WHERE THE GRASS IS GREENER (SEEDS OF TYRONE)BK 2 BY DEBBIE MCGOWAN AND RAINE O'TIERNEY
Where the Grass Is Greener is the second book in the Seeds of Tyrone, by Debbie McGowan and Raine O'Tierney. I'm thrilled to spotlight this book and give my review.
Make sure to listen to the music video, You and Tequila, by Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter. It has so much relevance to this story and it really brought home Shay and Chance's connection. I hope you enjoy my review and consider reading it, also.
Title: Where The Grass Is Greener
Series: Seeds of Tyrone – Book 2
Author: Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney
Length: 270 Pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Publication Date: Sept 28, 2015
Heat Level: Explicit
Mistakes were made, that’s for sure. But was it the night of passion? Or walking away afterward?
That’s the question Seamus Williams must face when he gets a late night phone call from someone he never expects to hear from again.
“I miss you, Shay.”
Chancey Bo Clearwater is a cowboy through and through. He spends his days finding work on whatever ranch will take him and his nights at the pool hall. He’s always done what needed doing and never thought much about what he wanted. ’Til that drunken night with Seamus.
A world of problems now stand between Seamus and Chancey exploring what might have been, the least of which being the Atlantic Ocean. On one side there’s Chancey’s daughter who mood swings from angel to demon in two seconds flat; on the other there’s the new lodger, hogging Shay’s telly and his cornflakes, and making private Skype time hard to come by.
Is this relationship doomed before it ever begins? Or can a surprise announcement from Seamus’s brother be enough to help the two find their second chance?
Where the Grass is Greener is book two of the Seeds of Tyrone Series, but can be read independently of the first novel.
I absolutely fell in love with Where The Grass Is Greener, by Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney. This is the second book in the Seeds of Tyrone series, however, it can be read as a standalone. I have not read the first book and I didn’t feel lost at all.
I will admit I had a little trouble in the beginning following along because Seamus, one of the MC’s, lives in Ireland and he speaks it fluently. But, it wasn’t long until I, also, was speaking Irish as I read which I have to say added a lot of fun to the story.
Seamus Williams lives in Ireland which is his home place, but he’s not content. For ten years, he lived in Kansas, and four of those years he worked on a ranch with Chancey Bo Clearwater.
They became the best of friends, but Chancey was married when Seamus met him. Over the years, Seamus listened to Chancey complain about his now ex-wife and how she was not a mother to his 12 yr old daughter and all the horrible things she done but he could only listen, never feeling comfortable enough to show his true feelings.
One night of passion between Seamus and Chancey soon became something that neither one can forget. Scared of the repercussions of their night together had Seamus running home to Ireland and too emotional to even say goodbye to Chance.
Now, ten months later, Chance missing Seamus aka Shay is all consuming and tearing him up. He finally calls him on the phone to find out why he left without so much as a goodbye.
From here, the story really picks up, and I experienced so many emotions while reading this story. I laughed so much as Shay and Chance tried to figure out how to work skype so they could see each other and they wanted to try out cybersex.
They were two clumsy cowboys trying to make a connection thousands of miles apart. They acted just like I would imagine two men would who wasn’t that familiar with the internet and wooing another man. They definitely get an A for effort because it was priceless.
The secondary characters were outstanding and Dee, Chance’s daughter, stole my heart. She can be a bit of brat, and she is most of the time, but she’s going on 14 and she acted like a normal teenager. Everything was and should be all about her, but she really went through a lot of maturing throughout the story and became one of my favorite characters.
The romance was a slow build due to the distance but they had their date nights via skype. When Shay gets a chance to come to America, he does so with intentions of seeing Chance, face to face.
Everything didn’t always go as planned and they had to make allowances for some things but their emotions and affections were getting stronger every day and they missed each other desperately.
When they see each other, in the flesh, after a year apart, they were crying and I was too. They belong together and I was so happy they had the chance to make it happen. I have to say that their sexual encounters were some of the hottest scenes I have read. They are clumsy, they’re not that romantic but they both were trying so hard and it was beautiful, sexy, and so heartfelt.
I always get amazed when two authors collaborate together to write a book and it flows so smoothly. The writing was clean, the plot was interesting, and the dialogue was tricky at times but as I said I picked up on it pretty quickly and it made me enjoy it that much more.
There is a lot of stuff happening both in Ireland and in America that kept me glued to the pages. There was quite a bit of drama with the ex-wife and even though I could have knocked her head off I think she was relevant to the development of the book.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and there is a happy ever after which had me smiling from ear to ear. The authors didn’t make it easy either they had to work for it but it was so worth it in the end.
I highly recommend this book to readers who love when the good guys win. There’s not a lot of sex because of where they are but when there is it was spontaneous, fun, and extremely hot. I want to read the first book now because I want to know, I need to know Paddy’s story which is Shay’s brother. Read this book, you won’t regret it.
Meet the Authors
DEBBIE McGOWAN is an author and publisher based in a semi-rural corner of Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven, realist fiction, celebrating life, love and relationships. A working class girl, she ‘ran away’ to London at seventeen, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At twenty-five, she went back to college to study social science— tough with two toddlers, but they had a ‘stay at home’ dad, so it worked itself out. These days, the toddlers are young women (much to their chagrin), and Debbie teaches undergraduate students, writes novels and runs an independent publishing company, occasionally grabbing an hour of sleep where she can.
RAINE O'TIERNEY wants to change the world…one sweet story at a time.
Known as "The Queen of the Sweetness" (well, a few people have said it anyway!) Raine loves writing sweet, character-driven stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness? In addition to her solo works, she’s one half of a collaborative team with author Debbie McGowan.
When she’s not writing, Raine is either playing video games or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. She believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers.
Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or discussing which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
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**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the authors**