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About The Book
Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite as sure as she seems. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends, surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV.
Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist and sophisticated man-about-town. The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good looking – and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating glamorous, vain and shallow women.
Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, but is soon drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s columnist The Squire – and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just whom the opponent is...
When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their relationship develops, so much more proves at stake, than protecting their alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings.
When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?
About The Author
SHARON Black grew up in Dublin. She studied history and politics at University College Dublin and then did post-graduate in journalism at Dublin City University.
She has worked for national newspapers, including The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner.
She had short stories published in U Magazine and won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition.
When she is not writing, she reads, walks and sees friends. She co-founded a local book club 14 years ago. She loves theatre, old Hollywood films, science fiction and good stand-up comedy.
She lives in Sandymount, Dublin, with her husband and their three children.
I was surprised by this book, I loved that you had a male fashion journalist and female Sports journalist. Both Charlie and Derry are passionate about their jobs, they are cut throat, hard working journalists and when they find themselves writing articles both under pen names, Side Swipe & The Squire but there's rivalry, and it causes a social media storm.
But Charlie is a woman on a mission to do what she does best, better her career and keep her heart unbroken but when she meets Derry at a dinner party she realises that she can't keep away her heart locked forever! But when The Squire & Side Swipe come face to face can Charlie & Derry keep pleasure and business separate or will their pen names rip them apart!
What I liked about this was how stereotypes were not welcome in this book. The characters were complex and different the only negative I can say about this book is the chemistry between Charlie and Darry was just ever so slightly tame, I would of liked a bit more tension and heat between them. There are moments of humour and emotion which fit perfectly into the story. and the plot flows nicely.
I enjoyed the passion both leading characters had for their jobs as that was strong and you could feel how much it meant to them. Another huge plus for this book is the supporting characters, each having a hand in the main relationship but also having their own personal story running alongside it.
I enjoyed this book and feel its good solid novel
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