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An Irish lass. An English lord. A love that overcomes all boundaries.

August Grayson has secretly dreamt of the girl living on his family’s Irish estate since childhoods spent together in Killarney. Now a proper Lord of the British Empire, he knows that Maeve could never be more than just a distant fantasy. Still, if only…

Maeve O’Connor owns nothing in this world but her good name, which proves just enough to win a proposal for a marriage of convenience to a good, Irish lad. Until the wedding, however, she’s in dire straits. Rent on the cottage she and her father share is due, but there simply isn’t the money to pay. Driven to desperation, Maeve hopes Lord Grayson, childhood chum turned dashing English rogue, will prove lenient when she comes seeking clemency.

The temptation presented proves too much, and August offers Maeve a compromise: should she permit him twice as long on each succeeding visit to do whatever he wishes in pursuit of his pleasure, he will consider her rent paid. Starting with a mere five seconds, pulses soon out race the ticking clock, as August’s desires become Maeve’s own. Passion blinds them to the challenges closing in on both the Irish and English fronts, threatening to destroy the love they’ve only just rediscovered.

Working to bridge that which divides them, tempting fate with each stolen kiss, and torn between desire and obligation, Maeve and August must strive to overcome all and find a love by any measure…

My Review:

When Killian asked me to review A Love By Any Measure, I was very excited. I loved her debut book, 12.21.12. Unfortunately, this one fell a little short of her debut novel.

The story premise and the characters were enjoyable. However, I felt that the book didn’t flow smoothly after a certain point.

The first 21 chapters of the book takes place during 1866. Then all of the sudden it jumps ahead to 1872. The only time the reader is told that the first part is in 1866 is the beginning of chapter one, so by the time you get to chapter 22 you don’t remember what year it is. The author should have included on the header for chapter 22 that it was 6 years later.

From chapter 22 to chapter 39, was jarring swaps between the two time lines. The transitions were not smooth.

I love when an author makes me look up words because I don’t know them. However, with the frequency of large and uncommon words used in this story, I can easily see some readers getting discouraged.

Overlooking the lack of time line transitions, I feel that Killian told a beautiful tale with strong, well thought out characters. I believe that with a little more beta reading and editing, this book would have been amazing.

I give A Love By Any Measure a 4 Horseshoe rating!

A Love By Any Measure is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Publication Details:

Author Killian McRae
Title A Love By Any Measure
Format Ebook
Publication Date November 2011
Publisher Tulipe Noire Press
ISBN 978-0-9839-7971-5