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Someone to Believe In

(O'Neil Family #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,655 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B0045Y1M2M.

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang spec
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Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 372 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by Kathryn Shay (first published September 6th 2005)
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Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Kathryn shay has been a hit or miss author for me.
But I liked this one a lot despite few things that should not have worked.

For one thing the h/H have a strong, sweet and sexy bond that is the backbone of this book. Although the how and why of their connection may be an issue with some people and rightly so. They’ve a history of 11 years and all bad. So why now?

As with most KS books, the h/H are antagonists in a social/political scenario. He’s a conservative Senator and she’s
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Shae
Dec 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My friend Heather pushed this book onto me. I thought it was going to be great like all of the other books she forces on me, but I was wrong. So very wrong. I’m not going to be gentle in my review and I’m not going to be politically biased, because that just isn’t me. I just want to say that if it hadn’t been for the characters or the circumstances, it would have been a great book. The interactions between Clay and Bailey were nice when they were together without any of the other crap in the way ...more
ElaineY
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No serial killer. No covert op. No undercover assignments. Not my usual fare at all yet I liked this book. I've read one Kathryn Shay before, I think. It wasn't all that memorable and was about firefighters.

Someone To Believe In has a politician hero and a do-gooder heroine who helps kids leave gangs. I'm rather partial to politician heroes (this IS romantic fantasy, after all) and I liked Clay. While Bailey's reluctance to admit that it's more than just sex between them is understan
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Mara
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Alison
Ten years ago Clay Wainwright prosecuted Bailey O'Neill for harbouring a known criminal and hiding him from the police, she went to jail. Now, Clay is a senator with Vice Presidential aspirations and Bailey is the 'Street Angel' running an anonymous hotline to help kids get away from gangs. The two of them clash on a regular basis, especially since they have both been put on a task force to determine how spend the city's allocation of money from a Youth Crime Bill.

As the two of them
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Robin
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bailey O'Neil is known as the "Street Angel" for her work in helping kids get out of gangs and into a better life. Her work is effective but she has her detractors. One of them is Senator Clayton Wainwright. Clay believes the gang members are criminals who should be arrested, and that Bailey is more or less helping the criminals escape justice. As their differences go public during Clay's re-election campaign, he tries to meet with Bailey in order to achieve a cease-fire. They are both surprised ...more
Jane Stewart
I read about 82 pages and just wasn’t interested. I don’t know why. I didn’t care about what I was reading.

But, this might appeal to others so I’ll tell you what it’s about below.

Bailey is a single mother. She works in a nonprofit that helps kids get out of gangs. She finds housing and other help for them.

Clay is a senator. Several years earlier he was the prosecutor in a trial that sent Bailey to jail for a year. Her crime was helping and hiding someone who
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Anna
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm torn about this book. On the one hand it's well-written, delves deeper than usual into a social topic (kids in gangs), and is quite thought-provoking. On the other hand, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth because I didn't like the ending.

The main conflict is the difference of opinion on how to handle gangs between a Republican senator and a (presumably Democrat) woman who runs a non-profit to help kids get out of gangs. She doesn't quite follow the letter of the law, gaining
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Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
LOVED this book. Oh..I fell hard for the O'Neil family. Such great characters and story. Just loved it. Bailey was a great heroine and I loved her relationship with Clay. So good!! I did think Clay was an asshat with some of the things he did and I hated what happened as a result of him seeing Taz. If he had just handled that differently. UGH!! lol I totally loved how Clay was with Rory. Such a great story and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
Someone To Believe In (The O'Neils Book 1)

The love story of Bailey and Clay. Ten years ago Clay was a prosecutor and he put Bailey in jail for not tell the police about a crime. Now he is a New York senator of the U.S. and she is known as the Street Angel. They are at war over state funds and they are attracted to each other. Can love gown when they are on opposite sides? Great story.
Sonia189
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more interesting than I imagined, even with the "enemies to lovers" trope which was what what made me want to try it.
I'm debating reading more b0oks in this series...
LaFleurBleue
I raised more than a few brows at the unlikeness of the story, though I must confess that I felt compelled to pick it up again, so at least the lead characters managed to hook me. Even though neither of them was perfect, far from it. The hero was too overbearing and dominating, the heroine trying too long to be the strong independent woman who did not need help from anyone ever and never listening to her feelings or inner wants, outside a few sex urges.
What rather irritated me was the secondary
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Janeiowa
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series has really caught my interest.

The series seems to have started as the O'Neil Brothers, but now is often labeled as simply The O'Neils.

The first one, publ. in 2005 is titled Someone to Believe In. The female lead character, Bailey O'Neil,  is a social worker who works to get kids out of gangs in NYC and who went to jail for helping a teen. The male character is the DA who prosecuted her and who is now a Senator from NY.  He disapproves of her helping the gang kid
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Breelynne
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 300-pgs
This one caught me by surprise. When I started it, I didn't think I would be giving it 4 STARS by the end. I wasn't even sure if the story would hold my interest. I was pleasantly surprised. I really loved all of the charcters. Which is also surprising for me, as I usually get pissy when there are more than 4 I have to try to keep straight in my mind. Each were defined really well though, as I found myself routing for much more than just the main characters. There are some spelling errors, for t ...more
Eya
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't take my two stars the wrong way - this is a very well-written book and, objectively, deserves three stars. But the drama of it grated on me a bit and, more importantly, so did the fact that the female protagonist was the only one who had to compromise. I'm too old to believe the old adage that it takes strenght to give in. It's a copout, that's what it is, and one that I'm sick and tired off. It's also realistic but that only makes me despise it more. Good book. Tiresome look on women's "o ...more
Robin Franks
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book...the story was good. It seemed to go on forever, though. I think it could have been less wordy.
Sarah E Koziarski
I thought this was an interesting premise, but it didn't turn out to be. The characters never meshed for me, the circumstances they were put in were not believable, and the author's writing was stilted and almost condescending and under developed at times, particularly in the beginning. I was really hoping to like the book, and it was not without its good points (although nothing above average), but it was disappointing.
Bette Stanek
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I’ve just found a new favorite book family. I definitely know I’m gonna want to know all about the rest of the family, that’s for sure!

Bailey, aka the Street Angel, has been working to get kids out of gangs for at least ten years. She’s made a name for herself. She’s also been through a lot to earn that name. Ten years ago, Clay Wainwright prosecuted her and won, which sent Bailey to jail for a year. No one was happy with Clay. They’ve been at loggerheads ever since she got out of priso
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Tanja Glavnik
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I didn't read this one.

I couldn't.

The book grated on me from the prologue on where, as Bailey O'Neil was put on trial for harbouring a murderer (juvenile, but still), EVERYONE was shocked when she was accused, and apparently the prosecutor was the one to be angry at?

Excuse me, but isn't what she did ILLEGAL? Like, anyone else would have been convicted without a second thought, but because apparently she has the "extenuating circumstance" of helping these young
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Kathy
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bailey and Clay are adversaries and have been for over a decade. They are asked to serve on the same committee and suddenly the attraction between them is overwhelming. But the conflict that separates them is overwhelming. A very good book that keeps you guessing “Will they end up together?” Read it and find out.
Cynthia
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gangs

Bailey O'Neil was working on getting kids out of gangs of prevent them from going in. She had butted heads with Clay Wainwright when he was a District Attorney when he had her thrown in jail for helping a gang member. Now it's 10 years later and he is a State Senator and they are still butting heads. But something changes when they were asked to be on a committee together.
Lynn Dolan
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing book that does not stop.

The philosophical differences between Clay and Bailey never stop. They have a history together which causes some problems for them. But it is his job as a U.S. Senator and her role in aiding endangered teens to get out of street gangs that makes their romance very rocky.
Pip Snort
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
In the end I was bored, not because the story wasn't interesting - the theme of youth gangs and how best to tackle them was interesting, not because the writing was especially bad - it wasn't, just because love doesn't win and I was not convinced in this story that it would or should. The highest goal in life is not to find someone who loves you.
Cassie
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

Just loved this story. Found myself wondering if they would make it. Loved the sense of family throughout. Loved that sometimes it is another person that says something that puts everything into perspective. Great read looking forward to the next. Narration was terrific.
Jeffery Wiggins
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Republican Senator goes head to head with a fierce "street 👼". A strong minded woman determined to help young people get free from their gang. I found the story believable, heartbreaking, and enjoyable to read. Great storytelling.
Dawn Pressel
I could have given this more stars but Bailey is exhausting
Kathleen
Typical romance novel with unusual themes of teen gangs and politics
AB
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise and good character development but I really felt like it dragged on after a while and the plot mostly consisted of going back and forth
Mary Beth
Stopped 50% thru - lost interest
Marie Vayer
Its a great story but very slow. It drags. I had to put it down several times as it made me sleepy. Love the characters and the story is great. Just takes too long to get into the story....
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Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first 'romance,' a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists - and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring d ...more

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