Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Best of Luck (O'Briens) by Corinne Scott - #review #giveaway

Crew Costa isn’t Irish, but for a kid from the school of hard knocks, he’s had the luck of the Irish with his chain of faux-Irish pubs, O’Shaughnessy’s Shenanigans. Number 13 is set to open in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The Bronx is already the site of several authentic Irish pubs, including The Lion O’Brien. Started by Liam O’Brien, the pub is now managed by his youngest daughter Siobhan, but only after her four older brothers refused the job. Now Siobhan has to prove she is worthy.

Siobhan falls for Crew, literally, after they collide while he is moving into her apartment building. Their attraction is immediate and powerful, but they are rivals. Siobhan is counting on the Lion winning the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, which Crew has entered as well. The lead-up to the event involves “pranking” your competition, and the older pubs band together against the gaudy newcomer, with its McNaughty the Leprechaun and other cultural stereotypes. For Crew and Siobhan, the pranking quickly gets personal and expensive.

Siobhan and Crew can’t resist the electricity between them, but can Siobhan trust this streetwise charmer? Can Crew trust this daddy’s girl whose overriding passion is her pub? And will the rage brewing among the other pub owners put their lives in danger?



Since the early days, New York City has had a large Irish population.  So it's no surprise that there should be a number of Irish pubs in the Bronx.  Now me?  I'd rather frequent an 'authentic' Irish pub, where 'everybody knows your name' instead of a nameless, faceless, trendy spot o' the moment.

So I can understand the feeling at The Lion O'Brien for the newcomer O'Shaugnessy's Shenanigans.  The owner isn't even Irish!  But he's ready to capitalize on the Irish, whiskey, leprechauns and the whole lore. 

Don't get me wrong.  I give Crew props for building a successful business.  After all, the new pub is the 13th such business he's opened.  That takes a lot of work.  But people tend to get testy when you mess with their heritage.  And I wouldn't even blame the New York Irish; they suffered all sorts of discrimination around the time of the potato famine and large numbers of immigrants came to the US.

One of the jewels of Best of Luck for me was the development of the relationship between Siobhan and Crew.  This is no run-of-the-mill boy-meets-girl story.  They are not just running competing businesses.  They are from different worlds.  Siobhan has the insular family; Crew does not.  Crew has the trend and the fiscal muscle that comes with owning 13 pubs; Siobhan does not.

I must confess I don't understand the institutionalized pranking surrounding the St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl.  I guess I'm too staid to have time for it; who knows.  But the pub owners in NYC take it very seriously, as to Siobhan and Crew.  Of course, there is the danger that one or more people will take it a little too seriously; sometimes people do get hurt.

It's got to suck a little living so close to someone you have a lot of chemistry with, but with whom you are also rivals.  But Siobhan and Crew each in their own way has developed a lot of strength and/or stubborness.  My money is on them.  I wish them (sorry, I've got to say this) the Luck of the Irish!



Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course, she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.

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