Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man—for her. RT Book Reviews
proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson
“has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Let Me, it is Finn’s turn to discover
how love can heal the deepest wounds.
rise, Finn O’Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet
beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he’s buried for years . .
. until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated
therapy. Finn’s not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting
beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he’ll give it a shot.
degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With
an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her
attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is
ripped and seriously sexy yet it’s his troubled side that warns her to keep her
distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see
how far and fast their passion takes them.
fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there’s no stopping them
as they face their greatest challenges—not in the ring, but in their
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The heavy door to the lobby opens with a loud smack, drawing attention to those waiting to be seen. The counseling center is private and held in high regard. The majority of our clients come from money, but a few of our therapists work pro bono, counseling those from working class backgrounds similar to mine. Some are like Loretta, suffering from eating disorders and mild anxiety issues. But the majority are severely damaged individuals with suicidal tendencies. I catch sight of one of our more heartbreaking cases sitting in the corner beside his father. Poor kid, he can’t be more than fifteen. And there he waits with his wrists bandaged down to his elbows.
I want to walk over and give him and his dad a hug. Both look like they could use one. Those people on the street who offer free hugs to strangers? I’m one of them. I always have been.
Today though, I refrain, staying focused on Loretta. “Good job,” I tell her, knowing how hard she’s trying. “I’ll see you next week.”
I turn my head. I know that voice. Loretta doesn’t bother with a goodbye, leaving me instead with a “Mm, yummy” when she sees who called to me.
“Yummy”. Yes, that about sums up Finn.
Finn O’Brien, damn. You know those cute guys . . . those really hot kind of cute guys? Finn blows them away. I’m not typically attracted to redheads, but I make the exception for Finn. Oh, and Jamie from Outlander.
Finn has the whole bad boy thing going on, tats crawling along his muscular arms, hair buzzed on the sides and short on top. A modern Mohawk, it think that’s what it’s called. Oh, and don’t get me started on that dimple on his right cheek that appears when he grins, just like he’s doing now.
“Hi, Finn,” I say. His brother is with him, the one that looks the most like him. He’s older by a few years, handsome, polished, perfect. Well, if you like that sort of thing. Me? Did I mention how sexy Finn is?
His light blue eyes sparkle as I pass Zorina, the poor girl trapped in her own world following a brutal assault on the train. She pretends to play instruments that aren’t there, reality slipping so far from her grasp, it’s almost out of her reach.
I tilt my head in the direction of Finn’s brother because by now it’s obvious I’m gawking at Finn. “You’re Seamus, right?” I ask.
“No, I’m Declan,” he answers in a deep voice.
Oh, right. The district attorney. “Sorry. I know that Finn has a few brothers,” I offer. I should be impressed seeing how Declan has made quite a name for himself in the political arena, and I am. But Finn is who lures my attention and keeps it, despite my best efforts to appear more relaxed. “What are you doing here?” I ask.
He shrugs. “Waiting for you.”
Declan sighs, moving away from us and reaching for his phone. I grin even though I’m sure Finn is feeding me a line. The last time I saw him was at my cousin Sofia’s wedding. I’d brought my friend Alex as my date and Finn, well, he showed up with some girl with big breasts and very little clothes. And funny enough, I still had a hard time keeping my eyes off him.
“Really?” I ask.
“Yeah. Really,” he answers, leaning back on his heels and making a show of checking me out. “Don’t forget, you still owe me a kiss.”
WOW!! Just WOW!!! I have to say that Cecy Robson has completely blown me away with Let Me. I’m an avid reader, and I love all sorts of books, but this one has probably touched my heart in ways that no other book has. Robson took me to dark places within her characters’ minds and broke my heart, then she put it back together as her characters put their own hearts back together. I cried like a baby…ugly, ugly cry from my heart breaking and cried just as hard with joy when Finn and Sol finally found some light and happiness at the end of the book!
Like the synopsis says, Finn is almost beyond broken. He’s an MMA fighter who is on his way to the big leagues, but he’s not only fighting opponents, he’s fighting the darkness that threatens to overtake him. He’s fought this since he was a child, but as he’s grown older, it’s getting worse. He feels only numbness until Sol comes into his life. They’ve know each other since they were kids, and now their families are connected by marriage. He’s always thought she was beautiful, and she’s different than the girls who normally throw themselves at him. He shamelessly flirts with her, but she rebuffs it. However, she’s always been attracted to him, but it’s not a good time in her life to begin a relationship. She’s not in a great place either but for very different reasons. The two develop a friendship and then a relationship. These two will work hard for their HEA as the past and their own pain threatens any chance of a normal relationship.
Finn now reigns as #1 on my book boyfriend list! Not because of his sexiness, drop dead gorgeousness, or his naughty mouth…it’s his heart! It’s broken, and he fights every day to live a normal life. He’s fierce in the ring, but his bravery in reclaiming his life trumps every punch his throws in the octagon. How this broken man can bring a smile to Sol’s face and my face as I read the book is beyond anything I’ve seen. And, Sol, she’s just as fierce as Finn. She loves him and her feelings for him never change even when she learns of his past. As she fights for him, she fights for her family, and herself. Both of them are amazing people individually, but together, they are unstoppable!
Robson couldn’t have picked a better title for this book! It really sums up the relationship between these two…they have to let each other in and lean on the other to heal. I truly don’t think I have the right words to describe this book. At times, it’s incredibly difficult to read, but I’m so glad I did. When you read that last chapter, you will see there really are no adequate words to describe how incredible this book and the characters are. I pray that someone who has gone through anything like Finn and Sol have will find hope and know that even though bad things can happen to you, you can heal, and you can find happiness and live a life filled with joy and love! Thank you, Cecy Robson, for writing a book I will NEVER forget. Finn and Sol will forever remain in my heart!!!!
a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien
Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning
author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated
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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