ARC REVIEW: Irish Charmer (Brooklyn Kings, #6)


Irish Charmer (Brooklyn Kings, #6)
by L.K. Shaw
Releasing on September 20th, 2022
Adult Fiction—Romance

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For three years I’ve kept my son a secret in order to protect him from the dangers of the syndicate. A life his Irish father is still a part of.

When I have to return to Brooklyn, I don’t expect Nathan to be the first person I see. For a moment, the world disappears and it’s only the two of us. Until reality intrudes.

Because there’s no more hiding the fact that the blue-eyed, red-haired little boy at my side is his.


Neither time nor the distance separating us has made me forget Lucia. From our first meeting, there’s been some part of her that calls to me.

With the discovery of my son, I’m even more determined to prove to her that she’s mine.

Soon though, a possessive stalker from her past re-emerges, and he wants her for himself. We begin a deadly game of hide-and-seek, and when it’s over, only one of us will be left standing.

Trigger/Content Warning(s): Violence, Gun Violence, Murder, Stalking, Death, Intentional Parental Alienation, Hidden Pregnancy/Child


Disclaimer: I was provided a digital galley by the author and Valentine PR for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

Irish Charmer was an entertaining addition to the Brooklyn Kings series with characters both familiar and anticipated. However, while the book itself was enjoyable, it did not entirely live up to expectations.

From the first page, it is noticeable to readers that this book is very quickly paced. Normally, I enjoy this. However, in this case, it almost felt as though the book was rushing. Rushing to get started, rushing to get the details and plot built and explained, rushing to be over and done with. It made it difficult to read at times.

When it came to the characters, I did like seeing the perspectives Lucia and Nathan had to offer. It was interesting getting to see the background Lucia’s past provided, and I did enjoy seeing her struggle with Nathan and deciding if it was worth it to risk her and her son to give the chance at falling in love again. To be quite honest though, there were several points throughout the book where I felt that both Lucia and Nathan fell flat. Nathan is determined to not lose Lucia or his son, and it is made very apparent throughout the story that he is doing his best to respect boundaries and build respect and trust between each other. But outside of their relationship, we did not see as much character development like we did in the previous book.

But while the main characters might have fallen flat in parts of the story, the same case could not be said for any of the side characters. The scenes in which they were featured felt well written and developed, and I did enjoy getting those small or short glimpses with them throughout the story.

The plot of this book, in my opinion, needs a lot of work still. Without getting too spoiler-y, it is revealed that Lucia has a stalker that might be someone she knows. The “twist” of the story was extremely predictable, and every scene building up to it fell flat to me. It was hard to enjoy the bits of the story that were supposed to be the building blocks for the plot due to there just not being much there. It was lackluster, and again, I found myself comparing this book to the previous installment in terms of quality.

Overall, I just was not the biggest fan of Irish Charmer. I do think that this book needs more editing before publication in terms of the actual writing and plot, and for that, I do not give it a starred rating. I do plan on continuing the series from L.K. Shaw, and I am still keeping hopes that the next title will live up to expectations better.

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DELETEaL.K. Shaw is the bestselling author of sexy, sinful suspense. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. She now reads, and loves, all romance sub-genres, with sci-fi romance and dark romance being her favorite. LK enjoys traveling and chocolate. Her books feature hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love.

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