As eldest son, Eoin O’Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O’Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da’s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery. Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can’t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O’Brien family’s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead.
Okay, yes. This was obviously desire, she thought as Eoin leaned down, giving her plenty of time to pull away if she wanted. She didn’t. His lips teased her unresponsive ones. Her passivity didn’t last long. One touch of his tongue to her closed mouth and she opened it for him, welcoming him in.
Their tongues danced and dueled as his arms moved around her, pulling her tighter. Ah, he’d missed this. His heart raced specifically for this woman. Eoin O’Brien was meant to kiss Vivian Lewis-O’Brien forever.
She should stop this. She really should. Who knew how many people were standing there gawking while she made out with her estranged husband on the sidewalk? But she was beyond giving a damn at the moment. Vivian needed his kisses like she needed air. It had simply been too long. Too long without his touch, she thought as he ran one hand inside her coat to brush the underside of her breast. Too long without his aftershave tantalizing her senses. Too long without the feel of his naked skin against hers.
Whoa! Slow down. She pushed slightly against his chest, separating their bodies. Heavy breathing on both sides. Good. At least she wasn’t the only one who wanted to rip her clothes off and launch herself in his arms.
“I don’t think this is a very good idea.”
Eoin stepped back again, putting his hands in his pockets and wearing the biggest grin she’d ever seen.
“What?” She crossed her arms and narrowed her eyes.
“Nothing,” he smirked.
“It’s obviously something, Eoin. Just say it!”
“Our story is definitely not over.” And with that he strolled away, leaving her with her mouth open, staring at his retreating form.
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Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and now author. Beginner’s Luck is her second novel, and the first in a series about the O'Briens of New York. Her first novel was Lover's Oak.