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Wild Irish Perfection
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 8, 2021
I'm going to divide this review into two parts, because I don't think I would do justice talking only about the book and not the Collins family.
First - Wild Chance
Wild Chance is Padraig Collins' second chance at love, at the HEA the rest of his family got, after his first wife died. I read Wild Devotion, Paddy and Mia's story. I loved Wild Devotion. While Paddy had to wait a while to get his HEA, Mia most assuredly got hers by the time she died. Emmy, the romance writer who comes into Pat's Pub and is welcomed into the family with open arms becomes Paddy's best friend, but although she knows her feelings for him go so much deeper than friendship, she fears he will never get over Mia.
Paddy and Emmy's story has the lighthearted, sexy, and tug at your heartstrings moments, I have come to expect and need from a Mari Carr book. Though Emmy's been in the past several books, finally learning more about her - why she writes, her own family, why she first walked through the door (make sure you track down Wild Encounter - Emmy's first time in the pub) - was wonderful. There were so many perfect scenes, from their first kiss to Paddy dealing with the anniversary of Mia's death to him coming to terms that nothing is guaranteed - but shouldn't he love anyway, to a very special gift, their story had a little bit of everything.
No Wild/Wilder Irish book would be complete without the Collins clan and they show up in fine form again. Especially PopPop, who as usual steals the show. This was truly his time to shine as he helped his grandson in ways only someone who's lost a partner can do. And his final scene with Emmy, to me, was one of the most special of the book and there were lots to pick from.
Overall, I adored this book - I loved Paddy and Emmy's friendship that turned into their world, the strength and healing they found in each other, and the love they finally acted on.
Second - Wild Irish and Wilder Irish
I think one of the most amazing things about reading romance novels is finding a series that become so special to you, it feels as if you are visiting with family every time you crack a book open. I have a number of series like this and the Collins family saga is definitely one of them. From the first time I cracked open Come Monday, Pop and the Collins clan dragged me in. I want to sit in Pat's pub and listen to PopPop weave his tails, to taste Riley's food on Sunday's side, to listen to Teagan and Skye and Hunter perform, to hang out with Darcy, Sunnie, Vonnie, and all the girlfriends, to watch the siblings and cousins fight and tease and love.
Coming into Wild Chance, I knew this was the end. Sure we may see characters in the future in different series, but it's the last time I get to wait for and dive into a Wild/Wilder Irish book and it's emotional. These characters became a part of my family - someplace I can go when I need the comfort of a familiar read and an HEA, the push to laugh when things are tough, or the reason to cry when maybe I can't.
But I realized that while we may not get any more new ones, that's okay. These books will be there for me, safely tucked away on my kindle in my Mari Carr collection, ready for when I want to visit the gang and take that seat at the bar with PopPop, because that man will live forever in my mind.
I hope that all of you coming to Wild Irish enjoy your time with the Collins clan as much as I have and that you find your happy place in an Irish pub in Baltimore and the words of an amazing writer.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout, have purchased a copy, and am voluntarily leaving a review.