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More Than This (The O'Learys #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  477 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…

Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by comple
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published January 3rd 2013 by eKensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4 stars

I don’t know what it says about me that I really seem to enjoy books that revolve around pubs and bars, but for some reason I do. Maybe it was watching Cheers for so many years and thinking it would be cool to be a part of a place like that or maybe because there have been so many fabulous books written about pubs and bars and their always hunky, smoldering hot owners. Whatever the case, I once again find myself caught up in another gr
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The set up
Quinn Adams thought she needed to shake things up in her life. She's the one always taking the practical path and is in sort of a rut with her career and love life but doesn't know how to alter her course. Ryan O'Leary would love a shot at being the romance in her life but she sees him as being cut from the same mold as her ex...a bartender who can't resist the flavor of the night, even though he's so much more than that.

The issues
Quinn's polar-opposite, outgoing sister Indy and frien
Michelle [Helen Geek]
01/11/2013 -- DNF for me. Made a pact with myself NOT to waste time on a book you KNOW will not get better. Too many books and too little time. Sorry, just too simple. Same story, told multiple times, so if you are going to tell it again ... knock it out the park. Unfortunately, just did not happen.

My one update said this book reminded me of a late 80's mediocre serial romance. I haven't changed my mind.

ARC provided by Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, ebook-arc
From the first page of this contemporary romance I knew that this book just wasn’t for me and to be honest it was a bit of a struggle to get through. I found the pace too slow which lead to me being bored. Also the storyline and the characters were not developed enough for me to connect to it.

What didn’t help was the main character Quinn who I didn’t really like at all. I found her annoying, she was just so serious and planed everything out to the point of obsession. She also over reacted and as
Liberty Ann Ireland
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance Lovers

I love a good Contemporary Romance. I do. I also have a soft spot in my heart for women who want to have babies and it doesn't just 'happen' and sexy, good looking men with dark hair and killer smiles. More Than This contains all of the above and then some. ;)

The Good: Having never read Shannyn's works before, I really had no predetermined opinions on what to expect from her book. What I found was a well written book about interesting and likeable characters who were part of a somewhat unique an
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the moment I started reading this book I found myself becoming fully immersed in the back-and-forth relationship between Quinn and Ryan. There was much to like about them as well as the friends and family surrounding them and I was sad when this heartwarmingly sexy story came to its abrupt conclusion.

Quinn is a character I could easily relate to. She's quiet and reliable but after her divorce realizes that life is passing her by and that she'll soon end up alone. Her friends see this too an
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adult, friendship
Take 1 lonely, divorcee, school teacher and add 1 very sexy, over worked, bar owner and you’ve got an amazing story about finding love where you least expect it.

Quinn Adams life needs some changes, taking advice from her sister and best friends, Quinn makes a list of outrageous acts to get her out of her funk. Posing nude, 5 dates in two weeks, riding a motorcycle, adventures Quinn would never attempt without this push. Now with the list in hand there are some disastrous attempts by Quinn to fu
Shirley Frances

I really enjoyed this book! This is one 'friends-to-lovers' story that I will keep on my re-read shelf.

Quinn and Ryan have known each other since Quinn started going to Ryan's bar with her co-workers. Quinn's experience with bartenders is not great, so she keeps Ryan at arms-length even when she finds him attractive. They have enjoyed a sort of friendship over time, but it isn't until Quinn needs help with her list that they develop a true friendship. Ryan wants more with Quinn but he goes a
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!

Quinn has a plan….for everything. She’s organized, detailed, and follows the rules. At 31, she’s realized this has gotten her nowhere, at least nowhere she wants to be. Her sister and best friend plan to change that for her. They give her a list of 8 things she has to do before the end of the summer.

Ryan owns the bar Quinn hangs out at with her co-workers, sister and best friend. Ryan decides he wants Quinn and sets out to win her over. He’s fighting an uphill battle. Quinn’s ex-husband was a b
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by Kim

To steal a line from the book, “If I had to sum it up, all I can say is Hoo-doggie.” Talk about a book drawing you in. I loved MORE THAN THIS from the very beginning.

MORE THAN THIS is the story of Quinn Adams, a too perfect, always walking on the safe side, high school English teacher. She’s beautiful but doesn’t know it. She’s a person who doesn’t like the spotlight.

Ryan O’Leary is just great. He’s the second oldest
Kate Meader
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very cute, enjoyable friends-to-lovers story with very likeable, relatable characters. I loved how grounded and real both Quinn and Ryan were (though it took me a while to get situated on Quinn's name which I kept thinking was the name of the hero during the early pages). If you're a fan of the slow build romance, this is the book for you. Reminded me of Shannon Stacey in parts - the family dynamics, the sense of setting, and especially the fact that there was no jerk or too-stupid-to- ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of friends to lovers novels will want to add debut author Shannyn Schroeder’s More Than This to their must have list. An absolutely fun yet sexy read, I loved watching this mismatched pair find their way to happily ever after. To read my review in its entirety, please click HERE.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this friend to lovers story and how it all came to be! You can't help but love and feel for the characters, their families and friends. I found this on netgalley and was so glad I was able to read it. I was even more excited to find out there is a second book to follow soon. Can't wait!
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one in the series to come out... Any idea as to when that will be?
Bette Hansen
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Decent read. I really liked the story and Ryan's character

Decent read. I really enjoyed the story and Ryan's character is great. Quinn frustrated me though. She couldn't seem to decide what she wanted. Overall though I would recommend this one.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
Surprisingly cuter than I expected.
Sandra  Valente
3 1/2 stars.

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ARC received from Kensington via NetGalley

It's been a long time since I've read a straight forward romance, and I must say I really enjoyed it. It wasn't hectic in the suspense sense, it wasn't riddled with bad guys - it was simply about a Quinn and Ryan.

You get the gist of what this story is about from the book description, but I'll still have my say. Quinn is lonely after her divorce, yet More Than This is peppered with humor

Quinn Adams has always been the practical one, but practicality hasn't done her any favors. Her career is in a rut and her love life is non-existent, and while she wants better for herself, she has no idea where to start. When she finds out her bartender ex-husband is going to be a father, her biological clock goes haywire, and she's determined that if nothing else, she will be a mother. Now if only she could find a willing and worthy father for her yet-to-be-conceived child.

Ryan O'Leary can't h
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Maria Cope
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars


“Someday had become her mantra for years. Someday had already taken too long.”

Shy English teacher Quinn plans everything—right down to the month she wants to be artificially inseminated that will most work around her work schedule when the baby is born. When she decides to carry out her “My Someday” list, she reluctantly hands over the reins to her sister and best friend to write out the list for her. Quinn must carry out this list of eight things before the end of the summer.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Kat's Review

I saw this ebook on my library's website and thought, Why not? You know, cause it's not like my backlist of things to read isn't a mile long. I get distracted sometimes. This book is what I would call a contemporary romance, although not quite as gushy as many tend to be. The premise was kind of cute. A teacher, Quinn, who is stuck in a rut decides she wants a baby. In an attempt to break out of her comfort zone first, her sister and best friend design a list of summer challenges, mu
It was competently, if blandly, written and I was making an effort to finish it, even if the story was both uninspired and totally off the wall. But then! Hey, it's Casual Racism. The lady of the story is a school teacher in Chicago, yeah? Almost everyone in the story is white, which is dumb, you know because it's CHICAGO, but okay whatever, I'll suspend my disbelief enough to pretend that there are ZERO brown folks around. And then we get one black dude, who is the principle of the school where ...more
Tam B.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a friends to lovers and love romance. I enjoyed it but have to admit in places it felt long. (I was reading late and checked my % read figuring we had to be near the HEA and it was only 50% done.)

I liked Quinn our heroine. She had a plan, determination and thought things through. What I didn't get was how she could be so flexible in her work and inflexible with her plan. Quinn is a very strong, confident teacher yet becomes the opposite in social situations and particularly around her
Roz ~ My Written Romance
This review and others can be found at my blog, My Written Romance. Just click here.

The friends-to-lovers trope is probably one of my top 3 favourites. There’s something really lovely in following the story of two people who realise that they feel something more than simple friendship. Some books get it wrong (unrealistic friendship, no chemistry).

More Than This, I am happy to say, is not one of those books.

The gradual movement from friends to lovers is fantastic. It’s also nice to see it being
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books

A great contemporary romance between a high school English teacher and a sexy bar owner.

The friends to lovers stories have been enjoyed before and this one did not disappoint. Great chemistry between Quinn Adams and Ryan O'Leary - it was wonderful, and at the same time frustrating, to watch two people develop a friendship that would grow to something more.

It started when Quinn's sister Indy, and best friend Kate, decided to help her create a list that would get Quinn out of her comfort zone. I
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was way too long. There were about four plots that added nothing to the plot of this book but seemed more intended to set up sequels. Quinn's teaching plot was especially unnecessary/unsatisfying, because, as a reader, we don't get any payoff. She's unhappy in her job and under appreciated despite the fact that she is oh so amazing at it. (view spoiler) And I really hated (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
The first book to the series of 'O' Leary's and I must say that it was a difficult dive into liking the 2 main protagonist of the story. The flow of the story in the beginning was interesting when clearly we would know of Ryan's intention.

Ryan, the owner of a bar who obviously have a certain infatuation towards Quinn. It was a frustrating development of a supposed relationship between the two; from lust to let's remain as friends to realising that's love. I don't appreciate the development and
I discovered this series by reading the 3rd book via Netgalley and enjoyed it so much, I've finally found the time to start the series properly by going back and reading the first two books.

This was a bit of a slow-starter for me but I liked Quinn and Ryan so much I persevered and I am so glad I did. The payoff when they move from friends-to-lovers is well worth the wait.

My only comment is that the whole rapes-in-bars story arc never seems to be resolved. When you set up a storyline like that i
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I really liked this book and would have given it 4 stars, but something held me back. I think it's because there were so many storylines that were developed to provide background on the characters that were just completely dropped. (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Quinn and Ryan are two simple characters..quinn is a teacher and ryan owns a bar.Both meet causally and their chemistry hits off..but they both struggle with borders of friendship and friendship with benefits ..neither are ready to give what each other want and dreams.
Will it be too late before they recognize they are perfect for eachother before they loose whatever they have between them?
A bit lengthy than normal books and gets boring sometimes..but i really liked the book as whole.
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