My Life in Shambles


When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.

This is a full-length contemporary standalone romance. 

My Review: 3 stars 

Valerie has been dealt a few bad hands.

First, her and her fiancé break up. Then she is laid off from her job. What else could go wrong?

So when her sister invite her on a trip to Ireland for New Years, she decides why not. Nothing here is holding her back.

What she never imagined was that she would meet Padraig, an Irish rugby player. Or that he would give her a crazy proposition.

Padraig’s father is dying and he knows that to make his father happy, he needs to show him that he has a good, stable life. To do that, he needs to show this father he is in love. Problem with that is that Padraig is single.

When he encounters Valerie at a pub in Ireland, and things go to the next level, he figures there is no one better to ask to be his fake fiancé for a few days. Convince his father he is in love and then leave.

But of course, things don’t go as planned.

As the book progresses, real feeling get involved. Lies are told. Lies are uncovered.

Can Valerie deal with the lies they are telling once she gets to know Padraig’s family?

What happens when things go south and Padraig makes a big mistake?

The reason I gave it three stars is: I could not connect with the characters. I liked both characters and I liked their back stories, but I just could not connect with them.

I think a lot of people will LOVE this book and that they will give it 5 stars. But for me, I just could not do it.


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About the Author: 

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times,
Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English,
The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on
an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where
she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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