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Published by Cecy Robson LLC on April 25, 2018
Cover Design: Kristin Clifton at Sweet Bird Designs
Format: Digital, print
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: IndieSage PR
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RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in SAVE ME, it’s time for Seamus, the family’s most notorious bachelor, to find true love.
Three weddings. No date. What’s a hot stud to do when all the women on his speed dial are either serving dinner to their families or serving time?
Out of all the O’Briens, Seamus is the best-looking, most creative, and, did I mention, best-looking? Single at almost forty wasn’t a big deal until every sibling in his large and loud Irish family found “the one.” Now, he’s desperate for a wedding date, one he doesn’t have to worry will make out with the limo driver or rob the bride and groom blind.
Allie Mendes is the good daughter, who’s spent her life living in her perfect sister’s shadow. But when her sister steals the man Allie was supposed to marry, that shadow she’s lived in threatens to swallow her whole. Allie wants to believe a bright future awaits. But when she begs God to save her from this disastrous twist of fate, the last person she expects Him to send her is Seamus O’Brien.
Allie needs a stand-in boyfriend to avoid appearing as lonely as she feels. Seamus needs a decent woman without an ankle bracelet or a rap sheet as long as his muscular arms. The two make a deal to pose as each other’s perfect date. But weddings mean romance and a chance at forever neither had planned.
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Adult; Contemporary Romance.
Book #5 of O’Brien Family series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read any book from the series before. I understood the story, but I guess I would have liked better if I had read in order. There are appearances by all the O’Brien couples.
I have mixed-feelings about this one, so I guess my review may be confusing.
- Character: hero 2.5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 3.5/5, growth 5/5, real 4/5 I really liked Allie. She was an easy to love, connect and understand. She was sweet, naïve, hard-working. She was a bit of a wallflower and a doormat. But throughout the story she found her backbone and changed herself. This was her journey, on how she came out of her shell swinging. I’m not very found of makeovers for the sake of others, but I do believe Allie needed the makeover for herself. She needed to love herself, so she could be loved. I understood the makeover for Allie, because the most important part of changes, is how those changes impact the mind of the person. Those changes for Allie worked as a self-journey. She became more aware of herself and with that, she became stronger, bolder. She was a multidimensional character and the author explored her well. The author was spot-on the antagonists. Allie’s family was horrible and easy to hate from the beginning until the end.
- Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This art is good, but I’ve missed something more personal to the plot. This guy is hot and cute, but it could be the cover for any book. I love the title, very pertinent to the story. I like the colors, the gold on top of the gray worked. I think I would buy this book without reading the blurb. The hot guy and the catchy title are easy choices for me (yeah, shallow, I know).
- Freshness: This has nothing, oh wow, how original, but the overall feel is FRESH.
- Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 2.5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 3/5, opening 3/5, pace 3/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 4/5 Ok opening and wonderful ending. Interesting conflict and good dialogues . The overall concept of the plot was really good. The idea behind the story was great. There were a bit too many over-the-top scenes. It didn’t feel believable at times, but it was fun and interesting.
- Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 3.5/5, description 4/5, development 5/5, steam 2/5 I’ve enjoyed the romance here. The author didn’t give the reader an instalove , which would have worked horrible with Seamus, the jerk and Allie, the doormat. The couple first learned about each other, than become friends, than lovers. They helped each other become more; Seamus, the good guy and Allie, the confident female. It took a while, for them truly be together. Even though it was obvious they liked each other, they had to mend themselves first, to become aware of their true feelings for each other. Their love story was a beautiful slow burn.
- Writing Style: Great heroine, good plot, wonderful romance.
- Addictiveness: Because I had a hard time with the hero I’ve stopped the book a few times until I could come with a different mind-set. I struggle with it a bit.
- Character: I rarely give up on a read in the middle of the book. This one, I thought about it a few times. I’ve lived a love-hate relationship with Seamus. Sadly more hate, than love. It was not because he was arrogant, a chauvinist and a manwhore. I have read books with those characteristics in a hero before. What really bother me the most was how rude he was. I don’t accept explanations like “oh, he doesn’t lie, he is true to himself, he is frank.” This all amount to the same thing, rudeness. In fact, his entire family were a bit rude when talking about others. But I’m glad I didn’t give up on the book, after a while, I started to see a different Seamus. Allie really changed him and he become someone better. So, even though I didn’t really like him as a hero, I saw a major evolution on the character arch and he grew as a person throughout the story. He really helped Allie, and apart from “being too frank”, he really was what Allie needed to come out of her shell.
Even though I struggle with this book, I’m glad I didn’t give up on it. By the epilogue I had changed completely toward the hero. I feel like I gave him a second chance, by believing he could become better, and he didn’t disappoint at the end.
I want to go back and read the series in order. I have really liked them as a group, even though some traits of individuality didn’t worked that well for me.
24.5/35 STARS – 3.5 STARS (between 24.5 stars and 27.5 stars)
Addictiveness: 2.5 Character: 3 Cover: 4 Freshness: 4 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 3.5
- Action 1/5
- Angst 1/5
- Darkness 0/5
- Humor 4/5
- Romance 5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 0/5
- Would I recommend? I don’t know. Maybe if you have followed the series.
- Would I re-read this book? I don’t think so.
- Would I re-read this series? Yes. I want to read the entire series.
- Would I read more from the author? Sure, I would like to read more from here.
You MAY read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you followed the series; you MUST read this because it has a beautiful romance!!!
DON’T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE O’BRIEN FAMILY SERIES WHICH CAN ALL BE READ AS STANDALONES!