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    Intriguing & entertaining

    Shannon's family fortune and legacy are in trouble, and if someone doesn't out the competition for cheating, they'll lose everything. Always under her cold father's thumb, Shannon is pushed into spying, snagging a job at Sean Muldoon's ranch to catch him in the act and redeem the Charlemagne name in the world of horse racing. But the Sean she meets is nothing like the man her father purports him to be. He seems above board in everything, and even Shannon's occasional snooping turns up nothing suspicious. Of course, it would be a lot easier if the heat level didn't shoot through the roof each time he walks into a room. Shannon's ruse is supposed to be all business, but it's quickly turning into all heart. But... Shannon's assumption when the horse was doped? Really? Let's see… She's seen no evidence that Sean is up to anything underhanded, despite her father's insistence. The missing bottle was sitting there so long that it left a ring on the shelf when taken, and the surrounding bottles are dusty as well. And then, of course, there's the bottle and syringe left not just in plain sight but actually right there at the scene of the crime, not hidden away or disposed of or even discreetly tucked into a corner. A five year old would know that shit was planted, and Shannon seems intelligent enough, so why is her immediate conclusion that Sean, a man who has supposedly been successful at surreptitiously doping his horses, is to blame? The Verdict: Is “suspenseful fluff” a thing? ‘Cause that's how I'd categorize this book. While there's definitely some mystery and suspense going on, and Shannon's deception is cause for some angst, their love story is awesomely sweet. And Sean… never have work clothes been so hot! Shannon's led a somewhat sheltered life. While her father can never be called overprotective, he's definitely controlling and practically incapable of feelings beyond selfishness. Shannon's naivete isn't the easiest thing to relate to, but it's still understandable, given the way her father treats her. It's clear from the get-go that while she's an intelligent and capable woman, fear and anxiety where her father's concerned have taken their toll. She's too busy trying to stay off Devil Dad's radar to really live for herself, and she knows better than to speak up or offer her opinion when her father demands something of her. In that way, she's bullied into ingratiating herself to Sean, her father's main competition on the track and in horse breeding, with the plan to out Sean for unethical ways of winning. Sean is less than the person he could be as well. He's strong and independent, and fortune has certainly been in his favor. But his very existence is a lie, a necessary deception for survival, and his past comes back to haunt him in the worst way. He's spent the last several years reinventing himself and trying to make a new life in America, away from the criminals who nearly killed him and sent him running from Ireland. The mystery aspect of the story is confusing in the best way. I was pretty sure about a certain someone's involvement, but just how it all came about as a nice surprise. Just as surprising was Sean's reaction when everything came to light. Where the story could have taken a quick drive through the not-so-magical land of cliches, Sean's curiosity and faith in Shannon came out strong, making for an incredibly happy ending. The ending itself seemed to move very fast, but I think that's in part to the craziness that unraveled there near the end. High level drama and action almost always moves quickly, reading more like a real life bizarre twist than a rush to wrap up the book. All in all, it was pretty intriguing and entertaining throughout, and it certainly didn't hurt that Sean was about ten kinds of hotness wrapped up in Wranglers and an Irish cap. This is the first book I've ready by Jennifer Seasons, and I can't imagine it being the last. ***FicCentral received this book from Tasty Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.
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    Promising Start to the Series

    3.5 Stars Shannon Charlemagne's family is famous in equestrian circles, going back several generations and Shannon has been brought up to always put the business first, even if it requires her to go undercover to infiltrate a competitor's business and dig up dirt to be used to discredit the competitor. Shannon is the obedient and amenable of the Charlemagne daughters, the people-pleaser and the pressure of her living up to her father's demands has her constantly anxious and battling panic attacks, obviously not a good choice to practice the deception needed. To make the situation worse, one look at Sean Muldoon and she finds herself fighting a major attraction to him. Sean Muldoon has had a colorful past. Growing up in the back alleys of Dublin, Sean fought his way out of poverty and boxing was his ticket. At least until he found himself on the hook with the Irish mob and fled to America with only the clothes on his back and a thoroughbred racehorse. The Good: Getting Lucky was an enjoyable read and the high point for me was that Shannon discovered herself and became more assertive when she got away from her father's influence. Her sister, Colleen was the star of the story in my opinion and I look forward to reading her story. Sean was a cutie, easy-going and very protective of those he cared for. He was willing to walk away from Shannon for her own safety. The characters were fun and likable and I enjoyed the friendships that grew between the girls and the guys along with the ribbing that went along with it; as well as the fact that, even though his friends knew Sean was hiding something, they were supportive of him and gave him the room to confide in them at his own time. The Not-So-Good: Getting Lucky has the plot line for a great book. With a story that combines romance and a mystery, a sexy Irishman living under a false name and danger from the mob, I had very high expectations for a fast-paced story with lots of action and drama. Sadly it fell a little short for me. I may be in the minority when I say that the story felt very rushed and the pace was choppy. The story did not flow smoothly from scene to scene but felt like the author was in a hurry to get to the conclusion. Also, the ending of the story was too easy and a bit unrealistic. That said, Ms. Seasons introduced some characters that I am interested in following up on. Jake and Apple's story shows promise that I hope it will deliver on. I also hope that Colleen will get a story of her own. * I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
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    Great start to a new series!

    Great start to a new series set in a small town of Colorado! Besides Sean and Shannon's story, we are also introduced to the other characters in the series whose stories are coming up next. The story is a light read, even the suspense portion of it is pretty light. There is plenty of sexiness with it being dirty and you will definitely drool over Sean. The book is not that long, and their relationship develops very fast, but overall is an enjoyable read. I really liked Apple and I can't wait to see what she has in store for Jack! ARC via Edelweiss
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