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ARC Review – Straight Up Irish by Magan Vernon

Title: Straight Up IrishStraight Up Irish (Murphy Brothers, #1)
Author: Magan Vernon
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill.

Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run.

A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong?


I received an ARC of the book for an honest review.

Fallon Smith is an American working in Ireland working for the Murphy family distillery. She’s the assistant to Jack Murphy. It seems that a big part of her job is making sure Jack’s brother Connor is on time for pretty much everything.

Connor Murphy has returned to Ireland because his father passed away. He’d been running some of the business in the US, but came back for the funeral and for the reading of the will. Little do the Murphy brothers know that their da left them a big surprise in their will – they have to be married within a year and stay married for at least six months to get ownership of the company.

Connor comes up with a plan to have Fallon be his fake wife. Fallon is supporting her nana in the states and paying off her student loans. She didn’t have great parents, and is very set in making her own way. She’s very selfless.

Even though Connor comes off as a playboy, he is really a good guy with a heart of gold. He’s very good to Fallon, spoiling her with gifts and attention. Fallon is not accustomed to this and has a hard time accepting it.

I have two complaints about this book:

  1. Temporary. This word must have been used 150 times to describe Fallon’s feelings about her relationship with Connor. It got really old.
  2. The epilogue. It happened the SAME DAY AS THE LAST CHAPTER! Epilogues, in my opinion, are supposed to take place down the road, so the reader has some closure. I get that there will be two more books, but I wanted closure on this one.

Despite this, I really enjoyed this story. The banter between Fallon and Connor was fun and sweet, and Fallon’s Nana was a really cute character. I will read the next book for sure.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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