Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday Talk-Time - The Lush, Green Wilds of Ireland

Pink Heart Society editor Ali Williams is talking about her favourite Irish-set romances, in celebration of St Patrick's Day... 

I'm a quarter-Irish (my dad's ma, if you're interested) and so St Patrick's Day was always more than wearing a little green for me.

At home, we always had homemade potato cakes and whatever treats my Gran had rustled up for us, and as I got older it was all about the celebrations in London.

But how does this fit into romance and Tuesday Talk-Time?

Well, to me there's nothing more important in a book than setting.  Where a book is set, seems to me to be the heart of a book.  Romance itself crosses generations and boundaries of race and colour, but there's something about centring that in a place that has me convinced that that's where the soul of a book lies.  Whether that's the excitement of a city buzz, or the quietness of the outback, each different setting brings something new to the table.

And there's something about the lush, green wilds of Ireland herself, that makes for the perfect romantic setting.

Of course, there's also something about the gentle lilt of an Irish accent that makes for a delectable romantic hero...  

I can't quite overhaul the website with green (although you might notice that all the links are green today), or even challenge you to a drinking contest, so, instead I thought I'd recommend my favourite Ireland-based romances:

 Her Best Laid Plans - Cara McKenna (available now)

Imagine nursing a pint in a cosy, authentic country pub, far from Cork’s busy city pulse. Getting here took you a plane, bus, taxi and...um, bicycle. But just as you’re resigning yourself to drinking beside grey-haired farmers, you see him—a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl.

He’s your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.
For American Jamie Webb—recently dumped and housesitting for two weeks—Connor Kelleher is like a six-course feast after a 23-year starvation diet. But it’s gotta be casual. She’s just begun rerouting her life after a three-year man-related detour. Still, a sexy romp (or twenty!) with Sexy McBartender?

But what happens when Jamie's best-laid plans for no future plans with any man begin to change?

 The Maiden of Ireland - Susan Wiggs (available now)

John Wesley Hawkins swapped a hanging for a journey to Ireland on a dangerous mission. He'll have to seduce the rebels' secrets from a headstrong Irishwoman, but that shouldn't be a problem for a man of Wesley's reputation... 

Caitlin MacBride is mistress of the beleaguered Irish castle Clonmuir, and she makes no secret of her loyalty to her countrymen. She's determined to remain strong for her people, but a wish for true love one evening at sunset yields the one thing that may sway her resolve. 

When Wesley walks out of the mist that fateful night, Caitlin's faith in the magic of Ireland is briefly restored-until she discovers he's one of the treacherous Englishmen she has spent her life fighting against.

 The Last Bride in Ballymuir - Dorien Kelly (available now)

When Michael Kilbride, a handsome man with a dark past, arrives in the Irish village of Ballymuir, rumors begin to fly. 

While many turn against him, one woman steps forward--the village's beloved schoolteacher, Kylie O'Shea. 

Kylie's friends have long believed that proper Kylie is bound to fulfill the local legend of being the last bride in Ballymuir. But sparks soon ignite between Michael and Kylie. 

Will Kylie, who also hides secrets, find the courage to confront her past and claim passion as her own?


Bride of the Emerald Isle - Trish Wylie (available now)
On the Irish Isle of Valentia wisps of cloud hang low in the air, and a rugged figure appears through the hazy mist--the man that Keelin O'Donnell has been searching for without ever realizing it. 

Garrett Kincaid can help beautiful stranger Keelin unlock the secrets of her past. But he can't give her his heart--he knows Keelin's life lies elsewhere.

Except the essence of the Emerald Isle is capturing Keelin, drawing her in and giving her the courage to claim a future. A future that belongs to this man.

Get Lucky Anthology (available now)

Six brand new Irish-themed contemporary, new adult and paranormal romance novellas that will give Get Lucky a whole new meaning.

Nicola Marsh - Walking the Line

Kelsey Browning - Amazed by You

Robin Covington - One Little Kiss

Avery Flynn - Big, Bad Red

Sara Humphreys - Luck of the Irish

Kimberly Kincaid - Something Borrowed

Are you a fan of the sweet-talking Irish hero?  And do you have any recommendations to add to my books set on the Emerald Isle?  Join the discussion in the comments!

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls' school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society and spends an extraordinary amount of time coercing male friends to pose with her favourite Mills & Boon books to the bemusement of the Twittersphere.

Genre reporter for chick lit and erotica at For Books' Sake and guest blogger for Mills & Boon, she defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!

1 comment:

  1. I've written a couple of Irish heroes... And loved every minute of it. Plus am a bit of a fan of Roarke, Nora Roberts gazillionaire bad boy from the In Death series. Yum. You should check out Johnny Ryan in Abby Green's new Cosmo Her Last Wild Ride. Johnny is a total ride.. Enough said.