*Shannyn is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card, a digital copy of one of the first 3 O’Leary books (More Than This, A Good Time, or Something to Prove) or Three Swag packs including: Keeper Kase with signed cards, O’Learys bottle opener, and O’Learys post-its.
As kids they steered clear of one another–but now a beautiful, well-connected reporter and a sexy, driven detective are all grown-up and on the job. . .
Moira O’Leary’s work as a reporter gives her access to some of Chicago’s swankiest soirées. She knows how to navigate the jet-set crowd, and her style and confidence help her blend right in. But when her childhood crush starts popping up at posh events, her poise begins to falter–until she realizes she has the upper hand in a high-stakes game of secrets and seduction. . .
Jimmy O’Malley has always tried to avoid his friend Liam’s little sister. Something about Moira spelled trouble. But he’s out of his element working undercover in Chicago’s high society, and Moira is his ticket to the inner circle. As sparks begin to fly–and their chemistry heats up–Moira gets dangerously close to his investigation. Will Jimmy be forced to push her away to keep her safe–or will they surrender to a desire that could leave them breathless?
Guest Post by Shannyn Schroeder:
Meet the Heroine – Moira O’Leary
Moira was a ton of fun to write. Readers first met Moira in MORE THAN THIS. She is the older of the two O’Leary sisters, the second youngest of the brood. Because of this, her brothers have always been a bit protective.
Moira’s most prominent personality trait is that she loves to talk. She’ll talk to anyone, anywhere. This trait works in her favor for her job. She’s a reporter who currently covers society events for various blogs, magazines, and newspapers. She enjoys what she does, but part of her is searching for validation because no one takes her job seriously. She goes to parties and writes about them for a living. She thinks she needs to do something more serious to be taken seriously.
Being overly serious isn’t in Moira’s nature, though. She’s light and bubbly. She loves to have fun, but doesn’t back down from a challenge.
Moira wants to be in love, especially as she sees her each of her siblings becoming part of a couple. She feels like she’s missing out on a great adventure. She dates, but hasn’t found the one. When fate intervenes and puts Jimmy O’Malley undercover in the social circle she writes about, she’s thrilled. Jimmy is her brother Liam’s friend and she’s been in love with him since the age of ten. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s never given her the time of day, other than to tell her to shut up.
She uses the forced interaction of their intersecting jobs to make Jimmy see her as more than just Liam’s little sister. Deep down, she believes that she and Jimmy would be great together despite how different they are. They butt heads and argue and she’s sure that any other, more intimate, interaction will be at least as explosive. (Of course, she’s right)
In this scene, it’s the annual block party and Moira is doing a water balloon toss before getting distracted.
Colin whistled to announce the start of the toss. After the first lob, the lines took a step back.
Olivia asked, “When’s Maggie coming home?”
“She was here at Christmas. Didn’t you see her?”
“Yeah, but I thought she’d be back by now.”
Moira shrugged as the balloon came back to her. Another step back, widening the gap between players. Balloons were dropped and handled too harshly. Women squealed as cold water splashed against them. It only took another ten minutes until they were down to the final three couples.
Olivia released the balloon into a high arc as someone yelled, “Hey, Moira.”
Moira looked next to Olivia and saw a second balloon in the air. This one coming like a line drive at her. What the hell?
She tried to keep her eye on her balloon, but the other reached her first and smacked her on the chest, exploding with cold water. In the meantime, her balloon landed at her feet, soaking into her gym shoes.
The cackling laugh sounding behind Olivia told her exactly who had thrown the balloon. Kevin. She was going to kill him. He ran down the block, laughing, so she took off after him. They neared his house and he whipped by Jimmy.
Jimmy stood and stopped her progression. “Don’t you think a wet T-shirt contest is a little inappropriate?”
She looked down at her chest and realized how exposed she was. Leave it to Jimmy to embarrass her. She clamped down on her jaw and held tight to her anger. “You think this was my idea? It was a water balloon toss that I haven’t lost for over ten years. If your stupid ass brother didn’t attack me with a water balloon, I would’ve won.”
“Kevin did this?”
“Doesn’t he always?”
She plucked the material from her skin and allowed a calming breath to ease past her lips.
Then Kevin made the mistake of yelling from his porch, “Looking good, Moira.”
Her rage returned tenfold and she leaped for him, but got nowhere. Jimmy had swooped in and scooped her up by her waist. She scrambled like a cartoon character with her feet off the ground.
He whispered in her ear. “Why don’t you go change? I’ll deal with Kevin.”
She smacked his chest and he set her down, but didn’t allow enough room for her escape. “Change into what? Unlike you, I don’t live at home. I don’t have clothes here.”
“Borrow something of Maggie’s.”
She laughed. “Have you ever taken a look at my baby sister? There’s no way her shirt would fit me.”
He sighed and his eyes darted everywhere but at her. Then he reached over his head and tugged his shirt off. Moira lost the ability to think. Whoever said Chicago cops carried a spare tire around the middle and ate nothing but doughnuts had never laid eyes on Jimmy. Lots of delectable muscle.
The shirt landed on her shoulder.
“Here. Lucky for you, I do live here and can get a new shirt.”
Her brain came back online and she said, “Thanks.” He always took her off guard when he did something nice. She couldn’t quite read him and it annoyed the hell out of her.
“Whatever. I’m sure your brothers don’t want everyone staring at you. I’m saving you some embarrassment.”
And he was back. The Jimmy she was used to, treating her like the bothersome kid sister who needed to be protected.
About the Author:
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
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