The Wilder Irish Series (books 1-4) by Mari Carr

January Girl (Wilder Irish, #1)January Girl by Mari Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read (and loved!) all of the Wild Irish books, so I was naturally very excited when I found out that Mari Carr was beginning a series about the children of the original characters! As Mari Carr is one of my favorite, go-to authors, I knew I would not be disappointed in this book. One-click!

Caitlyn is a lawyer, and the granddaughter of Pat, owner of Pat’s Irish Pub, in Baltimore, MD. The pub was started by Pat, and his wife, Sunday, when they first came to America from Ireland. It has since passed on to Pat and Sunday’s children (all 7 of them!). Caitlyn and some of her cousins live above the pub, in the apartment that Pat and Sunday raised their brood in. All of this to say, there is history, memories, and emotions tied up in the pub for the Collins family. So when Lucas comes around to try to buy the pub, Caitlyn naturally sees him as enemy #1! Even so, there is an immediate, undeniable attraction between them, that convinces Caitlyn to give him a chance, even if temporarily.

While Lucas is a cutthroat business man, who will do whatever it takes to get his way, Caitlyn is a giving philanthropist, who uses her Law degree to help those around her who need it most. They couldn’t be more different, but the attraction won’t let loose of Caitlyn, or Lucas.

This story is packed full of emotions, both positive and negative. This family is supportive, loving, and just plain amazing. Lucas’s family…. is not. It never fails to amaze me the impact that the Collins family has in these stories. Their relationship with each other opens eyes, and changes lives. I’ve enjoyed meeting the Collins kids, all grown up, and can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of them!

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February Stars (Wilder Irish, #2)February Stars by Mari Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A bad breakup leads to an unexpected friendship. Ailis’s boyfriend and Hunter’s fiance run away together, leaving behind a note. Ailis and Hunter console each other, and in the process become best friends.

Ailis is lost. She lost herself in her relationship, then it failed. Now she doesn’t know who she is. After years of devoting herself to his wants and needs, and burying herself, she has to now discover who she is and what she wants from life. Hunter also put aside a huge part of who he was while in his relationship. After the relationship ends, he decides to resurrect his music career. As Hunter’s friend, Ailis sees an opportunity, and does her best to push him towards it. Spending time together leads to changes in their feelings, but Ailis is scared, and resistant. Hunter definitely has his work cut out for him!

This was a fun story in the Wilder Irish series. I enjoyed the interactions between Hunter and Ailis, and their smoking hot connection! I loved the way they stuck together through everything, despite doubts, and criticisms, and outside influences. Friendship is an amazing basis for a relationship, and these two blew that out of the water!

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March Wind (Wilder Irish, #3)March Wind by Mari Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to admit, I was very hesitant about reading this book. I had heard it was a hard read, very emotional, and I knew I was going to cry! I was not wrong about that, but I’m so glad I read this story!

Padraig works in his family bar. Mia is a regular customer, and comes in one night, not acting right. Paddy follows her out of the bar when she leaves, and drags the truth out of her. She is dying. (Here is where the tears start, and they didn’t really stop, even after the book was over!) She starts talking about all of the things she meant to do and never really did. Paddy decides to help her go through her “bucket list.” While working through her list, they get closer, and you know what happens next!

Paddy is a sweet, giving man. He doesn’t give a second thought to how he is going to feel, when this is all over. He only thinks about what he can do for Mia, how she is feeling, what she needs. Mia is such a strong woman! Even through the pain, depression and doubts, she stays determined to make the most of the time she has left.

This book had me in tears from beginning to end. Don’t get me wrong, there were still lots of laughs, but I was laughing through the tears. This was a very emotional read, but totally worth it! It really makes you realize that Happy Ever After may not mean forever, and that you have to appreciate and enjoy the time that you do have. This was a beautiful story, lots of laughs, lots of tears, but definitely worth reading!

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April Fools (Wilder Irish Book 4)April Fools by Mari Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the seriousness of March Wind, April Fools was a much needed, much lighter reprieve. That’s not to say that this book didn’t have its serious moments, as well as just as much emotion. There was just a much different feel to April Fools.

Book 4 of the Wilder Irish Series focuses on Fiona, the other daughter of Skye Mitchell and Teagan Collins (Ruby Tuesday). She is much different from her sister, Ailis (February Stars). She embraced the lifestyle of her parents. She is a much more open, take charge kind of girl. She plays hard and loves harder. She also lives on the west coast, as a script writer for a sit com, along with her best friends from college, Owen, Asher, and Teddy. While they are all visiting her family’s bar in Baltimore for a filming of the show, things come out and feelings are revealed.

This book kept me guessing, and on the edge of my seat! I couldn’t stop reading for anything, because I just couldn’t wait to see what was coming next. And boy was I surprised! I never saw that ending coming! I’m not giving anything away, so you will just have to read it to find out, but this book is just the thing to pull me out of the sorrow lingering from March Wind. I loved all of the Collins, and I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the grandkids!

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