Friday Eve Snippet

This week’s snippet is from my upcoming release at Ellora’s Cave, Saturday Night Special. It comes out on Sept. 24 and this is book six in the Wild Irish series and Riley’s story. Have to admit I really couldn’t wait to write this one. Like to call it a cross between The Hangover and I Love Lucy!

Saturday’s child works hard for a living…

What do you get when you cross a gold-digging stripper, a down-on-her-luck hooker, an estranged husband, his knocked-up wife, a Wayne Newton lookalike taxi driver and one beleaguered Baltimore cop?

A typical night in the life of Riley Collins—Vegas style.

Riley’s always been the wildest of the Collins clan, but even she bites off more than she can chew during an impromptu trip to Sin City. Once again, it’s Aaron Young to the rescue. No surprise; Aaron’s been watching Riley’s ass forever—and he’s wanted to spank it for even longer. Tracking her down, Aaron finally gets his wish—after he drags a drunken Riley to a chapel and makes it legit, of course.

 To say she’s shocked is putting it mildly. But Riley warms to Aaron’s seduction quicker than you can say “all-you-can-eat buffet!” Who knew her mild-mannered best friend was so hot in the sack? Of course, thanks to Riley’s penchant for picking up strays, the newlyweds will have to sneak in some honeymoon boom-boom whenever they can. But they’ll manage…


He sighed heavily. One question was tormenting him. “What are you doing in Vegas, Riley?”


“Very funny.” He grimaced, not amused by her joke.

“I’m having fun, Aaron. You know, that thing you’ve never quite mastered?”

He sucked in a deep breath and counted to ten. Riley constantly teased him about being a stick in the mud. He knew it was said in good fun, but this time her words felt more like an insult than a joke. Sometimes it sucked being regarded as the boring, responsible one among their group of friends.

Need a ride home from the bar? Call Aaron. Got a flat tire? Aaron will have a jack…and a spare. Moving? Aaron will lug all your shit down three flights of stairs and supply the truck to haul it.

A growl rose up in his chest. He was pissed off at Riley for thinking him so dull he wouldn’t do anything as spontaneous as taking a weekend trip to Vegas.

“You seriously call hopping on a plane and flying to Vegas with Trevor Blankenship ‘fun’? I call it fucking dangerous.”

“Bullshit. I haven’t done anything even remotely dangerous…yet. I called Keira and told her where I was and I didn’t come alone. I came with a friend.” Riley threw another dollar in the machine.

“You didn’t call Keira until after you were already here.”

“And like the good sister she is, she called you to come save the day. Right?”

“She was worried about you, Riley.”

“I’m a big girl, sugar. A fact my family and you seem content to ignore.”

“I’m not forgetting you’re an adult. I’m just not overlooking the fact you’re completely drunk in a strange town with Trevor and a hooker as your chaperones.”

Riley’s gaze traveled from the slot machine to Aaron. “I told Trev she was a hooker, but he wouldn’t believe me.” She took a long drink before setting the cup down and hitting the Spin button again.

“What are you drinking?” He picked up her glass and drained it. Alcohol suddenly seemed like a very good idea. He waved over the waitress and grabbed his own drink.

“Tasted like something with rum to me,” she said. “You better take it easy on that. I’m already wasted. If you keep pounding those down, who’ll get us home?”

He shrugged and took another swig. Now that he was here, he wasn’t in any big hurry to leave. “It takes a lot to get me drunk.”

“Yeah, well, maybe you should consider taking up the hobby. Drunk seems to be the best way to live in dreary Baltimore nowadays.” Her tone was sullen, belligerent, and he wondered at her words.

“Since when is Baltimore dreary? You love the city.”

She sobered up a bit and he was struck by the hint of sadness in her eyes. When he thought back on it, he realized the same look had been there often the past few months. Why hadn’t he noticed it sooner?

“So I guess now I don’t love the city. Dammit, I just can’t do it anymore, Aaron.”

“Do what?”

“My life. I can’t wake up in the same bedroom I’ve lived in since birth one more morning. I can’t cook meals in that damn pub day in and day out anymore and I’m sick to death of partying with the same losers every Saturday night.”

Her voice was filled with resentment, frustration, and he listened as the last detail—and he suspected the most important one—fell from her lips.

“I’m the last Collins kid at home. I’m it. The spinster sister,” she added.

He burst into laughter. He knew she was being serious, but her words were so insanely funny he couldn’t hold back his instinctive response.

Her eyes narrowed angrily. “What’s so funny?”

“You,” he said with a chuckle, “calling yourself a spinster. Two things I never thought I’d hear together in the same sentence. Riley Collins, the spinster.” Repeating the words caused him to laugh again and some of the irritation he’d been harboring since leaving BWI that morning dissipated. Actually, simply finding her safe and sound had dispelled most of it.

“It’s not funny. I’ve watched both my sisters find true love. They’re living their happily ever afters while I’m still stuck at home alone with Pop.”

“Happily ever afters? True love?” Aaron repeated. “Sounds pretty romantic for you, Riley. How much have you had to drink?”

“Ha ha. I’ve had too much and I’m gonna have more, but it doesn’t matter. I’ll still be fed up and lonely tomorrow.”

Aaron looked at her dark brown eyes and felt a hope he’d never experienced stir inside him. “You said you never wanted to get married. You said it would cut in to your fun time, your independence. You’ve sworn off the entire institution since we were three.”

“Yeah,” she said. “Well, I changed my mind.”

Aaron considered her words for a moment, and then gave in to the grin building in his chest. “Good.”


He nodded, grasping her by the waist to set her on her feet. “Very good. Come on.”

31 Responses to “Friday Eve Snippet”

  1. Courtney S Says:

    I’m DEFINITELY going to have to pick this one up today! EC won’t let me purchase it until later this morning.

  2. Mari, you’re a huge tease! But what a great snippet! 🙂 I can’t believe we have to wait another month for this one. 🙂

  3. I love this series and love the Collins family. Now, where exactly can I find them in Baltimore?

  4. Another great sounding book. September will be time to get out my credit card.

  5. I have this in my tbr on my reader. I cant wait to start the series. My friend just finished the series and she loved it.

  6. I love this series! Can’t wait to read this one

  7. Nice excerpt. Wonder if they see an Elvis Presley minister. That would be great.

  8. HeatherinFL Says:

    Oh that looks sooo good!!!

  9. HeatherinFL Says:

    I should mention that I absolutely love the kind of story where there are best friends and one of them is/has been in love with the other for forever but has never acted on it. Then the other realizes it and it all falls together perfectly. Well, there can be some conflict — what’s a good story without some conflict, lol — but you just have this feeling it’ll last forever since they were such great friends before lovers and they’re explosive as lovers.

  10. Looks better everytime I turn around, yay Mari!

  11. Great excerpt! I can’t wait for this book to come out.

  12. Friends to lovers are my favorite storylines too, and I can’t wait to read how Aaron sneaks in some quality honeymoon boom boom time, lol.

  13. OH, I’m ready for more! I can’t wait for release day!

  14. Michelle H. Says:

    You are such a tease!

  15. Yvonne R. Says:

    Is it September yet?????

  16. Looks like another good one,


  17. I just bought Monday’s story today and I canna wait to keep adding them to my tbr list.

  18. Kelli Collins Says:

    Hey, that story sounds familiar. Oh right…you based it on my unauthorized biography. I’ll expect half your royalties. 😉


  19. Oh yeah! Bring it on Aaron!

    I am so looking forward to Riley’s story. I am not, however, looking forward to the end of the series. Can you extend it beyond the sibl . . . . never mind.

    • Thought about it and dismissed it. Nothing worse than series that overstay their welcome. LOL.

      I am sort of thinking of writing a quickie about the night Pat and Sunday met and fell in love. Toying with the idea…

  20. Lindsey Ekland Says:

    Want to read this now. Will have to find something to keep me distracted until it is released.

  21. I can’t wait to check this story out and if not for IH I might not have found you.

  22. Sooooo good, Mari! Thanks for the excerpt!!

  23. Darn, there is a reason I don’t usually read excerpts. I loath being left hanging – far too curious… Can’t believe I have to wait another month to read on. Michelle is right, you are a tease, Mari. 🙂

  24. Awesome Mari!

  25. Anxiously looking forward to reading this one.

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