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Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts
(Jove, $7.99, PG) ISBN 0-515-12854-6
Well, of course I love Noraís books. However, if I didnít love Noraís books, I would say that generally the second story in any of her trilogies is not usually the best and that sometimes her stories set in Ireland get a just a wee bit too sentimental. Given that Tears is the second in an Irish trilogy, I wondered what I would find when I read it.

Well, I donít know yet which book will be the best, but Tears of the Moon stands up to the first in the series ( Jewels of the Sun). Brenna OíToole is practical and knows it. She enjoys working with her father at building and in her spare time she works on cars and plumbing or whatever needs fixing. When she finally decides that her yen for Shawn Gallagher is not going away, she decides to fix that, too. She asks him if he would like to have sex with her.

Shawn Gallagher is the musician in his family. He is impractical, dreamy and seems to have no desire to do anything with the music he writes. When Brenna, his sisterís lifelong best friend and practically his own sister, asks him to have sex, he is stunned. When she follows up her proposition with a nice, tasty kiss, he responds and then tries to forget it. But he canít put it aside.

The story isnít a mere stereotype role reversal, though. Shawn is masculine enough to decide to pursue the idea and independent enough to refuse to just scratch Brennaís itch and get it over with, the way she hopes they will. Brenna has never felt very sure of her own femininity, so she is surprised when her old friend Shawn is able to make her feel very aware of her being a woman.

What the two discover is that though theyíve lived near each other in the same small Irish village all their lives, they have a lot to find out about each other and themselves as they begin to fall in love. Brennaís desire to fix things makes her want to fix the reluctance Shawn has to publish his music. Shawnís desire for a comfortable life changes as he realizes Brenna is the woman he wants - - and she is anything but comfortable.

The same cast of characters from the last book is there -- Aidan, the oldest Gallagher, is about to make a lot of money by expanding the familyís pub in partnership with a New York entrepreneur. His wife, Jude, is pregnant. And Darcy, the Gallagher sister, is very much her usual flirtatious self.

The Irish faeries and ghosts are there, too, ready to help give the humans a push when they need it. I was even able to enjoy the dear wee folk this time and the quaint Irish village the story is set in. Yes, they still are a bit much, but Iím getting fond of them. Iím also looking forward to seeing how New York City change deals with timeless Irish tradition in the third story.

--Irene Williams

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