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Released: September 2014
ISBN: 9781310882845
ASIN: B00NJ2OL4M
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GOING AGAINST TYPE
Author: Sharon Black
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $4.99

Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic, and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite so sure as she seem. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV.

Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist, and sophisticated man-about-town – The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good looking . . . and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating glamorous, vain, and shallow women.

Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, but soon is drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s columnist, The Squire, and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just who the opponent is.

When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their relationship develops, so much more proves at stake than protecting their alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings. When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?

Excerpt
Charlotte had waited years for Donal to utter those magical words. This morning he'd finally said them.

'We're trying you out as a columnist, Charlie. Go grab 'em by the–'

'Thank you, Donal,' Charlotte replied fervently. Yesssss!!!! She mentally punched the air. 'I won't let you down.'

Maybe not the magical words every girl longed to hear but for Charlotte Regan – sports reporter for Ireland Today – they were music to her ears.

Now she sat at a blank computer screen in the noisy sports department and thought hard about her first column. The sports editor had given her carte blanche. She grinned mischievously as she typed her introduction.

What witless wonder dreamt up the idea of men's underwear with the logo 'Small' emblazoned on it?

And what was English striker Adam Small thinking when he recently dunked his two big feet into the tacky world of big brand fashion?

'Charlie?'

'Donal!'

'What are you down to do this weekend?'

Oh, let's see. Paint my toenails. Bathe in goats milk. Have wild sex with that gorgeous new reporter in the newsroom.

'I'm covering the hurling match on Sunday...'

'I need you to get down to Cork. There's open war! Nine months stand off and the players have called a strike from next week. No one gets that GAA bloodletting the way you can.'

'Uh hmm. I was there yesterday. Just drove up last night.'

'Yesterday? Monday? You were in Cork?' Donal's eyes widened. Charlotte nodded. What other yesterday was there? Maybe he was surprised she'd gone down on a day off.

'And I got a story.'

Donal rubbed his nose as he stared in bewilderment at Charlotte. 'What are you talking about, Charlie?'

She smiled patiently.

'I mean I went into the dressing room last night and got a story. JJ Nevin's not being disciplined. The selectors haven’t been stood down. Nevin’s switching codes. He’s going to sign for Galway. He’ll be playing soccer in the Airtricity League.'

Donal, Charlotte thought, not for the first time, did a great goldfish impression.

'When were you going to tell me?' he managed finally. Then, as an afterthought added, 'hang on, you went in where last night?'

'The dressing room.'

Donal glanced over at the deputy sports editor, Tim Hanlon, who grinned and shrugged. 'They let you in?' His eyes narrowed.

'Not the first time I've been in a men’s dressing room,' Charlotte said, enjoying herself now. 'Well yes, but...'

'What am I supposed to do? Let the male reporters steal a march? Who'd stop me anyway?

After JJ was substituted, he was taking a shower. I'd never get a story if I were shy!'

'Nobody could accuse you of being shy, Charlie,' John Dempsey, the soccer correspondent announced as he strode in and threw a newspaper down on the adjacent desk. 'We talking about the weekend activities?'

Charlotte rolled wide-set, hazel green eyes and grinned.

'Not yet.' She switched her attention back to Donal. 'Anyway, Nevin – clothed in a towel I might add – and I had a long talk. He filled me in on the whole thing.
They're announcing the signing on Thursday.'

'And we lead with the story tomorrow in the supplement!' Donal said, slapping his hand down delightedly. 'You boys hearing this? None of you will ever be half the man Charlie is!'

What the reviewers are saying
This was a sweet, enjoyable read. I loved the concept, so I didn’t hesitate one clicking on amazon. The characters were great, and I really liked our leading lady Charlotte . . . It was a good read, humorous in a few places giving me some laugh out loud moments. This author completely drew me into Derry and Charlotte’s lives, making the story feel wholesome. I got to see Derry and Charlotte with friends, co-workers, and family, painting an even greater picture of their characters . . . I would recommend to readers looking for a sweet romantic comedy to sink their teeth in. ~ Stacy Reid, Geeks in High School

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Very enjoyable read, had me wanting more from the very first pages
Well rounded interesting plot lines both for the primary and secondary characters. Ms. Black has a talent for drawing readers into developing feeling for the characters -- empathy, friendship and a longing to see Charlie get the guy. ~ Mal, Amazon

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Very enjoyable read!
Very enjoyable read! The storyline seems to model similar storylines from the 1930s-40s era of "screwball comedies" but the plausibility of such a scenario taking place is part of the appeal! I wasn't sure this story would have much of an appeal to an audience on my side of the Pond, but it's great to read a story set in modern day Ireland instead of an historical romance. ~ Sabrina M Messenger, Amazon

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Cute story and fun to read a story from a non-American author
Cute story and fun to read a story from a non-American author. It's a little different than what we're used to, not as much face-to-face time with the hero and heroine at the beginning of the story. Instead you get their witty banter, which was great fun to read as you could really see the conflict that these two were going to have to work through. ~ J Gail Chianese, Amazon

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I really loved this book. It's fun and romantic. A really good story from begining to end. ~ Reader on Amazon

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What a great storyteller and wonderful first novel
An utterly charming, clever book. What a great storyteller and wonderful first novel. I particularly enjoyed the clash of columns. Bring on the next! ~ Una Molony, Amazon

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Engaging easy reading, with many twists and turns
A clever, well written book, with strong,believable characters. Engaging easy reading, with many twists and turns. Very enjoyable. ~ Pageturner, Amazon

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Great read
Great read, a real page turner! A book to curl up on couch with and enjoy. Loved the setting in rival newspapers. ~ Sharon McNally, Amazon

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A real page turner
A real page turner, witty and funny. Really enjoyed the characters. A great debut, looking forward to her next book. ~ Mary Dublin, Amazon

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Really good book, I enjoyed it from start to finish
Really good book, I enjoyed it from start to finish, and it's very easy to read, I will recommend it to my friends! ~ Francesco Caputi, Amazon

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Debut dream
Really loved this book from start to finish. It's a very fine, funny and romantic debut novel. Found it hard to put down. More please Ms Black... ~ Sheila McDonald, Amazon UK

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A Special First Novel
I really enjoyed this first book by Sharon Black which contained all the elements for a good read. It was Amusing, Witty & Romantic & of course, as in real life True Love never runs smoothly. ~ Pappa A.J., Amazon UK

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Did not disappoint - a great read!
Great read, really enjoyed the story and the characters. A perfect way to escape for a few hours. Looking forward to the next book by this author. ~ Bookworm, Amazon US

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Enjoyed this story from the very first page
Enjoyed this story from the very first page! It had my attention from the get go, loved the characters and delving into the world of journalism. Can't wait for her next book! ~ C Byrne, Amazon UK

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Really enjoyed this non-typical tale of love
Really enjoyed this non-typical tale of love and loathing amidst the media and sporting worlds. Its authentic -sounding and relatable characters connect with this reader and the work has enough plot twists to make this a jaunty read with just enough escapism to delight, while its delicious writing makes for a treat.... go on ... this Rom Com story is good for every type. ~ Anna Scully, Amazon US

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Brilliant read!
A warm, witty and fun read. I immediately got caught up in the characters' lives and couldn't put it down.
Great debut, refreshing and easy to read without being too cliched, loved it! ~ Aoife Sh, Amazon UK

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Going Against Type is an absolutely engaging story full of surprises. A lady in a male dominated occupation, and a straight man in an industry dominated by women and gay men -- Already, this story opens the door for all kinds of shenanigans. Add the element of secret pen names and a public venue in which to voice some rather strong opinions, and readers will be kept up at night turning pages to see what happens next. Sharon Black uses her wonderful author voice to spin us a great story with lots of twists to keep us on edge. Pitting her protagonists in occupations against stereotype means there's a lot of maneuverability for a quirky and interesting plot. And this story has it. This is a really fun read with believable characters, fun situations, and a well-developed plot. I say, great start to your fiction writing career, Sharon. Well done. ~ Heart of Fiction

 

 

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