Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: Between Love and Loyalty by Shannyn Schroeder

"What's the point of playing games when we both know why we're here." - Fiona Cavanagh

Between Love and Loyalty
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Source: Author for Review

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When at war, aim for the heart…

Connor Duffy is desperate. His tell-all book on corrupt Chicago alderman Brady Cavanagh isn’t telling enough to get publisher interest, and in order to get the hot dirt, he must find a way to get closer to the man who let Connor go to prison to cover for his own son’s misdeeds. So when fate puts Cavanagh’s lively, artsy daughter across Connor’s path, he decides to take advantage of the first bit of good luck he’s had in a long while.

… but don't forget to keep your own under guard.

Fiona Cavanagh needs a break. Between assisting with her father’s political campaign, trying to please her unpleasable mother, and dealing with an ex who won’t go away, she has no time for a life of her own. One night she meets sexy and mysterious Connor and everything looks like it’s about to finally turn around… until she discovers that the one man she thought she could love was using her to get to her father. As dark family secrets unravel around her, Fiona finds herself caught between love... and loyalty.

As the Presidential election nears, what better type of romance to read than one with a political background? I won't go into more detail, but let's just say that with this election, Between Love and Loyalty could not have found better timing. I've had the pleasure of reading some of the author's previous books and I love how Shannyn gives a voice to complex characters. Connor and Fiona were not the most likable characters. While there were moments when I was not their biggest fan, I always found myself wanting to root for them. They kept a lot of secrets from each other, and while that is not necessarily healthy for a budding romance, it is how they come together in spite of their different backgrounds and how they rise above those secrets that made me stand firm in their corner by the end of the book. Connor was dealt a shitty hand when he was too naive to realize how it would impact his future. He has since learned the ramifications of his decisions and fights back in hopes that he'll someday be able to right the wrong. Fiona is no shrinking violet. She's got claws and she'll use them. They do start their sexual relationship wanting to use each other for their own personal reasons, but as they spend more time together and are able to break down the walls, they realize that there is a deeper connection between them and that scares them. That was when I really started to like both more, once they started getting real with each other.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent reading Between Love and Loyalty. It actually took me a bit longer to read it than I thought it would and I think that's because of the intense attraction between Connor and Fiona. There were a couple times where they just wore me out. It is a bit different from the author's previous works, but that worked great for me. It gave me a fresh outlook on Shannyn's writing and now I want to get back into her current series. 

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered  around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For Your Love) will release this summer with the first title Under Your Skin. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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