Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review ~ SOMETHING TO PROVE by Shannyn Schroeder

Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families—and find there may be more to their partnership than just business. . .
Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she's capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she'll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights. . .
Colin O'Leary's father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn't a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he's responsible enough to own a bar of his own—and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers—and passions—flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure—or will they have to choose between the two?


Elizabeth Brannigan and Colin O’Leary definitely having something to prove to themselves and to their families.  Elizabeth is the youngest of two kids and works for her father’s company.  Since she was in college, her father has pitted her and her older brother Keith against each other.  Or so it seems.  With her father getting close to retiring, Elizabeth wants to become the CEO of the company.  
After the death of his father, Colin O’Leary was lost.  He didn’t think he could be the head of his close knit Irish-Catholic family, so he bolted, leaving his brother Ryan to handle the family and the family’s bar business alone.  Colin returned to Chicago about a year ago and has been desperately trying to prove to his family, especially his younger brother Ryan that he’s done running away and is there to stay.  Colin has been biding his time.  He wants to prove that he can handle his own bar, but he doesn’t have enough money to purchase one and Ryan isn’t in a trusting or giving mood.
Upon discovering a ran down bar that’s bleeding red in her father’s list of possessions, Elizabeth decides to turn the bar around as a way to prove her worth to her father and brother.  Elizabeth eventually enlists the help of Colin and together they complete each other in the bar and personally.
While I was disappointed that there wasn’t more to Colin’s story of running away, I still loved this story.  Something to Prove is the story of two people discovering their own worth and path in life.  Realizing that you have to trust yourself and those around you.  Understanding that when all is said and done, your family has your back.  And that maybe when it all comes down to it, the only person you have to prove something to is yourself.
Rating: 4
Release Date: January 16, 2014
Book Length: 242 pages
Source: Kensington Books via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback

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  1. Oh I remember that cover and thinking I'd need to get this one. Glad to hear it turned out to be a good one :)

    1. Yes. Shannyn manages to just suck you in. I kept thinking the cover just DID NOT go with the other covers. Shannyn said that it did. She was right. There's a scene and it's all good. I hope you enjoy the book.


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