Con Riley delivers a glorious romance in Saving Sean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Not sure what happened to my original reviews of Con’s books, only Must Like Spinach seems to have survived.
Anyways, Saving Sean is being re-released shortly with a new cover and a bit of a re-work but it’s not changed enough to take away from this glorious romance which is one of my favourites from Con.
Saving Sean is as much about Peter finding a new direction as it is about the titular character. But it’s so much more than just a romance. It’s about finding acceptance, it’s about learning how to move on, it’s about putting the past to bed and looking to the future.
It deals with the mental illness of a character who has died at the time the book starts and it examines how just one small thing can push someone over the edge (don’t worry there’s no trigger warnings necessary imho – it deals with OCD rather than suicidal impulses).
And, while this book takes place over a super short time period, it never feels it. To me, it’s like time stretches out across infinite days while Peter and Sean fall in love at the same time as they fix up Sean’s cabin and work out both of their complex feelings for their families’ past lives.
Peter and Sean connect on hundreds of levels, but I think one of the main ones is that they both understand how the other became disconnected and they’re both determined to move beyond and try to make a difference.
I loved how Con’s other interconnected couples get involved here as well, I’m a big fan of Joel and Ethan, although Aiden’s a bit of a pratt at first in this one. We do see the genus of his own story and his relationship with Marco begin in this book though and it’s lovely to know what’s coming next if, like me, you’ve already read Aiden’s Luck
If you read Saving Sean before, then I’ll just say Con’s tidied it up, made it more linear and with less jumping around, and it’s had another edit, but the same beautiful love story is still at its heart.
I had the privilege of proofing this new edition for Con. The review is my own honest and unbiased opinion.