Straight Up

Straight Up

by Deirdre Martin
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Straight Up 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
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.
BookPimp More than 1 year ago
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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BellarosaMI More than 1 year ago
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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