Beginner’s Luck ($14.95, 232 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-381-5) is the first book in a new romantic suspense series by Corinne Scott featuring the irresistible siblings of the O’Brien family, whose parents own an Irish pub in the Bronx, New York City. When the manager of an art gallery finds her business ransacked, her estranged police detective husband comes to the rescue, forcing them to confront their unresolved issues.
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5 Motorcycles/Recommended Read: “I’m telling you, dear readers, this book has everything that you want. A hero and heroine to cheer for, siblings that you will come to love, in-laws that mean well and not to mention a suspense element that at one time was forgotten until it just to rears back up again and I never saw the twist coming nor the outcome. Oh and humor. Yes, there is lots of good Irish humor […] I will definitely be reading the rest of this series. I’ve GOT to know about Niall and Lola. Lord, every time they were together, you were laughing but also, felt the sexual tension ratcheted up 1000.” Read more….
5 Stars: “Beginner’s Luck is a beautiful story for those who love romance and suspense…. I enjoyed the way Corinne Scott develops the romance in the story, the friction between two characters with very opposing natures. Eoin is impulsive and easily provoked to anger and Vivian is the kind of woman who loves to take the lead in her life. When the two lovers get back together, the reader becomes interested to find out what would happen between them.” Read more….
—Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
“The romantic tension between Vivian and Eoin was strong and a few scenes absolutely sizzled. Situations continued to test them and at some points their pain just oozed of the pages. I was impressed by the mystery. It was very balanced with the romance. Handled aptly by the police it was not easy for them to solve and had me perplexed several times. I thought I knew the ‘who’ but the ‘why’ was not adding up. It turned out I was only partly right when the entire story concluded. The ending had an suspenseful edge of your seat moment that I absolutely loved. I am excited that this is going to be a series. I love this family.” Read more….
—Escape with Dollycas
“This book was great, full of adventure and angst of all sorts. I loved the strongness of both Eoin and Vivian fighting for what they want without giving up themselves in the process and loved how the mystery to the crimes wasn’t cut and dried [….] I also loved meeting the family and seeing who their friends and co-workers were. Can’t wait to see what is next for the O’Brien clan!” Read more….
—Paula Mitchell, Community Bookstop
“If you enjoy romantic suspense with a bit of heat and Irish brogue, you’ll enjoy BEGINNER’S LUCK and may just have found a new series.” Read more….
—Christa Reads and Writes
“A fantastic book to read and I really am looking forward to the next ones in this series. Vivian is the kind of woman who does not take orders from anyone but herself. Her husband still loves her though and wants to help keep her safe. Will they be able to work together? Will his family mind their own business? I give this book a 5/5.” Read more….
—Debra Gaudette, 3 Partners in Shopping Blog
As eldest son, Eoin O’Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O’Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da’s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery.
Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can’t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O’Brien family’s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead.
Says Corinne, “My first time in a New York Irish pub, I was struck by the strong feeling of family and tradition. And so the idea of the O’Briens was born. I could picture this big Irish family pouring drinks and sharing stories, all with an adorable brogue. They seemed so real I had to make them come to life.”
Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.
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He was a stupid man. What right did he have to tell someone not to touch Vivian? But when he’d walked in and seen her in another man’s arms, he’d gone completely Cro-Magnon. All he wanted to do was rip her from the man’s arms, haul her over his shoulder, drag her back to his cave, and have his way with her. He wasn’t like that. Eoin had never been jealous in his life.
Until Viv. Always Viv.
She pushed and pulled at him in every way imaginable without even trying. His reaction to her would always be the same; he knew that now. Viv was a part of his soul and he was fucking it up.
“Wife?” The man holding her repeated, looking at Viv.
The man still did not drop his arms from her waist, Eoin noted. “Yes, wife. Now get your damn hands off her.” Why couldn’t he keep his effing mouth shut?
“You married a Paddy, Vivian?”
“Limey bastard!” Eoin lurched forward, ready to brawl when Viv stepped between them.
“Really, Eoin? I haven’t seen you in three years and all of a sudden you’re barging in and laying claim?”
“Do I need to go, Vivi?” Avery asked.
“Vivi? What the hell?” Eoin stepped forward again. He was really going to kill this gowl. Vivian put another hand to his chest, stopping him immediately.
“Avery, would you mind coming back later? I appreciate you stopping by, and I do need the help with the gallery, but I have to talk to Eoin first.”
“I’ll be back after lunch, yeah?” He bussed her on the cheek to piss him off, Eoin knew.
Eoin rounded on Viv as soon as the Englishman left. “Are you seeing that arsehole?”
“Nice to see you, too, Eoin.” She whirled away and headed for the back room. Eoin followed like a lap dog, needing answers.
“I’m serious, Viv.”
“Don’t call me Viv. No one calls me Viv anymore. And you don’t get an answer to that question. We’re not together anymore.”
She began going through boxes, looking for Lord knows what while he stood there looking mystified. When Eoin called her Viv, it took her back to a time when they were in love. Viv was a pet name for a wife. Vivian was … what? An ex-wife? An estranged one? She didn’t even know anymore. All she knew was that when he called her Viv in that Irish brogue, she just wanted to leap into his arms like she’d always done when he’d come home at the end of a shift. Viv was young and naïve. Viv didn’t have a place here anymore.