RATING: BUY IT
There truly is no better place to start this blog than with the Walshes. I would gladly up and move to Boston and become an architect if it meant I could spend my days with Matthew, Patrick, Andy, Sam, Shannon and Riley ~ the five siblings (plus Erin) that make up the Walsh family. Of course, I’d want to spend time with Lauren, Tiel, Nick and Will as well, so I’d have to get crafty and finagle an invite to some family gatherings.
Even as I write that, I can hear them all talking to, and over, each other across the table; a myriad of different conversations intersecting, starting and stopping, laughter, shock, outrage, more laughter and perhaps even some stunned silences. Ms. Canterbary has created a family of characters that are so real it hurts.
The Walsh men are the guys you want to not only take to bed (every single one of them), but spend the rest of your days with. The Walsh women are no exception ~ these are the girls you want to call your best friends. They’re smart and snarky and will always have your back. The Walshes love hard and deep and protect their own to a fault.
The series, written by the incomparable Kate Canterbary, begins with Underneath It All, the story of Matt + Lauren. Truth be told, any book that starts with, “If I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure,” has me hooked. And, it only gets better from there. This book sets the stage for the series and introduces you to the family in a way that leaves you begging for more.
The Space Between is the second book in the series and is the story of Patrick + Andy. As you watch the two of them find their way, you learn more about all of the characters and you continue to fall in love with the family as a whole. I’ve never quite read any series like this before where those that would typically be peripheral characters lend as much to each story as the main couple themselves.
Book Three, Necessary Restorations, is the story of Sam + Tiel. Again, besides meeting and falling in love with Tiel and even more in love with Sam, you also continue to learn more about the intricacies of each relationship the siblings have with each other.
Don’t ask me to pick a favorite Walsh brother or a favorite book. It simply isn’t possible. I know there are many of you out there that have a clear frontrunner – honestly, for me, there’s simply no way to choose.
I ripped through books one through three and then impatiently waited for book four, Shannon + Will’s story, The Cornerstone, which came out in December. I can assure you, it was undoubtedly worth the wait.
One of the things I love about Kindle Unlimited is discovering new authors and also new-to-me authors. When I find an author like Ms. Canterbary, you can count on the fact that I will pre-order each forthcoming book (as I did with The Cornerstone) and have already purchased the entire collection. They’re that good and I love supporting great authors.
The Walsh series truly has everything I look for in a great book: The sex is hot, the conversation is smart and funny, and the family dynamics are truly off the charts.
I can’t end this review without mentioning Ms. Canterbary’s Facebook reader/fan group, The Walsh Groupies. I joined the group somewhere in between reading Underneath It All and Necessary Restorations and it launched me into this reader/author/blog world that I didn’t even know existed. The Groupies are some of the smartest, funniest and perviest women I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know and this blog would not exist had I not become a part of TWG.
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