Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Club Thursday: September Reading Challenge 2016

Hi Readers. It's time for this weeks Book Club Thursday theme: our monthly reading challenge. It's now officially fall and we only have a few challenges left for this year. I hope that you enjoy my pick and don't forget to see what my buddies picked for their challenges on their BCT Blogs.
*Read a New Author to You
*Read a Book Published Prior to 2010
*Read a Novella
*Read a E-Book
*Read an Erotica
*Re-Read a Desert Island Book
*Read a Book With a Heroine that Has Your Name
*Read a Book You Bought For the Cover or Title Alone
*Read a Book Recommend by a Friend      
*Read a Guilty Pleasure Book
*Read a Pee In Your Pants Read
*Read a Feel Good Book

My September Challenge Pick:

Kathryn Shay
Published May, 2008

Things are heating up at Bailey’s Pub...
Working as the cook at his family’s pub, Liam O’Neil has nothing but respect for his firefighter regulars. But when firefighter Sophie Tyler takes a part-time job at the pub, Liam must be cautious. A widower with two young sons, he can’t put his heart on the line for someone who walks into burning buildings. But how can he ignore the fire burning within? 

I have been reading books by Kathryn Shay for a long time, ever since she wrote category romances for Harlequin. Unfortunately, time rushed by and I fell behind on the O'Neil Family series. This story is third in the series. Ms. Shay knows how to write a strong story dealing with relationships. Her stories center around family and have the realistic character feel, whether dealing with blue collar workers like firemen or white collar politicians. 
     Sophie is the feisty firefighter heroine. She takes a part time job at the O'Neil family pub so that she can keep her apartment near her station. Firefighting is in her blood and she works twice as hard as some of the men because she needs to prove that she is more than just a pretty face. She holds her own with most of the guys at the station, but there are a few who still don't feel that women should be firefighters. 
     At the pub, she works a lot with Liam. He is a widower with two sons and hasn't much thought about dating again, but he can't help but be attracted to her and can't stop thinking about her when she isn't there. She also is good with his boys, especially  grade school age Michael who has lost the joy for life since his mom passed away. Mikey grabs hold of the friendship with Sophie and starts to come out of his shell. He is happy that his dad likes Sophie. Ms Shay lets you see inside his mind and his point of view wonderfully.
     Tension builds between Liam and Sophie and they start to care for each other. The shoe is on the other foot in this story because Liam is finding it hard to deal with the dangers surrounding Sophie's career, especially when an arsonist puts her and her friends in danger. 
     This is another character driven story by Kathryn Shay. It deals with the ups and downs of family, friends and career and how life needs balance. The road to happiness was not easy for Sophie and Liam, it was full of lots of bumps and reflected real life. I am glad that they got their HEA and now I have to catch up on the rest of the family. A really good series!

Thanks for stopping by and joining us this week. Be sure to stop by next week, September 29th, for our last meeting of the month. Remember that we love hearing from you. Until then, Happy Reading!


  1. I have the first book in this series but haven't yet tried it. I always seem to forget about her. I might have to try this series soon. Enjoyable review!

  2. The series is spaced apart for the last ones. I fell behind, but have liked a lot of her books.