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Love in Dublin

(The McKinnon Brothers #4)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Single father Colin McKinnon has roots and obligations that have kept him firmly in Dublin his entire life. He once planned to explore the world, but he was bound by duty and gave up on his dreams long ago. When he meets free-spirited American travel writer Maggie in a pub, he’s intrigued. She could help him get a taste of what he lost, rattle the chains of his self-impose ...more
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
We’re off to Dublin for the fourth book in The McKinnon Brothers series and, being partial to a man in his forties, particularly one who’s Irish, Colin McKinnon was no struggle.


Recently divorced and settling into life as a single dad to three teenagers on the verge of adulthood who no longer need him quite so much, Colin is coming to terms with how his life has changed but, rather than embracing it, he sees himself as boring and over the hill. Until he meets American travel writer, Maggie Spenc
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I’ve read author Jennifer Gracen before, but I’ve never read a book in this series and after reading this one, I immediately went and added the first three to my wish list. Love In Dublin reminded me what a well crafted romance looks like; the characters were complex, but we see them evolve during this story, the relationship starts as a friendship, but over time becomes more at a realistic pace especially for these characters, they have some fundamental differences, but they are adults about it
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Love in Dublin is a heartfelt, realistic tale of love and second chances.

Maggie is a traveler, a nomad, a wanderer. She doesn't really have a home, she doesn't have roots. She thinks it's because she's a free spirit, but it's really because she's running from the pain of her husband's tragic death, even years after. When she meets Colin in Dublin, where she's set to write another of her travel articles, the last thing she expects is to meet the man who will make her feel again. The last thing Co
Erin Lewis
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Star review of Love In Dublin (The McKinnon Brothers #4) by Jennifer Gracen
Jennifer Gracen is a new author to me. Recently I have found myself gravitating to stories of single dads. Colin McKinnon has lived in Dublin all his life and is deeply committed to his family, despite his dreams to travel the world, he found himself entrenched in life in Dublin.

Maggie Spencer is an American travel writer whom he meets in a pub. With her travel experience perhaps she can share the world with him thr
Isha Coleman
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Gracen picked one of the most eerily beautiful places in the world for the setting of a haunting tale of love, loss and new beginnings. No backdrop could have been more perfect. Standing amid the ghosts of heartbreaks past and hopes restored, Colin and Maggie set about rebuilding their lives. Maggie is a drifter. Haunted by loss, her way of coping is to roam. Her adventurous spirit, has never steered her wrong, until she discovers the beauty of Ireland and ends up losing more than she bargai ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An emotional journey that will keep you turning the pages. Colin, has just ended his loveless nineteen year marriage when he meets Maggie, a free spirited travel writer in a pub in Ireland. Maggie has gone through tragedy in her life and she doesn't do forever. Two lost souls that travel through the Irish countryside, helping each other heal.

This is a book that I could not put down, with the descriptive writing you will feel like you are there with Colin and Maggie. The family devotion that Col
4 1/2 Stars!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVED this book. Hell, I'm going to work on actually doing a full review -- GASP, I know, something I haven't done in more than a month! :)

Let me keep it simple for now: Go order this book. Thank me later.

I need to read the previous books in this series. Like, yesterday.

Full review is on the blog now:

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I will be talking about the book on my next Whatcha Reading? podcast, which is now up o
Clare O'Beara
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a light romance between a newly divorced father and a travel blogger. Due to marrying early the guy never travelled outside Ireland (hard to imagine these days, not even camping with his family?) and he meets a lady who travels too much and doesn't put down roots.

These days in Dublin people don't write by pen and paper, nor in pubs which are noisy and often dim at night; they write on laptops in coffee shops. While our blogger doesn't whip out a laptop or a camera ever. We get a couple
Kristy K
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have never thought I'd find a 40 year old single dad relatable, but I actually related more to Collin than Maggie. I really liked him as a character and was completely envious of Maggie's job. This was a great slow burn romance and would be a perfect beach read. ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love in Dublin by Jennifer Gracen
Single father Colin McKinnon has roots and obligations that have kept him firmly in Dublin his entire life. He once planned to explore the world, but he was bound by duty and gave up on his dreams long ago. When he meets free-spirited American travel writer Maggie in a pub, he’s intrigued. She could help him get a taste of what he lost, rattle the chains of his self-imposed isolation. Instantly drawn to her light, beauty, and sense of adventure, Colin can’t stay
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Love in Dublin is one of those story that when you flip the final page you let out a very satisfied sigh for a story well told.

After almost two decades of marriage Colin finds himself divorced, children almost grown, and at odds with life. He’s the kind of man who stays, discovers his duty and does it, who left the wandering dreams of his youth far behind. Now a chance meeting with an American travel writer has his attention. He’d love to do what Maggie does, but it’
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kindle, favorites
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.*

This is a book that will make you cry and laugh, it’s tender and sweet and a story to get lost in. It’s one of my favourites this year.

Colin is recently divorced from a loveless marriage that resulted in three children he loves and live for. Maggie has suffered a tragic loss and now travels for a living, never stopping for long in one place. In Dublin she’s intrigued by Colin and they spend a
Jackie Wright
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know a Series is good when you jump in at book 4 and you have no problem following the family and the story, Jennifer Gracen is a new author to me but after reading Love in Dublin I will be checking out the rest of this series and her other books.
This is a beautiful love story about two people who haven’t had it easy, they need to let go of the past if they are going to find happiness, a couple who aren’t looking for love and a relationship but sometimes fate works in mysterious ways, opposi
N.W. Moors
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maggie Spencer is a travel writer who has come to Dublin as part of her latest assignment. She meets Colin McKinnon in her local pub and they strike up a friendship. Both are wounded people; Colin has gone through a divorce, not an easy thing in Ireland, and Maggie is a widow. But Maggie is determined to bring Colin out of his self-imposed shell. He's always wanted to travel, and that's what she does. Actually, she can't seem to stop.
This is a lovely romance where two people who have lived throu
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, for-review, kindle
Love in Dublin is the fourth book in the McKinnon Brothers series but the first of the series that I have read. It stood up well as a stand alone, so you can jump right in at this point and not feel like you are missing anything. This is Coli'n's story. He is finally out of a loveless marriage and at a crossroads. Maggie has wanderlust and her job allows her to travel, never putting down roots.

This was a sweet story about two lost souls who find love and home in each other. Maggie was perfect f
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love in Dublin by Jennifer Gracen is book four in the McKinnon Brother Series. Ms. Gracen changes things up with the spectacular setting, giving it an almost Gothic romance atmosphere. It is a contemporary romance but just has that feel to it.

The isolation of the idealist male who has surrender his dreams to be the responsible adult is paired with the free-spirit female who is living hers is such a contrast in this story. The ideas of love, loss, finding your sense of adventure paired with findi
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing heartwarming story

This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Gracen but it certainly won't be the last. The fourth book in The McKinnon Brothers series it read well as a stand alone. Though it made me curious to read the previous books.

Maggie and Colin have both had heartache in their pasts though very different experiences. I loved watching the transition of their relationship from friends to lovers. There were moments in the book that made me cry and others that made me smile. But du
Bette Hansen
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I completely lost myself in this highly emotional beautiful story. The writing is excellent and very descriptive bringing the charm and beauty of Ireland to life and the characters simply touched my heart.

After nineteen years of marriage Colin McKinnon finds himself a single man once again. No easy feat in his home country of Ireland. He never realized how dreary his life had become until he meets Maggie Spencer. A woman who is full of life and joyful each and every day even though she's experie
Sandie Scott
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mending hearts

First off, I love books about Irish romances! Opposites attract until Maggie and Colin find out they are experiencing the same feelings of heartbreak and loneliness. One survives by traveling without setting down roots, and the other survives by accepting a life as a single person. Colin realizes that Maggie is living the life he wanted, until a pregnancy stops him, and he’s fascinated by her. They begin as friends, trying to help each other get through their past experiences, but
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You definitely learn something new every day even from a romance novel. Ireland really doesn't want their residents to divorce. Poor Colin and their kids for having to wait that long.

Then Maggie, being widowed so young. Wow! I love how she tried to continue their work.

Love can heal most wounds. Maggie thought all she was doing was showing Colin how to have a little fun and spontaneity in his life, but she never though he was teaching her how to love again.

This was such a wonderful book. I could
Paula Pugh
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love in Dublin is such a lovely, tender and moving book. Deep in the story are pensive moments of emotion and soul searching by the characters Maggie Spencer and Colin McKinnon as they move toward each other yet a distance is maintained. Both Maggie and Colin have deep seated issues that rule over their lives. For Maggie, it is a very real fear of ever falling in love again and losing the very person who completes you. For Colin, it’s a loneliness of spirit, of having given up his dreams and of ...more
Laura D
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Colin's life is in Dublin. He is the kind of guy that sticks. He is recently divorced and is focused on his almost grown children. He always does the right thing no matter what it costs him personally. Maggie is a travel writer who travels to avoid her grief. After such a huge loss she has no intention of ever settling down. When these two opposites meet there are fireworks. She is there for her job and then off she goes. Sometimes it takes unexpected feelings to make you do a little soul search ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Love in Dublin (The McKinnon Brothers Book 4) by Jennifer Gracen
This is Colin McKinnon and Maggie Spencer’s Story.

Maggie and Colin are drawn to each other even though there is around a ten year age difference between them. Plus, they are dealing with loss in their lives. Maggie confronts Collin with how he is dealing with his loss not realizing that she is actually doing the same with her loss. Will they be able to work through their issues and take another chance at love?

FYI, contains mature c
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love in Dublin is the fourth book in the McKinnon Brothers series. Colin has lived in Dublin all of his life even though he has had a strong desire to travel and see other places. Maggie takes a job writing about the wonder of Dublin. When they meet, Colin can't help but be attracted to Maggie. As they spend time together exploring Dublin, they both learn more about themselves. Will they find more than just new experiences? This was an interesting book, and I definitely recommend it. ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maggie and Colin are polar opposites. While Maggie rarely settles in one place for more than a few months, Colin has been stuck in the same town his whole life. When she shows up in town, she starts to pull him out of his comfort zone taking him on day trips. I really liked how the two of them found love and were able to work out a compromise so they could stay together. I would recommend this fun, romantic book.
I give up. I can't finish this. I tried for the authors sake but it is borderline erotica and has no plot. It is only every second of their sexual needs. I thought I was getting a contemporary story taking place un Ireland of a travel journalist, thus inviting visits to Ireland locals, with the finding of a love interest as a bonus. This was just sex. ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book.

This book took me a few pages to get into it but once I got into the storyline I really enjoyed it. Loved the character development and dialogue. I'll be looking forward to reading more books in The McKinnon brothers series.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have not read any of the other books in the series but this did not impact at all on my enjoyment. The characters and storyline are believeable and I recommend anyone who wants a feel good, easy to read book to curl up with to get this one.
Faith Nelson
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Confession of love

Best confession of love scenes from a man ever. You want to weep for the tortured souls in this story. The men in this series are sensitive, fiery and utterly believable.
Tracy Jaegers
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was my favorite of the McKinnon brothers. I just couldn't put this book down. It was a fantastic story.
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Jennifer Gracen hails from Long Island, New York, where she lives with her two young sons. She loves to write contemporary romance for readers who seek better days, authentic characters, and satisfying endings. When she isn’t taking care of her kids, doing freelance copy editing/proofreading, reading, or talking to friends on Twitter and Facebook, Jennifer writes.

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