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  • Didn't captivate me.

    2.25* Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. This book just wasn’t right for me. I wanted to try this author but this book wasn’t a good idea. It says clearly in the synopsis that this book deals with the hero and heroine cheating the hero’s wife. She was a broken person, for sure, but I still don’t like the idea of Mara and Foster cheating. To be honest, I wasn’t even a fan of Mara and Foster. I loved Mara’s family, but Mara herself spent most of the time crying, and she was a bit annoying. Foster was… he didn’t act. He only acted when it was convenient for him, and then told himself that it wasn’t just for him, it was for his wife, Rose, too. Well, it might have been true, but it didn’t feel like it. To be completely honest, I liked Rose – aka the “villain” – more than our heroes. She was broken hearted, which made her cruel. I am in no way excusing her actions – she was a horrible woman, but life made her that way. She could have been happier – not happy, happier – if she had chosen too, but she walled in her sadness, and everything and everyone she missed. She was miserable. And yet, she was so much more interesting than the main characters. The writing didn’t captivate me, and the story, which sounded quite interesting, just didn’t live up to the expectation.

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  • A Fated Meeting

    September 1894 "She knew it was about to come over her, a premonition. She was in a fire and knowing she was going to die. But a man was calling her name with his hand reaching for her, a look of love, mixed with anguish. His eyes, deep green and filled with abject longing and desire, they implored her to come to him. He pulled her into his arms and Mara had never felt such a ebullient happiness and tranquility. This man loved her deeply and she loved him." Paraphrased but this story opened with Mara at her uncles ball, having a premonition and then she saw him. The man in her vision. As she looked at him, she could see him staring at her, a deep connection. Sigh.. It only gets better if you can believe it but it there is so much emotion swirling around. Foster Sterling, Lord Sheridan was an unhappy man. He had been married for over ten years, yet he and his wife did not live together or ever have a real marraige. She was just a bitter, unhappy human being and he had no hope of children or happiness. This is a journey of the heart and trying to hold on to an instant connection when so much is against them. There is a terrible villian in the middle, his wife that has a story of her own that comes out. Can these two find happiness? But how can that be with him married? A real page turner that will pull at your heart....

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  • When you are destined

    This story sucked me in from the very beginning, Mara and her peculiar gift had me on edge as I wondered and worried about what to expect at each turn of the narrative. Mrs Kaitlin O’Riley is a new author to me, and it was quite a wonderful journey she embarked me following Mara and Foster’s traveling to their happily ever after. It was a magnificent story about instant recognition, when they saw each other, they knew they were sharing a common destiny, and despite the odds against them, they could not turn their back to their growing love. It takes a talented author to craft a vilain I did came to hate. Mara and Foster are two nice characters, they have their flaws but they face life’s issues their head held high, Mara took a decision for her future as a young girl, against her own wish but with only the others in mind, she thought by refusing to marry and have children she would protect her people. Maybe instead of hiding everything happening to her, if she had shared what occurred in her vision, she might have found solace earlier. Foster has lived with his parents deciding his life’s course, so he simply accepted what was asked from him. When his marriage showed it would only be a scam of the institution, he let it go. He should have fought earlier to free himself before but meeting Mara, only enforced his will to put an end to this masquerade. I pitied his wife, sure she is the vilain of the story and she had some right to be angry but not to be so hateful. She is the wronged party but an annulment would have freed her too, even if I do know it is the women in these who always bear the fault. Foster’s wife is a bitter woman, not by her doing even if she fueled her hate after. Her trust and hopes were destroyed before her wedding, pinpointing Foster as the perfect target for her resentment and venom. Despite her anger and resentment, I felt sorry for the young Rose who had her dreams and life shattered by dominating and overbearing parents so selfish they thought only for themselves and never had a consideration for the young woman their daughter had been. By their uncaring and selfish actions, they changed a nice young girl in a rancorous woman, angry at everyone and needing to make other pays for her past pain. At some point her grief moved to madness. Foster and Mara have a beautiful relationship, never they doubted their feelings as from their very first meeting, it was meant to be. They choose a very unconventional path, agreeing to a secret affair, even if longing for more and at every turn, they choose the other. They might have reservations but their soulmate was whom mattered the most. The author added plenty of side characters, from her previous work, but never I felt lost as she painted them the right way to just get to know them with only few lines. Mara’s family is a handsome lot, so many amazing people, whose stories I hope to read soon. The Irish Heiress (why this tittle?), is a delicious jaunt with a touch of fantastic to spice a delightful love story which brave society’s propriety. I was granted an advance copy by Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Books, I will also purchase my own ecopy when available, here is my true and unbiased opinion.

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