Any Given Sunday

Wild Irish, Book Seven

Sean Collins has been best friends with Chad since kindergarten. They’ve had their fights but they’ve never last more than a couple of days. Sean can’t imagine his life without Chad in it which is why when he bought a house with his girlfriend, Lauren Chase; they moved Chad in with them. After all, Sean and Chad have been roommates since they graduated from high school!

Lauren loves Sean more than she even thought she could love anyone. She loves his dedication to his family and can’t imagine not being with him. She’s been in school with Chad for the past six years as they study for their doctorate in psychology. This is their last year before they go out to find a job. Lauren has found that she also loves Chad and doesn’t understand how as she’s so in love with Sean.

Chad is being to feel like a third wheel in Sean and Lauren’s house. Even though they are making the basement into an apartment for him, he still feels like he’s in the way. It doesn’t help that he’s been in love with Lauren for years but she’s Sean’s girl and Chad isn’t going to do anything to interfere with that relationship.

The threesome’s dynamics change after a kiss between Chad and Lauren and Chad and Sean agreeing to help Lauren with her psychology project. Can their friendship survive the changes? Will they be able to trust each other to explore the sexually unknown?

This was the story I couldn’t wait for and yet didn’t want to happen for this is the last story in Ms Carr’s Wild Irish series. I fell in love with the Collins family from the first book in this series that I read and looked forward to each book that followed. Sean, being the baby, was in many of the stories and followers of the series watched him and Chad grow into adults. I couldn’t wait to read Sean’s story but I don’t want to leave the Collins family behind.

One of the aspects that bring readers to this series and keep them there are the extraordinary characters. They are real and alive and interesting and so much more. They become your friends, just as Sean and Chad are friends. This deep friendship is able to come across the written page. They are not the same but vastly different. Still, they understand each other and care for each other. Sean though wants more from Chad than Chad is willing to give. This desire may be what breaks this long standing friendship. Lauren compliments both Sean and Chad. She is Sean’s equal in most things and shares interests and profession with Chad. Her ability to fit in with both is perfect.

This story has a complex relationship dichotomy. Sean and Lauren are a committed couple but there are aspects of it that Sean would like to change. Sean and Chad are friends but Sean would like it to be more if it wouldn’t disrupt his relationship with Lauren. Lauren and Chad are friends but Chad would like to be more with Lauren if it wouldn’t hurt Sean. Each is protective of the others in their group. To change the dynamics of it may destroy what they already have but each knows something is missing. Can exploring to discover what is missing fix it or abolish it?

Several sexual relationships are brought out and discussed due to family and due to this threesome trying to figure out where they are going. Lauren needs to research being a sexual submissive which has her talking to one of Sean’s older sisters. Could someone that confident in herself really be a submissive? Sean approached Chad as a senior in high school and got punched for his interest. Does he dare try again, especially when Chad doesn’t recognize that he has some bi tendencies? Committed ménages are rare even though one of Sean’s brothers and Chad’s sister are in one. Will talking to them help this threesome or make things even more confusing?

This was one story where you needed the first half to set up the second half. None of the relationships that this group was discovering were anything like what they thought they needed or should want. The tension that developed was tangible. Your heart went out to all of them as heartache loomed and decisions were being made. How was this going to end with a happily ever after?

Fantastic, awesome, terrific and much more is my opinion on this story. Ms Carr did an outstanding job in bringing this series to an ending that excided all my expectations. As I finished the last page, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to cheer or cry. I got so emotionally involved with these characters that I was thrilled with their ending but so sad to see them go. Even if you’ve never read any of the previous books in this series, you will find the connection with them in just this one story.

They’re wild Irish and wildly fantastic. Now, if I could just find that pub in Baltimore.

Book Blurb for Any Given Sunday

The child who is born on the Sabbath day, is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Sean Collins is happy working at the family pub and sharing a house with the woman of his dreams. He and Lauren are equals in every way, including in bed, where they burn the sheets. Life is good. Even if he must hide a couple of secrets to keep it that way.

Lauren is madly in love with Sean. They share everything—almost. She can’t deny sensing…something. A certain feeling when she, Sean and their friend Chad are all together. But she doesn’t press. How can she when she’s not being completely forthright herself?

Chad is feeling pretty miserable, and renting a room in Sean and Lauren’s home has only made it worse. In a house filled with secrets, Chad’s are doozies.

When an opportunity arises to explore their deep desires, the trio plunges into a sex-filled, emotionally charged ménage. Long-buried feelings are revealed, changing their lives irrevocably. Whether for better or worse, only Sean, Chad and Lauren can decide. 

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 5.00