Kathleen O’Reilly

TABT…Nightcap, by Kathleen O’Reilly

 

Sean O’Sullivan’s claims that his family’s landmark bar is the victim of City Hall shenanigans only means more work for Cleo Hollings, the mayor’s number one mover and shaker. Since Sean’s got her busy, she decides she’ll keep Mr. Testosterone busy, too–but between the sheets. Yet sleeping with the hunky O’Sullivan isn’t that simple. Everyone said Sean would be inexhaustible–even unforgettable. Nobody warned her he was lovable, too. Now other clubs’ drinks taste like dust. Nothing measures up to a nightcap–with a chaser of O’Sullivan stud!

The final book in O’Reilly’s trilogy, this one is perhaps the most familiar to Blaze readers in that the hero and heroine are both contemporary folks who enjoy living in the fast lane.  Sean is the adorable rake of Regency fame, a love-‘em-and-leave-‘em guy who nevertheless fosters amicable relationships with his bevy of past lovers.  Cleo’s background is a bit more complex, but she’s not about to let a hottie like Sean go when their sex is combustible…even if both know their “relationship” will never be more than a quickie in an abandoned subway tunnel (which was freakin’ hot as hell, BTW).  But both realize they could have more…if they’re willing to share their pasts, and really consider their potential future.

 

I know I’ve said it before, this is an awesome series, and the epilogue at the end of Nightcap had me crying like a little girl.  All of these books are so much deeper and well drawn than their shorter length suggests…I can’t recommend them enough!

TABT…Sex, Straight Up, by Kathleen O’Reilly

 

Meeting a handsome loner on a deserted beach in the Hamptons was like being hit by lightning. One steamy weekend in bed with Daniel O’Sullivan and Catherine Montefiore was marvelously woozy from a delicious cocktail of sun, sand and superhot sex. Abruptly, though, Catherine’s forty-eight hours of fun are at an end when her family’s exclusive auction house is hit by a very public scandal. She’s ready to step in and save the day, but she’s hoping Daniel, her hot Irish hunk, will lend a hand. After all, he’s got the necessary skills and, straight up or not, Catherine wants another long drink of Daniel before another forty-eight hours are up and her legacy is lost forever!

This book was probably the most heartrending of the series for me, and because of that, it resonates long after I’ve closed the book.  Daniel was the perfect tortured hero, but not for the reason you might think.  O’Reilly tackles the loss of someone in 9/11 with ultimate finesse, making Daniel sympathetic without overly playing the tragedy card.  Catherine was also fabulously well-drawn, with her own totally understandable insecurities and hang-ups.  Watching these two come together was freakin’ beautiful, and even though, as a reader, you know there’ll be a happy ending, I found myself holding my breath for it on more than one occasion.

 

TABT…Shaken and Stirred, by Kathleen O’Reilly

As a student and part-time bartender in Manhattan, Tessa Hart has found that a succession of roomies and cramped apartments are necessary evils in her life. Until she’s out on the street and Gabe O’Sullivan, her mentor, boss and certified babe-magnet, steps in. Any other woman would die to share his apartment–not to mention his bed–but Tessa’s determined that they should stay just friends. The fiercely independent mixologist has to prove to their skeptical coworkers at Prime–the O’Sullivans’ hot Manhattan bar–that the arrangement is strictly hands-off! But Tessa has trouble adhering to her own “no touching” rule when the actual sharing of close quarters day and night leaves her shaken and stirred…

 

This is the first book in the fabulous series by Kathleen O’Reilly.  As a reader, this seemed so much longer and more evolved than a traditional Blaze-length book, especially since so many characters were introduced and drawn so beautifully.  Tessa and Gabe are uber hot together, and when they’re out of bed, they’re truly “real” characters.  I can quite easily imagine myself bellying up to the bar at O’Sullivans and ordering a beer.  Seriously, all the characters in this series are believable, their motivations understandable, and their attraction clear.  I can’t say enough good things about this entire series, and getting to know Gabe and Tessa starts it off with a bang!