USA TODAY - Loving Logan has a sweet, snappy, impish energy that makes for a fun, fast read and a solidly enticing start to what I hope will be the fiUSA TODAY - Loving Logan has a sweet, snappy, impish energy that makes for a fun, fast read and a solidly enticing start to what I hope will be the first of many stories featuring the O'Donlan family. Bryan's characters are pleasantly unpredictable — Logan is successful and smart-alecky, but he's also thoughtful, insecure and refreshingly ready to settle down and begin a family — not realizing he got a jumpstart on that eight years ago. Bailey is struggling with her own insecurities, which contrast nicely against her poise as an entertainer at her uncle's bar and her confidence as a single mother. Logan and Bailey are not the most respectful toward each other, but that seems to be their shtick — their love language, if you will. Logan jerked back, teeth clenched. How could he have ever thought it might be possible to have an adult truce with a woman holding an eight-year grudge, and who still thought it was appropriate behavior to dump beer on someone? "Let me know if I can buy you another drink. Maybe get you a Midol." Ouch. But don't worry — in this snippet where Bailey's giving herself a talking-to, you can see she doesn't fight fair, either: No lies, Bailey. If he asks, dodge the question, change the subject, show him your boobs. The reader knows right away how Logan wronged Bailey, but the author keeps Bailey's transgression an intriguing secret for a good half of the story. The truth is heartbreaking, in more ways than one. At times Logan and Bailey both tend toward childishness, and there's more stubborn in this story than there is Guinness in a pub, but you'll never stop rooting for them. And there's so much lovely smolder. I especially enjoyed the Irish family feel — the over-protectiveness of Bailey's brothers, the caring and camaraderie and even the occasional skirmish. And Bryan's cast of critters will thoroughly charm you. Meet Bailey's adopted basset hound: Bailey's gaze locked on Chumley, lying flat out, his extra skin pooled around him like a black and tan puddle, both paws draped melodramatically around an empty dog food bowl, with a look of injured reproach on his face. See what I mean? Love, lust, laughter and the luck of the Irish — this heart-catching contemporary has it all. If Katie Bryan isn't planning to make Loving Logan part of a series, I just might have to start a petition.
These are not MY reviews, but taken from AMAZON
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance Even I Can Like! December 1, 2013 By Duke of Earle Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase I'm a guy. I'm not supposed to get "into" romance novels, and in many cases I don't. Oh, I've read a number and really like Nicholas Sparks' work, but generally... romance... not so much. So why did this one really work for me? Probably it was Ms. Bryan's ability to bring the characters to life. Logan and Bailey are real. Their thoughts are real (not contrived, as I see in many Romance characters), their reactions are just like those of real people, their dialogue is sparkling and witty, and you just HAVE to like them. I found myself pulling for them before I realized I was involved that deeply with them and their story. I understand that the author considers this a romantic comedy. Well I chuckled, then guffawed, and then walked into the next room laughing to read to my wife some snippets I thought were really good. She laughed too. Trouble is, Ms. Bryan also knows how to pull at your heart strings, and I had to wipe my eyes a few times to refocus on the page. Dammit. Anyway, the Irish-ness of the pub and the Irish family who operate it is right off the auld sod. (I think Ms. Bryan's maiden name must have been O'Malley, or she was born in County Cork, or something. I was mentally hearing those characters speak in brogue!) The passion smolders and flares like an Irish temper. The writing is just GOOD. I don't give 5 stars lightly, but this book is worth the rating. I'm really looking forward to her next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars It kept me turning the pages ~ December 2, 2013 By dezone Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase Saw this new book come across my Facebook page and took a chance and bought it yesterday. I don't read romance on a regular basis however the reader addict in me said buy it. Started reading it and finished the 250+ pages over night. There was a quality about it that sucks you in and made me laugh out loud and many snickers. Not a dull moment in this one. Great story, great characters and loved the pub. The story line keeps you wanting to turn one more page.. I'll definitely read more from this author!...more