Once upon a time, Faith Sullivan dreamed of being a famous painter who lived in an apartment overlooking Central Park. Unfortunately, life had other ideas and at 26, she’s still running, working and living at Sully’s, her family’s traditional Irish pub in Brooklyn with her stubborn, ailing father. And she was perfectly fine with her lot until suddenly her three best friends each found their prince, and her own happily ever after seemed like another dream lost. Until one day a long, tall Australian walks into her bar and her loved-up besties decided to play Fairy Godmothers.
Ex pro-surfer turned beer baron, Rafael Quartermaine is in New York for a month on business. He’s looking for a pub to launch Baron lager on the American market and Sully’s is perfect. All he has to do is convince Faith, the traditionalist, to say yes. And once he’s done that, maybe he can convince her that all work and no play makes Faith a dull girl.
Faith’s connection to her family and Sully’s is absolute, and Raf’s business drive and itchy feet aren’t conducive to long term, so it should be an easy break when duty calls Faith back into the fold on the evening of the ball. But running out on the baron is harder than she ever imagined… Will their fling sizzle out, or become something more?
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this latest multi-author series from Tule Publishing. Not only was it great fun to read about four fairy tales updated into modern New York, the tale of four close friends finding not just love but each other again, and often themselves as well, has also been a delight to read. This fourth and final installment is no exception as Cinderella has an absolute ball with a beer baron.
Faith has always been the steady one of the group, the one from a big, close family who gave up her dreams to run the family bar and take care of her father. She’s loyal and loving, but has also fallen into a bit of rut, letting life pass her by as she took care of her many responsibilities. Now it’s her turn to cut loose – and luckily for her, a sexy Australian businessman turns up on her doorstep at exactly the right moment.
I like Faith; I wanted her to enjoy herself. She’s been too serious for too long and it really was time someone showed her brothers just how much they were taking her for granted. It was also great to see the other three heroines coming back to weave their own particular brand of Fairy Godmother magic to see that Faith got out and had fun.
Oh, and what fun Raf is. I liked him – he’s successful and sexy and refreshingly angst-free. I particularly liked that he respected Faith’s responsibilities and didn’t demand extra time for him, but was willing to pitch in and spend time with her. Their dates are pretty sweet too. Not that he’s all nice and adorable, because mostly he’s smoking hot and the chemistry between the two of them is scorching. Brace yourselves for the reappearance of a certain tie, that’s all I’m saying.
Hot and sexy, with plenty of sensual playfulness, this was a great read and a perfect end to the series. I really enjoyed seeing Faith get everything she deserved and Raf turned out to be a thoroughly worthy hero. I am a little sad to be leaving Sully’s behind, though. Which leaves me wondering about the last of Faith’s unattached brothers, those musical twins. It sure would be nice to know more about them some time…
Seduced by the Baron is out June 29th!
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