St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and in the spirit of this revered holiday, we offer up a selection of books that will inspire you to get your Irish on. Or get on an Irish. Or both.
Innocent in Death by JD Robb. No collection of books about romantic Irishmen could be complete without the inclusion of Roarke from the J. D. Robb In Death series. He may have done more to raise the sexy quotient of Irishmen than anything else since Pierce Brosnan appeared onscreen.
Still Life with Murder by P.B.Ryan. Nell Sweeney is an Irish immigrant who serves as a governness for the wealthy Hewitt family in 1860s Boston. She uses her sharp mind and her past training as a doctor’s assistant to help solve the dark mysteries others would rather be left unknown.
The Mistress by Susan Wiggs. Set against the background of the Chicago Fire of 1871, Kathleen O’Leary is a maid posing as a rich woman for a night and catches the eye of a very eligible bachelor, Dylan Francis Kennedy. Only Kennedy isn’t an eligible bachelor, but a man running a big con to bag an heiress.
Lions and Lace by Meagan McKinney. This is an older book, published in 1992 and while it is full of melodrama and misunderstandings, it remains one of my favorite American historical romances. Irish millionaire, Trevor Sheridan vows retaliation against the Four Hundred when Mrs. William Astor refuses to attend the coming out ball of Trevor’s sister, Mara. She is crushed and he proceeds to financially ruin as many of the upper crust as possible. Alana Van Alen’s family is one of those victims and because of her pedigree is offered the chance to marry Trevor and bring social gilding to the Sheridan lily or be impoverished. Alana chooses marriage, but reluctantly.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com