This is the first book in the Louie Knight Mystery series. It's set in an alternative Aberystwyth in Wales where Druids run the town rather than the s...moreThis is the first book in the Louie Knight Mystery series. It's set in an alternative Aberystwyth in Wales where Druids run the town rather than the stereotypical Mafia. The town philosopher runs an ice cream trolly on the seafront. And Louie's own father, Eeyore, runs the local donkey sanctuary. In this story, Louie is investigating the disappearance of several school boys and is set through a series of clues that involve a Welsh legend, a school essay, a donkey head in Louie's bed, and a piece of antique crocheted tea cosy!
This is quite a clever and quirky story combining a traditional Bogart-esque detective...the P.I. with the tan trench coat and matching trilby...in a more modern setting, albeit and alternative one.
The series has also been cleverly titled. Each book's title is a take off from a famous movie. In this case, Aberystwyth Mon Amour comes from a 1959 movie called Hiroshima Mon Amour. The next book in the series is Last Tango in Aberystwyth, followed by The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth, then Don't Cry For Me Aberystwyth.
I can't wait to finish this book so I can move onto the others. Having been to Aberystwyth and surrounding areas myself, it's easy to imagine the setting and places as the story progresses.
In my experience, good romances set in Ireland are few and far between. But this story is a keeper! It was one of the first in the Irish Eyes Series f...moreIn my experience, good romances set in Ireland are few and far between. But this story is a keeper! It was one of the first in the Irish Eyes Series from Jove. I'd had such high hopes for the series. If only the other authors had written such a believable and traditonal story! Below is my original review from 2000...
Lisa Hendrix has an unconditional winner with "To Marry An Irish Rogue". Set in a small town in modern day Ireland, Lisa tells the
wonderful story of how a town full of single women set about to snare a husband. Not only is the towns wealthy bachelor the center of attention, the whole event is being filmed by the national media, Radio Telefís Éireann, better known in Ireland as RTÉ. Tara Brid O'Connell is the savvy reporter for RTÉ. She is sent with her trusted friend and cameraman, Finn, to cover a story about a man, Brian Hanrahan, who's been accused by critics of destroying Ireland's quaint villages by putting in his factories. While in Kilbooly, where this drama takes place, Tara finds more then she expected. Sitting one afternoon in a pub called The Nose she overhears a couple of local women discussing one's thwarted attempt at getting her long time boyfriend to marry her. She's out of ideas and desperate to get him to change his mind. When Tara speaks up, suggesting a boycott, she finds herself with a second story, and in the center of a game that could change her own life.
Brian Hanrahan is known by the local lads as "The Brian". He is every bachelor's ideal bachelor. Brian has a successful career, money to spend and lovely ladies at every turn. The men of Kilbooly admire Brian's independence, style and most importantly, his ability to stay single. What Brian doesn't realize is that he is soon to become the focus of not one but two major stories that are breaking in this once sleepy little town. And he doesn't like it one bit.
"To Marry An Irish Rogue" is a brilliantly told story. Hendrix's extensive research makes this book one of todays most well written books set in Ireland. I am stunned and amazed at the accuracy of the facts, right down to the brand of aspirin used by one of the characters. Each character is well developed and each page is chock full of adventure and intrigue. There are no dull spots that would cause any other book to drag. This is a quick read because the characters are fun to be with and the intrigue keeps the pages turning quickly to see what happens next.
I would strongly recommend that other authors considering setting their stories in Ireland read this book first to see how a pro does it. I would also strongly recommend that anyone looking for a fantastic read rush to their nearest bookstore and pick up a copy for their Keepers Collection. Anyone who loves Ireland and romance will really enjoy "To Marry An Irish Rogue"...guaranteed! (less)
My story in this outstanding collection is The Power Of Love, a story of two people madly in love with each other and expecting their first child. The...moreMy story in this outstanding collection is The Power Of Love, a story of two people madly in love with each other and expecting their first child. They're living the perfect life...until they're given tragic news.
Reviewers said --
Shortland writes a powerfully emotional story that moved me to tears with an intensity that took my breath away.
~ Marilyn Rondeau, Reviewers International Organization
Kemberlee Shortland's heart-rending tale will leave the reader in tears. Never has a story been so aptly named as this one! The depth of emotion displayed between Ethan and Elaine is simply stunning. Kemberlee Shortland proves herself to be a true force in the romance genre with this gem!
I have two stories in this incredible collection...Tutti-Frutti Blues and Dude Looks Like A Lady. This collection of stories is based on some outrageo...moreI have two stories in this incredible collection...Tutti-Frutti Blues and Dude Looks Like A Lady. This collection of stories is based on some outrageous laws from around the world, many of which are still active! My stories are set in my own home town of Carmel, California.
Tutti-Frutti Blues is based on an old law that was passed that said one could not consume ice cream on the town streets...
Town therapist Maisie Daniels is having a bad day. A failed alarm clock makes her late for work, she's locked herself out of her house and worse, she's half way across town when she realizes she's wearing her bunny slippers. A double scoop of tutti-frutti ice cream is just the ticket to boost her mood.
When Sergeant Jake Hennessey spots a woman in bunny slippers muttering to herself in the park, he wonders if she's one of the local eccentrics. When she steps from the ice cream parlor with her double dip in hand, Jake decides not to cite her for eating ice cream on the street, a recent ban, but invites her to dinner instead.
When Jake arrives at the restaurant and sees Maisie in her bunny slippers, he knows instantly that he could love her.
Dude Looks Like A Lady is based on a law still on the town records, though no longer enforced. One must obtain a license to wear shoes with heals higher than two inches!...
Pamela Howard can't believe what she let her friend Maisie talk her into - a charity costume contest where she's made to dress as King Louis XVI. Her partner, dressed as Queen Marie Antoinette, reminds her of a man she's spent five long years trying to forget. Hank Delacroix is ready to throttle his friend Jake. Hank is a great clown around his 49er teammates, but six-inch heels and a poodle on his head are a bit much. He has to be the tallest drag queen in the state. When he meets his Louis partner, he can't keep memories of the only woman he ever loved from waking in his mind.
When Hank realizes Louis is his ex-fiance, he has to find a way to make her stop running away from him so he can finally apologize.
What reviewers have said...
I picked up No Law Against Love becuase of a writer local to my home town of Carmel by-the-Sea, California. Kemberlee Shortland's story, "Tutti-Frutti Blues" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady", brought back memories of the small town I grew up in. Shortland's style of writing is both fun and creative; I look forward to reading more of this authors work in the future!
~ T.Zwagerman, reader
Tutti-Frutti is a special love story filled with romance between two people that is so unique in its own way. A little ice cream with no spoons could turn out delightfully wicked with that one special person. Ms. Shortland crafts an adorable little romance! It had a certain flare to it with the slippers and such a zany day, quite uplifting!
~ Linda at Romance at Heart Magazine
NO LAW AGAINST LOVE is like an assorted box of deluxe chocolate bonbons. There is something there worthy of every palate. Every devilishly naughty story is based upon a “silly law” still on the law books. Yet, because of these existing laws the heroes and heroines are brought together in undeniable love. I couldn’t read just one. Like chocolate melting in my mouth I had to open the box again and chose another delectable morsel. And you will too. You won’t be able to stop yourself.
~ JoEllen Conger, author
REMARKABLY MARVELOUS COLLECTION! ENJOY EACH AND EVERY STORY - LOVELY AND WELL-DONE!
~ Viviane Crystal at Crystal Reviews
Here are twenty-four stories for your reading pleasure. Truly, they are all well-written and entertaining. Several are hilarious. I give NO LAW AGAINST LOVE Top Pick for fun-factor and Top Pick for HOT-factor. My only complaint is that the stories weren't longer. They are all great reads but Bad Cat, Single Girls Can't Jump, and Dude Looks Like a Lady were my favorites. But, you read it, and pick your own favorite. They're all fabulous.
~ Cynthia Whitten at Romance Reader at Heart
I didn't read one story that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. There was an excellent mix among stories and authors...I laughed, I cried and I wanted more...I can't tell when I enjoyed an anthology more. I only had one complaint and that was I wished some of the stories were longer which can't be a bad thing...I look forward to more anthologies from these talented authors and from Highland Press.
~ Kathy Boswell at The Best Reviews
...you are in for an unbelievably rollicking good time!...one unforgettable, funny and sensual delight. This book comes highly recommended!
~ Marilyn Rondeau at Amazon.com
A marvelous collection of romantic tales about how love conquers all, despite or because of a silly law.
~ Diane Davis White, author
Authors from around the world have taken silly laws and created wonderfully romantic, fun, and entertaining romance stories. Be well entertained while supporting a worthy cause. Trust me there are no other anthologies on the market today that cover such a wide range of genres and taste.
~ Kristi Ahlers at Romantic Times
(No Law Against Love) A stellar anthology that had me laughing, sighing in pleasure, believing in magic, and left me begging for more! Will there be a second anthology someday? I sure hope so! This is one novel that I will go directly to my "Keeper" shelf, to be read over and over again. Very highly recommended!
My story in this fabulous collection is Moondance. The story is set on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland...
Blánaid thinks there's something wrong with h...moreMy story in this fabulous collection is Moondance. The story is set on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland...
Blánaid thinks there's something wrong with her. It's been months since she's dated, and even if she makes the first move to invite a man out, it seems he can't run away from her fast enough. If it weren't for her best friends, Ronan and Siobhan, Blánaid is sure she'd go crazy with loneliness and despair. Then, one night while watching the sunset, Ronan kisses her and suddenly, the world as Blánaid knows it is thrown into turmoil. She turns to Siobhan for advice and a shoulder to cry on.
Can Blánaid face the truth in Siobhan's words?
The instant his lips touched Blánaid's, Ronan was sure he'd found Heaven. Ever since meeting her, he tried to find a way to tell her how he felt about her. When he overheard her telling Siobhan she never dated the friends they hung out with, he kept his feelings to himself- until this night when everything seemed so right. And he thought she felt the same when she returned his kiss. But when she realized what was happening, she ran from him. Ronan was sure he'd scared her off forever.
Can Ronan settle for just being Blánaid's friend?
What the reviewers said...
Blanaid and Ronan have been good friends for quite some time now and as the forlorn beauty despairs of finding love, Ronan can no longer resist revealing his true feelings. Rearing from confusion, Blanaid knows not what to think now of the man that has always been here for her--as a friend. When she realizes her true feelings, will she be in time to prove to him how very worthy he really is? Love often resides right under our noses...if we know how to see it. Author Shortland writes a tale of love that is not so very far if we are just willing to reach for it. A wonderful story filled with pent-up passion and discovery of love.
K. Montgomery, Amazon and ParaNormalRomance.com
Blue Moon Enchantment from Highland Press offers fifteen writers worldwide, many from the No Law Against Love anthology, with enchanting romance tales of what happens when a wish is made on a Blue Moon. Presented as two volumes–Blue Moon Magic is the first book. These tales are from all periods, every genre, and showcase award-winning romance writers of today and stars of tomorrow.
~ Tina Adams, The Romance Reading Room
Set in Ireland. Ronan moved into the area a year ago and fell in love with Blánaid on sight. However, Blánaid has only ever thought of him as a friend. Ronan had once overheard Blánaid and one of her friends discussing what they looked for in a man, so Ronan knows that he is nothing like the one she dreams of. Yet as Blánaid and he watch the sun set one evening, Ronan takes a chance and kisses her.
If you want some sweet dreams, read one of two of these stories just before bed. Terrific!
~ Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews
Kemberelee Shortland demonstrates the power of friendship in "Moondance". Blanaid and Ronan have been close friends for quite awhile. Blanaid is oblivious to Ronan's love for her as well as her own feelings for him. Will the blue moon forever change this friendship?
"Moondance" is a story everyone can relate to. Either one has experienced or witnessed a friendship evolving into a romantic relationship. Kemberlee Shortland's splendid portrayal of Blanaid's concerns about possibly losing the friendship she has with Ronan will resonate with readers everywhere.
Deborah Wiley, Amazon
Ronan has loved Blánaid from their first meeting. She only sees him as a friend and he wants to change that. With the help of a setting sun and a wish perhaps Ronan will find his happy ending.
Dean Koontz has an incredible ability to tell a story over the course of the character's single 24 hour day, while incorporating all of the aspects of...moreDean Koontz has an incredible ability to tell a story over the course of the character's single 24 hour day, while incorporating all of the aspects of a traditional longer paced novel. He takes readers into places they would never go themselves, physically and emotionally, as his characters battle evil. Koontz pulls at heart strings, punches us in the gut, then picks us up and dusts us down to do it all over again.
Odd Thomas is no exception. Odd is an odd name to begin with, but add to that, he can see dead people. I envision this is poor Cole Sear (Sixth Sense), grown up and dealing with his 'gift' the only way he knows how. To listen. With a small and close-knit group of friends who know about his ability, including the town police chief, Odd confronts evil in his small hometown of Pico Mundo in Southern California.
Odd Thomas is the first of four novels featuring this hero. In this story we're introduced to Odd and his friends, as well as his ability...and the ghost of Elvis who seems to have attached himself to Odd for some reason yet to be discovered. Elvis is not known to have every visited Pico Mundo or had any other reason for attaching himself to the community, so this is just one more thing Odd must explore.
Odd is a pacifist at heart. He prefers a simple life. And most of all, he just wants to be with his soul mate, Stormy. He works as a short order cook and loves his job, but is always interested in trying something new. He doesn't want to be a millionaire, he doesn't want to be famous. But when a series of events lead him to the local shopping center, his life is about to change.
This is an incredible read. I've always liked Dean Koontz's work, but hadn't picked up the Odd Thomas series for some reason. Probably a personal protest that he stopped at the second book in the Chris Snow series. But this series is shaping up to be incredible. Can't wait to read Forever Odd!(less)
Just finished the second book in the Odd Thomas series called Forever Odd. Again, Dean Koontz takes readers on a nonstop journey with Odd over the cou...moreJust finished the second book in the Odd Thomas series called Forever Odd. Again, Dean Koontz takes readers on a nonstop journey with Odd over the course of a 24 hour period. In this story, Odd is confronted by a woman with an unnatural interest in death, the rituals of death and voodoo. Odd is put through his paces in order to save the life of his childhood friend, Danny, who suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease.
What I enjoy about Dean Koontz's stories is that he doesn't write whimpy heroes. Where a normal person would run in the face of fear, evil and ne'er do wells, Koontz's characters stand up to them. Where one is expected to run the other way, Odd runs, instead, toward the evil to confront it head on. Where one is expected to cower, Odd stands taller. And when met with soul breaking horror, he fights back to protect those he loves.
Odd is not your regular character. While writers strive to create believable characters, ones we can relate to, Koontz's character in Odd is someone we grow to believe in. Some of the storyline is a bit cheesy, like the ghost of Elvis, but it helps to keep the story as a whole more balanced. And we do come to learn why Elvis is there. We sometimes forget that Elvis wasn't just a Vegas show act. He was a real man with the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us, and a soul who got lost along the way before he passed away. Somehow he thinks Odd can help him.