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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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Captivated by Seamus' journey to love
Oh Seamus! Seamus was a shock at first with his philandering ways but as the story continued, I found Seamus to be a genuine, caring man that would do anything for those that he loves. Allie, oh wow, her family is just miserable to her. She has grown up in the shadow of her sister being belittled which shapes how she sees herself within the world. She struggles to realize she is worthy of love and success. When Allie and Seamus cross paths at a local bakery, they are both in need of an ally to attend family weddings so an alliance is born. The beauty of this story is how they help each other face family pressures. Seamus seems to be the first person to truly see Allie and show her what she is worth, that she doesn’t deserve to be treated the way her family does. I love how he helps her find that inner confidence that she has but wouldn’t use with her family. Allie helps Seamus realize that love won’t diminish his tough guy exterior. Truly a fun, flirty romance that kept me guessing.
My Big Irish Wedding
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 secondary characters on the O’Brien side have been featured in prior books by the Ms. Robson, 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). While her family might have driven her to become a successful business woman, Allie would have been better off to estrange herself from her immediate family.
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.