Whether she is writing about alien life in "Out of the Blue" or giving history about African American life on a Montana ranch in "For Keeps", Janice Sims manages to bring an excitement in romance with nontraditional twists and turns. She has done it again managing to develop a romance and capture our hearts in Ballycastle, Ireland. Theodora (Teddy)Riley, free lance journalist, is counting on obtaining an interview with best selling novelist, Joachim West. His last book won the National Book Award but he steadfastly refuses any interviews, despising the press afater the way his young wife's memory was tarnished during her funeral. His best friend, Conal, an Irishman, has offered his home as a retreat so that he can jump start his blocked writing. The last thing he expected was to come across the beautiful, alluring, Teddy. All Teddy wanted to do was convince the reclusive Mr. West to give her an interview because she was promised a permanent position with the magazine if she pulled this coupe. She badly needs to obtain permanent position employment because it appears her ex-husband wants to fight her for custody of their two-year old son. Adrian Riley walked out on his pregnant wife and had nothing to do with his son, Alex because it didn't fit into his game plan. His broadcast career was top priority and an unexpected child was not going to get in his way. Now he is on Teddy's doorstep sparking a hostile reaction from her. A mugging after she arrives in Ballycastle brings about a series of events and Joachim ends up as Teddy's protector and because they are the only two African Americans in town everyone assumes they are husband and wife. What a mess, but Joachim decides to keep up the charade because of the connection he feels with Teddy. This was a well written story with a picturesque view of the countryside of Ireland with colorful secondary characters there and back at home in San Francisco. Ms. Sims also captured the historical background of Carmel-by-the-Sea. I can't wait to see what angle this author comes up with next.