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Get The Tissues Ready As You Prepare To Say Goodbye To The Gallaghers & The Winchesters!
Commenté aux États-Unis 🇺🇸 le 3 août 2021
Ian & Ellie’s Brother’s Best Friend Story Is A Sweet & Steamy Romance About Finding Love Unexpectedly.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
This is the third and probably final book in The Gallaghers series of related standalones. It is a spinoff of the Very Irresistible Bachelors series, which centers around the Winchester family, and picks right up in the same world where the last book of that series left off. The Winchester family remains in the background, just the like Gallaghers had increasingly become part of the Winchester family in their series. Nevertheless, it is absolutely not necessary to have read the Very Irresistible Bachelor series first to enjoy the Gallaghers. Though books are best enjoyed in sequence, any book in either of the series can be read on its own. Fans, however, will appreciate learning more about this close-knit family by reading the series in order.
Note that two of the Very Irresistible Bachelors books are crossovers between the Winchester and Gallagher families. Book one, You’re the One, is Josie Gallagher’s story with the Caldwell’s close cousin. Book four, One Beautiful Promise, is Laney Smith’s story with a Winchester brother. Laney had been to the Gallagher family what Josie had been to the Winchester family. Each was taken in and welcomed like family. Laney and Isabelle Gallagher have been best friends since their youth. Laney grew up spending a lot of time in her best friend’s home, and the Gallagher boys are like brothers to her. The Gallagher siblings include Josie, Dylan, Isabelle, and Ian.
A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE WINCHESTER AND GALLAGHER BOOKS:
Very Irresistible Bachelors Series:
1. You’re the One: Hunter Caldwell (32) & Josie Gallagher (30) *As it opens it is the 4th of July*
2. Just One Kiss: Ryker Winchester (30) &. Heather Prescott (28)*As it opens it is early March*
3. One Perfect Touch: Robert Dumont (33) & Skye Winchester (32)*As it opens it is just past the 4th of July weekend*
4. One Beautiful Promise: Cole Winchester (~30) & Laney Smith (~28)*As it opens it is March; newlywed Skye is 7 months pregnant*
5. My One and Only: Liam Harrington (36) & Tess Winchester (35)*As it opens it is mid-September, sometime after Skye delivered baby Jonas. Heather is pregnant and showing*
The Gallaghers Series:
1. Say You’re Mine: Brayden Clarke (30) & Isabelle Gallagher (~29)*As I opens it is just after July 4th; Tess and Liam are still engaged. Ryker and Heather have welcomed newborn son Ray. More recently, Hunter and Jose brought home newborn Sophie – roughly around the second week of June*
2. When You’re Mine: Dylan Gallagher (31) & Mel Dawson (27) *As it opens it is it is early June; Brayden and Isabelle have a November wedding planned*
3. Because You’re Mine: Ian Gallagher & Ellie Cavanaugh *As it Opens it is September; it is the day of Dylan and Melanie’s engagement party at Isabelle and Brayden’s home in Tarrytown, right where Dylan’s story leaves off; it is about four years after Hunter and Josie’s story*
ABOUT THE GALLAGHERS:
The Gallaghers hail from small town Montana. They come from a modest background, but are a tight family. Josie is the eldest. She is followed by Dylan, then Isabelle. Ian is the youngest.
Josie Gallagher is an attorney. After winning a scholarship, she left home in high school to attend a private boarding school that catered to the wealthy in New York. She soon befriended Hunter Caldwell, who had defended her when bullies made fun of her poor clothing. Hunter is a cousin of the Winchesters and was practically raised in their family. Through him, Josie was welcomed into the Winchester family and grew close to Skye and Tess Winchester. She and Hunter became best friends over time, and eventually much more. Hunter and Josie’s story is book one of the Very Irresistible Bachelors series, You’re The One.
Dylan and Ian Gallagher own a software company together, Gallagher Solutions. After spending some time setting up an office in Washington, D.C., moved to New York on year ago to start a new subsidiary there. This finally brings all the children together again in one city.
Dylan Gallagher moved to NYC roughly one year ago. This is his story.
Ian had worshipped his older brother when he was small, but he never did become a romantic. He has always enjoyed a bachelor lifestyle and has no plans to change. He is less serious and more playful.
Isabelle Gallagher moved to NYC roughly one year ago, following her sister and best friend. She has a master’s in counseling as well as one in behavioral science, and she set up her own private practice in Brooklyn. Her story with rock star Brayden Clark takes place in book one of this series, Say You’re Mine.
Laney Smith gets special mention as Isabelle’s best friend from childhood. She moved to NYC for her residency after medical school, then met and married Cole Winchester. Cole and Laney’s story is book four of the Very Irresistible Bachelors series, One Beautiful Promise.
IN THIS BOOK:
This book opens in September. It picks up right where When You’re Mine, Dylan and Mel’s story, ends. It opens at Isabelle’s home, where Dylan and Mel celebrate their engagement surrounded by the Winchester and Gallagher clans.
Ian Gallagher, twenty-nine, is the fun Gallagher brother. He doesn’t take life too seriously and enjoys having a good time. He had never been interested in relationships and doesn’t have a romantic bone in his body. He is loyal to his family and friends, never hesitating to offer a helping hand. He and Dylan are very close, and until this summer they had both enjoyed their bachelor ways. Ian casually dates and does hookups, always moving on within a week or so. With Dylan getting engaged to Melanie, though, Ian is the last single sibling in the family. Still, he has no desire to change his ways.
Ian is more of a risk taker. Dylan is all about efficiency in his life; he has some OCD tendencies. Together, they make a successful team. Ian has always looked up to his older brother and never hesitated in joining him to start Gallagher Solutions, a successful software company. He had considered going into teaching when in college, but his loyalty to his brother was stronger. Ian enjoys his work at Gallagher Solutions. He get a thrill from coding, even though they can afford to hire others to do that work for them. After building up a good business in D.C., they moved to New York just a year ago to set up a new subsidiary – and that brought them to the same city where their sisters now live, reuniting all four siblings. They still have business in D.C., so they sometimes travel there, too. It gives Ian the opportunity to visit his best friend, Henry Cavanaugh. They had attended college together in D.C
The Gallaghers are a tight family, even with their parents still back at home. Their parents had a run a ski lift in Montana, and a few warm years had been financially challenging. Dylan and Ian are now working to get partners to back them up on Project Z, an idea that has great business potential as well as personal meaning for them. They hope to develop and market an insurance model for niche markets that are not covered by existing models. Had that kind of insurance existed for their parents, a lot of hardship could have been avoided.
Ellie Cavanaugh, twenty-three, is passionate when it comes to food. A culinary school graduate, her dream is to work in a Michelin-starred restaurant before opening her own restaurant in ten years. She has a plan, too. She hopes to rotate and work with different chefs to develop her own style. She just landed a great opportunity with a rotational program. The trainee salary doesn’t pay much, but the exposure is fantastic. On Point, a Michelin-starred restaurant, has three locations: New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco. She will spend six months at each. She has just finished a stint as a pastry chef in Miami and will be working at the salad station in New York. Her life is nomadic, but she loves it. She has always been very independent. The only thing she really misses is her family, but that is complicated.
Ellie and her older brother Henry are close. When their parents divorced and remarried, starting new families, she and Henry never felt like they really fit in anywhere. Still, she loves her parents. She forgives her father for hurting her mother, and doesn’t hold a grudge against her mother for using her like a crutch in the aftermath of the breakup. Her mother had needed someone to turn to, and Ellie’s naturally warm and generous personality made her easy to turn to. Everyone is happy and healthy now, but what Ellie really wants is to see her family together again. Her parents are now on speaking terms, but with the family spread out across the country, Ellie finds it hard to make time to travel to see everyone.
When Henry asks Ian to watch after his little sister when she goes to New York for six months, Ian knows it will be a challenge to keep his hands to himself. Two years ago, Ellie had attended a Lake Tahoe vacation along with him, Henry, and a few friends. Ian hadn’t thought too much of Ellie before, but seeing her all grown up triggered his protective nature. He saw her in a different light, but with her as Henry’s sister and him as the eternal bachelor, he knew he could not cross any lines. Six months of watching over her will be a challenge to his self-control. Ellie hasn’t had great luck in the dating department. She hasn’t exactly been saving herself, but she hasn’t found anyone worth having a relationship with either. Her lack of experience has become a bit of an embarrassment and even scares some potential men away. Ian had been a crush, and when she came face to face with him again in New York, those feelings had not abated at all. With Henry out of the picture down in D.C., things were increasingly heating up between the pair. But Henry would never approve of the match, and if he discovered that they were crossing the line, things could end very badly. The couple eventually earns a happy ending.
Ian and Ellie’s brother’s best friend story is a sweet romance about family and following your passion. The couple starts out knowing their time together is limited. Ellie will be in New York for just six months. She has a plan, and New Orleans is the next stop on her journey. And since Ian is not relationship material, they have no illusions about the future. Still, their chemistry is incredible, and they embark on a relationship with no plans but for the present. They soon find that their relationship is about so much more than a good time, which only complicates matters more. Henry will never approve since he has insider information about Ian’s dating history, and he is an important figure to them both. As they meander their way through the beginning of their relationship, they face many uncertainties about the future. They must contemplate what it means to separate or to stay together, and how to balance a relationship alongside personal goals. Ian has always been restless, so he must do some soul-searching about what he really wants in life, while Ellie must reconsider her own priorities and plans.
For fans of The Gallaghers series (and of The Very Irresistible Bachelors series), this story is a must read. It is seemingly the end of the road for the Winchesters and the Gallaghers. It is sweet and sentimental. There are a few teary moments. The epilogue takes you six years into the future – that means ten years of marriage for Hunter and Josie, whose story joined both families and began The Very Irresistible Bachelors series. That led to seven additional stories, eight couples in total, all amidst New York yet grounded with a strong sense of family. It is bittersweet to say goodbye.
It will be interesting to see what comes next from the author. It might be something entirely new, although it could conceivably follow Isabelle’s wedding planner, Gina, and possible Henry Cavanaugh. That might give the Winchesters and Gallaghers the chance to stick around on the outskirts of a new series.
Get the tissues ready as you prepare to say goodbye to the Gallaghers and the Winchesters! Ian and Ellie’s brother’s best friend story is a sweet and steamy romance about finding love unexpectedly. The story is nicely written. The plot is somewhat simple. The story is character-driven. The characters are well-developed. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Ian and Ellie. I rate this book four stars.
I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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