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seriously romantic: irish on the rocks by magan vernon

book 2 in the murphy brothers series, irish on the rocks, finds sean murphy's best friend, grace walsh, tangling with his older brother, jack. the premise of the series is that the brothers will inherit their family business, which is a wide-ranging brand of irish pubs if they meet the conditions of their father's will, which is that all three of them must be married within a year of his death.

in the first book of the series, straight up irish, the inheritance issue is seamlessly integrated into the romance. unfortunately, in this book, the condition doesn't work so well. too many people know about it and offer opinions on what the main characters should be doing about that and their attraction where i wanted just more of jack and grace.

because when jack and grace are alone, interacting without thinking of the inheritance thing, this book is so good. all the scenes with jack and jane pawsten are fantastic. the scenes with jack and grace in the market are fabulous too. i love how they talk to each other and their chemistry is so crazy off the charts.

the problem is that the dark moment in the book relates to the inheritance and not the actual issues between them where there was actual meat and depth. she had a competing job offer in her field. she was wary of commitment. his company is dublin based. he may not be ready to marry tomorow, but he does want that, and a commitment with grace.

this series is enjoyable, i just kind of wish the inheritance thing didn't hang over these characters so heavily. the whole clause is preposterous and part of me wishes that the relationships would spark naturally without the necessity for putting a ring on it quickly.

**irish on the rocks will publish on september 17, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (embrace) in exchange for my honest review.


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