by Cecy Robson
O'Brien Family, #5
Publication Date: April 25, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone
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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.
"Me little Finnie is right," Ma says from the door, her Irish accent as thick as the day Grammie popped her out on a potato field.
"He's the baby and already getting married. Promising me grandbabies like a good boy."
He points at her and making a clicking sound. "You know I've got you, Ma."
That did it. The moment Ma leaves, we're throwing down.
Ma shakes her head like people do when all is lost and there's nothing that can be done. "Look at you, Seamus. All strapping male with the strength and charm of an Irish prince." She walks in, her steps slow and steady. It's the same way she walked in when we were kids and we knew we were fucked.
"I just have one question," she says, her voice light as it often is before she strikes. "Are you trying to kill your mother?"
Jesus. Here we go.
She holds her hand. "Oh, me handsome son. It's a simple question really. Do you want me to die?"
"You want Ma to die?" Wren yells from the other room. She shuffles in with enough white fabric trailing behind her to sail across the Atlantic. Brenda's other daughters, the not so slutty ones, charge after Wren, lifting the eighty feet of material high in the air.
Wren points an irate finger at me. "If you give Ma the big one, you're going to really piss me off. You and me both know we never thought this shit was going to happen," she adds, motioning to layers of dress.
Brenda's daughters, Finnie, and Ma nod their heads in unison. My sister is beautiful. I can say that because it's true, even though right now she looks like a Barbie doll shoved into a giant cupcake. Like me she has black hair, blue eyes, and light skin. If you cut us, we'd bleed Leprechauns that would dance a jig the moment their little feet hit the floor. We're that Irish.
Wren's problem is she has a mouth most sailors would run screaming from, and an attitude that's even less polite. Let's face it, none of us ever thought Wren would meet a man strong enough to tame her.
I'm happy for her and everything, but right now it sucks balls.
Wren was my safety-net because of her mouth. Finnie was too, because he was the youngest and always in trouble. As far as I was concerned, I had years, no, decades before I had to worry about settling down. But life can be a real bitch and here she is waving two giant middle fingers at me now that Finn and Wren are getting hitched.
"So what if I'm not married? So what if I haven't popped out a few kids?" I hold out my arms. "Plenty of women have had the absolute pleasure of sampling the merchandise-"
I wince when Ma slaps me upside the head. She might be five feet nothing, but she has the agility of a cobra, and possibly the ability to fly. I'm almost 6'2. How the hell can she can reach me?
"And what happened to all these 'ladies' who sampled the merchandise?" Ma demands.
"I think the one is back in prison," Finnie offers. He frowns, giving it a lot of thought. "Larceny and Fraud. Right, Seamus?"
"It's where most of the skanks he dated belong," Wren agrees. "Remember Kenna O'Sullivan?" We all collectively cross ourselves, including Miss Brenda's daughters. "They never did find the body."
"Yeah. She was a nutcase." My voice trails. I'm not doing myself any favors. Thank God Finn has my back.
"Hey, Shoshana Greenstone was nice. Oh, and her husband was pretty damn understanding when he found out you were banging her."
"I didn't know she was married!" I yell for the hundredth time. "I just, you know, thought she worked odd hours."
Wren grins. "No, she just had trouble finding a babysitter for her kids."
"What about the others?" Ma asks. "The girls have liked you since you were a wee boy."
"I don't know," I answer truthfully, my annoyance making my voice sound gruff. "No one's really ever done it for me." I look at them. "You want them to do it for me, don't ya?"
Wren places her hands on her hips. She may look like a lady, all soft and dainty in all that lace, but she'll never exactly think or talk like one. "You mean besides in the backseat of your truck?" She nods.
"Yeah, that would be nice."
Ma leans in. I know what she's going to say, even before she says it. "I was younger than you when I pushed out your baby brother onto the cold kitchen floor."
Finn holds out his hand, looking a little green. "Ma, please don't. Miss Brenda won't like it if I puke on her stuff before I pay for it."
"Then you better pay for it," Wren says, knowing once more it's time to tell the divine tale of Finn's birth.
The birth of a child is supposed to be a good thing, a beautiful thing, filled with miracles, stuffed animals, and balloons. Maybe for most families it is, under the right conditions. But my family doesn't tend to do things the right way. I suppose it's one of the many things that makes us "us." Our hearts are usually in the right place. But the right way for birthing babies means a hospital and under sanitary conditions-not in a kitchen barely big enough for a refrigerator and stove.
I remember that day clearly. Ma was making shepherd's pie, until she wasn't. Her water broke like an extra-large water balloon thrown on the floor by a very pissed off toddler. She started screaming, then Angus started screaming, and Curran almost fainted. Five contractions later, Finnie was coming out and there wasn't anything we could do to stop him.
Bastard. I missed my baseball game because of him.
ABOUT CECY ROBSON:
CECY ROBSON is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.
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