This one is a true gem in the midst of so many really good contemporary romance novels. For some reason I’m very selective with my Audra North novels, but seeing as I’ve enjoyed what I selected read of hers so far – I’ll stick to the ones that stand out for me and not going to go nuts and read them all.
Pushing Her Luck is a fantastic name for this book. Samantha Meyer has the most amazing luck. She finds herself in Ireland, less than a year after losing her grandmother, searching for her long ago buried necklace.
She lost her mother shortly after her birth, and never knowing who her father is, she was raised by a wonderful, loving grandmother. But now that her grandmother – who was a successful business woman – is gone, Sam is expected to take the reins at the corporation and she’s reluctant.
After being denied access to dig in her grandma’s childhood home backyard, Sam decides to defy Riordan Faraday – the current owner – and keeps looking for the necklace.
Things escalate fast from that point; she gets sick, Riordan saves the day, they have a deal, and yes – they quickly fall in love.
However, everything in between is what makes the story so unique.
Riordan comes across as cold and aloof one minute and kind of angry yet tender the next. These character traits of his are what fuels his banter with Sam, what creates the tension and basically – they are what makes the story so much fun to read.
North’s style is light and fun. She throws humor in her writing, and the story’s emotions come across so beautifully – they create a flowing romance that make me feel I can’t wait for more.
Top everything I said so far with an unusual setting and an original plot – and we have a winner.
This one is definitely a “give it a chance and you won’t be disappointed” story.
This one’s out in a week!
He says she’s a nuisance. She thinks he’s a jerk. Together they might be the perfect match.
Riordan Faraday is about to reach his breaking point. He’s got art classes to teach, a needy mum to care for, and most importantly, a painting to finish. But without time or inspiration, he hasn’t been able to paint a thing and it’s driving him mad. So when a silly American girl shows up on his doorstep with a wild proposal, he shoots her down perhaps a bit more harshly than she deserves…but it’s for the best. He can’t afford any more distractions at the moment, especially not beautiful brown-eyed ones.
Samantha Meyer—Sam, to her friends—is on a mission to find her late grandmother’s necklace. The long-lost piece of jewelry is the only thing she has left of Gram and Sam is determined to see that dream fulfilled before she returns home to New Jersey and takes up the reins of the family business. But she wasn’t counting on a sexy, surly painter to stand in her way.
One frustrated Irishman. One out-of-her-element American. They should have nothing in common, but each might be just what the other is looking for…
Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can’t resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books. Visit her website at audranorth.com or find her (way too frequently) on Twitter @AudraNorth.