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Going Against Type

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Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic, and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite so sure as she seem. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at th ...more
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Tirgearr Publishing
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I won a copy of this book from the author via Geeks In High School. I liked this story. It was humorous, fast pace, with its own unique edge. I did want more romance, but what I got was really sweet and endearing. Full review coming.
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
It’s the battle of the anonymous.. Okay, that’s a bad opening line. But this is the real deal.

Charlotte “Charlie” Regan writes under the name Side Swipe for a Dublin newspaper showcasing athletes and sports. She’s given the job to do a column to air her no-holds barred opinions and advice about real sports without the touch of fashion industry. On the other hand, her contemporary, Derry of The Squire blatantly contradicts her words and no-fashion sense, thus creating word war with her. But these
Sterna Kruger
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Charlie, a sports journalist kicking but in a 'mans-world', from the first page. The Author does a great job of connecting her with the reader – and it doesn’t hurt that she has a killer sense of humor.

After putting a disastrous relationship behind her, Charlie focuses on the one thing she knows she’s good at – sports writing. So when she’s given the chance to write a brand new column, Side Swipe, she jumps with both feet in … landing right in the middle of well-known columnist, The Squi
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in beautiful Ireland and it involves the romance of Charlotte, a sports writer, and Derry, a fashion writer, and they write for competitive newspapers. I loved the way the author used a female as a sports writer and a male as a fashion writer. It was intriguing to watch Charlotte, who knew more about sports then Derry, and Derry, who knew more about fashion then Charlotte, try to relate to one another. It was a nice twist to the book. There are other characters in the book ...more
Gail Chianese
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute story and fun to read a story from a non-American author. It's a little different than what we're used to, not as much face-to-face time with the hero and heroine at the beginning of the story. Instead you get their witty banter, which was great fun to read as you could really see the conflict that these two were going to have to work through.
Jennifer Collin
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Going Against Type is loads of fun and hard to put down. Its one for fans of the enemies to lovers trope and has a great Doris Day, 1960s Rom Com vibe to it. Charlie is a great leading lady - not a wilting violet by any means. She's someone fans of strong female leads will cheer for.
Jan Walters
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book. I love the characters and storyline.
Meabh Mckeown
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read, really enjoyed the story and the characters. A perfect way to escape for a few hours. Looking forward to the next book by this author.
Alison DeLuca
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, romance, ireland
(Note - I was gifted a copy of Going Against Type for an honest, independent review.)

Going Against Type by Sharon Black is a delightful book. This story of journalist Charlie Regan follows her journey to become a full-fledged sports writer and the man she falls in love with along the way.

When Charlie gets the chance to write a sports column, Side Swipe, she finds herself in a feud with The Squire, a fashion columnist. The readers love the feud, and Charlie’s career takes off. Little does she kno
Olga Miret
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quirky romance that turns expectations on their heads I am reviewing this novel as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team and I thank her and the author for providing me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Going Against Type is a romantic comedy that turns many conventions and expectations on their heads. The female protagonist, Charlotte, who goes by Charlie, is a sports journalist who’s always been mad about sport and wanted to be a footballer when she was younger. She still
Christine Sun
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Sharon Black’s new novel Going Against Type raises interesting questions about journalists: How do they respond to and take advantage of common (mis)conceptions about gender? Where exactly is the beef (read: news) and how much can be hidden in a byline? When career and romance clash, which one wins? Should there always be a winner?

Most importantly, if sports journalist Charlotte Regan is thrilled that her rival, a fashion writer and gossip columnist, thinks she is a man, then why does she immedi
Jennifer Young
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
On a day when I needed a laugh, I found it in Sharon Black’s Going Against Type. It’s clever, it’s witty and it’s beautifully written. Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan is a sports reporter, sole woman in an office full of men. Derry Cullinane is a fashion journalist, sole man in an office full of women. Skilfully set up to begin with, the pace escalates as their relationship develops in real life while, professionally, they engage in a raging weekly row through their (anonymous) columns in their respec ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story. I wanted to read it because I like stories about journalists. Charlotte is an enjoyable character who writes for the sports section. She is given an opportunity to write an anonymous column and she ends up in a battle of wits with a rival paper. While out covering a horse race, she encounters an oddly dressed, yet charming man. She ends up set up with him by a mutual friend, who isn't aware they have already crossed paths.

I liked the banter between the columns, but I felt
Deb Smith
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I really had a hard time getting into this story. I kept waiting for the romance. What with all the background needed to set this story up, the actual story did not start until mid-way in the book. I appreciate that the author wanted to use the journalism aspect but I would have preferred more of the story of Derry and Charlie. Just when things were getting started and I felt some momentum in the story it all ended. It left me with a feeling of emptiness. I loved both Derry and Charlie and I thi ...more

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Writing her own column has been Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan’s dream as a journalist and it has now finally come true. Unfortunately, she’s writing under the pen name, Side Swipe, while a journalist from another paper picks her stories apart to make her writing sound like a joke. To make matters worse, her friend is determined to match-make for her. Yet, the man her friend has chosen seems to be the biggest flirt ever. How can Charlie trust such a man, especially
Kathy Roling
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the book but didn't care for the ending.
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IRISH author Sharon Black is a diehard screwball comedy enthusiast. Her first novel, Going Against Type, a contemporary romantic comedy set in Dublin, was e-published by Tirgearr Publishing in September, 2014 to great reviews.
She has had short stories published, and won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival shor