Taking The Heat

The O'Neils

Book 3
Ocean View Books
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 Kathryn Shay combines the world of a NYC Irish pub and her favorite firefighters in the last of the O'Neil Family trilogy!

“Shay writes an emotion-packed story that presents a realistic view of the romantic and social problems faced by female firefighters. With angst and some hot sex, this dramatic tale also has a nice touch of humor.” RT Book Reviews

Liam O’Neil simply wants to make it through the day. His son is depressed, his beloved wife died three years ago and he’s lonely! Enter, Sophie Tyler, a firefighter who lives on the edge and likes it that way. Though she carries some of her own baggage, she’s the total opposite of Liam. However, when she begins work at the family pub, they’re drawn to each. Then they fall in love. But nothing can erase the biting fear Liam—and his kids—feel about the danger Sophie is in every day. Eventually, an arsonist upsets the delicate balance of their relationship and they realize they can’t be together. Or can they?

“This is an enjoyable second chance at love romantic suspense thriller. The story line is action-packed in terms of the arsonist subplot and filled with angst re the relationship between Liam and Sophie. Although TAKING THE HEAT stands alone, with the O'Neil family playing major roles, reading the previous tales (see CLOSE TO YOU and SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN) enhances the experience. Once again Kathryn Shay pays homage to the brave firefighters.” Harriet Klausner

“TAKING THE HEAT is an emotional roller coaster ride that hits so many real life issues facing career women in today's world. As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.” Joyfully Reviewed

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Ocean View Books
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Published on
Oct 4, 2014
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304
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ISBN
9781452471303
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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 Back by popular demand…The O’Neil Family. Get the book readers have been begging for—number 4 in the O’Neil series!

 
Dylan O’Neil’s Achilles heel is his family. He’ll do anything to protect them. Rachel Scott, a cable newscaster, seems to offend and even hurt the O’Neils with her coverage of them. When Dylan exposes her irresponsible journalism in one of his popular columns for a local magazine, Rachel is furious and accuses him of bias and vindictiveness. Forced by the heads of both news agencies to resolve their differences, Dylan sees another side to Rachel, one with more warmth and depth than she displays to the world. And she finds him to be a caring man who safeguards those he loves. Attraction between them flares out of control, and they are drawn deeply into each other’s lives. But with the entire O’Neil clan against them, can they ever have a lasting relationship?
 
Set in the colorful world of New York City, the politics of Washington D.C. and war scenes in Syria, HIGH STAKES takes the reader on another journey with those wonderful O’Neil men.
 
Reader praise for the O’Neil family books:

“I have read all of the O'Neil books. I just couldn't get enough of this family. I laughed, I cried & fell in love with all the characters.”

“As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.”

“I loved getting to know the whole family. I wish there were more books on the rest of the brothers.”

“Ms. Shay is such an excellent writer. No one can create families with sibling relationships so true-to-life: funny, sweet, petty spats, taking criticism from them that you wouldn't take from anyone else.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this series. There was romance with suspense, espionage & modern-day political trials that made the stories very enjoyable.”

 In ALWAYS AND FOREVER, a contemporary romance, Patrick O’Neil has always taken his responsibilities to heart. The first sibling in a passionate Irish family, he’s there for his four Irish brothers and sister to listen, console and sometimes give them a swift kick in the butt. But his relationship with his wife Brie has been tumultuous from day one, and it hasn’t changed in nearly twenty years. Both bear scars from their past. But when Brie finds herself in the most terrifying situation of her life, it’s Pat she needs during and after it. Backdropped by New York City, an authentic Irish Pub in Greenwich Village, the politics and romance in Washington D.C, this family saga will tug at your heartstrings and keep your pulse pounding. Edgy, sexy and emotional, the conclusion to the O’Neil series will surprise the reader in its emotional intensity and unique plotline. 
Reader praise for the O’Neil family books: 
“I have read all of the O'Neil books. I just couldn't get enough of this family. I laughed, I cried & fell in love with all the characters.” 

“As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.” 

“I loved getting to know the whole family. I wish there were more books on the rest of the brothers.” 

“Ms. Shay is such an excellent writer. No one can create families with sibling relationships so true-to-life: funny, sweet, petty spats, taking criticism from them that you wouldn't take from anyone else.” 

“I thoroughly enjoyed this series. There was romance with suspense, espionage & modern-day political trials that made the stories very enjoyable.” 
 Kathryn Shay creates a world of politics, gangs and her forte--the problems of teenagers. This is the first in the O'Neil Family trilogy!

“SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is a wonderfully written, emotional and extraordinary read and truly deserves a five-star rating.” Affaire de Coeur

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together on the mayor’s task force, the impossible happens—they’re attracted to each other. Their passion erupts early on, and only grows stronger the further they get into a relationship. When they fall deeply in love, their conflicting views drive a wedge between them. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.

Available also: the O’Neil brothers’ stories in CLOSE TO YOU and TAKING THE HEAT

"Once again, Shay shines in this starkly realistic story of gang members and people involved in prevention and intervention programs. Shay pulls no punches when describing brutal events, and secondary characters, including Clay's environmentalist son, Bailey's overprotective brothers, and Taz, a member of the notorious Good Girls gang, are especially well developed. This powerful story will stay with readers long after they finish the book. *Starred Review* Shelley Mosley, American Library Association.

“Shay’s writing trademark is taking seemingly impossible relationships and developing them into classic tales of true love, which is what she does here.” Fresh Fiction

“What we get in SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is Clay and Bailey fighting each other in the media but heating up the sheets (or the stairs, elevators, and the walls) with love making. Talk about a hot book filled with great dialogue and love scenes.” A Reader

Kathryn Shay has written several novels dealing with the Secret Service and has done extensive primary and secondary research to make her work realistic.

"Kathryn Shay writes believable characters you can't help falling in love with. While this is my first Kathryn Shay book, it won't be my last. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.” The Romance Reader Connection

CLOSE TO YOU is the story of Secret Service Agent CJ Ludzecky, who is assigned to the coveted Vice Presidential Protection Division, guarding the Second Lady of the United States and her two children. After overcoming a rocky start in the Service, CJ is out to prove herself big-time. There's no room for men in her life, especially not the Second Lady's charming, sexy, sensitive brother, Aidan O'Neil.

Back-dropped by the hustle of New York City, the political world of Washington, D.C. and the pastoral scenery of the Finger Lakes, CJ tries to protect her charges, while Aidan tries to persuade her to let him into her life. The invasion of the press, a hostage situation involving the Vice President, a former gang member and a kidnapping attempt all move the story—and CJ and Aidan's relationship—to a stunning conclusion.

Award-winning author Kathryn Shay delivers a powerful novel about two people whose undeniable passion for each other pushes them to take the chances of a lifetime.

“Shay's sequel to last year's SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN continues to explore the powerful emotions and at times heart-wrenching issues associated with the O'Neil family. Attraction can develop at the most inconvenient time, and for these characters, it comes down to making serious life choices. Always a dramatic and engaging storyteller, Shay never disappoints.” RT Book Reviews 

 Back by popular demand…The O’Neil Family. Get the book readers have been begging for—number 4 in the O’Neil series!

 
Dylan O’Neil’s Achilles heel is his family. He’ll do anything to protect them. Rachel Scott, a cable newscaster, seems to offend and even hurt the O’Neils with her coverage of them. When Dylan exposes her irresponsible journalism in one of his popular columns for a local magazine, Rachel is furious and accuses him of bias and vindictiveness. Forced by the heads of both news agencies to resolve their differences, Dylan sees another side to Rachel, one with more warmth and depth than she displays to the world. And she finds him to be a caring man who safeguards those he loves. Attraction between them flares out of control, and they are drawn deeply into each other’s lives. But with the entire O’Neil clan against them, can they ever have a lasting relationship?
 
Set in the colorful world of New York City, the politics of Washington D.C. and war scenes in Syria, HIGH STAKES takes the reader on another journey with those wonderful O’Neil men.
 
Reader praise for the O’Neil family books:

“I have read all of the O'Neil books. I just couldn't get enough of this family. I laughed, I cried & fell in love with all the characters.”

“As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.”

“I loved getting to know the whole family. I wish there were more books on the rest of the brothers.”

“Ms. Shay is such an excellent writer. No one can create families with sibling relationships so true-to-life: funny, sweet, petty spats, taking criticism from them that you wouldn't take from anyone else.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this series. There was romance with suspense, espionage & modern-day political trials that made the stories very enjoyable.”

 Kathryn Shay creates a world of politics, gangs and her forte--the problems of teenagers. This is the first in the O'Neil Family trilogy!

“SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is a wonderfully written, emotional and extraordinary read and truly deserves a five-star rating.” Affaire de Coeur

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together on the mayor’s task force, the impossible happens—they’re attracted to each other. Their passion erupts early on, and only grows stronger the further they get into a relationship. When they fall deeply in love, their conflicting views drive a wedge between them. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.

Available also: the O’Neil brothers’ stories in CLOSE TO YOU and TAKING THE HEAT

"Once again, Shay shines in this starkly realistic story of gang members and people involved in prevention and intervention programs. Shay pulls no punches when describing brutal events, and secondary characters, including Clay's environmentalist son, Bailey's overprotective brothers, and Taz, a member of the notorious Good Girls gang, are especially well developed. This powerful story will stay with readers long after they finish the book. *Starred Review* Shelley Mosley, American Library Association.

“Shay’s writing trademark is taking seemingly impossible relationships and developing them into classic tales of true love, which is what she does here.” Fresh Fiction

“What we get in SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is Clay and Bailey fighting each other in the media but heating up the sheets (or the stairs, elevators, and the walls) with love making. Talk about a hot book filled with great dialogue and love scenes.” A Reader

What does an unexpected baby bring? A marriage of convenience? A reconciliation? A rejection like no other? NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay delivers an emotional series, About the Baby, filled with sizzling romance, heartfelt pregnancy and baby scenes, and a unique look at the healing power of forgiveness.

High-powered architect Zach Sloan only ever loved one woman and when she left, he hardened his heart and concentrated on climbing to the top of his profession. But when one of his designs collapses, and Annie is there to help, he rushes her headlong into bed. Which changes everything.

 

Annie Montgomery is a social worker, the total opposite of her ex-husband Zach. Non-materialistic, with simple tastes and unselfish goals, she divorced Zach. The problem is, she still loves him. And when they’re thrown together in a crisis, she can’t resist consoling him. The consequences must be dealt with.

 

Annie’s pregnancy brings them closer, but their differences surface once again. This time, will Annie and Zach overcome them, for the sake of the baby—and themselves?

 

If you like stories about secret babies, reunion of lost loves, and wounded heroes, follow the full series, which can be read in any order: A TIME TO GIVE, Book 1,  JUST ONE NIGHT, Book 2, BE MY BABIES, Book 3.

 

*Originally published in 1997, this book has been revised, updated and modernized.

 

Reviewer’s Praise for JUST ONE NIGHT:

“Kathryn Shay is a star who shines brighter than most of the big name romance writers today.” Affaire de Coeur Magazine

 

"Ms. Shay has once again gifted us with a beautiful love story filled with hope, healing and the pursuit of happiness.”   Rendezvous Magazine

 

“With an irresistible blend of warmth and sizzle, award-winning Kathryn Shay sets our hearts aglow with wonderfully tender emotion readers won't want to miss.” RT Book Reviews

 

“A thoroughly engrossing read…grab a box of tissues, cover yourself with a warm quilt and get set to be swept away to another world.” An Amazon Reader

Iris Chance is turning thirty-three. She’s an independent
woman, the owner of the Sunflower Coffee and Tea Company in Hidden Falls,
Oregon. Hidden Falls boasts clean air, natural beauty, good neighbors. The only
problem is that there are zero interesting single men and Iris wants a baby.
She’d love the whole package -- the love story, the sexy romance with a hero
who will sweep her off her feet, but she doesn’t have time to wait for Mr.
Right. He may lose his way and never show up. She decides to start a family with
the help of a sperm bank, knowing she’ll have her large family to support and
encourage her as a single mom. When the new High School English teacher, Geoff
McLeod, walks into her café and into her life he seems perfect. There’s only
one problem…

 



Geoff McLeod never imagined his wife would end their six-
year marriage with a text message. Reeling from her betrayal, he moves to
Hidden Falls to teach English and Creative Writing. He’s got zero interest in
women or dating until he meets Iris Chance, the intriguing woman who bakes the
best Morning Glory muffins he’s ever tasted. He can’t imagine starting his day
without stopping in on his way to work for coffee and a muffin and to see the
sexiest woman who ever donned an apron.



 



Iris is oldest girl in a family of eleven kids. She’s always
been the stand-in mother to her younger siblings. She’s got so used to looking
out for other people and listening to their problems that she’s become the
confidante and unofficial therapist of half the town. She can see that the new
English teacher has some emotional baggage dragging along behind him. He looks
like he can use a friend and Iris has never been able to turn away from someone
in pain. She’s prepared to be his friend, but she would never get involved with
someone who is still officially married.



 



When her matchmaking mother invites the new English teacher
to her birthday party everyone begins to wonder whether this will be a friends
to lovers tale.



 



In this contemporary romantic comedy about a small town girl
who longs for a family, but has never entirely trusted she deserved a happy
ending, two lonely people learn that sometimes love comes when you least expect
it.



 



A sexy, humorous, contemporary romance, Iris in Bloom is the
perfect beach read, or a romance novel to while away a rainy afternoon.



 



 



 

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