Welcome! Today it's my turn on the blog tour of
|I am late to the party when it comes to the O’Brien family books. This is my first time reading them and there is enough information offered that I never felt lost.|
I found Save Me to be an entertaining read. The writing is well balanced and easily moves between absurdity, humour, pathos, sadness, attraction and hope. That’s a lot to pack into one story but it works.
Seamus O’Brien’s taste in women, put politely, is questionable. Between parolees, thieves and married women, it’s no wonder he is finding it difficult to find a woman that’s respectable enough to be his date for the many upcoming family events. His, at times, crude and blunt personality isn’t helping either.
Allie Mendes has the family from hell. She is constantly measured against her beautiful sister and found lacking. And if the poor opinion of her family is not enough, she is also expected to lend a helping hand for her sister’s wedding. Allie’s story was the one I struggled with the most. It seems to be a popular plot line in recent books I have read where the heroine’s sister behaves in unconscionable ways towards the heroine. Adding insult to injury, there’s always a parent siding with the “evil” sister. Why is this necessary?
Seamus saves Allie from another verbal clash with her sister and mother by announcing they are a couple and from here our twosome become each other’s plus one while they attend these many family events.
There are family dramas occurring throughout the book, some serious, some funny, some poignant. As Seamus and Allie spend more time together, they begin to develop real feelings for each other. Their relationship is not about fireworks and dramatic gestures but more a slow burn as they learn about and discover each other. I enjoyed being on this journey with them.