feel wholesome. I got to see Derry and Charlotte with friends, co-workers, and family, painting an even greater picture of their characters. I would recommend to readers looking for a sweet romantic comedy to sink their teeth in. Did I mention this book kind of reminds me of the movie, The Ugly truth? And I loved that movie.