Review: The Morning After by Sally Clements

The Morning AfterThe Morning After by Sally Clements
Release Date: February 4, 2012
Publisher: Self published on Amazon
File Size: 332 KB/128 pages
Source: ebook provided by the author

One photo changes everything…
A mortifying incident in her youth has shaken sense into Cara Byrne. No more bad-boys. No more getting arrested. Instead, hard work and good behaviour has earned her a job teaching at the local Boys Secondary School, and a proposal from a worthy man. So what if he doesn’t exactly light her fire – surely passion is overrated?

When her friend since childhood, Ethan Quinn, storms back into the small Irish village he left to pursue a career as a Hollywood action hero, she’s stunned to discover she’s as susceptible to his lethal charm as every woman in the world. And when a compromising photograph floods the media of them in a clinch, her almost fiancé reveals his true colours, CarEthan starts trending on twitter, and she loses her job, could anyone blame her if she accepts his invitation to hide out at his Malibu beach house?
Ethan loves women, but never lets his girlfriends into his heart. He’s failed at being there in the past, and won’t put his heart on the line for anyone, ever again. But Cara’s a different matter – and when passionate attraction is added to his friendship with the one person he’s always confided in, he’s thrown for a loop. Cara’s lost everything, and like it or not, he’s responsible. There’s no fighting the attraction that blazes between them – but when the month long affair is over, will he ever be able to let her go?

 

Review: You’ll get two for the price of one here – a lovely romance and a trip to Ireland. As an expat Irish woman who misses the ‘ould sod’, I found this book quite a treat. I enjoyed reading about people with surnames like Quinn and Byrne – I grew up among people with surnames like that! But even if you’re not Irish, there’s no need to feel left out. Love, as we know, is a universal emotion. The love scenes are written in romantic language. The heroine is an assertive character who will not be pushed around – fantastic! The hero? I could almost see him. In fact I probably know him. An Irish lad all right. I enjoyed the humour too. This romance has a lot of humour. Another Irish trait.

It’s hard to get a respectable reputation back when you’ve had a brush with notoriety in your teens. Irish people have long memories and over there, ten years is not a long time. But Cara Byrne did it. She crawled back from a near scandal and got a job as a teacher in a secondary school run by the Church. When a series of slightly tragic-comic events land her name up again in scandalous lights, such as being photographed in the tabloids in the arms of a Hollywood bad boy (in her underwear!) it’s time to leave town for a while. But out in Hollywood, her relationship with her old pal Ethan Quinn takes a different turn. Ethan is a tough guy with a reputation to match, a hero in the Sly Stallone mold. Is this love? Or friendship carried away? Can they make it as a couple? I’m not telling, you’re going to have to read the book to find out. And enjoy every word.

Favorite Quote: ‘He’d always been her friend. Strong, reliable and caring, rather than sexy, dangerous and available.’

‘He was too valuable a friend to fall in love with.’

 

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