Title: Dominic (Slater Brothers, #1)
Author: L. A. Casey
Genre: New Adult Contemporary romance
Release Date: March 17 2014
After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn't befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants.
When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to gethis attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue.
Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how...by force.
Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.
Reviewer’s Note: Dominic is the first book in the new Slater Brothers series. There is no cliffhanger and it is a standalone romance. The series will continue with each book featuring another Slater Brother.
Well, it’s safe to say that this book is a complete RIOT! It’s totally not what I was expecting. When I first saw that cover and read the blurb, I was expecting a romance in a similar style to Katy Evans’ Real but this is very different from that. In fact, when I first realised that the two main protagonists are actually in High School, I was initially a little put off, but there’s something about this book that really kind of captivated me and I was pretty much sucked in.
Let me start off by saying that this book is VERY Irish - you can hear that Irish Brogue coming through loud and clear with the attitude, the slang and the swearing. No one can swear quite like the Irish – I feckin’ love it! I think it’s incredibly fitting that the book releases on Paddy’s Day – perfect timing.
Bronagh is our heroine, who has been raised for nine years by her elder sister due the tragic loss of her parents. This has hit Bronagh hard and she’s vowed never to allow anyone close enough to her for her to ever feel that pain of loss ever again. She’s closed off from everyone apart from Bronagh and hides from reality behind a pair of ear buds staying in her own little world. She’s incredibly spiky and practically snarls at anyone who gets close – she’s funny but she’s also very sharp with a dry,acerbic wit. Most of all, Bronagh is fierce, scarily so – she has a short fuse and is never shy of standing up for herself and what she thinks is right.
The American Slater Brothers storm into town like a tornado and Dominic and Damien, totally gorgeous twins, are placed in Bronagh’s class and Dominic knows straight away that he wants her but she’s gong to make it as difficult for him as she possibly can, fighting off his charms while other girls are literally falling at his feet but he is determined to pursue her.
Dominic is cocky, arrogant, possessive, protective, rude, quick to anger but he’s also incredibly charming and lovable, as are all the Slater boys and, despite some of his absolute stupidity in this book, he’s hard not to like. He torments Bronagh at school for ignoring his advances and makes her life hell. I had to laugh when he admired her ‘phat ass’ and she thought he had said ‘fat arse’ and named him Fuckface – they really did become Fatarse and Fuckface in my head after that one and I found myself grinning like a goof at some of their antics and arguments.
This is all kinds of crazy as the story thunders along at a furious pace with everyone constantly falling out, snarling and hissing at one another like feral cats and constantly falling into physical fights. I think I lost count of the amount of times poor old Dominic got clocked around the head. Luckily, the guy has a hard head as he’s an underground fighter going by the names of Nico or Rampage, something that Bronagh really doesn’t like.
Of course, there’s a reason why the Slater Brothers have come to Ireland and this will come roaring back to put them all in danger and the last part of the novel is a crazy rush of drama and action and it really does move us well beyond the High School style romance and into something significantly more adult.
I have to say Bronagh’s High School experience is pretty brutal. She gets beaten up several times and is always finding herself embroiled in fights and Dominic is no better – both of them, and several others, spend most of this novel wandering around with cuts and bruises.
Deep at the heart of the novel, despite the batshit crazy pace, is a story of deep and abiding loyalty between family and friends and very much a strong theme of love – brotherly, sisterly, romantic and very sexual love. It’s thoroughly enjoyable and charming with some really great character development. It’s so sweet to see Bronagh’s spiky resolve slowly being taken down by Dominic and her frozen heart slowly melting for him. I adored the way that he loved her and cherished her, despite their screaming arguments and I couldn’t help but find myself rooting for them.
"I'm yours?" I mumbled, still in awe that this beautiful person wanted me when he could have any girl he wanted.
Dominic smiled at me and kissed the tip of my nose then winked as he said, "You've always been mine, pretty girl. You just didn't know it."
This book is just all kinds of crazy but, strangely, it works – OK, it’s a debut and it’s a little rough around the edges with a few typos but it’s very original and it is absolutely hilarious and I really did enjoy it and I’ll definitely be continuing with the series. Can’t wait for some more Slater Boys action with Alec, the manwhore, up next. I’m dying for Damien’s story which I think will be the most emotional but it appears the author is saving the best till last.
4 totally mad stars
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About The Author
L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty two year old stay at home mother to an almost 2 year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her 4 and half year old (the half is apparently vital) beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day.