Plus One by Brighton Walsh
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 6, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eARC, 68 pages
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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?
After reading two of Brighton Walsh’s full-length novels in a week’s time, I found myself with a horrific book hangover. The only way to fix it was to read MORE of her books, so I dove into her backlist. Plus One sounded like a fun, romantic book and it came highly-recommended by several of my friends so naturally it was the one I picked up first. Boy I’m glad I did!
I find standalone novellas difficult sometimes because it’s tough for me to form an attachment to the characters and get what I feel is a full story from them in such few pages. That definitely was not the case with this one. I had no trouble connecting to both Olivia and Ian, and getting totally engrossed with their story.
Who doesn’t love a good friends to lovers story? Or a crush on a friend’s sibling story? I got both here and it made me all kinds of happy. I really enjoyed that, in this book, it was the man who harbored the unrequited crush on his female friend. You don’t see that all that often.
I really liked both Olivia and Ian. It was fun to watch their friendship begin to transform into something different as Ian accompanied her to a seemingly unending chain of weddings. They shared great chemistry and there was loads of sexual tension. When they finally gave in, it was hot. And, at the same time, it was easy to see how much they felt for the other and understand their concerns about putting a strain on their friendship. But, some things are worth the risk.
Plus One was an excellent novel. The story was short, sweet and sexy, but still felt complete. I mean, I wouldn’t stay more to another dose of Olivia and Ian because I’m a greedy, greedy reader, but I’m also satisfied by how everything wrapped up here. Brighton Walsh continues to do no wrong!