Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: More Than This (O'Leary #1)

More Than This
When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…

Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up—until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.

Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life—and a woman—of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: eKensington
Publication Date: January 3, 2013
Kat's Review
I saw this ebook on my library's website and thought, Why not? You know, cause it's not like my backlist of things to read isn't a mile long.  I get distracted sometimes.  This book is what I would call a contemporary romance, although not quite as gushy as many tend to be.  The premise was kind of cute.  A teacher, Quinn, who is stuck in a rut decides she wants a baby.  In an attempt to break out of her comfort zone first, her sister and best friend design a list of summer challenges, much like the lists they had made as kids, but with updated challenges.  The owner of the Irish pub Quinn frequents finds himself interested in her and offers to help out with the list in the hopes that she'll fall for him. 
Like I said, the premise is cute and simple- two people looking for change in their lives, somehow finding a way to come together.  It's a lighthearted, summertime type of read.  In fact, I found it to be very readable.  Quinn's baby obsession began to annoy me a bit after a while, I have to admit, because she was focused so single-mindedly on that one goal to the exclusion of almost everything else, but otherwise I found it was easy to just roll with the story through to the conclusion. 
I felt as though the cast of characters were pretty well drawn.  The frustrated teacher, a bit burnt out from the job, her sister, who adores the spotlight but has her own insecurities to deal with.  Kate, the best friend and mother of three kids, struggling in a marriage that is no longer working.  Ryan, the bar owner, shouldering the weight of responsibility after his father died and coping with the reappearance of his flighty brother.  Griffin, his rich best friend who always seems to be looking for something he can't find.  They were likeable, relatable characters that were often the voice of reason for Quinn when she couldn't see what was best for herself. 
Rating: Worth a Look
This book isn't going to provide you with any profound insights on the meaning of life.  It's a lighthearted, sweet romance that will make you laugh at some parts and cringe at others, but that ultimately left me smiling.  It's a great summer read, while lounging poolside or at the beach.  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.



  1. This seems like it would be a cute light read and I think the synopsis sounds fund! I will have to see if my library has it.

  2. This sounds like a fun read, I'll definitely have to keep my eyes open for it. Brilliant review!


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