Monday, March 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Beginner's Luck by Corinne Scott (Review)

About the Book

Genre: Romantic Suspense, #1 in The O'Briens Series
Publisher: Camel Press
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Paperback: 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813815

Synopsis from Goodreads:

As eldest son, Eoin O’Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O’Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da’s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery. Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can’t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O’Brien family’s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead. Book 1 in the O’Brien series.

My Review

Beginner’s Luck is a second chance story for Eoin and Vivian. Married at a young age for all the wrong reasons, they have been separated for three years with almost no chance for a reconciliation. When Eoin becomes a detective, he’s shocked to discover his estranged wife is his first case. He’s horrified to learn her life is in danger. What a way to start a new career, not to mention that all the love he has always felt for his wife rushes to the surface.

Unfortunately Vivian and Eoin have way too many obstacles in their way. The main obstacle being Eoin’s family as they blame Vivian for running out on their eldest and never looking back. The other obstacles include Eoin’s father who would much rather see Eoin running the family pub to risking his life in law enforcement. Then, there’s the fact that Vivian seems to have a stalker and her life could be in danger.

Still, the sparks more than fly when they are in the same room. It’s very clear to everyone that Vivian and Eoin are far from done with each other. Now, if they can just find out who is threatening Vivian’s life!

This is romantic suspense at its finest. It’s a wonderful blend of romance with suspense. I always enjoy a strong family story and that’s what this is. The O’Briens are a big, loving family but they also get very emotional with each other.

Vivian and Eoin’s love for each other is poignant and sweet, but also quite fiery. The suspense part of the story kept me guessing. I surmised part of it, but was totally taken by surprise when the full story came to light. This is a very well-written book with vibrant and lively characters. You just know they each have their own story to be told. I, for one, absolutely cannot wait to read them.

For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2017

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.

Purchase Links – Amazon


  1. This sounds great! I'm a huge fan of second chance romances and this sounds like a good one even if there are a kind of ridiculous number of obstacles!

  2. I'm so glad you liked it!!


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