We do not normally do review requests here at PLR. They can become overwhelming and it gets really hard to say no to one, while accepting another. But every so often I get an email with a book that peaks my interest and I can't help but accept. This is one of those books. So on that note.....
**This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review**
This is Josie Wright's Debut Novel
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I have always had a thing for my brother’s best friend, Ben. When I found him on my parents’ couch, drowning his sorrows in a whiskey bottle, my attempts to comfort him quickly turned into a night of raw and intense passion.
My foolish heart hoped he might feel the same way I do.
But Ben wasn’t there to stay and I woke up the next morning alone with a broken heart.
I attempted to forget the guy with a smile to die for and a touch that sets me on fire.
I thought I was over him.
I thought he was gone forever.
Until, eighteen months later Ben returns and learns my secret. Now, he is hell-bent on winning me back.
He plays dirty.
And he won’t stop until he gets what he wants—me.
But he has secrets of his own.
Secrets that could destroy everything we might have and everything we are.
Not suitable for under 18's due to strong language, violence and sexual content
*This book is an interconnected standalone and first in the series.
approx. 86,000 words
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My Thoughts; Don't let my Star Rating confuse you. This was an excellent story and I am happy that I chose to read it, I just had a few hang ups along the way. I will get to those later. First, let me tell you a bit about the story.
It was not a challenge at all to get into this book. I was pretty much invested before I finished the first chapter. I want say that I was not shocked at any point in the book. The storyline was straight forward and as the book moved along I could see where it was going from one point to the next. I loved that this story is not just a love story between a man and a woman but also about parents falling in love with their child and learning to become a family. And in my opinion that is the greatest love story of all.
It was also refreshing to see two adults acting like adults. Actually working through the issues that arise between them. I read a lot of books where I just think to myself. "Do these people even communicate with each other.... at all?" I just want to reach into the pages and choke some sense into them. WAKE PEOPLE! That was not the case in this book. Yes, each character has some serious issues to work through. Yes, it does cause conflict along the way. But they handle themselves the way two adults who have someone else who depends on them should act. Overall, the story rates at 4 Stars and I look forward to the next couple in this series..... which I am also pretty sure I have figured out. The author did a great job of setting it up for the sequel without it overwhelming the story at hand.
The only real issue I had with this book was the editing. It wasn't so bad that it made it difficult to read, but there were a few of typos along the way. I have had numerous emails with this author since reading and she is having her proofreaders go over it once more. I have to say that she is a very pleasant individual and I can see her going far. I think authors need to maintain that level of professionalism. This is a tough industry, everyone is a critic and not everyone is kind. And I say that as someone who has had their critique spit back in their face. I look forward to reading more of Josie Wright's work in the future and I wish her all the luck in the world with her debut.
I want to mention one more thing, this is not a critique per se, but more of something I do on all books with warning labels. Lets call it a 'readers view'. In a day where everyone is offended by everything, I understand the need for these types of "labels" so I just like to give my opinion on them from a reader's perspective.
While this book is intended for mature audiences it is in no way erotica. There are several racy sex scenes but that is to be expected in a romance novel, no? I am not a huge "erotic" novel reader so I may have skipped the book based on the author warning. But trust me when I say you will get plenty of well developed STORY in this book.
Ben and Frankie are a beautiful couple and it was extremely easy to fall in love with them. And I look forward to seeing where the rest of the characters we met in That One Night go from here as well.