Tour & Book Review – Saving Sean by Con Riley

A big welcome to Con Riley as part of her tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Saving Sean.


The flawed characters in this story pulled me in and kept me reading right to the end. They both felt very real, and I liked the way the author portrayed Sean’s struggle to find meaning in his father’s work, and the insidious way his father’s illness took over his life. The descriptions of both characters and setting are fabulous.

I loved Peter and his lack of verbal filter. His bedside manner is great, and I enjoyed seeing him being so capable at his job. I liked how his journey and Sean’s had parallels in their search to connect with their fathers, and understand them.

I enjoyed the conclusion of the story, which left me very satisfied, not just with Sean and Peter’s relationship, but also in the way Sean got closure and a way forward. I loved how Sean and Peter’s friendship and relationship grows over time, despite some rocky patches, and how they ground each other. I also liked that although the story is told from Peter’s perspective, and he’s one of the MCs, it isn’t him who figures everything out. On that note, Joel and Evan totally rock, and I loved the insight into how brilliant Sean really is.

I also loved the supporting cast, and thought they felt very real. I’m very happy that the next book is Aiden’s as I want to know more about him. This is very much a story about family, and not just the family dynamics within their circle of friends and wider, but found family as well, as I had a strong friends as family vibe from the ensemble cast. I liked all these guys, except for Vic, but suspect there’s a story there somewhere about why he’s like he is too.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m looking forward to more. I hadn’t read book one in this series first, yet still thoroughly enjoyed this story, although I want to play catch up now. 5 out of 5 stars.

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No more running from love…

Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining, so when the one that got away asks him for a favor, he agrees. His mission: track down Sean Reid, the runaway brother of a mutual friend. Peter isn’t thrilled about it—until he finds Sean injured by the side of the road.

Everything about Sean stirs Peter’s protective instincts—saving people is what he lives for—but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running from him. On top of his physical wounds, Sean struggles with grief and guilt, and the mess his estranged father left when he died threatens to overwhelm him.

Saving Sean means Peter must let go of his pride and turn to friends and family. Asking for help is a bitter pill for Peter to swallow, but if he can’t, how can he expect Sean to accept his help—and his love—in turn?

CON RILEY lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean. Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time instead. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that make them live and breathe. When not people-watching or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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