Let Me by Cecy Robson #Review

Let Me by Cecy Robson #ReviewLet Me by Cecy Robson

Series: #2 O’Brien Family
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on April 19, 2016
Pages: 244
Format: eBook
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Each new release in this series brings me the blend of humor, family, heartache, and romance that I have come to expect and crave from this author.  Finn and Sol’s story broke my heart and made it whole again.

This is the second book in the O’Brien Family series which is in itself a spin-off of the Shattered Past trilogy.  I recommend reading them in order starting with the Shattered Past books and making your way through the O’Brien Family because the connections are strong even if the individual stories wrap up the plot in each book because the characters past books and future ones are present and continue in the stories.

So, this book tackles the youngest O’Brien, Finn, and the cousin of the Tres Santos’, Sol Marieles.  Finn was sexually abused as a child and it left deep scars that still affect him into adulthood because he never fully dealt with it and tries to ignore it.  As an MMA fighter, he lets off his anger and pain in the octagon, but he does it numbly until the situation is beyond ignoring and he’s forced into counseling where he runs into an old family friend who has sad, pained eyes to match his own.

Sol is working on her internship to get into mental health treatment and counseling.  She is driven by living with a beloved mother who has psychotic breaks or is barely there when she is on her meds.  Her mother doesn’t recognize Sol and losing her mom to her mental issues has been hard on Sol and her dad.  She can’t possibly take on anything else between her internship and her mom’s illness when she encounters fun-loving and flirty Finn O’Brien who has been her secret crush for years.  Sol doesn’t know what has driven Finn into counseling, but she wants to shy away from another person needing help in her life even as she feels the attraction and connection so strongly.

Finn has never been able to talk about his past and the counseling doesn’t seem to help, but being around Sol has a different affect.  He opens up to her and they start to spend time together.  She becomes his everything until a sad twist and it is all gone.  Finn doesn’t know if he even wants to pull himself back from the edge this time after Sol pushes him away.  And for Sol, she is convinced that love isn’t enough and that she is really showing Finn just how much she loves him by walking away.

Yes, this one was enough to crush my heart.  I felt so badly for this pair of hurting people.  But in the midst of such a story, there is also humor, family togetherness, community, hot MMA action, and passionate romance.  The raw emotions match the situation and I didn’t mind that as a result.

I like how the author develops the characters, the romance, and doesn’t shirk on an actual steady plot to tie it all together.  I really enjoy the love and camaraderie of these two families- one Irish and the other Cuban- who grew up in their old Philly neighborhood still close and there for each other.  Each new book features a new pair of lovers, but yet it is the ongoing story of all of them.  I am eager for whatever story comes next.

All in all, this was another fantastic, heartwarming read.  Feisty and Flirty Finn and Sunny, Caring Sol were a wonderful pair.  Those who love to be touched deeply with the emotional side, those who love MMA sports action, and those who love a strong sense of family should definitely pick this one up.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #148 NA
Bad Boys #18
Diversity #27

About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • This one sounds very deep and emotional. I’m adding it to my tbr list!

    • It definitely was, Angela. His was because of his past abuse and hers because of her ongoing situation with her mom’s mental health. I teared up several times.

  • I really need to meet this O’Brien family. As soon as I get caught up with her Weird Girls, I’m gonna give this series a try. Great review!

    • You definitely need to meet them, Lekeisha. But I would start with the Shattered Past trilogy that leads into this one b/c the two are like one big series really (and the first O’Brien gets his romance as the 3rd Shattered Past book).

  • Debbie Haupt

    I have heard so much about this author Sophia Rose. I think its time I check it out!

  • That cover! Those arms and abs are soooo yummy!

    I’ve heard great things about Cecy Robson, but I haven’t made it there yet. I feel like I say that all the time. I just can’t keep up with my TBR!

    • Ugh, yeah, that hideous TBR pile. I hear you, Quinn. You’ll get there for Cecy’s books. Start with the Shattered Past trio if you go for her contemporaries b/c they lead into this series nicely.

  • I’ve read a few tear at your heart type books and while the stories can be riveting and happy when they finally find their way through the blackness, it’s also hear to read. I’m glad you liked it. That cover though, another headless torso. I wish that trend would end.

    • I’m like you. I prefer to see the face. Faces are so interesting.

      This was definitely riveting and it was a tough one. I was left wrung out in the end.

  • oh you so make me tempted to pick this author up!! I still haven’t read her, but boy I love the idea of these characters. I love a good sense of family in a romance, it just sweetens it in the right way!! Great review hun.

    • Yes, you really must give in to temptation, Renee. Make sure you start with The Shattered Past trio which leads into these. Both the Tres Santo and O’Brien families mingle and grew up together so it’s neat to get to know them all.

  • The series everyone else have read :/

    • I know that feeling, but well worth the wait. 🙂

  • While it can be nice if books can be read as standalone I think the ones with strong connections where you have to read them in order are my favorites. I like seeing that continuity and being able to spend more time with previous characters in later books even if they aren’t the main characters anymore.
    Sounds like a book that really tears at your heart with everything these characters have been through, but that’s good it heals it as well. It can be hard to read about characters who have it tough, but it also makes them feel real somehow. And seeing them overcome it or find a way to deal with everything is so rewarding to see. And I like the sound of how those two families are close and share a camaraderie like that.
    This sounds like a series I might enjoy. I am adding the first Shattered past book to my to-read list. Great review Sophia!

    • I agree. I like the longer series arcs that allow for deeper connections and development. It’s fun to see characters continue to be present after their own crisis moments to see how they are doing when things are going well.

      Oh good! These are drama and emotions, but it matches the situation and the characters. Hope you get the chance soon, Lola!

  • Can we just please take a moment to appreciate the fact that this lovely man on the cover is just so darn…. SEXY?? I legit just want to sit there and stare at the cover all day. No lie.

    • Take all the time you like. The hero inside is an MMA fighter and pretty built so the cover isn’t far off, I’m sure.

  • I neeeeeeeeed to read this! I love Cecy’s books. I can’t believe I haven’t read this one already, though.

    • Oh yes, its a definite need to read if you love her stuff. Finn and Sol have a great story here.

  • YESSSSSSSSS!!! I was so unsure about her writing contemporary but hot damn she just gets better and I agree about all of the feels. She made me care and I love that!

    • Oh I know. I picked up the first Shattered Past book largely out of curiosity to see what she would do with Contemporary. Well she turned me inside out and I’ve loved them all sense.

  • Honestly I just feel like crying uncle when it comes to the TBR pile and all the books I want (NEED!) lol I really do need to try hers out and I love me some MMA romances so gah!

    • I whimper when I see another book that I really need to read. It is a good time to be a booklover, but so hard when you have to pick and choose b/c not enough hours in a day or dollars in the budget.
      But yeah, you need to get on these at some point. Haha!

  • I’m glad to meet someone else reading M/M romance books. I have stopped in the last few months but I’m gonna read Gives Light soon to get back into the genre. 🙂

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    • Yes, between us, we enjoy many types of romance. Oh, Gives Light! That one is on my list after it was recommended it to me.

  • I LOVE MMA romance novels. I’ve read a few and each of them was really good. This one seems a little too heavy for me, in terms of the tough issues and personal lives, but I’m really glad that you enjoyed it so much, Sophia. Great review! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • It does dig deep into the emotions. She started with the New Adult The Shattered Past trio and then moved into these adult ones. All pretty good, Alyssa!

  • I am still trying to read her witch series and I am falling hopelessly behind! I like heartwarming but not so much the MMA fighter romances. Although reading your review I do really feel sorry for what he had to endure when he was young. Sad.

    • Oh, I love the Weird Girls series. That was what got me started on her books. Boy do those get intense.
      These are intense in a different way. Yeah, if you don’t like the MMA, this one probably won’t be your thing because there are a few MMA fight scenes. I don’t know if I could watch it live, but for some reason I can watch it on TV occasionally (when we’re at my brother in law’s house) and in books.