Thursday, December 7, 2017

4 stars-- The Irishman's Christmas Gamble (Wager of Hearts #2.5) by Nancy Herkness

Yay! I love this series from Herkness and had been hoping for Frankie's story.
The series is about a trio of billionaires who make a bet to find...true love. And Frankie's the lady who owns the swanky club where they make the bet. The whole series I'd been like I neeeeeeeeed Frankie's story! And then I spotted The Irishman's Christmas Gamble. *squees of delight* lol

So I Christmased in June.

Yall this one was so cute! A sweet second chance romance that made me smile and made me cry as childhood friends found each other 23 years after they lost touch.

Gah! I love that.

The story was a little bittersweet since these two had pretty much loved each other since they were kids growing up in the slums of Ireland. Both fighting hard to make something of themselves and never reaching out. So much time lost!
“You can’t wear that to go sledding,” he said.

“Sledding!” Frankie had expected a trip to see the tree at Rockefeller Center at worst, so she’d worn tailored wool trousers and a cashmere sweater. “I’m not twelve years old.”

He grinned at her, a flash of straight, white teeth. “When I saw the fresh snow this morning, it brought out the kid in me. So the kid in you is coming along too.”
I loved watching them get to know each other again now that his career had brought him to the States. There were some heartbreaking moments as they remembered the past and some pretty sweet ones as well. Not to mention steamy! Yes, these two had amazing chemistry. The sparks and love between them after all those years just flew off the pages as they explored the city making new memories.

Some fun things:

  • He's 41 and she's 49. Silver haired. Love seeing that. 
  • He's a famous soccer player turned coach and she made her millions founding an international chocolate company.
  • Even though he's well off she's the billionaire. You rarely see that in romance

The Irishman's Christmas Gamble was a lovely little addition to the series.
Having risen out of the slums of Dublin to build a multinational gourmet chocolate business, Frances “Frankie” Hogan has settled for being respected, envied, and rich beyond belief…but never happy. She has built a secure home within the walls of the exclusive Bellwether Club, a place she established for self-made billionaires like herself. She’s convinced that nothing can ruffle the calm of her well-ordered, though lonely, world—until her past, in the form of Liam Keller, shows up at her door.

European soccer sensation Liam Keller has carried a torch for Frankie since their years together in their hard-scrabble Irish neighborhood. Frankie was the one who fed his dreams and pushed him to reach for the elite level of his sport, even as she kept him at arm’s length. Their ambitions launched them in different directions, but now Liam finds himself in New York as a coach to an up-and-coming professional American soccer team.

Liam’s feelings for Frankie have never faded, but their years apart have brought complications, including a secret that could drive Frankie away. Only a Christmas miracle can help Liam convince the woman he adores to finally gamble on love.

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