The Return of Patrick O’Rourke

N.J. Walters
Contemporary romance
Available from Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-59998-378-8
December 2006

After being shot in a dark alley and seeing his partner die in front of him, Patrick O’Rourke is returning home to Jamesville to recuperate. Surrounded by a family he is no longer very close to, Patrick slowly but surely is getting back on his feet so he can return to New York City. All his life he wanted to be a big city cop and he’s not going to let that dream die now. There is one distraction in Jamesville that has caught his eye though. It is waitress Shannon Brooker. He can tell she is a wounded woman, though he’s not sure what exactly happened in her past to make her so.

After ten years of marriage, a marriage that made her a punching bag for her husband, Shannon has returned to Jamesville to start over. Her ex-husband is now in prison and she’s determined to get back on her feet. Seeing Patrick again, a man she used to have a secret teenage crush on, is something she never expected. But he’s all man now and she can’t help her attraction to him, even though she’s vowed to stay away from all men. Their mutual attraction is strong and sweet but Shannon’s past won’t stay away. Her ex-husband is determined to make her pay but Patrick won’t let that happen. As Shannon’s bodyguard, Patrick is determined to keep her safe and sound. But can he guard his heart against her endearing kindness?

The Return of Patrick O’Rourke is another wonderful visit to Jamesville. Patrick is a wounded man in many ways, both physically and emotionally, but he still wasn’t afraid to open his heart to Shannon. From the moment they connected in the diner, readers will truly feel close to them and see how well they fit together. Patrick is also slowly but surely rebuilding his relationships with his family. He is softer, gentler, and more open with them as the story moves along. N.J. Walters shows how Shannon’s presence in his life is opening more doors in his heart than Patrick ever expected. Shannon and Patrick heal each other in a lot of ways, but the townsfolk and the town itself plays a part in allowing them to open their hearts again. Shannon is a fighter and on every page you’ll feel the struggles she has been through and continues to fight against to live a normal life free of the abuse she suffered. These two resilient souls are the kind of engaging and appealing characters readers hope to meet and happily, in The Return of Patrick O’Rourke, Shannon, Patrick and the citizens of Jamesville make this story an emotionally turbulent and rewarding reading experience.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Sarah W
January 22, 2006

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