He's a mistake she can't afford to make... and a temptation she can't resist.
Fifteen years ago, Michael Faraday's best friend walked out of his life without so much as a goodbye when her family moved to America. He managed to convinced himself that it didn't matter... after all, they'd been only teenagers when it happened. But when he hears that she's back in Ireland, even if only temporarily, feelings he thought had been buried long ago come rushing to the surface.
Aoife Fitzpatrick can think of a thousand places she'd rather be than Dublin, but it's simply too difficult to establish a European headquarters for her cosmetics company from thousands of miles away. Her plan is to be in Ireland for only as long as it takes to get the ball rolling. As soon as she can, she'll leave this country with its unhappy memories and hopefully won't return for another fifteen years at least.
When Michael Faraday suddenly reappears in her life, Aoife realizes that her teenage crush on him has evolved into a very adult attraction. With their lives built firmly and separately across the expanse of an ocean, can she keep her emotions from becoming involved this time? Or will she find herself fleeing Ireland in heartbreak all over again?
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Audra North has written a few different series now that have been among my favorite reads, but the Irish setting is new and provides an interesting backdrop for Luck be A Lady, the second in the Lucky in Love series and a sweet and sexy second chance romance. Michael Faraday and Aoife Fitzpatrick were close friends until Aoife overheard what she thought was Michael slandering her in front of one of the more attractive girls from their class. Heartbroken, she refused to speak with him again and as their family was moving a few weeks later to the United States, she left the country, and a hole in Michael's heart who never knew why she'd left without saying goodbye. Fast forward fifteen years, and Aoife has created a successful cosmetics company, looking to establish a European office. Dublin is one of the options, and she reluctantly goes back to Ireland, both dreading and hoping she might run into Michael again. As luck and fate would have it, they do meet up again. Michael is determined to find out why she abandoned him, and hopes to have a second chance to rekindle their friendship. Not only that, the connection they shared as teens has blossomed into an adult attraction that neither can resist for long. But Michael has no plans to leave Ireland, and Aoife's home is far away across the ocean. Will they be saying goodbye again, far too soon? I quite enjoyed this story! The first thing I did was google how to pronounce 'Aoife' (it's ee-fa) as I knew it would bug me if I didn't know it. The misunderstanding of why their teenage friendship faltered is dealt with in the first third of the book, which I appreciated. Aoife realizes that she overreacted and should have trusted her friend, but Michael is forgiving and understands that teenagers don't always think things through. He feels equally culpable for not pushing to get answers from her then. Letting bygones be bygones they can concentrate on re-establishing their friendship and exploring the attraction between them. Aoife is a workaholic and has spent so much time making her cosmetics company into a world class business that she's not had time for a personal life for quite a while. Michael is able to help her see what she's been missing in her life. Michael is a TV producer and while he's looking for connections to help with his latest project, a screenplay he wrote, he's stuck working on reality TV shows in the meantime. It would be easy take advantage of his friendship with Aoife for her film and TV contacts but he's a good guy at heart, and doesn't want her to think he's using her. He's a really nice guy hero, and a generous lover as evidenced by the sexy scenes they share. The conflict is predictable – Aoife's only there for a few weeks on business and has a full working life, and Michael has no plans to leave Ireland. A long distance relationship would require a lot of compromises on both sides. The setting is quite lovely, and feels authentic (as much as I can say, having never been to Ireland – definitely makes me want to visit!). It's an enjoyable romance with a lovely happy ending and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
Received an ARC for my voluntary review for netgalley. This is your love story of second chances. Michael has missed Aoife for about fifteen years, but when he first thought of her, his thoughts were of anger. Aoife has not returned to Ireland for fifteen years, when she left heartbroken, and she never wanted to come back, but she also missed Michael. They reconnect and ended up discussing what had happened, which turned out to be a misunderstand. They start spending time together and it was as if they had never been apart, their friendship is stronger, and they re-fall in love. But, there is a ticking clock, but she lives in New York, he lives in Ireland, what will they do? Who will give up there livelihood for the other? Or was it just a brief affair? Of course while they are wondering how to broach the subject, something occurs. But was a misunderstanding again? Or did Michael lie to her. Cute love story
Michael Faraday and Aoife Fitzpatrick were childhood friends that loved one another until something happened to break them apart when they were fifteen. Given a second chance to meet and clear the air the two find they still have common ground as they get to know one another again. This is a sweet easily read somewhat predictable second chance at love story that provided a bit of the flavor of Ireland and provided a relaxing escape this afternoon. Thank you to NetGalley and Barclay Publicity for the ARC. This is my honest review. NOTE: The reason I requested this book was that I have read and enjoyed the author’s Hard Driving series and enjoyed it immensely. I think I was expecting something different based on what I have read before but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ms North’s writing is diverse and smooth in both types of romance.