When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.

I’m pretty sure I’ve just had the most amazing dream. That I met a rugby player turned sex god and danced and drank with him all night. That we were together from one year to the next. That he fucked my brains out all night long and made me feel more than beautiful.


This book was AMAZING, full of so many EMOTIONS and a MUST READ. I was not prepared to experience so much emotion while reading this but I am glad that I had some tissues near by because they are definitely needed when reading.

Valerie, I LOVED her! I found her very relatable when it came to her relationship with her mother. She experienced tragedy at a young age, but she is a fighter and overcame that. She is beautiful inside and out. I loved her relationship with her sisters, too. I wanted to be an honorary Stephens sister! Padraig, that man is seriously incredible. I feel for him, he is going through so much change in his life. Of course, he meets Val when he needs someone the most. Their relationship was beautiful.

I loved everything single minute of this book. The good, the beautiful, and the extremely heartbreaking moments. Not only were Val and Padraig AMAZING characters, but the secondary characters were perfect. Seriously, where can I find myself a Nan?! She cracked me up so much throughout the story.

Whether you’ve read anything by Karina or not this book is MUST read! Be ready to experience a rollercoaster of emotions but it is worth every single moment!


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