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Kiss Me, I'm Irish

The Lakes of Killarney, County Kerry, IrelandHappy Leap Day!  If you were born 72 years ago on this day: congratulations, you're finally old enough to vote!  Unfortunately, the romantic possibilities for Leap Day are pretty slim.  A trampoline date?  (Sounds dangerous.)  Kiss a Leap Baby?  (You've only got a 1 in 1461 chance of finding one.)  If you're looking for a kissable holiday, the next one in the calendar has much better odds-- St. Patrick's Day, the one time of the year that everyone can be a little bit Irish for a day.  With the mild winter we've had this year, it may even look as green as Ireland outside by St. Paddy's Day.  If not, pull that green sweater out of your wardrobe and let's go looking for romance!

Though at its heart it's still a religious holiday for Ireland's patron saint, St. Paddy's Day has also become a worldwide celebration of all things Irish-- the music, the food, the art, the culture, and of course, the people.  (Personally, I could listen to a guy with an Irish brogue for hours.)  A lot of people see the day as an invitation to carouse, but as with all good things, that's best done in moderation (especially if you're looking for a romantic evening with your Irish sweetheart).  If you want to join the festivities, there's no need to travel all the way to the Emerald Isle.  New York City hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parades in the world; about the only thing they don't do is dye the river green.  Pearl River puts on a pretty big show locally, too.  Oh, and that kiss you were looking for?  Ask anyone wearing green.  (You'd best be at your most charming, though-- remember, Ireland is also home to the Blarney Stone!)

To get you into the spirit, here are a few Irish-blooded lads and lasses who can show you a thing or two about kissing:

Rosie Dunne by Cecelia Ahern (Fiction Ahern)
Shore Lights by Barbara Bretton (LP Brett)
Sweet Tilly by Carolyn Brown (Fiction Brown)
An Unexpected Pleasure by Candace Camp (Fiction Camp)
Dragon Warrior by Janet Chapman (PbkRomance Chapman)
Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook (Fiction Cook)
One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick (PbkRomance Cornick)
Landing by Emma Donoghue (Fiction Donoghue)
Love Letters by Katie Fforde (Fiction Fforde)
The Boyfriend of the Month Club by Maria Geraci (Fiction Geraci)
Night of the Blackbird by Heather Graham (LP Graham)
Dream Lover by Virginia Henley (LP Henley)
Bride of a Wicked Scotsman by Samantha James (PbkRomance James)
Just Between Us by Cathy Kelly (Fiction Kelly)
What Price Love? by Stephanie Laurens (Fiction Laurens)
Redeeming the Rogue by Donna MacMeans (PbkRomance MacMeans)
Straight Up by Deirdre Martin (PbkRomance Martin)
Forever and a Day by Delilah Marvelle (PbkRomance Marvelle)
Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy (Fiction McCarthy)
The Hawk by Monica McCarty (PbkRomance McCarty)
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning (Fiction Moning)
The Angel by Carla Neggers (Fiction Neggers)
The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn (PbkRomance Quinn)
The Parting Glass by Emilie Richards (Fiction Richards)
Earl of Darkness by Alix Rickloff (PbkRomance Rickloff)
Irish Hearts by Nora Roberts (PbkRomance Roberts)
An Affair with Mr. Kennedy by Jillian Stone (PbkRomance Stone)
The Raven Queen by Jules Watson (Fiction Watson)
The Passions of Emma by Penelope Williamson (Fiction Williamson)

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