Published: 25th January 2014
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Format: Ebook (Courtesy of the Author)
Her cousin, Kate had warned her about the Irish charm. And Cara had been foolish enough to ignore her. In Ireland to be Maid of Honor in Kate’s wedding, Cara hasn’t a clue that the handsome Irishman who is seated next to her is the infamous brother of her cousin’s fiancé. And William O’Reilly doesn’t plan on telling her. Not yet, anyway.
Silver-tongued and devilishly handsome, William had Cara wondering if he is the same man she met on the plane. Should she give him a chance or heed her cousin’s warning and keep him at a distance?
The same unique and quirky characters from What Happens in Ireland come together again to celebrate the wedding of Kate and Jack in the fresh and humorous sequel, Deceive Me in Ireland. Like Kate Barrow, her cousin Cara discovers that resisting the charms of an Irishman isn’t as easy as it seems. William O’Reilly is as silver-tongued as his brother, Jack and determined to make the woman realize his worth. And her own.
You only have to read my review of What Happens In Ireland to know that I’m a massive fan of Whitney K.E’s writing. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say I loved this book just as much, if not more than her first book. In fact I’m almost certain that this is my favourite book in the series so far, because I literally lived and breathed every word of the narrative; it consumed me whole heartedly and I allowed it too. Because it is that good.
They say that book two is supposed to be your hardest novel to write, because you’ve already poured your heart and soul into book one, given it everything you have (including your blood, sweat and tears) finally gotten it published only to be back at square one, staring down an empty page. Sure you are more experienced and know what not to do and what to do now, more so then writing the first one. But the difference is, this time you have readers, readers with expectations of what book two should be about, how it should be written and with something to compare your work too. They’ll know if something is not right, or if your faking it somehow. And while all of this may be true, Deceive Me In Ireland, Whitney K.E’s second book is flawless. It’s faster paced, it’s eloquent and most importantly it reads true to Whitney’s style of writing and her characters. It’s evident, even from only having read her first book, just how much Whitney has grown not only as a writer, but as a person. Her writing and her characters alike have a much more mature feel compared to What Happens In Ireland, and although things happen quicker in this book (Deceive Me), in many ways it is a more laid back and honest narrative than her first published book (What Happens).
As I’ve come to expect from Whitney’s writing, her narrative is filled with strong emotive imagery that pulls the reader into the very essence of the novel, rendering them unable to look away until the resolution of the final conflict and ultimately the close of the book. Her characters are strong minded, true individuals who speak their minds and like to play games with one another. They read as real as you and me, and they act in ways that are not only believable but as one would expect given everything Whitney cleverly puts them through. The narrative is hot and the characters ready, but only time will tell if they are truly meant to be.
Unlike the first novel, which saw the narrative play out predominately in Ireland, Deceive Me In Ireland is told across the dual landscape of Ireland and then Australia. This enhances the connection between the characters by allowing the readers to see each character in their hometown, therefore giving us a better idea of what makes them tick and why they act the way they do. This dual landscape helps to open up the story in terms of the narrative tensions as both readers and characters alike will question where each person belongs and how they will ultimately make their situation work.
Deceive Me In Ireland is a fast paced narrative, that was quick to captured (and hold) my attention right from the get go. The narrative opens with a very stressed Cara boarding a flight to Ireland while plotting her various escape routes as she makes her way up the aisle. As luck would have it, Cara has been upgraded from cattle car (aka economy) to first class and finds herself unknowingly seated beside William, Jack’s brother. William quickly establishes himself as yet another cheeky Irishman with a wicked sense of humour, but whose heart is ultimately in the right place.
Cara, our female protagonist, is a stress head prone to to panic attacks and anxiety. This twist on the usual romance heroine – stress heads and high levels of anxiety are not something usual given to a romance novel heroine as defining traits -was not only refreshing, but allowed me to instantly connect with Cara on many levels. What’s more, Whitney contrasted Cara’s fears and stress with William’s cheeky sense of humour and laid back behaviour and was able to create a gripping and sensual romance based on these tensions. In many ways the characters become perfect in their imperfections, with each one bringing something different to the partnership.
Having visited Ireland and infact many of the places Cara and William visit in this novel quite recently, I was overwhelemed by the sense of place and feelings Whitney’s writing was able to evoke not just from myself, but from the characters as well. While it’s true moments of similar clarity are visible in Whitney’s first novel, they really shine through in Deceive Me, showcasing the growth in Whitney’s writing between the two books. Another vast improvement includes the heightened sense of awareness between the two characters, that sizzles with chemistry and sexual innuendoes throughout the entire novel, leaving no space for the narrative to flat-line or become ‘filler’ between scene A and scene B.
The only downfall I found in the writing was that the book itself was too short. Here we have a well written, lovingly crafted tale of two young lovers finding their place in the world, only to have it end so suddenly (don’t worry it’s not a cliff hanger, so you won’t be stressed out). For the last chapter and the epilogue appeared quite a distance in time from each other (in my mind anyway), and having grown to love and care for these characters as strongly as I did, I felt slightly cheated that I didn’t get to see their relationship develop that little bit further in between these two events. Simply put I wanted more. I always want more.
If you are like me and sick of working and desperate for a holiday or escape, then I highly recommend this book. Not only will you find yourself falling in love with these two adorable characters, but once you’ve reached the final page and put the book down, you’ll have visited Ireland through iconic places such as Blarney Castle and stone, through folk music like the Galway Girl and enjoyed the atmospheric pub and drinking culture that Ireland so proudly is known for.
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