Review: Fighting Irish by Katy Regnery (Summerhaven Trio #1)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Would it be presumptuous of me to call Katy Regnery the queen of family romances? And no, I'm not talking about taboo-like stories, people. When I say "family romances", what I mean is that they're a series of books involving members of the same family who each find love and happily-ever-after with "the one", whether it be someone they've known for years or someone new in their life. I admit that I love her collection of modern fairy tales and her latest standalones are extraordinary, but the woman has more than made her mark with each of her Blueberry Lane series--the Englishes, Winslows, Rousseaus, and Storys--and if the two remain books in her new Summerhaven Trio series is as fantastic as the first one, Fighting Irish, then it'll be par for the course for the author.

The "trio" in the series title is composed of the Haven triplets--Rory, Ian, and Tierney--and a place called Summerhaven that belonged to their family and originally managed by their parents. What was once a children's camp has transformed into a luxury resort catering to a whole new clientele, thanks to Rory, who just happens to be the main character in the first book. He had to set aside any dreams he had for himself when his mother had a stroke and Rory took responsibility for Summerhaven. After several years, the place is making a name for itself, but Rory really wants to break into the wedding market. He finally gets his opportunity when a bride books the place for her wedding, but the bride-to-be is Brittany Manion--the same girl he crushed on over several summers years ago--and Rory soon realizes that she shouldn't be with the docotr she's engaged to...Brittany should be with Rory.

Ah, Rory! The guy was perfectly dreamy. He was the one his parents, brother, and sister could count on, even though he also happened to be the one who liked to push the boundaries placed upon him while growing up. He and his siblings were always reminded to not interact with the other children who came to Summerhaven, but Rory never forgot Brittany. What he didn't know was that she had as much of a crush on him as he had on her. I liked the idea that their paths crossed again all these years later, even thought it was with Brittany as a once-divorced, now-engaged woman. For the record, there is NO cheating that happens on the part of Rory and Brittany, so rest easy. The chemistry between them is clear from the get-go, but naturally, there are complications and how those complications will be resolved is just one component of this book. There are also Rory's and Brittany's respective worries and issues with their own families. All in all, I enjoyed Fighting Irish and it easily gets four stars. ♥

Date Read: 09 March 2019

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