Something to Prove: The O’Leary’s #3 by Shannyn Schroeder
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I put this book down when I finished, and my first thought was “Shannyn Schroeder went to my high school”. Second thought was that I knew those people. See., I went to high school in the northeast, in a predominantly Irish-Catholic area: and I even went to a girls school. All of these issues: the family dynamic, the pressures to both acknowledge and pay homage to the heritage: those are additional obstacles, usually put forward by family.
In this book, we meet Elizabeth or Libby as she prefers: driven, focused and fiercely competitive, Libby and her brother are battling for control of the family business when their father retires. While there is no doubt that one of his children will get the prize, there’s no guarantees that Libby will win, and thus feel the acceptance from her father that she so desires. Looking through the financials, she discovers an underperforming diamond in the rough, and decides her mission will be to bring this Irish Pub back to life.
Colin is still trying to prove himself to his family: devastated when his father died, he ran from Chicago and had little to no contact with his family for three years. Wounds like these run deep and fester long: his family still hasn’t welcomed him back into the fold, not completely. His experience running his family’s pub make him the perfect employee to advise and help Libby make her venture a success.
This story was fun: the interactions between the two were clever and Libby has the right mix of utter sense and nonsense, full of quirks and phobias. Colin is a good man who wants everything: home, hearth, love and success and the money he will earn teaching Libby to manage a successful enterprise will bankroll his own plan to open his own pub. While the two battle their attraction and see it as being problematic in their business relationship, they agree to a no-attachment affair.
Of course, the rule of no attachments is the hardest to keep, and the two are slowly becoming much more to each other. When Colin sees that Libby is driving herself into illness, his pushing and prodding and tender ministrations show Libby that this is a man to keep. I really enjoyed this story set in Chicago, the family and interpersonal dynamics were beautifully detailed and felt viable: I think I’ve even seen/heard some of those conversations.
Title: Something to Prove
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Series: The O'Leary's #3
Also in this series: Just a Taste
Genre: Literary Fiction /Family Saga
Published by: Kensington
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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About the Book:
Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families—and find there may be more to their partnership than just business…
Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she’s capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she’ll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights…
Colin O’Leary’s father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn’t a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he’s responsible enough to own a bar of his own—and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers—and passions—flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure—or will they have to choose between the two?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.