Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One Night In Dublin by Kemberlee Shortland ADULT title (Review)

One Night in Dublin is an ADULT title
by Kemberlee Shortland



At her mother’s prompting (nagging) about grandchildren, Sive wonders if it really is time to settle down. She’s just finishing college so she should be thinking about her future. But is she ready to settle down? Is she ready for kids? And more importantly, which of the three men she’s been seeing does she want to spend the rest of her life with?

Sive has a choice to make, and only 24 hours in which to make it.




We all make them. From the moment we wake up, it's: “do I get out of bed now or hit the snooze button . . . again?” “shall I wear this outfit to work or that one?” “tea and toast or grab something on the way?”

It's all mundane bullshit. They’re all choices we make on the fly without even realizing we're making them.

Think about it. What choices do you make when you’re not thinking about them? Like going home from work. You get on the train, find a seat and wait for your stop. But when you get there, you wonder how the hell you got there because you don’t remember making the journey.

What I’m trying to say is that we often go on auto-pilot and just do what needs doing without any real thought, because there are usually more pressing things to think about—the important things. Or seemingly so. Like, what movie to see, what restaurant to eat in, where to go on holidays . . . and for some girls, this pair of sensible shoes on sale or another pair not on sale but immensely sexier?

For me, today, my choices aren't so mundane, and they’ll require a lot of conscious thought. I have an important decision to make. One that could change my life forever, pardon the cliché.

They—whoever 'they' are—say there is someone for everyone, that we all have a 'type' of person we're attracted to. I'm still figuring it all out . . . exploring to see what is my type . . . that someone just for me. And it doesn’t help that my mum’s voice is in the back of my head, asking . . . i.e. nagging (yes, I just said i.e.) . . . when I’m going to settle down and give her grandkids.

First, let me say this: I'm not a slut. I'm not loose, I don't carelessly sleep around, and I don't do one-night stands. I just love men and all of their vast differences.

What can I say about my boys that every other woman out there doesn’t already know about men? Charmers, every one of them. But they all give me something I need.

Tonight I need to decide what, or who, I need the most—Fitzy, Moss, or Sully.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kemberlee was born and raised in Northern California in an area known as America's Salad Bowl. It was home to many authors, including John Steinbeck, and for a while Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1997, Kemberlee had the opportunity to live in Ireland for six months, where she ended up meeting a man who convinced her to stay. Kemberlee is now celebrating her eighteenth year in Ireland and has been lucky to travel the country extensively, picking up a cupla focal along the way—a few Irish words.

Kemberlee has been writing since a very young age and over the years she has published dozens of travel articles and book reviews, as well as worked with some notable authors who’ve set their books in Ireland. 2006 saw the publication of Kemberlee’s first two stories, Tutti-Frutti Blues and Dude Looks Like a Lady, set in her hometown. Since then, Kemberlee has published a number of short stories and novels, many of which are set in Ireland.

Get in touch with Kemberlee:

Heart Shaped Stones blog
Hearticles: Articles with Heart
Tirgearr Publishing



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My Review

4 out of 5 stars

One Night in Dublin by Kemberlee Shortland is an erotic novella that is book 9 of the ‘City Nights’ series and centers around a very memorable St. Patrick’s Day for a woman named Sive.  The realization that she and her three regular sexual partners have very different expectations of what they expect out of their relationships prompts her to drown her sorrows at her local pub amidst her noisy and exuberant fellow Dubliners.  Things look up when a tourist visiting from California named Adrian invites her to give him a personal guided tour during his one night in town and they discover a common passion for both Vikings and each other.  If they’re only going to have one night together, they’re going to live it to the fullest.

This definitely spicy novella gives a whirlwind tour of three very different relationships being juggled by a woman who finally reaches an epiphany and realizes that she needs to demand more in her life.  There are nice sketches of Dublin as the festivities marking an iconic Irish celebration heat up even as one cringes at the unabashedly lustful yet uncaring men in Sive’s life who don’t appreciate the combination of brains and passion that she has to offer. 

The tour of the city is fascinating and enlightening and the connection that the heroine makes with a foreigner is both entertaining and ironic although a little disconcerting in its suddenness.  I love the combination of snark and passion that characterize Sive and would enjoy reading more of her adventures as she continues to mature and demand more for herself, although, given the sizzling encounters she engages in, a glass of ice will be a required accompaniment to additional tales!


A copy of this title was provided to me for my honest review


  1. The impressive cover is what I like most from today's post.

    1. Glad you like it, Mai. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Apologies for the tardy reply, as I was just in sunny California for the last two weeks and mostly without wifi. Thank you so much for hosting me and for the great review. I'm thrilled you liked One Night in Dublin. This story is loosely tied to my Irish Pride series (Kieran's story is in Rhythm of My Heart) if you're curious about his character.