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  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reissue edition (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425234665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234662
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tester on 7 May 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bartender Liam O'Brian is forced to hide in Ireland because of a threat by the New York Irish Mob and thinks that it's going to be absolutly boring. His new home is small and sleepy Ballycraig where life is totally different from New York City.
When he meets feisty and harsh sheep farmer Aislinn, things finally start to look better. He sees right through her hard facade and realizes that she's not really harsh but only afraid to get hurt again.
Aislinn hesitates to start something with Liam because the last man she trusted humiliated her. But she can't say no to Liam's charm for long and soon develops deep feelings for him.
When Liam starts to fall in love with Aislinn, a stupid and mean bet (about "conquering"Aislinn) he made with his boss could destroy everything.

After reading the synopsis for "Straight Up" I was a bit sceptical about the story but as soon as I started reading the book all my doubts were forgotten. I enjoyed reading about Aislinn and Liam right from the first page and couldn't wait to see how their relationship developed. The love story between them is very believable and I love that Liam had to work hard to make Aislinn give him a second chance.
Aislinn is a great heroine. She combines strength and sweetness and I enjoyed that she is happy with her simple life and doesn't shy away from hard work.
Liam is a great and very interesting hero. He is suprised by his love for Aislinn and even though I hated that he took part in the bet, I forgave him (after a lot of crawling) just as Aislinn did.
I also enjoyed reading about life in Ballycraig and how nothing in the book is overly dramatic and that the bet and it's effect on Aislinn aren't sugarcoated.

The only thing I don't like about "Straight up" is the cover. IMO it looks cheap and doesn't fit the story at all. But that doesn't change the fact that I enjoyed reading the book a lot and can't wait for the next novel by Deirdre Martin.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Flanagan on 14 Jun 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read quite a few of this author's books and was very disappointed in this. At the start of the book the heroine is very unlikeable. Supposedly she has been hurt in the past, but she comes across as rude and pretty nasty and even the insights given to her don't improve much. I pressed on, but sadly, things only get worse. The manner (and speed) in which she and Liam 'fall in love' is just not at all plausible, especially for a character who, we have been told, is closed off and self protective.
The book is incredibly predictable, which I didn't mind too much - it's what you expect with this kind of book, but is usually made up for by decent, engaging characters. This didn't. I really felt like I had read this book before, only this was the pale imitation. If this had been the first book I'd read by this author, I'd never, ever buy another by her.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Batt on 9 Oct 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of this authors offerings and so I was very much looking forward to the latest edition, and I did enjoy it, well I did at least complete it. I don't think there is enough plot, and if I am honest I just didn't beleive that the two main characters had anything at all in common, the part of Nora was built up for quite a good portion of the book and then the ending was an anti climax.
However, the author obviously did a very touristy trip to Ireland and made sure that it was all included in this book, it was very cliche.
Not her best work, very middle of the road and the ending was very rushed, particularly since the rest of the book was very slow!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyed it a lot 7 May 2010
By Tester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bartender Liam O'Brian is forced to hide in Ireland because of a threat by the New York Irish Mob and thinks that it's going to be absolutly boring. His new home is small and sleepy Ballycraig where life is totally different from New York City.
When he meets feisty and harsh sheep farmer Aislinn, things finally start to look better. He sees right through her hard facade and realizes that she's not really harsh but only afraid to get hurt again.
Aislinn hesitates to start something with Liam because the last man she trusted humiliated her. But she can't say no to Liam's charm for long and soon develops deep feelings for him.
When Liam starts to fall in love with Aislinn, a stupid and mean bet (about "conquering"Aislinn) he made with his boss could destroy everything.

After reading the synopsis for "Straight Up" I was a bit sceptical about the story but as soon as I started reading the book all my doubts were forgotten. I enjoyed reading about Aislinn and Liam right from the first page and couldn't wait to see how their relationship developed. The love story between them is very believable and I love that Liam had to work hard to make Aislinn give him a second chance.
Aislinn is a great heroine. She combines strength and sweetness and I enjoyed that she is happy with her simple life and doesn't shy away from hard work.
Liam is a great and very interesting hero. He is suprised by his love for Aislinn and even though I hated that he took part in the bet, I forgave him (after a lot of crawling) just as Aislinn did.
I also enjoyed reading about life in Ballycraig and how nothing in the book is overly dramatic and that the bet and it's effect on Aislinn aren't sugarcoated.

The only thing I don't like about "Straight up" is the cover. IMO it looks cheap and doesn't fit the story at all. But that doesn't change the fact that I enjoyed reading the book a lot and can't wait for the next novel by Deirdre Martin.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't finish it... 10 May 2010
By cb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to be honest - I enjoy the books that this author has written in the past Fair Play, Body Check,Total Rush (New York Blades) BUT her last few have missed the mark for me. I had I hopes because I like the character Liam who ran away to Ireland from New York to escape the mob. The love match and all the lies was too much for me. I got about 3/4 through - rented Leap Year got my romantic Irish fixed & was ok with not finishing the book.

So if you really love this author then buy it but if you have been sitting on the fence about this author skip it or pick it up at the library...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
You'll Need More Than Your Lucky Charms to Woo This Lass Boyo! 23 May 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can honestly say that Aislinn McCafferty - or "The McCafferty" as the townsfolk like to refer to her as "because it's nicer than calling her the "B" word" is unlike any female lead I've read in a long time.

She's a sheep farmer for goodness sake. She is one hard-working, fiercely independent, prickly as a porcupine tough cookie (hence the nickname from the townsfolk) and should come with a "Beware The McCafferty" sign. She speaks her mind to the point of being harsh and the people who hang out at the local watering-hole she frequents are often on the receiving end of her biting, caustic tongue especially the three local men she refers to as the "Holy Trinity of Arseholes". And now the new bartender in town, Irish-American Liam O'Brien has arrived to try her patience, but he's going to need more than his lucky charms to woo this lass. The scenes at the pub were among my favorite in the book.

The first half of this book was great. There was a sense of impending doom as the anticipation just kept building. A bet made by Liam and then a bad decision on his part due to his pigheadedness had me waiting for the other shoe to drop. You knew it was coming and that it was just a matter of time before the fireworks or "The McCafferty" exploded. And she didn't disappoint.

Watching Liam try to woo Aislinn back and redeem himself while he enlisted the help of the locals as well as Aislinn's sister Nora was at times comical. I did find this part dragged on just a wee bit too long for my liking. The last half of the book just didn't pack the same punch for me as the first half did.

Straight Up is a good, solid read with lots of laughs and was worth it just for all the new words I learned: goolies (use your imagination), eejit (idiot) - this was used a lot, wellies and lots of other quaint Irish expressions. I am pretty sure the voices in my head were speaking with a lovely Irish lilt while I was reading this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Irish delight 4 July 2010
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deirdre Martin a delightful story in Straight Up.

Liam O'Brien takes off to Ireland to wait out the danger back in NY City from the Irish Mob. He trusted the wrong friend and got in trouble with the criminals. He is taken in by friends and relatives in Ballycraig. Working at the local pub helps him not miss home so much. He meets a local girl Aislinn McCafferty who was scorned badly and no one in town can get close to her. Liam makes a bet that he can be the one to break through Aislinn's stone wall.

Aislinn McCafferty loves her life in Ballycraig. Running the families sheep farm brings her the only joy in her life. Years ago her fiancée embarrassed her at the altar and Aislinn built a high wall around her heart. She knows the locals give her a wide berth and for the most part is ok with it. Meeting Liam O'Brien starts to change Aislinn's whole world.

Aislinn slowly lets Liam into her heart and starts to trust again. Once the bet is common knowledge can she forgive Liam too? Liam realizes what he did was wrong and he has strong feelings for Aislinn. He pulls out all the stops to get her back into his arms.

But there is someone asking a lot of questions around town. Has the mob found Liam? Or is it something worse?

Straight up is witty and charming. The characters are not perfect but their flaws make them more real and enjoyable watching them get things right. Deirdre Martin's stories are always once to hold onto and treasure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This Author Has Yet to Disappoint! 9 Jun 2010
By CABeber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read every one of this author's books and novellas. I have yet to be disappointed. The story is always fresh, the characters the same.

Liam's story is no different. Though I at first had a tough time believing that Ireland was going to be a safe haven, I quickly got over it when I saw he was in a little poedunk backwater burb. Aislann is the perfect match for showing him that one can be satisfied with leaving NY behind for the peace of the country. Love her grit and spirit, and love the realities of their relationship.

Yes, the hockey books were great, and I, too, wish for more. But, I love that the minor characters from previous books are getting their own stories. That's not something every author that tries can do successfully, but DM has. I anxiously await her next installment(s). If you, too, have a hard time waiting, also try Rachel Gibson's hockey romances while you are waiting.

I do not always keep books that I've read. Some get passed on to friends and family, some go to the local nursing home library, some get sold to used book stores for $. But DM's have a special place in my library room -- they are all keepers! I won't even loan them out! I tell all my hockey galpals about them, but they have to go get their own :-).
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