(The Hartigans #1)


Avery Flynn (Goodreads Author)
 3.75  ·   Rating details ·  988 Ratings  ·  239 Reviews

It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…

Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.

I recognize him immediately. The sexiest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league.

But then he kisses me.

And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything.

Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.

Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.

But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers.

Because this is not a make-over story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…

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Gina Luca is a wedding planner.  She is very insecure, having dealt with the cruelness of the pretty crowd growing up.  Curse with the nickname “butterface”  she was never able to believe in herself or others.  But hey 10 years later and life is good.  She has her own successful business and home to renovate.  That is till it all comes crashing back when a kiss cam puts her in the spotlight to kiss a hot guy.

Ford Hartigan always gets shit from his family.  In a big Irish family full of fire fighters, what do you expect when you want to be a cop.  But hey he loves his job and his family.  Mr. No Rule Breaker Hartigan.  Then he kisses Gina and his brain can’t keep up.  But she is a Luca.

When he gets assigned to watch over her to gain info on her criminal brothers rules start to blur.  The more time he spends with her the harder it is to not want to break those rules.  What happens when he does?

These characters were outstanding.  Each with their own insecurities, but with hearts of gold.  What happens when you just want to fit in and be loved for you?  This is what Gina is faced with.  Having been ridiculed all her life and to this day still gets hurt by others on a daily basis, she finds it hard to believe in herself.  But just because you don’t fit in the box of pretty does not mean you are unlovable.  This is where Ford comes in.

“When you look like I do, you get used to people treating you as if you were just a punchline and not an actual human being. So yeah, people have tossed me into the boys locker rooms, walked away from me mid-sentence when someone hot walks into the room, and—oh yeah—sent me to a hotel room when I hadn’t been invited. Stuff like that has happened to me for pretty much my entire life. I guess that’s why my brothers are so overprotective of me.”

Ford is a very handsome and sexy man.  At 6’2″ he is the smallest of the Hartigans, but he is no less a man than his brothers.  He believes in rules and follows them to a T.  But he is also caring and loving.  He sees past Gina’s so-called ugliness.  But convincing her is going to be tough.

The whole Hartigan family is awesome.  I love them.  They are a big, loud Irish family.  But they love each other infinitely.  They are loyal and have each others back.  A family that makes you feel welcome and loved.  I can’t wait to read more stories about this family.

Overall this book was wonderful.  It was a unique story on a subject that is not often touched for books.  Dealing with being the ugly person in the room is a real thing.  Something some people don’t really want to explore and I am so glad this author did.  This book really puts things into perspective for you.  Plain Jane meets Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome.  A beautiful story.

This book is fun, sweet and sexy.  But even though it is all these things, it is serious and downright truthful.  The characters are great and the story is meaningful. The author has a wonderful story line going with this series and it will be interesting to see what she has in store for the rest of that crazy Irish clan.  This series is off  to a good start.  I am looking forward to Muffin Top book 2 in Hartigan series, when it releases sometime in September.  So if you want a book that is fun and serious rolled into one, then you are sure to love this one.

5 star


About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn is a USA Today bestselling romance author. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Find out more about Avery on her website (, follow her on Twitter (@AveryFlynn) and Pinterest (, and like her on her Facebook page (

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