by Bethany Lopez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A lot can happen in 3 Seconds. It's the space of time between walking onstage and stepping up to the mic. It’s that moment when your eyes meet across a crowded room and the chemistry between you is undeniable.
Bronagh has accomplished a lot in her thirty-five years. A successful pub owner and happy divorcée, she's learned to enjoy life, but have realistic expectations. Her past has taught her that it's best not to depend on others, but that doesn't mean she won't sample a tasty morsel when it's right in front of her.
After taking a break from culinary school to travel abroad, Brendan is back and eager to finish what he started. Although he relishes the nights he gets to play with his brothers in their band, and enjoys their healthy supply of groupies, he's ready to start acting like the twenty-something that he is…a fact he craves to prove with Bronagh.
What starts as a one-night-stand becomes more when Bronagh and Brendan realize that they can't walk away. But can a younger man who's prone to late nights and scantily-clad women convince a woman who's been hurt that age doesn't matter, and he's the man she needs?
My Rating: 3.5 Coffee Cups
I enjoyed this book. I just wish there was more of it!! The family aspect was huge for me. I loved the dynamic between the brothers.
Bronough is a quintessential 30-something. She is focused on her career and she's done the heartbreak thing and is in no rush to get back into it. But at a concert she meets gorgeous, twenty-something lead singer Brendan. She may not want to jump into a relationship, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't take a chance and jump at a night with a hot, younger, most likely "skilled" guy. Hell, I would (just sayin').
Brendan is exactly what you think he is: a one-night stand, sort of guy. Never had a serious relationship and perfectly content with that fact. But once you start getting to know him you see there's so much more to him than that. He's passionate. Passionate about his family, about cooking, about music and after the one night that was supposed to end with her sneaking out of his apartment he's quickly becoming passionate about Bronough too.
Pulling the "guy move" and sneaking out of Brendan's place was intended to be the end of it. She had her one night of hot & steamy and was ready to move on and teach the culinary class that she promised a colleague she'd cover for. And yup, exactly, in walks Brendan and she realizes maybe one night wasn't enough. Despite her HUGE reservations about their age difference she gives it a shot. And this is where I wanted to go through my kindle and shake her. She never put herself truly out there. She holds herself back and finds reason after reason as to why it's not going to work. And when he gives her answers and opens his heart she can't open her eyes until it's almost too late.
Brendan stepped forward, into the bar, and was immediately surrounded by greedy, shouting women.
That ugly seed of jealousy grew, even as I tried to bury it within me, but I watched as Brendan kept as smile on his face for his fans and scanned above their heads, searching for me. When he found me, his grin grew and I heard him say, “I’m glad you enjoyed the show, ladies, but I’m afraid I’ve got a hot date,” as he sauntered right to me.
I barely registered the chorus of boos and awes, his pull already taking hold of me.
He didn’t pause when he reached me; instead he came at me full force, pulling me into his arms and fusing his lips to mine. The desire that had been building throughout his performance came to a head, and I met his passion full force, opening my lips and inviting him in for a taste.
Just as we were reaching the point of no return, Brendan pulled back and smiled beautifully down at me, his eyes flashing with the heat I knew he was feeling.
“Let’s get out of here.”
But as I said in the beginning I loved the dynamic between Brock, Brady and Brendan. They are as close as brothers can be. And they love each other and the adopted family (i.e. Brock's wife Victoria) FIERCELY. I think that in all honestly was my favorite aspect of the story. They each had their own personalities, their own baggage and their own stories, but when it really mattered they were one unit.
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Bethany Lopez is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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