Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
The Shaughnessy Brothers are back
He lives by a schedule
Aubrey Burke is on the run from an about-to-be-disastrous mistake when resort owner Hugh Shaughnessy catches her climbing through his office window. Until Aubrey tumbled into his life, Hugh had relied on work and discipline to safeguard a heart damaged by family tragedy. Now his careful world will never be the same.
She lives for the moment
Hugh’s approach to life and love is the opposite of Aubrey’s, but she soon finds herself falling hard for the handsome hotel mogul. There’s a darker reason behind her “live for today” attitude than Hugh could possibly know, but for the first time Aubrey dares to hope this man’s love might make it worth taking a chance on the future.
LOVE WALKS IN is a delightful and lighthearted romance, exactly what we have come to expect from Ms. Chase.
Hugh Shaughnessy and Aubrey Burke are two people with life-changing experiences who have chosen to deal with them in different ways.
For Hugh, living a regimented and rule-driven life has been his way of coping and even the slightest change to his schedule leaves him out of sorts, so when the events co-coordinator at his resorts quits unexpectedly, Hugh finds himself at his wits end especially with the biggest contract he needs to close looming. Who knew that the runaway bride he found breaking into his office would be exactly what he needs to clinch the deal?
Even though Aubrey lives life to the fullest every day and jumps into every experience wholeheartedly, fighting for her father’s approval is her one weakness, even accepting a proposal she hopes will gain his approval, but when she finds that he orchestrated the proposal as a way of controlling her, she’s done trying to gain his love and bails on the wedding ceremony. Lucky for her, Hugh helps with her escape and she finds herself unexpectedly employed as an event coordinator at his resort.
Aubrey’s full-on enjoyment of life and Hugh’s rigid adherence to his schedules may seem to be incompatible with each other, but these two were good for each other, both professionally and personally. Aubrey’s influence on Hugh was very visible from the get-go and his feelings for her were exactly the push he needed to come to terms with his loss and break free of the guilt that had kept him bound for so long. But Aubrey has her own demons to fight and Hugh’s love is what will get her through, if only she’ll believe in it.
There were a lot emotional moments that brought tears to my eyes, but there were just as many funny moments that offset the emotion. The biggest thing for me about this book is the bond among the Shaughnessy family. The love each other hard and they fight just as hard with each other, but watch out for each other against outsiders and I love it!
If you love your romance with some emotion, some humor and a whole lot of family, then don’t miss this book and this series.
“Mmm…this is nice,” Aubrey murmured as Hugh held her in his arms and swayed to the music.
“It certainly is,” he agreed, pulling her just a little bit closer.
“Your family knows how to throw a party. Believe me, I know. I’ve done dozens of parties for my father’s company and never have I ever seen so many smiling faces.”
Hugh chuckled. “Probably because everyone here is just happy to celebrate Dad’s birthday. No one’s hitting them up for money or business deals.”
“Maybe,” she sighed and lifted her head from his shoulder. “Your dad is enjoying himself.”
The sight of his father dancing with Martha Tate was a little much for Hugh to process so he put his focus back on Aubrey. “He deserves it. Normally we have a family dinner to celebrate his birthday, but as he’s getting out and socializing a little bit more these days, we all thought we’d try this. I guess it was a good call.”
“I’d say it was definitely a success.”
They swayed until the song ended and then made their way off the makeshift dance floor. Looking at his watch, Hugh saw it was nearing midnight and the crowd was starting to thin. It would have been easy to make the rounds and say good night to everyone, but he wanted to wait until it was just the family left.
His eyes scanned the room and he saw Aidan and Zoe sitting in the corner talking with Owen. Darcy was standing with a small group of ladies from the neighborhood—no doubt talking about how she was enjoying college. Riley was over by the bar talking with one of the waitresses. Hugh realized it was Tina Kay—a girl his brother had dated in high school. He couldn’t help but smile and wonder if it was awkward for Riley when he ran into old girlfriends.
Anna and Mark were talking with the rest of the Hannigans, and Hugh was relieved the earlier tension had died down. But where exactly was Quinn?
A loud bark of laughter rang out from across the room and Hugh breathed a sigh of relief when he spotted Quinn talking with a few of his father’s cronies. They were all interested in the classic cars Quinn specialized in, so there was probably a heated debate going on.
“You’re smiling,” Aubrey said softly beside him.
“This is good.” He wrapped an arm around her waist. “I’m looking around the room and it’s filled with all the people who mean the most to me. They’re all here for Dad and they’re all having a good time.” He kissed her temple. “In my book, that makes it a good night.”
“A great one,” she said.