Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Passion Restored is the second book in the Gallagher Brothers series, which is a spin-off of the Montgomery Ink series, both by bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan. After a good start with Love Restored, which was the story of eldest brother Graham and then-single mother Blake Brennen (now Gallagher), this second in the series falters a bit. Owen Gallagher has always been the organized one among his siblings, making sure everything is in order and that the Gallagher Brothers Restoration is on track to stay in the black. He prefers doing things his way, a fact his brothers like to rag on him about. When a truck runs him down, however, Owen is forced to contend with the hovering of his brothers and sisters-in-law. The one he'd prefer to be checking on him, though, is the nurse he met in the same bar whose parking lot was where his accident happened. But Liz McKinley is keeping her distance, knowing all too well that giving in to the palpable connection between would be nothing less than disastrous. She needs to simply focus on her nursing career, but this particular Gallagher brother is proving to be difficult to ignore.
I connected with Owen because there were things about him that I recognized in myself. He loved his brothers and warmly welcomed the people his two older brothers chose to spend the rest of their lives with. He adores his niece and nephew and is focused on making the family business a success for everyone. He has certain insecurities as to the contribution he makes to the construction and restoration business, and I wish this had been delved into more than it had been in the book. He's got a thing for Liz, and it's obviously a lot of lust, and I totally get that. I do, however, hesitate about his feeling anything more than that until maybe close to the end of the book. Maybe it's because I felt like there were gaps in the story and I found myself lost a couple of times, wondering if I had missed something in the transition from one chapter to another. Still, I felt that their love story was pretty good, just not as good as its predecessor. If there was one thing that I liked most about Passion Restored, it would have to be Owen with his brothers and their families. At the end of the day, that's what it was truly about. I'm giving this four stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Gallagher Brothers series:
Love Restored (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Passion Restored (book two) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 04 March 2017
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