by Rebecca Norinne
Dublin Rugby #1
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Rugby, Sports Romance
Rebecca Norinne had me under her magical spell from the very first pages of this book! I love a romance in which the characters have a history together, and boy did Sophie and Declan have a history. Sophie is pretty happy with her life, if not with her parents. She’s independent and has been able to travel the world and see beautiful places. When she receives a call from her mother that her grandfather has had a heart attack, she returns to the Irish village to help her grandparents. She will come face-to-face with her childhood nemesis, Declan O’Shaughnessy. He made her two years spent in Ireland miserable when she was a child. She never forgot him because of the misery he caused, and Declan has never forgotten her because of the feelings she brought out in him. These two are about to confront their pasts, but can she forgive him for the past? Add in some match-making grandparents and a cozy Irish town, and you have quite a story on your hands!
I adore a book that makes me fall in love with the characters, and one in which the writer immerses you in the story. Norinne did both of those. I loved poor Sophie from the very beginning. She had it rough with her parents and then with the little terror, Declan. I loved her even more for growing into the strong, independent woman she became despite her parents and childhood. And…Declan…I wanted to smack him as a child. He was terrible to her, but you know when a little boy has a crush on a girl, he shows it in sometimes horrible ways. I liked that Norinne gave us each character’s POVs so readers could see exactly what Declan was experiencing. She did a great job of describing exactly the confusing feelings little boys have when they first fall in love and how Declan tried to get Sophie’s attention. No, he didn’t do it in the right way, but I could understand it. As adults, I loved the banter and chemistry between the two. Let me just say it was sexy and steamy!!!! Of course, Declan was gorgeous and a rugby player, but as I got to know him more as an adult, I saw he might actually have a heart underneath that sexy exterior.
Not only did the characters pull me into their romance, but the town and the people who lived there, especially Sophie’s grandparents, grabbed ahold of my heart. The setting was so descriptive that I felt like I lived there and watched the love story of Declan and Sophie. The epilogue was the icing on the cake for me…it was perfect! If you enjoy a romance with spice and sweetness, I highly recommend this one. Norinne has now made me want to travel to Ireland even more. Until I do, I hope she will write more about this town and the rugby players!!!!
ABOUT REBECCA NORINNE
Rebecca read her first book when she was four years old and has been hooked on the written word ever since. While working in technology PR in Silicon Valley, she began writing her debut novel and eventually published it six years later. At the end of 2014, she left behind her career in corporate communications to become a full time author. When she’s not writing, you can find Rebecca exploring her new city of Dublin, Ireland, watching Leinster Rugby matches, or traveling the globe searching for inspiration for her next book.