Someone to Believe In (O’Neil Family: Book 1) by Kathryn Shay

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Publisher: Kathryn Shay

Date of publication: September 6th, 2005

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Series: O’Neill Family

Someone to Believe In—Book 1

Close to You—Book 2

Taking the Heat—Book 3

High Stakes—Book 4

Always and Forever—Book 5

The Reckoning—Book 6

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together on the mayor’s task force, the impossible happens—they’re attracted to each other. Their passion erupts early on, and only grows stronger the further they get into a relationship. When they fall deeply in love, their conflicting views drive a wedge between them. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.

What I liked about Someone to Believe In

  1. Two words: Romance Novel. This wasn’t your typical romance. Bailey and Clay met when he put her in jail 11 years before. They are at odds because of their different views on kids in gangs. Bailey wants to try to rehabilitate them, and Clay is the opposite. And, of course, sparks fly.
  2. Speaking about sparks, it got hot and steamy once Bailey and Clay got into bed.
  3. The brothers (for the most part). Having 3 brothers myself, I sympathized with Bailey.
  4. The backstory about why Bailey started her organization. Not giving anything away, but it was heartbreaking.

What I didn’t like about Someone to Believe In:

  1. The sub-story with Taz. Not that it wasn’t good, but it pulled at my heartstrings. Taz’s home life was awful, and her gang life was worse. The twist in this story made me cry for her.
  2. The ending seemed a little rushed to me. I wish the author had carried over Bailey and Clay’s relationship to another book. Because the relationship itself wasn’t typical.

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