{Review} Something to Prove by Shannyn Schroeder

{Review} Something to Prove by Shannyn SchroederSomething to Prove by Shannyn Schroeder
Also by this author: Between Love and Loyalty
Series: The O'Learys #3
Published by Kensington Books on January 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 244
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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?

Kassiah: I have to start out by saying that though this book has a fairly interesting storyline, I can’t recall a character that I’ve hated as much as I can’t stand Elizabeth Brannigan. I have thirty notes highlighted in my kindle and eighteen of them are along the lines of “hate her” and “OMG what a bitch!”. So, I freely admit that my insane dislike of her might have colored my opinion on the rest of this book. Now, on to the story.

Elizabeth just wants to show her father that she’s as capable of becoming the CEO of their property investment empire as her brother, Keith, is. She’s always overshadowed by him and decides the way to prove herself is to single-handedly turn a failing property into a smashing success. She finds a bar on their books that has been in the red for years. Determined to turn it around, she goes to a local competitor and asks for his help.

“I own a bar that is in desperate need of an overhaul. I’ve done research on the bars in the area, and yours is the most successful and closest to what I’m trying to build.”

Sitting behind the desk, he steepled his fingers in front of his face. “You want me to help you build up my competition?”

“I’m not in direct competition with you. I would make it in your interest to help me succeed. I’m offering you a percentage of profits and a bonus when I sell.”

Ryan O’Leary isn’t interested, but his brother, Colin, is all over it.

He needed to find a spark, something interesting before this life swallowed him up.

With everyone in his family getting married and having babies, Colin is ready to settle down. He wants something to call his own and agrees to help Elizabeth, knowing the profits he’ll make from the sale of her bar will put him on his way to what he wants. There are a lot of triumphs and set-backs with the bar, and matters get further complicated when Colin and Elizabeth give in to temptation and start having sex. They’re both adults and know what their relationship is–and what it isn’t.

“This was a fabulous release. I had a really good time here, but it can’t happen again.”

So. I already told you that I hated Elizabeth. She’s a condescending bitch, constantly talking down to Colin and treating him like a child.

“This place is disgusting. Did you even bother to clean before you left last night?”

“Everything was spotless when I locked up.”

“I have a hard time believing that. Do you suppose the crap fairy stopped by?”

Colin’s only slightly better. At least he’s respectful. Well, sort of.

Fuck. They’d been feeling so successful, they hadn’t even thought to worry about theft. How was he going to tell Elizabeth? She was already so stressed about the bowling alley.

Maybe he’d wait until they’d had sex and she was relaxed. The thought of her tense and rigid body made him reassess. Maybe after the second round of orgasms she’d be ready for bad news.

And this:

Besides, if he showed her a really good time, she might even cut him a deal when he asked to buy the bar.

Maybe not so respectful. At least he’s handy and has a great family. There was some minor hotness and some character growth with Colin and his brother. Otherwise, DNW. I would have liked it a lot more if it had ended differently. Come to think of it, no I wouldn’t. There wasn’t a whole lot I liked about this story, and these characters deserve each other. Needless to say, I won’t be reading the rest of the series.

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Overall: 1.5

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