Slick’s Review – Love in Dublin (The McKinnon Brothers #4) by Jennifer Gracen

I applaud author Jennifer Gracen for writing a book that was full and rich and everything I look for in a romance but so seldom get anymore. Love in Dublin was 5 stars of awesomeness! ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Single father Colin McKinnon has roots and obligations that have kept him firmly in Dublin his entire life. He once planned to explore the world, but he was bound by duty and gave up on his dreams long ago. When he meets free-spirited American travel writer Maggie in a pub, he’s intrigued. She could help him get a taste of what he lost, rattle the chains of his self-imposed isolation. Instantly drawn to her light, beauty, and sense of adventure, Colin can’t stay away.

Maggie Spencer doesn’t just crave the open road, she needs it to survive. After a harrowing accident and life-changing loss, she rebuilt her life by exploring new places on her own. When she accepts a temporary job writing about day tours in Ireland, she falls in love with Dublin and the man she teaches to explore it. Through their daily adventures, they learn opposites do more than just attract—they can also help each other heal.

But can a man with deep roots keep a woman with wings by his side?

I’ve read author Jennifer Gracen before, but I’ve never read a book in this series and after reading this one, I immediately went and added the first three to my wish list. Love In Dublin reminded me what a well crafted romance looks like; the characters were complex, but we see them evolve during this story, the relationship starts as a friendship, but over time becomes more at a realistic pace especially for these characters, they have some fundamental differences, but they are adults about it and work through them over time, there was no rush to a happy ending, not everything was tied up in a nice, neat little bow, and I for one applaud this author for writing a book that was full and rich and everything I look for in a romance, but so seldom get anymore.

Colin McKinnon is finally free of the marriage that shackled him for years and he is trying to get a life as his children have told him to do, but he is finding that it isn’t so easy. Truth is Colin is in a rut and more than likely would have stayed in that rut if Maggie Spencer, an American travel journalist, hadn’t confronted him in his favorite pub and started pestering him with questions. There was so much to love about this couple including they are both closed off despite Maggie’s claim to be an open book. Both hiding behind their own pain, they for a friendship and throughout this book we see them grow and change and learn slowly how to live their lives to the fullest.

Honestly, I could go on and on and on about every wonderful moment in this book, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I’m going to just say, go buy this book, savor it, and remember to live your own life to the fullest. I loved every messy, fun, sexy, complicated minute of Love in Dublin and I have a feeling you will too.

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