Book #1 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's dazzling new series:
Meet The Shaughnessy Brothers
Can't make time for love?
The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother's untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he'd like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?
She'll show him how to find it
Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it's not easy to break down walls you've spent years building up. Now there's a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.
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When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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Made for Us
By Samantha Chase
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Why were people so incompetent? It was a question Aidan Shaughnessy asked himself far too many times a day. How difficult was it to follow instructions? How hard was it to read the damn directions?
"Clearly, it's beyond anyone's comprehension," he muttered to himself as he walked through the model home of the new subdivision his company was working on.
The trim was crooked, the ceiling looked wavy, and the paint job was horrendous. Not only that, but when he reached the master bedroom, he saw the paint colors were completely wrong. Pulling out his phone, Aidan called his assistant and left her a message to get the designer on the job to meet him first thing Monday morning. It was already after seven at night, so Aidan knew no one would be around to clean up the mess now.
With a weary sigh, he shut off all the lights and was locking up the house when his phone rang. Looking at the screen on his smartphone, Aidan felt some of the tension ease from his body.
"Hey, Dad," Aidan said into the phone. "I'm running a little bit behind but I promise to have the pizza there by the time the game starts." He smiled at the thought of having a couple of hours just to unwind and relax with his family. Most men would cringe at spending a Friday night at home with their father and teenage sister, but it was something Aidan looked forward to.
"See that you do," his father said with a chuckle. "Darcy is having a fit that you're not here yet. She's threatening to eat all the brownies herself before you get here!"
That made Aidan laugh because although his seventeen-year-old sister loved to bake, she loved taunting her brothers with her delicious creations even more. "Tell her if she does that, I'll make sure neither of the pizzas have pepperoni. I'll load them with mushrooms and anchovies before I let her take away my dessert!"
Ian Shaughnessy laughed hard. He loved that the age difference between his youngest child and his oldest didn't deter them from bantering with and teasing one another. "Oh, I'll tell her, but be prepared for her wrath if you are one minute late."
"Deal," Aidan said and then called in their order to the local pizzeria.
"Hey, Aidan," Tony said as he answered the phone. "Your usual?"
Shaking his head, Aidan couldn't help but laugh. Small-town living. "Hey, Tony," he said with a smile. "What do you think?"
"Two large pies, one with extra cheese and pepperoni and the other with sausage. Gimme twenty minutes, okay?"
"You got it, Tony. Thanks." Disconnecting, Aidan turned and looked at the house he had just locked up. At least it was beautiful from the outside. Between the stonework, the colors, and the craftsman style, it made for a very appealing home. Aidan had spared no expense on the materials for the model. Everything was top of the line, and he used every upgrade available inside and out to dazzle potential buyers.
Taking a couple of steps back, he admired the landscaping. The grounds looked ready for a Home and Garden photo spread. Everything was perfectly manicured, and all the greenery was acclimating to its new soil and cooperating by staying green and in bloom.
If only the inside were up to the same caliber ...
"Okay, I have got to let that go for tonight," he reminded himself as he walked over to his truck and climbed in. "Dad will have my hide if I spend the night complaining about work."
You would think that at age thirty-four, parental disappointment wouldn't faze a man, but Aidan was different. His father had been through so much in his life, had struggled so much after Aidan's mother had died unexpectedly, that Aidan swore he would never do anything to cause his father any extra grief.
He left that to his siblings.
And they were good at it.
In the years following his mother's death, Aidan had wanted to do more to help his family out. The day after the funeral, Aidan told his father he wanted to quit college and come home, but Ian had put his foot down. Aidan knew his mother wouldn't have wanted him to leave college, but at the time, he'd felt so helpless.
When he blew out his knee in his junior year, it officially ended any dreams of a career in the NFL. But he wasn't disappointed about that now; his life was exactly where it was supposed to be. He had a construction business he had built up all on his own, and he was surrounded — for the most part — by his family.
Some of his brothers had moved away from their small North Carolina town, but Aidan didn't resent them for it. Quite the opposite, he encouraged them to follow their dreams because that was exactly what their mother would have done. With their father preoccupied with raising a teenage girl after a houseful of boys, Aidan had taken it upon himself to be "the encourager" in the family.
Did he date? Sometimes.
Was he looking to settle down? Maybe.
Were there any prospects on the horizon? No.
Maybe he should do something about that, he thought as he drove through town to pick up dinner. The streets were crowded, but that was nothing new. It was Friday night and everyone was out and about. As his truck crept along Main Street with the windows down, Aidan was able to smile and wave to many familiar faces. This was what he did, who he was. But for some reason, tonight it bothered him.
Why wasn't he walking along the street holding hands with a woman? When exactly was the last time he had done that? Searching his memory, he couldn't even remember when. Was it with Amber or Kelly? Hell, he couldn't even remember their names or their faces. That was a surefire clue it had been too long.
"Nothing I can do about it tonight," Aidan muttered and pulled into the last spot in front of the Italian restaurant. There was a line out the door and Aidan was relieved for the side entrance reserved for takeout orders. As he walked in, he was greeted by the same faces he saw in there every Friday night. But by the time Aidan had paid and was walking back out to his truck with the pizzas, he was feeling a little down for some reason.
Aidan had had too long a day to puzzle out the source of this sudden depression, however; for tonight, he vowed to enjoy himself. He loved catching up with what Darcy was up to and hearing about how she was doing in school. And even though Aidan and his dad saw each other on a daily basis because Ian Shaughnessy was in charge of all of the electrical inspections on new construction in the county, Aidan knew his dad always just liked having him around.
Ian was dedicated to his children, and it didn't matter how old they got or how far away they moved: Ian Shaughnessy wanted nothing more than to see his children be happy.
Just as Lillian would have wanted.
Pulling up to his childhood home, Aidan felt a lot of the tension leave his body. This was his haven. No matter what was going on in his life, he still enjoyed coming back here and spending time. Not to mention that right now, the scent of hot pizza was practically making him drool and he had no doubt his little sister was pacing the floor waiting for him to get inside and feed her.
His suspicions were confirmed as soon as he walked through the door.
"It's about time, Aidan!" his sister cried, grabbing the pizza boxes from his hands. "Honestly, a person could die of starvation waiting for you."
"Excuse me, Duchess," he said with a chuckle, "but some of us have to work for a living. We can't all have food delivered on our every whim."
She rolled her eyes at him as she placed the pizza on the kitchen table. "I would love to have a job, big Brother. But you and Dad and the rest of the Shaughnessy bullies won't let me."
"Bullies?" he asked with a laugh, washing his hands and winking at his father as he walked in from the living room where the pregame bantering was on. "There are Shaughnessy bullies? Why wasn't I told of this?"
"Oh." Darcy swatted his arm playfully. "You're the captain of the bully squad."
"Now we're a squad?"
"Aidan!" she huffed, and plopped down into her seat at the table. "You know darn well you have been the biggest voice in keeping me from getting a job. If you would —"
"Darce, we've been over this before. You don't need to work right now. You need to focus on your schoolwork so you can get into a good college."
Darcy looked from her father to her brother and back again. "A good college? Don't you really mean one that's close to home?" This wasn't a new argument, but Darcy was hoping she'd wear them down eventually.
"There are plenty of colleges close to home," Aidan said evasively, reaching for a slice of the fast-cooling pizza.
"But I don't want to go to any of them."
"Can we please have one meal without an argument?" Ian finally chimed in.
"I'm not arguing, Dad," Darcy countered. "I'm simply stating that there are plenty of great colleges that aren't within a ten-mile radius of our house."
"So in answer to your question, Dad," Aidan said with a smile, "no. We cannot have one meal without an argument." Normally that was all it took to get Darcy to back down, but tonight she slammed her palms on the table.
"Why won't anyone take this seriously?" she snapped, looking at her father. "Everyone else was allowed to pick where they wanted to go to college. Why can't I?"
"Come on, Darce," Aidan interrupted. "It's been a crappy day. Can't we just enjoy dinner?"
If there was one thing Darcy had learned to perfect in her seventeen years, it was the art of the argument. She had even been on the debate team since her sophomore year, bringing home a trophy or two, and learning some skills that had come in very useful with her siblings. She thought of it as a form of mental self-defense. Unfortunately, she just didn't have it in her tonight. Being the only female in a male-dominated household, there were so many things about her life that didn't seem fair, but she had learned to accept most of them.
Out of her five brothers, she was probably closest to Aidan, even though he was the oldest. He was one of the few siblings who still lived in the area, so she saw him the most and she enjoyed spending time with him. Lately, she could tell something was up with him even though Aidan seemed unwilling to admit it.
Darcy could think of a million reasons why Aidan's day had been crappy. All he did was work and go home alone and spend Friday nights having pizza with her and their father. Bor-ing. She wished he'd find someone and go out on a date. Have a social life. She supposed he was good-looking, but if he didn't go out and find a girl soon, he was going to be old and gray and no one was going to want him. Probably not the best time to bring up the old and gray thing.
"Fine," she grumbled. "Why was your day crappy?"
Finishing his slice of pizza, Aidan went to the refrigerator and grabbed himself the one beer he allowed himself every Friday night. "Oh, you know, it's the same old thing. No one reads the instructions on the job site, things aren't getting done the way I want them, my assistant is asking for an assistant. Nothing new."
"Everything was looking good when I was on site on Tuesday," Ian said. "What changed?"
"The paint job is crap, there's some trim that's messed up, and the decorator got all the color tones wrong. I did a walk-through tonight before I left, which is why I was late getting dinner, and I just couldn't believe my eyes. It was as if I had never said a word about anything. I mean, how difficult is it to follow a set of plans?"
"So what are you going to do?" Ian asked, knowing his son was a perfectionist by nature and wouldn't rest until everything was up to his standards.
"I'm bringing in a new painting crew, and I've put a call in to meet the decorator on Monday morning." He shook his head. "Tired of wasting my time."
"Ever think maybe you're looking a little too closely at things?" Darcy asked, and then instantly regretted her comment when her brother aimed an angry glare in her direction.
"I look at things the way they are meant to be looked at," he said defensively. "The craftsmanship I put out there is what makes Shaughnessy Construction stand out. If I relax my standards, then what?"
"Sorry," she mumbled and reached for another slice of pizza.
"Aidan, don't take it out on Darcy. All she's saying is that you have a craftsman's eye. The typical home owner and buyer won't notice the things you see."
"So that makes it right? That makes it okay to just put a crappy product out there? I can't believe you would suggest such a thing."
"I'm not suggesting anything of the sort, Son," Ian said. "I'm just suggesting that you relax a bit." He looked at Darcy slouching in her seat, staring at her plate, then back at Aidan, who looked ready to turn the table upside down. "Who's up for a game of bowling?"
Darcy and Aidan looked up at him incredulously.
"Bowling?" Darcy repeated. "I'm not going to the bowling alley with my dad and brother on a Friday night. Forget about it."
Now it was Ian's turn to roll his eyes. "Wii bowling." Ian pulled Darcy out of her seat and then turned to his son. "Don't make me pull you up too. C'mon. Family bowling in the living room. Now. Let's go!"
It was the last thing Aidan wanted to do, but he knew it would make his father happy so he didn't argue. Five minutes later, the three of them were standing in the middle of the living room choosing their order of play. Ten minutes later, it was as if the earlier tension had never even happened.
And that was what was most important to Aidan — his family's happiness.
* * *
Later that night, Aidan sat alone in his apartment. It was late, but his brain wouldn't shut down enough for him to go to sleep. He was restless. His skin felt too tight for his body. And for the life of him, he didn't know what to do about it.
Darcy's comment about being too nitpicky wasn't new, so he wondered if that was really enough to keep him awake. Meticulous was a word that was often thrown around when people talked about him. It didn't bother him. Much. Meticulous could be a good thing, if his brothers didn't add "anal-retentive control freak" to it all the damn time.
He rested his head back on the pillow and let out a breath. If he allowed himself to stop being the big brother for a minute and just be a bystander, he could admit Darcy wasn't asking for anything out of the ordinary. He thought she was probably itching to spread her wings. But there was no way in hell he or any of his brothers were going to let her go off to some faraway college on her own. She'd just have to learn to deal with it. But he supposed there were some things they could compromise on.
Looking at the clock on the wall, he saw it was after midnight. He should be tired.
Instead, he grabbed his cell phone and pulled up Hugh's number. Although Aidan couldn't remember where exactly his brother was this month, he knew it was somewhere on the West Coast, and three hours earlier.
"If you're calling me this late on a Friday night, it can't be good," Hugh said as he answered the phone.
Aidan chuckled. "Maybe I just wanted to hear your cheery voice."
"Yeah, right," Hugh said with his own laugh. "Seriously, everything okay? This is late for you."
The comment burned more than it should. He was responsible, so what? Why did everyone have to make it sound like there was something wrong with him? "It's not that late," Aidan grumbled. "I just ..." He paused. "Something's going on with Darcy."
"Oh shit," Hugh muttered. "That is all on you and Dad, Bro. There is no way I'm dealing with a teenage girl. She scares the hell out of me."
This time Aidan's laugh was hearty. "For crying out loud, Hugh, she's a child. And she's our sister!"
"What is it this time?"
"It's mostly the same song and dance but she's getting more ... vocal about it. She kind of yelled at me and Dad tonight about the whole college thing."
Hugh sighed loudly. "Listen, Darcy is going to be pissed because, well, she's Darcy. She's a female, and females like to argue. Aidan, look ... it's Friday night. I've got a resort filled to capacity —"
"I'm thinking of letting her work for me a couple of days a week after school."
"That's brave, man. Very brave. And she's good with that? I would have thought she'd take issue with having to work with family."
"I haven't mentioned it to her yet. I just thought of it right before I called you. What do you think?"
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After the death of her mother, Zoe Dalton moved to the North Carolina coast to start over. She landed a job as decorator for Aidan Shaughnessy. He was one of the best-looking men she had ever seen but a bear to work for. Aidan was a perfectionist and hard to please. Their working relationship soon turned into a romance. Although Aidan loved Zoe, he did not know how to handle their new roles and walked away. Zoe was devastated and made plans to move back to Arizona. She didn’t want to go but how could she stay being around Aidan but not with him?
Zoe and Aidan get off to a rocky start when she is sent over to be the new interior designer for his show homes. Aidan is a stickler for detail and does not tolerate anything less than perfection or what his vision for the homes are. Zoe doesn't know how to deal with Aidan at first and is kind of stuck putting up with him because her boss needs his business. Aidan could have used a swift kick in the hind quarters several times in this book and Zoe could have also used a backbone a time or two. Zoe puts up with Aidan's selfishness and rudeness to the point of my wondering if she knew how to stand up for herself. When things culminate in a big argument, Aidan disappointed me with his reaction. Zoe's willingness to cut and run was a bit much, but after all she had been through was somewhat understandable. Was happy to see Aidan get his head on straight and finally listen to someone else's wants and needs for a change. Overall a good start to this series.
Samantha Chase has done it again in book 1 of The Shaughnessy Brothers! Aidan is the oldest of 5 brothers and one baby sister when his Mom dies. He helps his father raise his family, but years later, Aidan has shut himself off of all but his family. Lost his chance at a football career, he builds homes back in his small home town. Aidan doesn't except anyone's opinion but his own. He is dictatorial and has just fired the latest home decorator for his newest home. Zoe, new to town is sent to replace her. There are sparks, but even when Aidan and Zoe do get together, he does things that Zoe just doesn't understand. Aidan wants Zoe, but he wants her at a distance, and nowhere near his family. When Zoe does get a bit closer to his sister, Aidan completely shuts Zoe off, and lets her know she is not welcome to be involved with his family. The story had me in tears at times, the cruelty of words by Aidan to Zoe were very hard to overcome. Of course it is a HEA story. Look forward to the next Shaughnessy Brother story. A must read, highly recommended!
Aidan is a perfectionist and always has to be in control. As the oldest in a large family he has always been kind of a second parent to them especially after his mother passed away, when they were younger. He was having trouble finding a designer that he was happy with, until Zoe. Zoe who is an only child has also lost her mother about 6 months earlier. She decided to move to the coast and start fresh, something she and her mom had dreamt of and talked about before she passed. Zoe is also somewhat of a perfectionist, but is very sweet and easy to love. As she is asked to take on the interior design of the Shaughnessy development she is warned about Aidan, what a pain he is to work for and how hard he is to please. Once they meet they are both attracted to each, but try to fight it as they work together. Also they both have issues to work through especially Aidan if they ever have a hope of being together and staying together. This was a great book with great characters and story line. I am really looking forward to the rest of this series!!!!
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Aidan was 34. He had his own construction business he'd built up on his own. He was a perfectionist by nature. The most important thing to Aidan was his family's happiness, his dad's, his brothers' and his little sister's. Aidan was the responsible one in the family. He was the oldest. He had helped his dad since his mom had passed away several years before. Zoe was an interior decorator. She had her own business but gave it up and moved to start anew. She was called to fix what the other interior decorator had messed up in Aidan's model home and made sure the other 5 were done perfectly by her boss Martha. Zoe also found herself attracted to Aidan. Aidan is set in his life. He is the go-to guy with any problem and he will set it right. He loved his family and took it to the extreme at one point. But, he grew, changed and found love. I love his character and how he grew. Zoe was a woman starting over with her mom now gone. She wanted to live her dream. Disaster struck and again she had to start over. She was a delightful character and I like her strength of mind and fortitude. All of the characters were great. The plot was excellent as well as the overall story. I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes contemporary romance.
Big boisterous family with a touch of co-dependency and the usual level of in your face nosiness highlights the Shaughnessy family. After the death of their mother, Aiden tried to take charge of his siblings and father, keeping everyone in line and organized. Now years later, he’s not focused on himself or his own life, and his father is starting to point this out. I liked Aiden: typical eldest, the one that everyone leans on and he does mediate issues and involve himself in everything. He’s a control freak, perhaps compensating for the one thing that went horribly out of control, his mother’s death years ago. So, while he’s busy reining in everything and managing everyone else, he’s unable to see his own life needs a little less control. Zoe is a designer, brought in on one of Aiden’s jobs. A family tragedy had her giving up her own firm and joining another, and a colleague’s mistakes on a big job land her in Aiden’s lap with an order from her boss to make it work or else. Zoe is good at what she does, and Aiden’s interference and control issues don’t phase her: she simply tells him no and moves forward with the right decisions. This is not a situation that sits well with Aiden, but he can’t quite figure out why she intrigues him so much. These two had decent rapport and were very similar in their commitment to work and substituting that work for great losses. While I didn’t buy into their chemistry totally, I did love the interactions of the Shaughnessy family with and without Zoe. The emotional connections in the family are clear and easy to see, and the appearance of Zoe just may soften that 2 X 4 stuck up Aiden’s backside, to everyone’s relief. A fun story that has great promise for more to come in future installments. Not too overrun with angst or drama, but enough to fuel that itch I’m curious about the next in the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This was my first Samantha Chase book. I can see why so many of my friends love her! This was a great, well paced, entertaining story. Aidan was a great character. Sexy, brooding, and stubborn, it's his way or the highway. Zoe, who has a stubborn streak of her own, is having NONE of it. These two spark right off the page. They butt heads at every turn but have off the charts chemistry, what a conundrum. There was so much going on in this story it kept my interest the entire time. Watching these two fall in love and learn to compromise was just so much fun.
Made for Us is the first book in the Shaughnessy Brothers series and this book is the story of Aiden Shaughnessy, a builder and Zoe Dalton, a interior designer. The story opens with Aiden firing a designer because she didn't follow his directions for decorating a model house in his development. In order to save the business, Zoe is assigned to correct all the mistakes. She is able to meet is exacting standards and hold her own against his alpha personality. They clash on many professional levels but begin to develop a friendship/relationship personally. Will each be able to overcome their personal baggage and find a happily ever after? Overall, I liked the story of Aiden and Zoe. Unfortunately both main characters had some qualities that were either inconsistent with character or confusing in the story line. I loved Aiden's really large family and am really looking forward to Anna and Quinn's story. I enjoy Samantha Chases writing style and will continue to read her novels. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
I am rather proud of my Irish heritage, so I always tend to give books with Irish names a second or third look. And I am really glad that I did with this book. We have a large family, full of overachievers all set in their ways. I think seeing each of the brothers fall in love is going to be a lot of fun. The story starts with Zoe Dalton, a recent transplant from Arizona. She moved to North Carolina after the death of her mother, to honor her mother and do something her mother had always wished she had done - live on the beach. Zoe is an interior designer and she gets tossed into the deep end when her boss reassigns her the difficult but lucrative Shaughnessy account - after having to fire the previous designer. So, you know... no pressure. Aidan Shaughnessy is the oldest of the Shaughnessy siblings, and maintains the closest ties to his father and siblings. Aidan has been the rock, keeping the family together, and as such has become a bit - let's call it set in his ways. He keeps an iron control and rigorous, demanding perfectionist schedule - for himself and everyone around him. When Aidan and Zoe meet for the first time, she doesn't back down in the face of his demands. Their attraction to each other is mutual, yet they each fight it with varying degrees of success. When a Tropical Storm forces them into confined quarters, they finally address the issue. But it's definitely not smooth sailing with these two very strong willed characters. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the twists and turns of the plot. Just about the time that I thought the author would go for the cliched move, she would throw another curve ball. There were some fun secondary characters, and I can't wait to see where the author takes the brothers in the next book. I gave this book a solid 3 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebook Casablanca for the opportunity to read and review the book.
Move over Montgomerys, The Shaughnessys are moving in! MADE FOR US by Samantha Chase made me happy! Aidan Shaughnessy is a man with a stubborn streak a mile long, and is filled with pride for his family as well as a feeling of responsibility for them, since he is the oldest of six. Zoe came into town because she needed a drastic change, and Zoe brought with her a stubborn streak of her own. When Zoe and Aidan meet there are sparks of chemistry and colossal fighting as these two great people who are drawn to each other always seem to be bogged down by something keeping them apart. It's up to them to figure out what to do about it. As I read, I realized that Aidan had a lot going on inside that he needed to figure out, and I wanted to shake him, but then he would do something epically romantic and I wanted to kiss him!!! I thoroughly enjoyed my first glimpse into the entire Shaughnessy family, all of their friends, Zoe's boss Martha, Zoe's neighbor's little dog Baron, and the glorious costal descriptions of North Carolina!! MADE FOR US flows so well and each chapter left me wanting more! This is a great summer(or anytime) read! Pick it up today!! Congratulations, Samantha!!!
A great start to a new series by Samantha Chase, left me wanting more of the Shaughnessy family. Aiden, has been the leader of the pack since the untimely death of his mother. He has had no time to date, while helping his dad raise his younger siblings. Until, Zoe, interior designer has arrived after leaving Arizona after her mother died. Her one rule is never to date a client, until Aiden, construction owner has come along. The banter between these two will leave you smiling for a long time. The chemistry between these two are hot, but can they both let their walls down to enjoy life. A perfect beach read, that will take you away to the North Carolina coast, with storms brewing in the romance, family drama and weather department. I highly recommend this book for your summer reading. Can't wait for the next book to come out. I was provided a copy of this book from Net Galley for an honest review.
I love when you find the first book in a new series! "Made for Us" is the first book in Samantha Chase's new Shaughnessy Brothers series and I am psyched! This is an extremely emotional - gut-wrenching at times - story. I literally cried like three times. I fell in love with Aidan and Zoe and then with the entire family. It's big on drama and the banter between Aidan and Zoe is almost comical at times. A great read and I can't wait for the rest of the series!
3.5 stars--series introduction 3.5 stars--MADE FOR US is the first installment in Samantha Chase’s adult, contemporary THE SHAUGHNESSY BROTHERS romance series focusing on ….The Shaughnessy family. This is home builder/eldest brother Aidan Shaughnessy, and designer Zoe Dalton’s storyline. Told from third person point of view MADE FOR US follows the building relationship between Shaughnessy Construction owner Aidan Shaughnessy and decorator Zoe Dalton. When the previous designer all but destroyed Aidan’s ideas and plans for his new series of homes, Zoe is tasked with correcting the problems and appeasing an irate Aidan in the process. What ensues is a relationship that finds Aidan at a loss as to what to do next. Sixteen years earlier, the Shaughnessy family lost their mother to a drunk driving accident and in the ensuing years Aidan has become a second father to his family of five younger siblings. Aidan is a man who doesn’t like change, and with Zoe’s presence in his life, change is happening at an all too rapid pace. MADE FOR US focuses on Aidan’s need for control-almost OCD in dynamics-Aidan doesn’t like change or mistakes. When a hurricane catches Aidan and Zoe alone in a small one bedroom apartment, sparks fly, but Aidan’s ensuing guilt finds our storyline hero running away from a future that he refuses to accept or comprehend. In the process, Aidan will lose Zoe but not before further destroying any hope of reconciliation with the woman he loves. For all of his duties and responsibilities Aidan has a difficult time letting go and it is his anxiety that affects his relationships with family and friends. We are introduced to all of the Shaughnessy siblings: youngest and only daughter Darcy; brothers Hugh, Quinn, Riley and Owen. Patriarch Ian Shaughnessy realizes he didn’t do his family any favors allowing Aidan to become a substitute father and in the end pushes his eldest son to live his own life and forget about the rest. The local sheriff has the potential for a romantic storyline as well. The world building centers around the Shaughnessy family dynamics; their love, their support and their co-dependent relationship with eldest brother Aidan. Ian Shaughnessy is a widower who has struggled to raise six children as a single parent but in doing so ultimately became dependent upon Aidan for his help. There is the potential for a new love interest for Ian-let’s hope something comes to fruition. MADE FOR US introduces the Shaughnessy family with the focus on Aidan and Zoe, as well as some tumultuous interaction between Darcy and her over-protective older brother. The premise is realistic and heartwarming; the characters are colorful, energetic and expressive; the road to a happily ever after finds our hero lost and in need of direction. There is plenty of angst, drama and disquiet right from the start.
The Shaughnessy family is a series I will be following to the last sibling. Made for Us by Samantha Chase was made for me. Ms. Chase has written a love story that is exceptionally written and rewarding to read. At the heart of this story is the strong bond of family. The upset of the suddenly death of the matriach, who was the glue of the family has a different affect on each and every family member. Especially Aidan. Made for Us is Aidan's story. Aidan has a good heart. He cares deeply and for that reason he has closed himself off from finding love. The death of his mother has broken his heart and he feels that he has to take over as the nurturer after her loss. Little does he know his mom has kept the promise she made to him at fourteen She has found the perfect woman to mend his heart. But Aidan is not sure he wants to set himself up for the pain. I fell for sensitive Aidan from the very first page. The bond he and mother shared even transcended her death. Maybe that's why she led him to Zoe. Gorgeous story. I received an ARC of Made for Us in exchange for an honest review.
Enjoyed Aiden & Zoe!!!
Great dialog between characters