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31 January, 2015
Rhythm of My Heart by Kemberlee Shortland Review!
Artist Representative, Eilis Kennedy, gave up a singing career so that other women could have a fair chance at having their music heard. Having suffered rejection from callous men in the industry, she thought she would get away from 'casting couch' mentality. But when she finds herself in the office of Fergus Manley, all bets are off. Disgusted by his continual come-ons and lewd invitations, Eilis is looking for 'the one' who will take her career to the next level, getting out from under Fergus's controlling thumb. Aspiring blues guitarist, Kieran Vaughan, is looking for his big break. But after suffering near bankruptcy at the hands of an unscrupulous business partner, Kieran is left picking up the pieces. He's unsure if the debts will ever be paid or if he'll ever have a chance to do something with his music. At his whit's end, he's about ready to throw in the towel and find a full-time job with real hours. When Eilis discovers Kieran playing in a seedy pub in Dublin's Northside, she knows he's the one rare talent she's been searching for. With her know-how and his talent, Eilis will finally get everything she's been waiting for. Neither of them count on the powerful attraction from first meeting. Eilis is so rocked by Keiran's forthright words that it sends her running. Kieran risks being arrested as he chases Eilis across Ireland. Seeing what's happening between Eilis and Kieran, anger wells inside Fergus and he steps up his pursuit of Eilis. Refusing to let Kieran get in his way, Fergus vows to add Eilis's notch to his bedpost, whatever it takes. Will Kieran be able to protect her?
Kemberlee was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. In 1997, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to spend six months in Ireland, where she met a man who eventually became her husband. Upon permanently relocating to Ireland, Kemberlee established an Irish travel consultancy, building a reputation as one of Ireland's foremost Irish travel experts.
Kemberlee has had the opportunity to study Ireland's history and culture first hand, and has even picked up a cúpla focal . . . a few Irish words. Because of her knowledge of Ireland, she has had the privilege of working with some of the romance industry’s top authors who have set their stories in Ireland, including Deb Stover for "Mulligan Stew" and "Mulligan Magic."
Over the years, Kemberlee’s love of Ireland has inspired a number of Irish set stories, including Moondance and The Power of Love. Her stories Tutti-Frutti Blues and Dude Looks Like A Lady are set in mid-1980s Carmel, at a time when eating ice cream on the street and wearing high heels without a permit were against the law! These stories were in an anthology about quirky laws called No Law Against Love. These stories are published through Highland Press.
A Piece of My Heart is Kemberlee’s first published novel, and she invites readers to also look for the short story sequel, Constant Craving, which will be available soon.
Check Kemberlee's website for excerpts, reviews, awards, and order information. She loves hearing from her readers, so stop by her website and drop her email. www.kemberlee.com
I am third generation Irish and love anything related to this beautiful country and its culture. That being said, I love Ms. Shortland's stories, this is the second in the Irish Pride series that I have read, didn't matter that I read them out of order either as they each feature different characters.
Rhythm of My Heart features Eilis Kennedy, a musician promoter and Kieran Vaughn a musician. Eilis discovers Kieran and the attraction is instantaneous, sparks flying all over the place. Eilis finds that Kieran is extremely talented and she wants to promote him. Kieran is playing gigs at seedy pubs in Dublin, feels that he will never get anywhere in his career. Eilis enters his life and things will never be the same.
Fergus Manley, Eilis's boss is a lecherous man who Eilis evades at all costs, but with the attraction between Eilis and Kieran, Fergus's lust for Eilis gets the better of him to the point that he becomes very dangerous. As Kieran accepts Eilis's offer to help him get his music noticed they give in to their attraction to each other, but danger lurks for the lovers that could destroy them.
Kemberlee Shortland tells an exciting story, full of descriptions of Dublin and it's music, almost had me feeling that I could hear the sounds and smell the smells of the pubs. This sexy romantic story will have you wanting more. I look forward to reading the another one of her books.
I received a copy of this book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.