One Last Chance…

THROUGH YOUR EYES

For Your Love #3

Shannyn Schroeder

Releasing May 30th, 2017

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ONE LAST CHANCE 

Deirdre Murphy has had her life planned for her since she was born: Work in her parents’ noisy pub in rural Ireland. Live with her family until she marries. Marry her childhood sweetheart ASAP, since he’s decided sexy fun time should wait for marriage. None of it excites her. But before her fate closes in, Deirdre’s got one last visit to her Chicago cousins—where she can spend her mornings in a peaceful bakery, keep to herself, and savor the space she needs…. Until she meets Tommy O’Malley.

Tommy is as tough as his city and twice as ready to welcome her in. He’s covered in tattoos, stays up half the night inking them on other people, and has a reputation for being good with his hands. And he’s heart-pounding, forgot-her-words, can’t-stop-staring exciting.

Tommy knows he’s the opposite of everything Deirdre has prepared for. But to watch her set herself free, he’s willing to risk almost anything…


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Deirdre tried to turn over, but felt trapped. Between her churning stomach and a warm body next to her, she didn’t want to move. Warm body? Her eyes flew open in panic. A tattooed arm wrapped around her waist. Tommy. Pieces of her night came back to her. What had she done?

Tommy snuggled against her, his breath fluttering her hair. His erection pressed into her back. Then she remembered why she’d come here last night. She’d wanted to have sex with Tommy. He pulled away and the mattress shifted as he stretched. She was afraid to move, unsure how bad the pain would be. She ran a hand over her body to discover she still wore her clothes from last night.

“How’re you feeling?”

His voice was low and rough and sexy.

The first two adequately described her. “I think so

Deirdre tried to turn over, but felt trapped. Between her churning stomach and a warm body next to her, she didn’t want to move. Warm body? Her eyes flew open in panic. A tattooed arm wrapped around her waist. Tommy. Pieces of her night came back to her. What had she done?

Tommy snuggled against hermething died in my mouth.”

He chuckled. “That happens when you mix a bunch of booze and then puke.”

Crap. She had puked. She groaned. “You held my hair.”

He sat up, patted her hip. “Having a little sister teaches you about those things. Sit tight.”

She had no plans to go anywhere. Reclosing her eyes, she tried to bring back more of her evening. Maggie, Cara, and Alyson had plied her with drinks all night. They’d danced a lot. She’d flirted with men. A lot of them. She had not been herself. Further evidence of that was the fact that she was in Tommy’s bed.

She couldn’t imagine the stupid things she’d said to him last night. The bedroom door swung open and Tommy was back. He set some clothes at the foot of the bed.

“I borrowed clothes from Norah, and there’s a toothbrush. Take a shower. You’ll feel better. I’m going to get us some food.”

Her stomach clenched. “God, no.”

“Trust me.” He stood next to her, handed her a glass of water and some pills. “Take these.”

She levered herself up on an elbow, putting her eye level with his crotch. His penis had made quite the impression on her back. She accepted the glass and pills. After swallowing, she swung her legs over the edge and let her head hang on her shoulders.

Tommy moved around the room. “Make sure you lock the bathroom door so Sean doesn’t walk in on you.” He paused in front of her again, fully dressed. Then he kissed the top of her head. “I’ll be back. Don’t go anywhere.”

She barely lifted her head to look at him. “I’m in no hurry to face Aunt Eileen.”

“Maggie said she’ll assume you spent the night at her house, so no worries.”

“When did you talk to Maggie?”

“After you fell asleep.” He pulled on his shoes. “Hope you don’t mind. I used your phone. You should probably have a passcode on that, by the way. I figured your aunt would worry about you not coming home.”

If Deirdre had been in her right mind, she probably would’ve worried. “Thank you.”

He smiled. “No problem.” Then he grabbed his keys from the dresser and left.

Deirdre felt weird sitting in Tommy’s room, especially when he wasn’t there. The room wasn’t very homey. Minimal furniture filled the space. A flat screen was mounted above the dresser. The bed took up most of the space. It was much larger than the one she slept on across the street.

Thoughts of her last visit barged into her pounding head and she shook them off. Only mentally, though, because moving her head hurt far too much. She grabbed the clothes and toothbrush and poked her head out. Sean’s door was still closed.

In the bathroom, she brushed her teeth twice and slurped some water. She still felt gross, so she brushed again. Starting the shower, she fought the awkward feeling of being in a stranger’s house naked. She’d never been in this position before. She’d had friends who talked about the walk of shame, but being a virgin in a serious relationship, she hadn’t experienced it. More firsts in Chicago.

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4-and-a-half-stars

Through Your Eyes was a sweet and sexy read for me! While this is a romance, it is also a book about figuring how who you really are and not living a life that you think others want you to live.

Deirdre has returned to Chicago from Ireland. She thought she was getting an engagement ring from her long-time boyfriend, but he gave her a ticket back to Chicago to see her American cousins. She isn’t quite sure how to take this, but deep down she knows something isn’t right with Rory. So, when the neighbor, Tommy who lives across the street begins to pay attention to her, she is quite confused. He brings feelings up in her she never had with Rory.

 

“Something about this man made her not want to be herself, do what she should do.”

 

Of course, she tells him she has a boyfriend back home, so Tommy decides being friends is good enough for now. What I loved about Tommy, aside from his good looks, was the patience he showed with Deirdre. I also loved that he allowed and encouraged her to begin living her life for herself, not her family back in Ireland. They want her to return to take over their pub, and she wants to bake, and she’s quite talented at it.

It doesn’t take long before things heat up between her and Tommy. For those who hate cheating and love triangles, this isn’t one. While Rory comes across in the beginning as uncaring where she is concerned, he really isn’t. This guy really does love Dierdre. In fact, he has set in motion, the means for her to spread her wings to fly and be the person she was meant to be. He is a secondary character, but he is one I really grew to like. The romance between Tommy and Dierdre is the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. I really wanted these two to have their HEA!

One thing that makes this series so special is you get to catch up with characters in previous books, and I always feel like I’m coming home to family!

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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For Your Love) currently has 2 titles out – Under Your Skin and In Your Arms. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies. Find out more at her Website.

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