☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
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.
Save Me by Cecy Robson is the fifth book in a series of standalone romances about the loud, Irish O’Brien siblings from Philly. It is an acquaintance-to-friends-to-lovers story that is based on the fake date premise (with a little twist).
I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, and there was no problem jumping into Save Me. It truly can be read as a standalone novel. This book is pure escapism. Both Allie Mendes and Seamus O’Brien are a bit over-the-top in their stereotypical characterization; however, they bring out the best in each other, and I couldn’t help but love them for it. Allie blossoms into a more confident woman and Seamus grows a conscience and learns there is more to love than immediate gratification. I loved the slow burn of their relationship. It was so much more realistic than the standard insta-love stories. It was the first time I truly appreciated the “I don’t want to lose this friend by making a romantic advance” play. The characters’ background and prior relationship made that feel more realistic.
The Ms. Robson has featured the secondary characters on the O’Brien side in prior books; however, there is enough sibling banter and Seamus backstory to get an ample feel for this rowdy, boisterous family that is led by their diminutive yet stalwart mother. I don’t think I could take that crowd for more than a 30 minutes at a time, but their love and loyalty got to me. On the other hand, the Mendes family is the worst kind of dysfunctional there is. The self-centered diva sister and pretentious mother who worships her are straight out of a reality-television program (or a Disneyfied fairytale).
Ms. Robson’s sweet romance has plenty of sentimentality and humor and very little angst. The story is well paced, making it a quick read. The karmic ending is entertaining. Save Me is a clean, fun, feel-good book.
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About the author: Cecy Robson is an author of contemporary and new adult romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double-nominated RITA® Finalist, Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and published author of more than twenty titles, you can typically find Cecy on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.
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