Love Walks In
The Shaughnessy Brothers, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: April 5th 2016
Number of pages: 384
Cover Artist: John Kicksee
Book #2 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's dazzling new series: The Shaughnessy Brothers are back
He lives by a schedule
Aubrey Burke is on the run from an about-to-be-disastrous mistake when resort owner Hugh Shaughnessy catches her climbing through his office window. Until Aubrey tumbled into his life, Hugh had relied on work and discipline to safeguard a heart damaged by family tragedy. Now his careful world will never be the same.
She lives for the moment
Hugh's approach to life and love is the opposite of Aubrey's, but she soon finds herself falling hard for the handsome hotel mogul. There's a darker reason behind her "live for today" attitude than Hugh could possibly know, but for the first time Aubrey dares to hope this man's love might make it worth taking a chance on the future.
How has your writing career changed in the past year?
Hmm…in the last year I’ve gotten way more disciplined I think. I’m actually having to deal with deadlines and doing multiple rounds of edits – which I didn’t really do too much when I first started.
From where have your recently drawn writing inspiration?
I know this is going to sound strange but…HGTV! Honestly, I love that channel and almost all of the shows on it, and have gotten inspiration from some upcoming stories from couples and people who were featured on some of my favorite shows. And I also got some decorating ideas too!
Which of the four seasons best suits your personality and why?
Fall, definitely. I love the colors of the leaves as they change and the cooler weather – but not too cool! It’s inspiring to be outside and seeing all the changes. I am one of those people who is just in awe of nature – although I’m not an outdoorsy person. But when I see something beautiful in the scenery, it just makes me feel good.
Describe your perfect day.
No alarm going off. That is a biggie. I’d get up and be able to set the pace for my day – so I can be a little lazy if I wanted to. I’d have time with my friends and have lunch and get pedicures together. Come home and write – or read – and then have a relaxing dinner with my husband and kids. I’m really a homebody so while none of it is exciting, to me it’s perfect.
Which five characters from novels would you have dinner with?
From my own or others? Hmm…okay. We’ll go with characters from other authors. For starters, I would love to have dinner with the ladies from Nora Roberts’ bridal quartet series. LOVE those girls – their complexities and humor and just to observe their friendship would be amazing. We’ll count them as one, though (otherwise I’d feel like I was cheating!).
Next would be the matriarch of Bella Andre’s Sullivans – Mary. Since the Shaughnessy’s lost their mom and it’s up to patriarch Ian, I would love to get her perspective on raising a large family alone.
Anna Jones from Kristen Callihan’s “The Hook Up”. Love. That. Book. Anna was this amazingly strong heroine who knew how to stand up for herself and just seemed like a total kickass friend!
Valentine Jones from Kate Perry’s “Tamed by You”. She was so stinking sweet and funny and even though she was terrible at match-making, she kept at it. I would love to hang out with her and find out more about the family’s business and about life in Laurel Heights.
And finally, I’d go back to another series of Nora Roberts’. I loved her MacKade brothers and I’d love to have dinner with the four lucky ladies who are now happily married to those sexy men! And if those same, sexy men happened to join us? All the better!
I was super thrilled to see the next Shaughnessy Brothers book coming out. I had a good time with the first one (a solid 3 star read), and couldn't wait to see which brother was on deck next. I didn't remember Hugh from the first book, and that was fine. After all, there are 6 siblings, and we don't want to or need, to learn everything about all of them in that first book. Getting to know each one a bit at a time makes the journey both more memorable and more fun.
The Shaughnessy's life changed the day they lost their mother, Lillian. Hugh is the second oldest and carries a terrible guilt, that he should have been the one running the errand, except he had been grounded. It changed him almost overnight from the wild rebel child to planner and scheduler. If it's Thursday night, spaghetti is what is on the menu. His days are ruthless organized and calculated with an almost ruthless deliberateness to minimize any risk taking.
But he finds out quickly that no plan is fool proof when he first gets his first introduction to Aubrey. She is sneaking into his office, through the window, to get back the bright pink suitcase Hugh had stashed there after finding it in the middle of his resort grounds. Aubrey had thrown in out the window of her room and had been in the process of following it out when Hugh picked it up and walked off with it. Aubrey had just changed her mind about getting a quickie wedding to a guy she barely knew and was trying to pull off a Runaway Bride. Hugh feels for her and helps her to hide from her ex-fiance. Imagine Hugh's surprise, when he goes looking for his meeting with a new wine distributor, and finds Aubrey has charmed him so completely he is willing to partner with Hugh, but only with Aubrey handling the details. All Hugh's plans, figures and carefully practiced presentation are now entirely useless. I actually though Hugh's head was going to explode, lol.
Hugh and Aubrey were a delightful couple. They truly complemented each other in all the ways that a true partner can. Plus, we got to spend a bit more time with Aiden and Zoe, Quinn and Anna, Ian, Riley, Owen, and Darcy, during Ian's birthday. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised when the opportunity for a cliched move was twisted into something new and entirely more interesting. I am coming to really love the Shaughnessy clan and gave this book 4 stars.
Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebook Casablanca for the opportunity to read and review the book.
Samantha Chase, a creative writing teacher, released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Since then, she has published seventeen more titles and has become a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives with her husband of twenty-four years and their two sons in North Carolina. http://www.chasing-romance.com/
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