Review by Corinne Alexander
Feisty heroine Maeve O’Reilly has just finished college & has returned home to work in her Grandmother’s hotel in Connemara, Ireland after not finding suitable employment right away. She plans to work just long enough to get on her feet and find other employment. Little does she know her Grandmother has other plans.
Enter Larry Willamson, a Texas rancher who is visiting with his Grandfather Lawrence to check out a potential investment opportunity in the hotel. He finds himself equally fascinated and frustrated by the beautiful & hot tempered Irish woman.
Author, Tara Finnegan continues her trend of writing thoroughly entertaining, spunky, & rich characters in Mastering Maeve as she did in her debut novel My Naughty Little Secret. Rivaling her ability to spin characters like no other is her propensity to layer a rich tapestry of history into her books. I just can’t get enough of it.
Maeve and Larry’s chemistry was smoking. The schoolroom scene was as hot as it gets. There is great relationship development as the pair worked together & I thought Maeve’s reaction to the initial spanking was realistic.
My only caveat impeding a raving review was that the plot started meandering about halfway through and it felt like we were taking on a long and winding ride.
In the end I was left satisfied with a story well done. There’s a very special revelation at the end of the book that was a sweet surprise. I think all who read it will love it very much.