Something to Prove by Shannyn Schroeder
Series: The O'Learys #3
Publisher: eKensington on January 16, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families—and find there may be more to their partnership than just business. . .
Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she's capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she'll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights. . .
Colin O'Leary's father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn't a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he's responsible enough to own a bar of his own—and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers—and passions—flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure—or will they have to choose between the two?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Colin O’Leary ran off instead of stepping up and running the family business when his father passed away. But now he’s back, hoping to prove to his family that he’s the man they thought he could be, willing to work hard and make up for the time he was gone.
Elizabeth Brannigan has something to prove as well. Her father’s retiring, and she wants his seat as CEO, but it looks like her brother may steal it away from her. Partnering with Colin to turn around a failing bar seems like the perfect opportunity to prove her business skills, but this partnership might just end up being about more than financial success.
The attraction is instant, but both Colin and Elizabeth have too much on the line to be distracted by lust. Colin may seem laid back compared to Elizabeth’s cool professionalism, but they’re really the perfect compliment to each other.
Elizabeth is understandably stressed, and her need for control and perfection is an unfortunate byproduct, but Colin is observant, practical, and patient, and he brings out her better side. Their joint business faces some unique challenges, reinforcing their need to rely on each other, and things quickly begin to heat up between them.
I love that though Colin’s initial plan was to get back in his family’s good graces, he did it by venturing out on his own. I would have expected him to try to prove his worth so he could take a piece of their late father’s bar, but instead he set out to create his own presence in the neighborhood. He didn’t stand around hoping they’d eventually see his new maturity; he went out and did it by himself. Well, alongside Elizabeth.
I did think it was a bit foolish the way Elizabeth approached her own challenge, though. Sneaking off to secretly reinvent one of her father’s failing investments didn’t seem like the most logical, sound approach, and nothing that starts off that shady is going to go according to plan. Of course, those unplanned issues opened things up between her and Colin, though, so even though it wasn’t the best strategy, it certainly turned out for the best.
I also loved that while they had a common goal, they didn’t really see eye-to-eye on things for a while. It showed just how different from each other they were while proving just how much they needed each other. That they would come to need so much more than just a business partnership was wonderful to watch unfold. Definitely another great read in the O’Leary series!