by Candace McCarthy

December 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-7033-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Candace McCarthy was able to pull me into Irish Rogue within the first couple of pages. Irish Rogue is the sequel to Irish Lace. And while I have not read Irish Lace, Irish Rogue can definitely stand on its own.

Elizabeth worked as a bar maid at a local tavern. That is until one day John Foley asked her to marry him. Agreeing to the marriage was one of the best things that happened to her, since she was also caring for her younger brother. Then John died and Elizabeth had no idea how to run the plantation, so help comes her way by her friends, Kathleen and Rian Quid. The Quids’ offer their estate manager, Conor McDermott, to help her get a handle on running the plantation and the workers, who seems to just leave whenever they wanted.

From the first meeting between Elizabeth and Conor, they were attracted to each other. However, Conor does not know whom he is flirting with and would have stopped if he had known that Elizabeth was his temporary employer! Regardless, from the first moment of their meeting, their attraction could not be avoided; even after Conor found out she was actually Elizabeth Foley, the Mistress of Milly Station, whom he was here to help. Conor was not happy to be attracted to Elizabeth, since he believes the rumors about her. However, the more he gets to know her, he realizes that Lizzy is not at all like what he thought, or what the rumors supposed, her to be.

Lizzy is far from the person that she is judged. She is beautiful and has one of the biggest hearts; she has accepted Emma, John’s daughter, as her own and cares for her younger brother as well. More than anything, Lizzy wants to be able to stand on her own two feet; she does not want to have to depend on anyone.

Conor is a very big handsome Irishman, whose temper and passion is quick to flare. He is a very caring, gentle and a fair man to Lizzy’s brother, Jamie as well as Emma, her friends, and workers.

Conor and Elizabeth must overcome threats and misunderstandings before they can truly have peace, love and trust in their life, which has been their wish for a very long time.

While the characters are appealing and admirable in their independence and aspirations, the romance is truly engaging and easily gives this a four-rose rating.

Reviewed in February 2002 by Pam.

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