Review: Save Me by Cecy Robson

Posted May 8, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Save Me by Cecy Robson
Save Me

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Series: The O'Brien Family #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on April 25, 2018
Pages: 349
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

A smidge of Catholic guilt, a series of family weddings, and Seamus finds himself desperately in need of a ‘girl I can bring home to my mother’ type of date.  Too bad, Seamus’ contact list is full of quite the opposite, but then a sweet woman desperately whispers, ‘Save Me’ and he’s all in.  The final book in the O’Brien Family series was irreverent fun, tender, sensual, and a whole lot of the feels.


Save Me is book five in the O’Brien Family and works as a romance for the last single O’Brien and a follow-up on the lives of all the rest.  This is a culmination of a fantastic, deeply satisfying series and its not a good place to start.

The O’Briens are an Irish Philadelphia family who are boisterous, colorful, inappropriate, loyal, and loving.  Raised by their mother, there are six brothers and one sister.  Seamus is the third born and last to be single.  Most think he’s a tomcat, but Seamus really does want a wife and family if only the right woman comes along.

Sharing this romance with Seamus is a girl from the old neighborhood who made good, Ally Mendes.  Ally has put her life into her real estate business after her gorgeous, family-favorite sister stole her boyfriend right when she was expecting to have the white picket fence and everything  Seamus is the first person to see beyond the dowdy clothes, bad hairstyle, and mousy persona she hides behind while staying far away from her toxic mother and sister.  When her sister announces that she’s marrying Ally’s ex, she does something desperate to avoid the misery of still seeming hung up on the guy.  Fake relationship time and trusting Seamus to help her with a sexy make over.

Much of this story can get unreal, but families and weddings can turn reality on its ear.  Seamus is a blue-collar guy, as confident as they come, and honest- brutally so- to a tee, but Seamus is in for as big a shock as Ally.  They start out awkwardly faking it, but its not long before they are both secretly longing for the real thing.

In between the scenes of Seamus and Ally spending time together and building a friendship into something else, I had a good time with the O’Brien family encounters.  We have beautiful O’Brien weddings and babies.  Sigh.  On the other end, there are those ugly encounters with Ally’s family.  Man, where is the bus that needs to run over her narcissistic and horrid sister when you need one.

As has happened with each of these books, when I wasn’t embarrassing myself with gut-wrenching laughter or enjoying the sensual friends to lovers fake mates romance, I found the true depth was when this couple had the intense heart to heart in the turning point of the book.  Seamus, if I didn’t love him already, just tugged on my heart with that story from his past.  He grew up hard in ways, but he had his proud loving mother and his wonderful family of siblings, but Ally being stuck as the ignored child and sibling was equally heartbreaking.  Seeing Ally come into her own and stand up for herself had me nearly standing on the couch and cheering.

On a side note… I don’t normally do this, but I feel I should explain something that seems to be problematic particularly with our touchy social climate.  This is not me saying you aren’t allowed to see it different than I do, just that this is how I read the situation.  In the first portion of the book, at first glance, there are several statements that taken out of context or without due thought can seem sexist, demeaning, and chauvinistic.  What I think readers might miss when Seamus is helping Ally with her ‘makeover’ is that first- he is doing it as a friend at the time and not her lover which makes a big difference when someone is honestly telling you where you’re going wrong.  Secondly, she is onboard with him giving her advice on her looks and how to be sexy.  It is her goal to not be such a pushover after her sister and the ex humiliate her.  Seamus thought she was a beauty before the makeover- yes, he initially couldn’t remember her and thought she was one of his forgettable one night stands, but then he remembered her for her beautiful kindness.  He also saw her as too classy and good for him which is why he held back with his true feelings for her.  Am I denying that Seamus is a mess when he first meets Ally at the baker?  Nope.  Ally looks him in the eye and makes it clear that he needs some work as much as she does and they’ll help each other.

So, yes, this was the end.  Only comfort I have is all the O’Brien stories on my Kindle that I can come back and visit later.  For those who want a strong element of family in their romances, I can heartily recommend this series and the Shattered Past trio this one spun off of.  Do yourselves a solid and don’t miss these.

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


Romance Roundabout #147 CR
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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.

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4 years ago

Awww, the O’Brien family sounds wonderful. Need to check out this series. Thanks for this awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

They are a boisterous group. You’re welcome, Vanessa! 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 years ago

Nice disclaimer and it does help. Should they be read in order bc I have CeCy on my wish list.
Great review

Also I guest posted on Romance University yesterday but you didn’t have a post so I’m sharing the link today. I’d love it if you’d stop by. I did a shout out to you but your name didn’t make the edit. 🙁

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Oh yes, definitely read them in order. In fact, I recommend starting with the Shattered Past trio because that is where the friends and the first O’Brien brother get their stories.

Oh neat! I’ll have to stop by and visit your post. 🙂

4 years ago

oh yes! I had such a great time with this one!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was hilarious and heartwarming and sexy all in one. 🙂

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

I am going to miss this family!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Seriously bad! I still need to read her other contemporary series so maybe I’ll feel a little consoled with those. 🙂

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

Sad to say, I didn’t start from the first book. As a matter of fact this is my first time reading the author’s work work so the O’Brien family were strangers to me until now. I did enjoy Seamus’ story and it made me curious about the rest of the family. So I will diving into their stories soon.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I’ll bet all the extra characters were quite the swirl of confusion around you, Nadene. 🙂 But, wow, you get to meet them all for the first time. Make sure you start with the earlier, Shattered Past series where they are introduced. Once Perfect introduces Mateo and his family and then book three Mateo’s sister and the first O’Brien brother gets their story.

4 years ago

I’ve never read this author but this sounds like a wonderful series. Big families always make for great books. Fabulous review!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Evie

I agree, Evie. Love when a big boisterous loving family is featured. If you do decide to dive in, make sure you start with the first series, Shatter Past with Once Perfect. The O’Briens are a spin-off series and first get introduced in the older series.

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I think I’ve read one book by this author some time back. This sounds like a good story though.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Have you read one of her paranormals? I think you’d get a kick out of those, Mary. 🙂

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

Good to know that this series should be read in order. I do like the sound of it!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Oh yes. Definitely don’t want to miss any of the stories. Start with the first series this one spins off of, Shatter Me with Once Perfect so you get it all. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Ahhh you are killing me with these. Every time you mention her books I’m like yep I need em. I need em all. Now that I’m not doing many review books I’m thinking that’s gonna happen sooner rather than later 😀 I think I’ll be loving this one when I get to it 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It is definitely cruel and inhumane to dangle fab series before readers who might have to wait a while to read them. 🙂 Yes, I think you’ll be a fan of the series. The O’Briens’ story starts with book three of the Shattered Past series when Killian is the hero to Sofia from the other family group that came in the series before. I love the Shattered Past trio, too.

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

I like that he saw her beauty before and from the inside. A guy doing a makeover…LOVE it! This sounds like a dreamy read. I will have to get this one. Great review – you have me sold!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Same here, Mary. I think it is crucial to me seeing him differently from the way he shoots off his mouth at times to get what he’s thinking about her. They were great together.

Hope you like it! 🙂

4 years ago

What a beautiful review and tribute to the O’Briens. Thank you, Sophia.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  cecyrobson

Ah shucks! Truly it was a pleasure, Cecy. Thanks for stopping. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

It looks like this was a winner, and I definitely want to try this one out. I LOVE this author and I really want to pick these books up. Her characters are so endearing.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It really is a series of winners. I hope you get a chance at these, Renee!