Irish Ice by Emly Forrest
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Length: Short Story (44 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Azalea
Danger and romance ignite when Irish Eyes turn into Irish Ice.
A killer is on the loose in Boston with possible IRA connections and ties to murders in London. When Jessica Grandville lands in Beantown for business, she's charmed by Colin Keane, a much younger and sexy Northern Irishman.
As Jessica and Colin's brief liaison develops into the start of a serious relationship, she begins to suspect there is more to him than meets the eye. Dragged into a web of danger and intrigue, she believes Colin is directly involved in the murders. And although attracted to his warmth and wit, she fears his fierce temper.
Jessica must decide if she’s willing to sacrifice her comfortable, yet dull, existence to pursue a relationship with the man whose loving eyes can turn in an instant into Irish ice.
Sometimes a traditional-values woman has to take a chance on happiness. But can an attraction to a much younger, possibly dangerous, man give her the future she needs?
Thirty-eight-year-old widow Jessica Grandville misses her husband, hates the loneliness, but rejects the attention of other men because she treasures her relationship with sixteen-year-old daughter Carley. As a senior regional account executive for a national promotions and advertising firm, Jess travels a few times a year from Chicago to Boston on business. This time she plans to add a few days to her schedule for a bit of rejuvenation and pampering.
After a soul-killing all-day meeting with a dry-as-toast executive and four “swinging dick” Good Old Boys, Jess is more than ready to unwind at her hotel's bar where she meets Colin, a sexy Northern Irishman. He invites her to a nearby pub for dinner. The attraction is mutual, and instant, but Jess isn't about to have a fling with a stranger, no matter how charming. Later, in her room, a knock on her door reveals Colin with a sack of sandwiches from the pub. After convincing her he's not dangerous, she relents and they share the dinner. One kiss leads to another, and Colin spends the night, but keeps the encounter chaste. One meeting leads to another, and they spend their free time together, becoming intimate.
Meanwhile, news on television focuses on an IRA person of interest who has escaped the police in Boston. Jess wonders if he might be Colin since the Irishman seem unwilling to talk about the work he does. An when an overheard telephone conversation reveals a different side of the fun-loving man she's beginning to fall for, she wonders what she's gotten herself into.
I loved this story. Though extremely short, it's well written and with sufficient plot and inner thought to make me identify with the heroine. Ms. Forrest does a good job with both characters. I could picture Colin as Irish by his speech, which came across as natural and not overdone. The sex scenes are done with a light touch, sensual but not graphic. I recommend this story and look forward to more from this talented author.