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When Irish Eyes Are Sparkling (O’Shaughnessys #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  560 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
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Liam O’Shaughnessy wasn't expecting to fall in love again, not so soon after yet another painful break up. Then Oliver Sutton, paramedic in training, walked into his Aunt's Irish Pub, and shocked Liam's wounded heart back to life. The fiery eyes were irresistible; the magnetic draw between them was undeniable, but the man himself was an eni
ebook, 348 pages
Published February 28th 2009 by Aspen Mountain Press (first published February 2009)
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When I bought this book, I wondered how much I was really going to like the duel first person aspect of it. As a non-fan of first person in romance, I generally make efforts to not read that many of them. But, I thought knowing what was going on in both of the heroes minds by their point of view quite interesting. Honestly, it took me several pages to get used to it, but once I did I liked it.

Another thing I really liked about this book was the how family oriented Liam is. I laughed out loud fro
Stacey Jo
I gave this one 5 shiny stars. It's got a place on my all-time favorites shelf. Reading it was like like drinking a glass of Irish wiskey... makes you warm and fuzzy. I absolutley loved this book!!! I loved the style that the author used where you were given the scenes from both perspectives. I love knowing what Oliver and Liam were thinking and how they could both be in the same moment, but see things so differently.

Liam is an absolute doll who "wears his heart on his sleeve" and gives it away
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Shawn => give it another try...
First of all i have to admit that it was a little difficult for me to get used to the writing of this story: i'm always impatient, so having to read the same scene again by the point of view of the other main character bothered me a little.

But i wanted to know what brought so many people to like this story a lot and i forced myself to continue: what a wonderful surprise!!

Oliver: 22 and too mature for his age, gay and lonely, sensible and reserved.
Liam: 19 and impulsive, straight but..., outgoing
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I didn't write a review because I thought Amanda did a fine job, but I really liked this book. It is on my recommend list. It switches POV from Liam to Oliver to look at events from both perspectives which gives it a unique flavor.

I really liked the relationship between the uncle and Oliver toward the end when he sees through Oliver and realizes who the really sensitive one is. Plus when Liam goes for advice from his gay uncle. Priceless.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Very good m/m romance about a bi-curious artist with a heart of gold (whose family own the Irish Eyes pub) and a paramedic who avoids emotional entanglements. I was briefly afeared that there was going to be squicky twin action in this book and am very glad there wasn’t! My only complaint is a plot thread involving a voicemail and an attack that never went anywhere. (If it sways anyone’s opinion on the book, there are kilts. Yum.)
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance
Well, after reading the reviews about this book, I had high hopes. However I can't go five stars. Not really even 3.

The positive: This was a cute story about a couple really cute and sexy guys. The author tried to be unique in developing a POV by switching back and forth between Liam and Oliver. The characters seemed to develop over the course of the story.

But...the negative: In my humble opinion, writing both Liam's and Oliver's dialog in first person was highly confusing and disruptive to the
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another one for my "favorites" shelf. THIS is how switching POV between MCs is done. Perfect! Each main character has his own angst, though Oliver more than Liam, and totally different reasons. Their journey is far from smooth, but completely reasonable and believable. The story hooks the reader from the start, you want to hug them, scream at them, hit each of them upside the head at least once a chapter, but you are in for the ride until the very end. And then some.

The secondary characters are
Serena Yates
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
This is a wonderful book. The characters are real, have several flaws, and struggle through their relationship to the point that everything falls apart before they realize what's really important.

Liam has suspected that he's bi-sexual for years, but has never acted on it, has never had a date with a man. When he meets Oliver, he knows that he has no choice but to see where his attraction can lead. There are some cute misunderstandings at the beginning of the relationship, because it takes Liam a
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Angsty, so sweet it got almost tacky at times, and two characters who pine away after each other over a misunderstanding born from lack of real communication - not something I usually swoon over, but it was done so masterful here that I couldn't put the book down.
Both Liam and Oliver were such great characters! Loved their voices (the book is told in alternate 1st person), loved their personalities. Liam, so resolute in his loyality - once he gives his heart, he gives it fully. I can see how th
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous novel. Although it may not be for everyone because of the use of double first person point of views, I thought it was perfect the way the authors showed every nuance of each event through both of the character's eyes. Highly recommended.
Emma Sea
Oct 01, 2012 marked it as honestly-ill-never-get-around-to-it
MandyM calls this one of her top 5 m/m romances. No longer available, but read if can find.
Edina Rose
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a quick and entertaining read despite the more than 300 pages to it. I got Oliver and his issues and understood where he was coming from, and Liam with his artistic nature and his head in the clouds was also easy to relate to. They had very distinct personalities, and I was not bothered by the first person narration, though it got a bit repetitive at times. The characters had very good chemistry, but there was way too much sex, which I don't mind, except that in this instance it took aw ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
The story is sweet and angsty.

It has many negative points for me though:
- I understand one MC is just discovering sexuality with a man, still... there is too much sex
- the story is told switching points of view between Oliver and Liam: too often we get repeated sentences and events, this is very annoying
- there are grammatical and (many) spelling mistakes
- the characters are a bit cliche, especially the secondary ones

All of this could be acceptable for me in a fanfic, but not in a published boo
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cute-sweet
This is another of those times that I wish my english was better and do this review justice. This book was fantastic and the Author did I terrific job.
If you are not very fond of POV in your books , don't worry, as this was done so wonderful you won't be disappointed.
I would love to say so much more, but I know many of you wouldn't be able to read my Spanish, so I will leave it like that. I loved it !!!!
Jun 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Boring main characters and cliched secondary characters. Thought I'd like it with all the good reviews, didn't.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, read-again-maybe
This book is definitely better written than its predecessor, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. I don't know whether that's due to the change in half of the writing team or simply to more writing experience, but it was a welcome change.

Unfortunately, there are still some problems throughout the book. For example:

1. those annoying tense fluctuations still appear, scattered here and there. Most of the book is past tense, but every once in awhile it leaps into present for no discernible reason. Here's on
I frequently get bored with straight (as in straight-forward) contemporary romances, but I really enjoyed this one. A free spirited bi-sexual artist who's only been in relationships with women meets a highly regimented gay EMT who's used to one night stands and back alley hookups. Lust at first site, on both their parts.

Both the main characters, Liam (the artist) and Oliver (the EMT), as well as the wide variety of secondary characters are well drawn out, and likeable. The narrative has alterna
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
*Liam and Oliver have sizzling chemistry.
*The first 160 pages or so are kind of cute.

*The writing is repetitive. The story did not benefit from two points of view.
*There were too many lengthy sex scenes. They provided sexual development for Liam and Oliver, but no substantial (i.e. character or relationship) development. Unless a sex scene is going to provide character development, I think they are utterly useless. That being said, this book didn't need half of the sex scenes they incl
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anlama, Yummy
This was such a sweet story!! I could hardly put it down, even when my eyes were bloodshot and tired from reading until the wee hours of the morning.

The two points of view in the story was so disintctly apart and yet each compelling and strong, making the reader feel those emotions, walk, talk and act as the respective character. Both Liam and Oliver had their own traumas darkening their past and affecting their present. And it was amazing to see how what each thought was their flaws affected th
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: music, gfy, doctor-vet-med

When I started this book after I did a quick skim through the plot, I must admit I was expecting a quick fluff read but I wound up getting a lot more than I bargained. The actual plot is simple enough, but it's the depth of Oliver character that truly shook me. His trouble past and the damage it has done on his ego. It was all written in such a way that made me ached for him.

The book was written in duel first-person pov where both perspective take turn to share their views on each event
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-romance
1.5 star

This book is ridiculous.

What I liked:

▪ Liam was cute.

What I didn’t like:

▪ The writing style and the weird word choices, like “hemorrhaging precum” or “he positioned himself at my panting opening”.
▪ It is told in dual point-of-view narrative of the worst kind – everything is repeated twice, through the eyes of each MC. And there’s not a lot happening in the story.
▪ One half of the book is a big bag of misunderstanding and the other half is sex. Plot? What plot?
▪ Insta-lust on both sides
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amazing book! This is the best m/m book I've read. I hope this author has more books soon. I will read them all! I loved the characters, especially Liam. He and Oliver are such an amazing couple and to watch their romance evolve was wonderful. There is a lot of love and humor, especially with Liam and his out-there personality. I also loved the big Irish family who accepted Liam and Oliver without any hesitation. If you have to read any m/m book this year read this one! The sex scenes are hot an ...more
I guess I am in the minority with this book. I had one big major problem, so many long and descriptive sex scenes. They went on forever, I am not joking, there were pages and pages. I skimmed in the end. I felt the focus was sex orientated and less about the emotional aspect of the relationship. Liam and Oliver were nice enough, but their relationship was based on misunderstandings, conflict and sex. Not my type of romance.:(

Wendy Ann
Loved it and wasn't expecting it to be as great as it is. I absolutely adored Liam as one of the main characters - felt like I constantly wanted to reach out and hug him! The story had great length and depth, wonderful characters, hot m/m action, humor, angst, made me laugh & cry - basically, it had all the key elements to make it a 5 star read for me!!
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed this book. It had me laughing out loud over and again. This author is going on my automatic purchase list!

I even looked up my family tartan (O'Rourke!)...feel the need for a kilt. LOL
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet modern day romance. Liam is from a HUGE Irish Family. He is an artist, he has a twin brother and up until now he has only dated females although on some level he's always been bisexual. He just has decided that now is the time to try men. Oliver has lived a sort of lonely existence. He is in training to be an EMT and he is assigned to Gabe, Liam's uncle. He also has a lot of emotional baggage, but something about Liam just calls to him.

The romance unfolds and it is sweet. The cha
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Irish Eyes Are Sparkling by Tim Collins is a sweet and comforting read about two young men at different points in their life and making their way through it together.

Oliver and Liam are two young men who have their own hang ups in life. One does not "do relationships" whilst the other is always easily losing his heart to another person. Together they fit each other perfectly: Liam is messy but Oliver, who has this need to save people mentality, will clean up after him. Oliver tries to get
I'm not sure what's wrong with me because I seem to be in the minority for every single book lately, but I couldn't get into the writing. Not sure if it was the flightiness of Liam at the beginning, but he rambled, even in his thoughts, which made me crazy, and the writing seemed a bit stilted. I also disliked that when the POV switched, we got a rehash of the last couple of lines from the previous POV. It took me a minute to figure out that we had gone backwards in the story a bit, which kept p ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: text
3.5 stars

The characters were likeable, and I enjoyed reading about Liam and Oliver.

Still, it was not without its flaws. While the writing was mostly smooth, there were some missing or incorrect word used (either instead of neither etc.) throughout the book. The time jump from a character's point of view to another were mostly well done (also, it was nice to know both protagonists point of view), but some also did quite a time jump at the same time and can be quite confusing.

The plot twist could
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