Review: Going Against Type by Sharon Black

GoAgainstTypeGoing Against Type
by Sharon Black

Contemporary Romance / Romantic Comedy
Date Published: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Set against the backdrop of Dublin newspapers, Going Against Type is the story of two rival newspaper columnists, who write under pen names, and unknowingly fall for their arch enemy: each other.

Sports writer Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, and is soon drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s gossip columnist, The Squire, getting readers and editors talking.

When Charlotte meets Derry Cullinane, their attraction is instant. But as their relationship develops, they discover there’s more at stake than protecting their alter egos.



It’s the battle of the anonymous.. Okay, that’s a bad opening line. But this is the real deal.

Charlotte “Charlie” Regan writes under the name Side Swipe for a Dublin newspaper showcasing athletes and sports. She’s given the job to do a column to air her no-holds barred opinions and advice about real sports without the touch of fashion industry. On the other hand, her contemporary, Derry of The Squire blatantly contradicts her words and no-fashion sense, thus creating word war with her. But these two columnists don’t know each other and have no idea who the other one is.

The strange thing though, they are always bumping into each other and have even managed to feel something for one another. How would their future fare when Derry finally finds out that the Side Sweep writer he publicly hates is actually the woman he’s about to fall in love with? And vice versa?

I certainly had a great time reading the sports/opinion columns these two main characters wrote for their respective papers. Their words were biting, engaging, funny and scathing, and as a reader, I would totally fall for their thoughts. They would totally have me thinking and even encourage me to have second thoughts. They’re both witty, competent, amusing and charming. Thus giving me a great time perusing their story.

Author Sharon Black could very well be the next Sophie Kinsella or Meg Cabot, in my opinion. She had me laughing and grinning until the end. She left me feeling satisfied yet also clamoring for another cute story. Hoping to read more from her soon!


Sharon Black trained as a journalist and worked for The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner. She has had short stories published and she won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition.

When she’s not writing she reads, walks and sees friends. She loves Italian coffee, theatre and stand up comedy. She lives in a Dublin coastal village with her husband and their three children.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Going Against Type by Sharon Black

  1. Hi Claire,
    Thanks a million for hosting me here today. I really feel I’m off to a great start on the review tour; who wouldn’t feel that way after a review like this? I adore Sophie Kinsella, so to be even mentioned in the same sentence is unbelievable!
    Even though it’s October, here in Dublin we’ve had really unseasonal weather. A sort of late summer in the last couple of weeks. But we’re getting back to normal now. Ho-hum! I’ll be around for the day, if anyone feels like a chat.
    Until then. x

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