Review: Barefoot on a Starlit Night (Rendezvous Falls #3) by Jo McNally

I have never read anything by Jo McNally but I am very familiar with her name. McNally is a prolific writer of romances and I see her books often at the local bookstore and supermarkets.

When this book came up for review I had no problem agreeing to it because with a name as long standing as Jo McNally, it proves she has staying power as well as a big fan base.

I was fortunate enough to have an opening on my summer calendar thanks to so many books being put off for publication until fall, so this book was an easy yeas for me.


With a little luck, this fake engagement just might become the real deal…

Bridget McKinnon would do anything for her feisty ailing grandma Maura. She’ll even stay close to home and serve up green beer in the Purple Shamrock instead of pursuing her own culinary dreams. But money’s tight. So when a stranger with a sexy brogue asks about the apartment she’s renting out, Bridget hopes she’s landed a little piece of Irish luck…only to find she’s knee-deep in a crazy plan that’s turning her life upside down.

College professor Finn O’Hearn needs this job in Rendezvous Falls—his visa may depend on it. If he can convince his beautiful but tightly wound landlord to be his pretend fiancée, his boss will be happy—as will Bridget’s matchmaking grandma and her meddling book club. Finn and Bridget fool (almost) everyone with their sizzling glances and toe-curling kisses…even as they tell themselves it’s only make-believe.

Playing a part has never been so easy. But when love is real, it’s time to find the courage to start playing by heart (summary from Goodreads)


This book is part of the Rendezvous Falls series but you do not need to have read the other books in this series before reading this one. It easily read as a stand alone for me. This was a quick read for me and I probably could have read it in one sitting but instead I chose to read a few chapters before bed each night to savor it a little longer.

Both of the characters, Bridget and Finn, were likable and I loved that they had more of a tedious road than some of the other contemporary characters in other similar books. Their journey was full of tension and challenges and I enjoyed watching them come together. Plus marriage of convenience is one of my fav troupes.

But for me what stole the show in this book was the family. Oh lordy I was laughing out loud a couple of times at the family and I thought it added a lot of charm and humor to the book.

As expected this book delivered a fitting HEA and I found myself feeling satisfied and content with the ending and smiling as the plot lines wrapped up. Reading this very first book by McNally has me curious about some of her others so I would say that this is an author I would definitely read again. She is a tried and true author and after reading this one, I can see why she has so many fans. This was a delight to read and I am so glad I finally got to experience her books.

If you are looking for a feel good book with romance, laughs, and a guaranteed HEA with an author who writes with a practiced hand then look no further than this book!

Book Info and Rating

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by HQN Books
Free review copy provided by publisher, Harlequin, in partnership with Kaye Publicity, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: romance, chick lit


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