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    Save Me

    This O'Brien family is a loud and loving family and Seamus is the last of them to find someone to love. He tends to find those who are not suitable and he knows it and his family has deemed he has to find someone suitable to bring to all the wedding functions, and there are a lot of them, in the coming months. A chance meeting in the bakery with Allie Mendez who he doesn't immediately remember, oh he remembers her sister because everyone remembers her sister, but after talking for a few minutes he remembers her as the kind person of his youth who was always there taking care of his siblings and others. When her sister and mother walk into the bakery and she utters, "Save me" he takes that to heart and draws her to him and their charade begins. They are going to be each others boyfriend/girlfriend for the coming months to get through all the family drama but first Seamus is going to transform Allie. "Do you trust me?" he asks her and off they go to find the beautiful, sexy, confident Allie who has been lurking under all that hair and drab clothing. Will all the pretending lead to more? This was so much fun to watch these two find their way and to watch the O'Brien clan in all their loud and brash glory. I am truly sorry to see this series end. It has been a lot of fun! This one, as can all the others, can be read as a standalone. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
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    Sweet ending to the series

    Save Me is a bit of a 'ugly duckling to beautiful swan' story, except her fairy godmother is a foul mouthed Irishman who acts like a frat boy. Plus, you also have the fake relationship trope which is more the focus of the plot after Allie's makeover! Allie's family is horrible. Talk about evil siblings and mothers! Holy moly! Her sister is marring the man that Allie was engaged to. Her mom can't understand why Allie isn't supportive of her sister. Allie is the quiet, mousy type that everyone forgets about because her sister is a model (literally). But Allie is kind and caring and she wants nothing else but for people to notice that about her and remember her for that. Seamus is a manwhoring frat boy who is looking down 40 years old with no prospects for long term relationships. His lady friends have been sleazy and criminal. When he runs into Allie he sees a chance to help her and help himself! Allie is respectable, pretty (once he gives her a makeover), and would be perfect to get his family off his back. Its win-win...right? Sometimes I wanted to smack Seamus for being so ignorant. However, he is cognizant of Allie's feelings and he doesn't want to hurt her. He is torn between his budding feelings for her and feeling like she is NOT the girl for him. He is a bit self centered too. Yes, he is 'helping' Allie, but he is really doing it to help himself. I have always struggled with the 'ugly duckling' trope because it makes me feel like girls are judged by their looks and guys want 'pretty swans'. He told Allie his family would never buy him dating her the way she was. I think that was an indictment of HIM not her. Perhaps he should have changed...but I digress. Of course, he does grow a bit throughout the novel and there is something endearing about him being a bit of a train wreck at times. While Seamus is my least favorite O'Brien, I still loved him. He does start to fall for Allie but then thinks she shouldn't be with a guy like him. God save us from men who think they know whats best! What really won me over was Allie. Her awful family didn't stop her from becoming successful. She struggled with self esteem in her personal life, but she was a successful woman and I think regardless of a makeover and some new clothes, she would have found a man worthy of her. For me, a huge plus for Save Me was seeing the other O'Brien siblings! Their stories were so wonderful that it was great to get more! While Seamus might not be a favorite hero of mine, his brothers and sister were for sure and for them alone, this book was great!
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    Imaginative fun romance

    I hadn't realize that Save Me was part of Cecy Robson's An O'Brien Family series. While after reading this book I wish I had read all the siblings stories this book does read well as a stand alone story. Seamus and Allie start out as friends but end up lovers. There is a special chemistry from the very start. I loved the dialogue which was fast paced and smart. The plot line had some interesting twists and I found the final HEA absolutely perfect. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley.
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    Entertaining!

    *I was given an ARC copy in NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* The book follows the story of Seamus and Allie as they decide to enter in a mutual fake dating deal to help with each other families. This is the last book of a series around the O'Briens but can be read as a standalone and it's written in first person PoV that alternates between characters. In the beginning, I wasn't too thrilled about Seamus, he seemed a little bit of a jerk, both in what he said to Allie and his thoughts as well. But you grow fond of him throughout the book, especially as you get a glimpse on his backstory and realize that while a little brash, he really is a decent guy. Allie is also a character that is a little frustrating in the beginning, but also develops throughout the book until you want to love her and protect her above all things. The references of both of them about catholic upbringing were hilarious! What makes the characters so endearing is their kindness and a fierce loyalty to those they care about. I really enjoyed the slow burn of this book and how the characters take time to fall in love and it's not something that happens from one moment to another... they take time get to know each other again and build into their relationship. The conflict(s) in the story are believable, well treated and they show both characters dealing properly with them. At some point you want to scream at them for all the UST and the miss opportunities, but it's so wonderful when they finally get together. The author does a great job in conveying both characters' voices in their PoV and giving them a layer of reality. I fell completely in love with the O'Briens and I plan to read all of the books now!
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    Dodged Misery

    Cecy Robson is an author that hit the mark with her Weird Girls series. "Save Me" is the fifth in the O'Brien Family collection. Seamus O'Brien is the oldest in a family whose sibling are all paired up with the loves of their lives. Allie Mendes is a successful business women who resides in the shadow of her sister Valentina who is marrying her previous boyfriend Andres. This is a stand alone novel but it spent a great deal of time revisiting the prior O'Brien couples. Characters just fell short for me as did some of the over the top unrealistic events. This was an easy read but one of the books you wish would have been shorter. "A copy of this book was provided by Crushstar Media, LLC via Netgalley with no requirement for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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