Love and Shenanigans by Zara Kean

Name: Love and Shenanigans
Author: Zara Kean
Format: kindle edition
Pages: 376 pages
Release date: 1st June 2014
Publisher: Beaverstone Press LLC


Vows in Vegas...True Love in Ireland.

Three days before leaving Ireland on the adventure of a lifetime, Fiona Byrne returns to her small Irish hometown to attend the family wedding from hell. When she discovers the drunken vows she exchanged with the groom during a wild Las Vegas trip eight years previously mean they're legally married, her future plans ricochet out of control. Can she untangle herself from the man who broke her heart so long ago? Does she even want to?

Gavin Maguire's life is low on drama, high on stability, and free of pets. But Gavin hadn't reckoned on Fiona blasting back into his life and crashing his wedding. In the space of twenty-four hours, he loses a fiancée and a job, and gains a wife and a labradoodle. Can he salvage his bland-but-stable life? More importantly, can he resist losing his heart to Fiona all over again?

My thoughts

I kindly received Love and Shenanigans in exchange of an honest review by the author via Netgalley.

Love and Shenanigans is the first part of the Ballybeg series. Love and Blarney (Ballybeg, #1.5) will be released in Septermber 2014 and Love and Leprechauns (Ballybeg, #2) in November 2014.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? Not this time. Eight years ago Fiona Byrne was in the U.S. for a year abroad. Gavin and a couple of friends visit her to spent a holiday in the land of so many possibilites. On a drunken night out they decided to go to Vegas. What happens in Vegas when you’re drunk? You get married by an even more drunk Elvis i... The morning after the wedding Gavin paid Elvis off and made sure he doens't register the papers. Gavin leaves the country and also Fiona with a broken heart.

Fiona lives in Dublin now. She has big plans on her plate. For many years she saved up her money for a trip to Australia. Three days before leaving Ireland she returns to her hometown Ballybeg to attend the wedding of her cousin Muireann. Who is her husband to be? No one else as Gavin Maguire. Does this sound like trouble? Yes, it does. On the day of the wedding, Olivia, Fionas best friend, finds out Fioana and Gavin are leagally married. There is no better moment to crash his wedding and spread the news. How will they take the news? Will the wedding ceremony go on?
What about Finoa's and Gavin's old feelings for each other? Will they come back to life?

Love and Shenanigans was an unexpectly good read. I have so many books on my pile, I somtimes just forget what the story exactly is about before I start reading. I just jump into the cold water and let take myself by the surprise. This novel was not only romantic with a well paced unfolding plot and contemporary love story, it was also powerfully touching and heart melting.

The book is told, cleverly, from Fiona’s and Gavin'spoint of view, which worked beautifully. I found myself fully engaged in the book, and thoroughly ensconced in the lives of Fiona and Gavin. Fiona and Gavin were beautiful to read about, both equally wonderful and easy to fall in love with and I was cheering for their friendship and romance from their first encounter.

The characters are a great bunch of people, and once you get to know them, they become so real it's crazy! Olivia, Fionas best friend. Aunt Birdie. What a great quirky old lady! Muireann, the total bitch of the story. She is the typical princess, the rich and always get what she want kind of girl. Oh god, how much I hated her. And the rest of Muireann family who tried to scamm Fiona and her aunt over her mothers will.

I'd recommend Love and Shenanigans to anyone who enjoys a bit of drama, a bit of bitchiness, and a lot of  giggles. It's funny, charming irish romance with heart, heat and depth. I couldn't have asked for more!

4 cupcakes for Love and Shenanigans

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