JFK to Dublin by Brooke St. James
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Sarah Spicer took this saying to heart, at least where love was concerned. She had given up any hope in ever finding a decent man.
She was convinced they had only one thing on their minds and were untrustworthy and unfit for relationships. This was exactly why she had a strict no-dating policy.
That was before she met Collin Ross. He was handsome, successful, and possessed a refined confidence that any woman would have adored. Well, any woman except for Sarah.
Her indifference toward his charms made gaining her affection difficult. But patience is a virtue, and Collin was determined to prove that if there was a man worthy of winning her heart, he was the one.
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"What are you thinking when you look at Sarah here?" Macy asked, obviously talking to the guy.
I glanced at her with a terrified expression, even though I had no idea where she was headed with the question. She had asked it loudly enough that we all turned to look at her, and she stared straight at the ruggedly handsome bus boy who was now holding our used dishes.
He smiled curiously at her, and she reached out to pat my back, causing him to glance at me. "This is Sarah," she said, horrifying me. "Would you mind telling us what you were thinking just now when you were staring at her?"
"Macy!" I whispered. She smiled at me and gestured toward the guy.
"I just wanted to know what he had on his mind when you two were looking at each other." She turned to face him. "I was trying to see if she was right about guys, that's all."
"Oh, my goodness, you need to leave that poor man alone, Macy." I shook my head as I lowered my gaze, putting my fingertips and thumb on my eyebrows and waiting for him to walk away. He did not do as I hoped. Instead, he stood there. "I don't mind telling you what I was thinking, but if something's awkward…" He trailed off, and I knew he was looking at me. I could feel it.
"Nothing's awkward," Macy assured him. She nudged me with her elbow, and I glanced up to smile at the guy, feeling red-faced and horrified. He wore a curious half-smile as he stared at me, letting his light eyes roam all over my face. I blinked and stared down shyly.
"I was thinking she looked like sunshine, actually."
I've read a lot of Brooke St. James's books and am delighted to say that this series is my favorite. Unlike some of her other series, the continuity here is provided by a common interest more than blood family ties, but we see this group turn into family. I love the art, the philanthropy, the fun banter and humor, and of course the clean romance. In this one, I love Sarah's standards, her realization about forgiveness, and her trust. Collin's respect for her is also wonderful, even standing up to her parents. Highly recommend. Ms St James has some very good insight on forgiveness. An easy book to read with a fairytale ending, What a terrific story! I was hooked from the moment I began the first few sentences....working in New York, I completely related with Sarah and the amount of people crossing the street at the same time :-) The story was just so lovely....I also married my husband after knowing him for a few days...and still going strong 26 years later :-)
Author Brooke St. James
Brooke St. James is a bestselling author of contemporary romance novels with Christian and inspirational themes and happy endings.
She was born and raised in south Louisiana but has had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S.
An avid reader, writer, audio book addict, and fan of all things artistic, Brooke constantly has her hands in some creative activity.
She's currently back home in Louisiana enjoying life with her husband, children, and two lazy dogs.