Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review: Saturday Night Special by Mari Carr

Saturday Night Special by Mari Carr

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Wild Irish, Book Six

Saturday’s child works hard for a living…

What do you get when you cross a gold-digging stripper, a down-on-her-luck hooker, an estranged husband, his knocked-up wife, a Wayne Newton lookalike taxi driver and one beleaguered Baltimore cop?

A typical night in the life of Riley Collins—Vegas style.

Riley’s always been the wildest of the Collins clan, but even she bites off more than she can chew during an impromptu trip to Sin City. Once again, it’s Aaron Young to the rescue. No surprise; Aaron’s been watching Riley’s ass forever—and he’s wanted to spank it for even longer. Tracking her down, Aaron finally gets his wish—after he drags a drunken Riley to a chapel and makes it legit, of course.

To say she’s shocked is putting it mildly. But Riley warms to Aaron’s seduction quicker than you can say “all-you-can-eat buffet!” Who knew her mild-mannered best friend was so hot in the sack? Of course, thanks to Riley’s penchant for picking up strays, the newlyweds will have to sneak in some honeymoon boom-boom whenever they can. But they’ll manage…

Clare C’s Review

I’m in love with this couple. They are fun and funny. Riley is carefree and fun-loving. She effortlessly wraps everyone she meets around her finger. A character like this is difficult to convey without making her a flat caricature of a real person. In Mari Carr’s talented hands, she springs to life as a woman whose heart is always in the right place, but whose actions tend to get her in trouble. She is sexual and sensual, thoughtful and thought-provoking. She is beautiful and accessible, intensely likeable.

Aaron is the perfect foil to Riley. As her lifelong best friend, he is adept at peeling back her layers and showing us all she is even better than she thinks. I love a romance where the hero can be the alpha when he needs to be and let his heroine shine when it’s her turn. There is something inherently sexy about a man who is self-possessed enough to celebrate his woman and to let her make him that much more of a man.

The characters aside, Mari Carr spins a wonderful yarn. Riley has done something impulsive—again—and Aaron is forced to fly to Las Vegas to make sure she doesn’t make too big a mess. He never belittles her or gets angry at her for being herself. He manages to join forces with her to save the day without forcing her to compromise the things that make her wonderful.

The sex was volcanic. Every time they came together, they celebrated their love while they set the sheets ablaze. The scenes including light bondage and domination served to develop their relationship and their deepening love and commitment to one another.

Carr’s writing is fast-paced and full of wit. I could not put Saturday Night Special down. This was the first novel in the Wild Irish series I read, but it is not the first in the series. I cannot wait to read the rest of them. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for hot story from a writer with a sense of humor and an unerring talent for character and pacing.

5 Tea Cups!

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