Fighting Irish (The Summerhaven - Katy Regnery

Fighting Irish

The Summerhaven Trio #1

Rory Haven and Brittany Manion knew one another as children…

…but it’s been a long time since their childhood summers at Summerhaven.

The Havens weren’t the children who attended the exclusive Summerhaven Camp for Children in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. They were the children of the owners, expected to “pull their weight” and absolutely forbidden to fraternize with the paying guests. But that didn’t keep Rory from having a quiet, unrequited crush on gorgeous, popular, insanely rich Brittany Manion for four tortuous summers.

When all-grown-up, recently engaged Brittany books the off-season summer camp for her upcoming spring wedding, she immediately recognizes Rory as the scorching-hot boy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. Meanwhile, Rory, who senses that Brittany’s nuptials are less about Mr. Right and more about Mr. Right Now, launches the fight of his life to win the heart of the girl he’s always wanted.

FIGHTING IRISH

© 2018 by Katharine Gilliam Regnery

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First Edition: February 2018

Katy Regnery

Fighting Irish: a novel / by Katy Regnery – 1st ed.

: 978-1-944810-25-2

To be Irish is to know that in the end, the world will break your heart.

―Daniel Patrick Moynihan

For my mother and my grandmother and all the other Irish Americans who came before me.

With kind thanks to Melissa Molloy.

xoxo

Table of Contents

Title Page

Dedication.

PROLOGUE

CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

CHAPTER 14

CHAPTER 15

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PROLOGUE

Summoned via walkie-talkie to his parents’ bedroom the day before camp officially opened, fifteen-year-old Rory Haven knew what was coming, and not only did he hate this yearly ritual, but he resented it to the tips of his fingers and the soles of his feet.

He knew exactly what would happen.

His mother would tell her children to take a seat on the edge of her bed, and then, glowering at them, she would look each Haven triplet in the eye for a little too long, her stare searing in the vaguely terrifying, X-ray-vision sort of way that mothers around the world had perfected since the beginning of time. And when she was assured that her trí ciarde—or “three friends,” in her native Gaelic—were sufficiently focused, she would intone in her low Killarney burr:

There’ll be no fraternizin’ with the guests.

Not for Rory.

Not for Ian.

Not for Tierney.

Not a lot.

Not a little.

Not at all.

Am I clear, mo thrí chairde?

This dictate was no problem for Rory’s sister, Tierney, who was a little overweight, wore thick glasses, and spoke with a slight speech impediment. She was most likely to be found by the far side of the lake reading—a.k.a. hiding—from the campers whose parents paid a mint for their children to attend the exclusive summer camp. Tierney would nod emphatically, relieved to have an ironclad reason not to mix it up with the summer guests who so intimidated her.

On the other hand, Rory’s brother, Ian, with a sparkle in his emerald eyes that generally disarmed their mother, would smile at her, copying her thick brogue with a teasing wink. “Ah sure, go on, mam. Don’t