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Review: Wild Irish by C.M. Seabrook

Posted March 18, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Wild Irish by C.M. SeabrookReviewer: Holly
Wild Irish by C.M. Seabrook
Narrator: Kyle Maraglio
Series: Wild Irish #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: May 29, 2017
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Audible Escape, Kindle Unlimited
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 277
Length: 5 hours and 19 minutes
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Reading Challenges: Holly's 2019 New to Me Challenge, New to Me Challenge
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three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

I went searching for trouble and I found it. I just didn't expect to find it in the form of Cillian Gallagher.

The gorgeously tatted lead singer and guitarist of Wild Irish, Cillian is everything I've always tried to stay away from. He's wild and dangerous. And exactly what I need to cross off number four on my bucket list.

Kiss a complete stranger.

It should have been that simple. But I wasn't prepared for the scorching heat that would ignite a passion, leaving us both gasping for air.

It was never meant to be more than a fling.

I didn't expect that when I left Ireland, I'd be leaving a piece of my heart, or how our lives would be intertwined even when we were thousands of miles apart.

One last request.

One life-changing list.

One month of no regrets.

I ran from my boring, simple life, straight into the arms of trouble. The thing with trouble is that it has a way of finding you, no matter where you go.

I was looking for some Ireland-set novels for St. Patrick’s Day and grabbed this one from the Audible Romance Package. About 30% in I nabbed the ebook from KU, because I was having a hard time with how slow the narrator was. I actually really liked his voice and his Irish accent for Cillian, but it was sooo…..slooooww.

Delaney’s sister recently passed away after a long battle with an illness. The same week she loses her job and finds her fiance in bed with another woman, she decides to take her sister’s bucket list to Ireland and complete it for her. Her first day in she’s run off the road by a sexy, tattooed man and ends up going home with him because her car is totaled. While she waits for the insurance thing to get figured out, they strike up a sort-of friendship, wish is doused in a liberal amount of attraction and chemistry.

Cillian is the lead singer of a popular rock band. He’s taking a break to lick his wounds after being betrayed by his brother – another band member. Since the entire band has chosen to take his brother’s side, Cillian is avoiding all of them and trying to decide if he wants to pursue a legal battle to get himself out of their upcoming tour. In the meantime, he’s drinking himself drunk every night and basically wallowing in misery. Until he sees her…She lights up his world for the first time in months, and he knows he won’t be able to resist her.

The first half of this book was really good. Delaney arriving in Ireland and meeting Cillian, the mystery behind his brother’s betrayal (the betrayal itself is mentioned, but not the details), their attraction; I enjoyed all of it. Cillian wants to avoid his bandmates as long as possible, so he decides to take Delaney on a tour of Ireland so she can mark things off her list. I especially enjoyed the couple weeks they were away, getting to know each other and exploring – though even then I’d have liked to see more of them sharing with each other and opening up. More about that later.

The second half kind of lost me. Cillian has trust issues and he takes that out on Delaney several times. There’s a four month break while they’re apart, then a lot more trust issues. Going back to what I said earlier, they didn’t share enough with each other. We didn’t get to see them open up and spill their secrets, then come to some kind of understanding with each other. Plus, Cillian’s anger and irrational actions because of said anger really turned me off. Not to mention the resolution with his brother was glossed over and half-assed. I’m sure it’ll be addressed more in the second book, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing.

I was going to give this a 3 out of 5, because I really enjoyed the first half, but I’m lowering it to 2.75 after writing this review. I wish it had continued on as it began.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5

Wild Irish

three-stars


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Guest Review: Waiting for Wednesday by Mari Carr

Posted October 9, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Waiting for Wednesday (Wild Irish #3) by Mari Carr

Tristan Collins knows Lane Bryce is strictly hands-off. She’s smart, funny, kind…and married. But he still looks forward to her once-a-week visits to the family pub where he tends bar. When she fails to arrive one Wednesday, Tris is concerned. When he learns she’s in the hospital, brutally beaten after attempting to leave her unhappy marriage, he’s enraged. Tris vows to protect her, but doesn’t get the chance—Lane checks out of the hospital and disappears without a trace.

A year later, newly divorced Lane is back, and enjoying her independence too much to embark on a relationship. Tris intends to prove she can have freedom and love, and he’s not above using seduction to do it. The more she resists, the more he sets her body ablaze with pleasure the likes of which she’s never known.

After a lifetime of disappointment, trust doesn’t come easily for Lane. But when her ex-husband reenters her life, threatening her independence, her happiness, she could discover too late that Tristan is the one man worthy of not only her trust, but also her love.

As much as Tristan likes Lane he knows that they can only be friends. Lane is married and Tris won’t cross that line. Tristan and Lane do become the best of friends though. They met when Lane started coming into Tristan’s family pub every Wednesday night and sitting and talking for hours. Lane once told Tris that she looked forward to Wednesday nights like someone looks forward to a birthday – she loved spending time with him, especially since she was so unhappy in her marriage.

Lane’s husband is a verbal abuser. He criticizes everything that Lane does or wears or cooks, or anything about her body or hair. The man cannot be in her presence without making her feel like she’s 2 feet tall. When Lane decides she’s had enough he catches her in the act of leaving and beats her bloody. Lane is hospitalized but calls Tristan as she knows he’ll be worried about her since it’s a Wednesday. Tris vows to Lane that he’ll take care of her and she won’t have to worry about her husband any longer. When Tris shows up at the hospital the next morning Lane is gone and Tris can’t find her.

Skip forward a year. Tris has finally come to terms that Lane is gone and won’t be coming back. But the night he figures this out, she walks in the door healthy and happy. She’s come done some growing and learning and she’s ready to make it in life as an independent woman and that means with no man involved. But that’s not what Tris wants. Oh, he doesn’t want to take her independence away but he wants into her life, he wants to stay there forever and he makes showing her that fact his life’s goal.

This was a very sweet but at times difficult book to read. Tris and Lane together were very sweet. Tristan showing Lane how much he cared and loved her in so many different ways was quite touching – especially after what she had gone through with her husband. I did think at times that Tristan was pushing Lane a bit too hard but it seemed to work in the end.

The difficult part involved an almost rape scene that had me cringing. Let me qualify that – the rape scene is not between Lane and Tris. Tris does push Lane emotionally but never does he push her physically into doing anything that she doesn’t agree to.

On the whole it was a good book with lots of family involvement on Tristan’s side and lots of sex and of course love. If you’re looking for a contemporary read that might push a few of your buttons than this would be a great read for you.

Rating: 4 out of 5

You can read more from Tracy at Tracy’s Place

This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.


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