Series: Fishing for Trouble #3
Published by Random House Publishing Group on February 28th 2017
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Hope Seaver is an up-and-coming TV producer tackling the hardest gig of her career: a reality show set at the Buoys, a scenic fishing destination owned by three handsome, stubborn brothers. Liam and Finn O’Donnell are willing to tolerate her crew for the sake of the business, but Ronan would rather chew off a limb than open up on camera. Somehow Hope has to convince him of her good intentions—and stop herself from swooning every time Ronan walks into the frame.
Ronan knows that he’s the reason his brothers gave up their old lives to run the Buoys, and he needs to make it worth their while. So if this out-of-towner with the kind eyes and dazzling smile wants to give them the free publicity they desperately need, Ronan can’t say no. He just won’t let himself get burned again by a double-dealing woman. But what if Hope’s good-girl routine isn’t an act? When Ronan lets his guard down long enough to catch a glimpse of the real Hope, he likes what he sees—enough to give love another shot.
‘Catch and Release’ is Ronan O’Donnell’s motto when it comes to women as much as it is the title of what is the last of Laura Drewry’s ‘Fishing for Trouble’ series; that much is the oldest of the brothers still struggling with mummy/women-abandonment issues to the point where it has made him gun-shy with everything of the opposite gender.
Hope Seaver is as much of a klutz as she seems to be a babbler of trivia and somehow acts in a way that makes it a little hard to believe she’s a 30-ish year old producer in command of her faculties. But meet she and Ronan do—as an unlikely pair—when the O’Donnells move into reality TV as family drama abounds in this very, very slow-burn romance that bumps along huge potholes when it becomes evident that the boys (especially Ro) haven’t quite yet faced their abandonment crisis head on. The appearance of their achilles’s heel at the end does make for a surprising climax but not an unexpected one, particularly if it’s the only loose end that needs tying up for the series’s resolution.
Drewry’s writing is charming as always and her books are always easy to read; I didn’t find myself as engrossed as I was in the previous 2 books, but this is nonetheless a solid offering and a pretty good closure for an unusual series.