Plus One by Brighton Walsh
Olivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn’t want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can’t pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn’t expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.
When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn’t take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia’s desire to stay “just friends” becomes clear, Ian’s feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?
At 22,000 words, Plus One is a sweet and steamy friends to lovers romance which will have you laughing out loud in places.
The dynamics of the changing relationship between Olivia and Ian is portrayed well throughout. At no point did I think, ‘Oh for Goodness sake, just get on with it’ like I have done with other books in this genre.
Though the book is short, being a novella and all, it contained the right amount of humor, tension, and fantastic dialogue. I felt as though I was in the room with the characters – which would have been nice 😀
The first chapter sucked me in, the first line, actually and I read it all in an afternoon. It was so light and sassy. The feelings that both characters go through are true to life, in particular the worries that run through Olivia’s head are well founded so there was no eye rolling from me.
Both of the characters are loveable and Ian is downright dreamy. Their personalities and the beautiful and witty voice the story is told in will have you rooting for these two friends to couple up.
If you’re looking for an easy quick read in the afternoon while the kids are at school or even a beach read, you will not be disappointed.
I rate this 5 stars.
You can but it HERE for UK
And HERE for US
Promise by Kristie Cook
I bought this book last year and it sits with me still. So much so that I had to pick it as the book that I would review first. Please note this is a New Adult fiction book and as such it contains mature scenes and is guided at 16+
First and foremost lets give you a little taste with the blurb which I will follow with my review.
Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.
When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.
Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.
When I took the plunge and purchased this paranormal romance book I will be honest, it was because it was (and still is) free. The amazon kindle marketplace is saturated with free books. A great deal of these free books are badly written, unedited tripe. Not here people, oh no, not here! This book is award winning for a reason!
Promise is a well written, well edited (small mistakes in places) tale that will wrap its talons around your heart and pull you under. The main character is believable and consistent. I tend to harp on about consistency because the writer should know their character, Kristie Cook does.
The romance is well executed and if you are not drooling over Tristan by the end, what the hell is wrong with you sister? The growing relationship is written so well that you will find yourself falling at the same time Alexis does and championing for their survival as lovers.
The plot is intricate with secrets revealing themselves along the way at a nice pace. I found myself cheering on these lovers as they face off against their rather scary enemies.
Have your tissues handy, you will need them.
I have read all of the books in the series so far, including the novella. Kristie Cook is currently championing her new series however this I chose to review this book first because it is one of my favourites and considering I have read hundreds upon hundreds, that’s pretty good going. This first installment gets a 5 out of 5.
Get it free from amazon HERE